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Academy Awards for 1973

By Patrick Mondout

The 46th Annual Academy Awards were hosted by John Huston, David Niven, Burt Reynolds, Diana Ross on April 2, 1974 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles) and broadcast live on NBC. This was the year of the streaker. As David Niven was introducing Elizabeth Taylor, who in turn was to announce the final prize - Best Picture, a nude man ran streaked by and flashed the peace sign (we have more on streaking and the streaker.)

Note: All nominees are listed and Oscar winner! denotes the Oscar winner.
 
BEST PICTURE
  American Graffiti, Francis Ford Coppola, producer; Gary Kurtz, co-producer
  A Touch of Class, Melvin Frank, producer
  Cries and Whispers, Ingmar Bergman, producer
  The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, producer
Oscar winner! The Sting, Tony Bill, Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, producers
 
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Jack Nicholson, The Last Detail
Marlon Brando, Last Tango in Paris
Oscar winner! Jack Lemmon, Save the Tiger
Al Pacino, Serpico
Robert Redford, The Sting
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Oscar winner! Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class
  Marsha Mason, Cinderella Liberty
  Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist
  Joanne Woodward, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
  Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
 
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Vincent Gardenia, Bang the Drum Slowly
  Jason Miller, The Exorcist
  Randy Quaid, The Last Detail
Oscar winner! John Houseman, The Paper Chase
  Jack Gilford, Save the Tiger
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Candy Clark, American Graffiti
  Linda Blair, The Exorcist
  Madeline Kahn, Paper Moon
Oscar winner! Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon
  Sylvia Sidney, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
 
BEST DIRECTOR
  George Lucas, American Graffiti
  Ingmar Bergman, Cries and Whispers
  William Friedkin, The Exorcist
  Bernardo Bertolucci, Last Tango in Paris
Oscar winner! George Roy Hill, The Sting
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY FACTUALLY BASED OR NEW MATERIAL)
  George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, American Graffiti
  Melvin Frank and Jack Rose, A Touch of Class
  Ingmar Bergman, Cries and Whispers
  Steve Shagan, Save the Tiger
Oscar winner! David S. Ward, The Sting
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM)
Oscar winner! William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist
  Robert Towne, The Last Detail
  James Bridges, The Paper Chase
  Alvin Sargent, Paper Moon
  Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler, Serpico
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Oscar winner! Sven Nykvist, Cries and Whispers
  Owen Roizman, The Exorcist
  Jack Couffer, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  Robert Surtees, The Sting
  Harry Stradling, Jr., The Way We Were
 
BEST FILM EDITING
  Verna Fields and Marcia Lucas, American Graffiti
  Ralph Kemplen, The Day of the Jackal
  Jordan Leondopoulos, Bud Smith, Evan Lottman and Norman Gay, The Exorcist
  Frank P. Keller and James Galloway, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Oscar winner! William Reynolds, The Sting
 
BEST ART DIRECTION/SET DIRECTION
  Lorenzo Mongiardino and Gianni Quaranta, art direction; Carmelo Patrono, set decoration, Brother Sun Sister Moon
  Bill Malley, art direction; Jerry Wunderlich, set decoration, The Exorcist
Oscar winner! Henry Bumstead, art direction; James Payne, set decoration, The Sting
  Philip Jefferies, art direction; Robert de Vestel, set decoration, Tom Sawyer
  Stephen Grimes, art direction; William Kiernan, set decoration, The Way We Were
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
  Marik Vos, Cries and Whispers
  Piero Tosi, Ludwig
Oscar winner! Edith Head, The Sting
  Donfeld, Tom Sawyer
  Dorothy Jeakins and Moss Mabry, The Way We Were
 
BEST SOUND
  Richard Portman and Lawrence O. Jost, The Day of the Dolphin
Oscar winner! Robert Knudson and Chris Newman, The Exorcist
  Donald O. Mitchell and Lawrence O. Jost, The Paper Chase
  Richard Portman and Les Fresholtz, Paper Moon
  Ronald K. Pierce and Robert Bertrand, The Sting
 
