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Academy Awards for 1977

By Patrick Mondout

The 50th Annual Academy Awards were hosted by Bob Hope on April 3, 1978 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles) and broadcast live on ABC. Woody Allen was a big winner, despite losing Best Actor to Richard Dreyfuss (who at 29 became the youngest winner of that award). Allen's Annie Hall won for Best Picture, and he won for Director and Writing (Orson Welles was nominated for the same four awards for Citizen Kane but only won for writing).

The big loser of the night was without a doubt The Turning Point. The movie set a record by winning zero awards out of 11 nominations! But for all the awards, the night will always be remember for Vanessa Redgrave's "Zionist Hoodlums" speech.

Note: All nominees are listed and Oscar winner! denotes the Oscar winner(s).
 
BEST PICTURE
Oscar winner! Annie Hall, Charles H. Joffe, producer
  The Goodbye Girl, Ray Stark, producer
  Julia, Richard Roth, producer
  Star Wars, Gary Kurtz, producer
  The Turning Point, Herbert Ross and Arthur Laurents, producers
 
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Woody Allen, Annie Hall
Marcello Mastroianni, A Special Day
  Richard Burton, Equus
Oscar winner! Richard Dreyfuss, The Goodbye Girl
John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Oscar winner! Diane Keaton, Annie Hall
  Marsha Mason, The Goodbye Girl
  Jane Fonda, Julia
  Anne Bancroft, The Turning Point
  Shirley MacLaine, The Turning Point
 
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Peter Firth, Equus
Oscar winner! Jason Robards, Julia
  Maximilian Schell, Julia
  Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Turning Point
  Alec Guinness, Star Wars
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Melinda Dillon, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  Quinn Cummings, The Goodbye Girl
Oscar winner! Vanessa Redgrave, Julia
  Tuesday Weld, Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  Leslie Browne, The Turning Point
 
BEST DIRECTOR
Oscar winner! Woody Allen, Annie Hall
  Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  Fred Zinnemann, Julia
  George Lucas, Star Wars
  Herbert Ross, The Turning Point
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY FACTUALLY BASED OR NEW MATERIAL)
Oscar winner! Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, Annie Hall
  Neil Simon, The Goodbye Girl
  Robert Benton, The Late Show
  George Lucas, Star Wars
  Arthur Laurents, The Turning Point
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM)
  Peter Shaffer, Equus
  Gavin Lambert and Lewis John Carlino, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Oscar winner! Alvin Sargent, Julia
  Larry Gelbart, Oh, God!
  Luis Buńuel and Jean-Claude Carričre, That Obscure Object of Desire
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Oscar winner! Vilmos Zsigmond, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  Fred J. Koenekamp, Islands in the Stream
  Douglas Slocombe, Julia
  William A. Fraker, Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  Robert Surtees, The Turning Point
 
BEST FILM EDITING
  Walter Murch, Julia
  Walter Hannemann and Angelo Ross, Smokey and the Bandit
Oscar winner! Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew, Star Wars
  Michael Kahn, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  William Reynolds, The Turning Point
 
BEST ART DIRECTION/SET DIRECTION
  George C. Webb, art direction; Mickey S. Michaels, set decoration, Airport '77
  Joe Alves and Dan Lomino, art direction; Phil Abramson, set decoration, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  Ken Adam and Peter Lamont, art direction; Hugh Scaife, set decoration, The Spy Who Loved Me
Oscar winner! John Barry, Norman Reynolds and Leslie Dilley, art direction; Roger Christian, set decoration, Star Wars
  Albert Brenner, art direction; Marvin March, set decoration, The Turning Point
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
  Edith Head and Burton Miller, Airport '77
  Florence Klotz, A Little Night Music
  Anthea Sylbert, Julia
  Irene Sharaff, The Other Side of Midnight
Oscar winner! John Mollo, Star Wars
 
BEST SOUND
  Robert Knudson, Robert J. Glass, Don MacDougall and Gene S. Cantamessa, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  Walter Goss, Dick Alexander, Tom Beckert and Robin Gregory, The Deep
  Robert Knudson, Robert J. Glass, Richard Tyler and Jean-Louis Ducarme, Sorcerer
Oscar winner! Don MacDougall, Ray West, Bob Minkler and Derek Ball, Star Wars
  Theodore Soderberg, Paul Wells, Douglas O. Williams and Jerry Jost, The Turning Point
 