BEST SOUND (SONG ORIGINAL TO THE PICTURE)
  “All That Love Went to Waste,” A Touch of Class, George Barrie, music; Sammy Cahn, lyrics
  “Nice to Be Around,” Cinderella Liberty, John Williams, music; Paul Williams, lyrics
  “Live and Let Die,” Live and Let Die, Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, music and lyrics
  “Love,” Robin Hood, George Bruns, music; Floyd Huddleston, lyrics
Oscar winner! “The Way We Were,” The Way We Were, Marvin Hamlisch, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
  John Cameron, A Touch of Class
  John Williams, Cinderella Liberty
  Georges Delerue, The Day of the Dolphin
  Jerry Goldsmith, Papillon
Oscar winner! Marvin Hamlisch, The Way We Were
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG SCORE & ADAPTATION)
  André Previn, Herbert Spencer and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar
Oscar winner! Marvin Hamlisch, The Sting
  Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, song; John Williams, adaptation, Tom Sawyer
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (ANIMATED)
Oscar winner! Frank Film (Frank Mouris, producer; Frank Mouris Production)
  The Legend of John Henry (Nick Bosustow and David Adams, producers; Bosustow-Pyramid Films Production)
  Pulcinella (Emanuele Luzzati and Guilio Gianini, producers; Luzzati-Gianini Production)
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (LIVE ACTION)
Oscar winner! The Bolero (Allan Miller and William Fertik, producers; Allan Miller Production)
  Clockmaker (Richard Gayer, producer; James Street Productions)
  Life Times Nine (Pen Densham and John Watson, producers; Insight Productions)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECTS)
  Background (Carmen D'Avino, producer; D'Avino and Fucci-Stone Productions)
  Children at Work (Paisti Ag Obair) (Louis Marcus, producer; Gael-Linn Films)
  Christo's Valley Curtain (Albert Maysles and David Maysles, producers; Maysles Films Production)
  Four Stones for Kanemitsu (Terry Sanders and June Wayne, producers; Tamarind Production)
Oscar winner! Princeton: A Search for Answers (Julian Krainin and DeWitt L. Sage, Jr., producers; Krainin-Sage Productions)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURES)
  Always a New Beginning (John D. Goodell, producer; Goodell Motion Pictures)
  Battle of Berlin (Bengt von zur Muehlen, producer; Chronos Film GmbH)
Oscar winner! The Great American Cowboy (Keith Merrill, producer; Keith Merrill Associates-Rodeo Film Productions)
  Journey to the Outer Limits (Alex Grasshoff, producer; National Geographic Society and Wolper Productions)
  Walls of Fire (Gertrude Ross Marks and Edmund F. Penney, producers; Mentor Productions)
 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Oscar winner! Day for Night, France
  The House of Chelouche Street, Israel
  L'Invitation, Switzerland
  The Pedestrian, Federal Republic of Germany (West)
  Turkish Delight, Netherlands
 

Other Awards

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award was awarded to Lawrence Weingarten while the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was presented to Lew Wasserman. Honorary awards were handed out to Henri Langlois "for his devotion to the art of film, his massive contributions in preserving its past and his unswerving faith in its future" and to Groucho Marx "in recognition of his brilliant creativity and for the unequalled achievements of the Marx Brothers in the art of motion picture comedy."

Scientific Awards

The Arnold & Richter Company (Camera)
Roger W. Banks (Laboratory)
Gerry Diebold (Laboratory)
Eastman Kodak Company (Laboratory)
Clifford H. Ellis (Laboratory)
Joachim Gerb (Camera)
Erich Kaestner (Camera)
Magna-Tech Electronic Company, Inc. (Sound)
Howard F. Ott (Laboratory)
PSC Technology Inc. (Laboratory)
Research Products Incorporated (Laboratory)
The Richmark Camera Service Inc. (Laboratory)
Harold A. Scheib (Laboratory)
William W. Valliant (Laboratory)
Rosco Laboratories, Incorporated (Lenses and Filters)
Todd-AO Corporation (Lenses and Filters)
Richard H. Vetter (Lenses and Filters)

 

FILM FACTS

Best Picture: The Sting

What: 46th Annual Academy Awards

Date: April 2, 1974

Hosts: John Huston, David Niven, Burt Reynolds, Diana Ross

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles)

Network: NBC


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