BEST SOUND (SONG ORIGINAL TO THE PICTURE)
  “Candle on the Water,” Pete's Dragon, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, music and lyrics
  “Someone's Waiting for You,” The Rescuers, Sammy Fain, music; Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, lyrics
  “The Slipper and the Rose Waltz” (He Danced With Me/She Danced With Me), The Slipper and the Rose - The Story of Cinderella, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, music and lyrics
  “Nobody Does It Better,” The Spy Who Loved Me, Marvin Hamlisch, music; Carole Bayer Sager, lyrics
Oscar winner! “You Light Up My Life,” You Light Up My Life, Joseph Brooks, music and lyrics
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
  John Williams, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  Georges Delerue, Julia
  Maurice Jarre, Mohammad - Messenger of God
  Marvin Hamlisch, The Spy Who Loved Me
Oscar winner! John Williams, Star Wars
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG SCORE OR ADAPTATION SCORE)
Oscar winner! Jonathan Tunick, A Little Night Music
  Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, song; Irwin Kostal, adaptation, Pete's Dragon
  Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, song; Angela Morley, adaptation, The Slipper and the Rose - The Story of Cinderella
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (ANIMATED)
  The Bead Game (Ishu Patel, producer; National Film Board of Canada)
  The Doonesbury Special (John Hubley, Faith Hubley and Garry Trudeau, producers; Hubley Studios)
  Jimmy the C (James Picker, Robert Grossman and Craig Whitaker, producers; Motionpicker Production)
Oscar winner! The Sand Castle (Co Hoedeman, producer; National Film Board of Canada)
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (LIVE ACTION)
  The Absent-Minded Waiter (William E. McEuen, producer; Aspen Film Society)
  Floating Free (Jerry Butts, producer; Trans World International)
Oscar winner! I'll Find a Way (Beverly Shaffer and Yuki Yoshida, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
  Notes on the Popular Arts (Saul Bass, producer; Saul Bass Films)
  Spaceborne (Philip Dauber, producer; Lawrence Hall of Science Production for the Regents of the University of California with the cooperation of NASA)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECTS)
  Agueda Martinez: Our People, Our Country (Moctesuma Esparza, producer; Moctesuma Esparza Production)
  First Edition (Helen Whitney and DeWitt L. Sage, Jr., producers; D.L. Sage Productions)
Oscar winner! Gravity Is My Enemy (John Joseph and Jan Stussy, producers; John Joseph Production)
  Of Time, Tombs and Treasure (James R. Messenger and Paul N. Raimondi, producers; Charlie/Papa Productions, Inc.)
  The Shetland Experience (Douglas Gordon, producer; Balfour Films)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURES)
  The Children of Theatre Street (Robert Dornhelm and Earle Mack, producers; Mack-Vaganova Company)
  High Grass Circus (Bill Brind, Torben Schioler and Tony lanzelo, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
  Homage to Chagall—The Colours of Love (Harry Rasky, producer; CBC Production)
  Union Maids (James Klein, Julia Reichert and Miles Mogulescu, producers; Klein, Reichert, Mogulescu Production)
Oscar winner! Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids? (Korty Films and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates in association with Sanrio Films)
 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  The Children of Theatre Street (Robert Dornhelm and Earle Mack, producers; Mack-Vaganova Company)
  High Grass Circus (Bill Brind, Torben Schioler and Tony lanzelo, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
Oscar winner! Homage to Chagall - The Colours of Love (Harry Rasky, producer; CBC Production)
  Union Maids (James Klein, Julia Reichert and Miles Mogulescu, producers; Klein, Reichert, Mogulescu Production)
  Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids? (Korty Films and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates in association with Sanrio Films)
 
VISUAL SPECIAL EFFECTS
  Roy Arbogast, Douglas Trumbull, Matthew Yuricich, Gregory Jein and Richard Yuricich, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Oscar winner! John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Grant McCune and Robert Blalack, Star Wars

Other Awards

Walter Mirisch won the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award while future National Rifle Association chairman Charlton Heston was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Honorary Awards were given to Margaret Booth "for her exceptional contribution to the art of film editing in the motion picture industry", to Gordon E. Sawyer "in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences", and to Sidney P. Solow "in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

Special Achievement Awards for Sound Effects Editing were present to Frank E. Warner for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and to Benjamin Burtt, Jr. for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices in Star Wars.

Scientific Awards

Garrett Brown (Camera Cranes)
Cinema Products Corporation Engineering Staff (Camera Cranes)
John Jurgens (Camera Cranes)
John Agalsoff (Sound)
Emory M. Cohen (Sound)
John C. Dykstra (Systems)
Eastman Kodak Company (Film)
Glen Glenn Sound (Sound)
Barry K. Henley (Sound)
Hammond H. Holt (Sound)
Jerry Jeffress (Systems)
Joseph D. Kelly (Sound)
N. Paul Kenworthy Jr. (Camera)
Stefan Kudelski (Sound)
William R. Latady (Camera)
Alvah J. Miller (Systems)
Nagra Magnetic Recorders, Incorporated (Sound)
Panavision, Incorporated (Camera)
Werner Block (Lighting)
Continental Camera Systems, Incorporated, Astrovision Division (Camera)
EECO (Electronic Engineering Company of California) (Systems)
Dr. Bernhard Kuhl (Lighting)
Ernst Nettmann (Camera)
OSRAM GmbH (Lighting)
Panavision, Incorporated (Lighting)
Panavision, Incorporated (Stage Operations)
Piclear, Incorporated (Laboratory)

 

FILM FACTS

Best Picture: Annie Hall

What: 50th Annual Academy Awards

Date: April 3, 1978

Host: Bob Hope

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles)

Network: ABC


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