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Academy Awards for 1971

By Patrick Mondout

The 44th Annual Academy Awards were hosted by Sammy Davis Jr., Helen Hayes, Alan King and Jack Lemmon on April 10, 1972 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles) and broadcast live on NBC. The French Connection was the big winner taking O's for Best Pictures, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Writing. In one of the most emotional moments in any Oscars show, Charlie Chaplin received a long-overdue honorary award and a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes. In a moment later reproduced for the movie Chaplin starring Robert Downey, Jr., The Little Tramp could only say, "Words are so futile, so feeble."

Note: All nominees are listed and Oscar winner! denotes the Oscar winner(s).
 
BEST PICTURE
  A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, producer
  Fiddler on the Roof, Norman Jewison, producer
Oscar winner! The French Connection, Philip D'Antoni, producer
  The Last Picture Show, Stephen J. Friedman, producer
  Nicholas and Alexandra, Sam Spiegel, producer
 
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Topol, Fiddler on the Roof
Oscar winner! Gene Hackman, The French Connection
  George C. Scott, The Hospital
Walter Matthau, Kotch
Peter Finch, Sunday Bloody Sunday
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Oscar winner! Jane Fonda, Klute
  Vanessa Redgrave, Mary, Queen of Scots
  Julie Christie, McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  Janet Suzman, Nicholas and Alexandra
  Glenda Jackson, Sunday Bloody Sunday
 
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Leonard Frey, Fiddler on the Roof
  Roy Scheider, The French Connection
  Jeff Bridges, The Last Picture Show
Oscar winner! Ben Johnson, The Last Picture Show
  Richard Jaeckel, Sometimes a Great Notion
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
  Ann-Margret, Carnal Knowledge
  Margaret Leighton, The Go-Between
  Ellen Burstyn, The Last Picture Show
Oscar winner! Cloris Leachman, The Last Picture Show
  Barbara Harris, Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
 
BEST DIRECTOR
  Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange
  Norman Jewison, Fiddler on the Roof
Oscar winner! William Friedkin, The French Connection
  Peter Bogdanovich, The Last Picture Show
  John Schlesinger, Sunday Bloody Sunday
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY FACTUALLY BASED OR NEW MATERIAL)
Oscar winner! Paddy Chayefsky, The Hospital
  Elio Petri and Ugo Pirro, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
  Andy Lewis and Dave Lewis, Klute
  Herman Raucher, Summer of '42
  Penelope Gilliatt, Sunday Bloody Sunday
 
BEST WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM)
  Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange
  Bernardo Bertolucci, The Conformist
Oscar winner! Ernest Tidyman, The French Connection
  Ugo Pirro and Vittorio Bonicelli, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  Larry McMurtry and Peter Bogdanovich, The Last Picture Show
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Oscar winner! Oswald Morris, Fiddler on the Roof
  Owen Roizman, The French Connection
  Robert Surtees, The Last Picture Show
  Freddie Young, Nicholas and Alexandra
  Robert Surtees, Summer of '42
 
BEST FILM EDITING
  Bill Butler, A Clockwork Orange
  Stuart Gilmore and John W. Holmes, The Andromeda Strain
Oscar winner! Jerry Greenberg, The French Connection
  Ralph E. Winters, Kotch
  Folmar Blangsted, Summer of '42
 
BEST ART DIRECTION/SET DIRECTION
  Boris Leven and William Tuntke, art direction; Ruby Levitt, set decoration, The Andromeda Strain
  John B. Mansbridge and Peter Ellenshaw, art direction; Emile Kuri and Hal Gausman, set decoration, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  Robert Boyle and Michael Stringer, art direction; Peter Lamont, set decoration, Fiddler on the Roof
  Terence Marsh and Robert Cartwright, art direction; Peter Howitt, set decoration, Mary, Queen of Scots
Oscar winner! John Box, Ernest Archer, Jack Maxsted and Gil Parrondo, art direction; Vernon Dixon, set decoration, Nicholas and Alexandra
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
  Bill Thomas, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  Piero Tosi, Death in Venice
Oscar winner! Yvonne Blake and Antonio Castillo, Nicholas and Alexandra
  Margaret Furse, Mary, Queen of Scots
  Morton Haack, What's the Matter With Helen?
 
BEST SOUND
  Gordon K. McCallum, John Mitchell and Alfred J. Overton, Diamonds Are Forever
Oscar winner! Gordon K. McCallum and David Hildyard, Fiddler on the Roof
  Theodore Soderberg and Christopher Newman, The French Connection
  Richard Portman and Jack Solomon, Kotch
  Bob Jones and John Aldred, Mary, Queen of Scots
 
BEST SOUND (SONG ORIGINAL TO THE PICTURE)
  “The Age of Not Believing,” Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, music and lyrics
  “Bless the Beasts and Children,” Bless the Beasts and Children, Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr., music and lyrics
  “Life Is What You Make It,” Kotch, Marvin Hamlisch, music; Johnny Mercer, lyrics
Oscar winner! “Theme From Shaft,” Shaft, Isaac Hayes, music and lyrics
  “All His Children,” Sometimes a Great Notion, Henry Mancini, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
 
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
  John Barry, Mary, Queen of Scots
  Richard Rodney Bennett, Nicholas and Alexandra
  Isaac Hayes, Shaft
  Jerry Fielding, Straw Dogs
Oscar winner! Michel Legrand, Summer of '42
 
BEST MUSIC (ADAPTATION & ORIGINAL SONG SCORE)
  Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, song; Irwin Kostal, adaptation, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  Peter Maxwell Davies and Peter Greenwell, The Boy Friend
Oscar winner! John Williams, Fiddler on the Roof
  Dimitri Tiomkin, Tchaikovsky
  Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, song; Walter Scharf, adaptation, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (ANIMATED)
Oscar winner! The Crunch Bird (Maxwell-Petok-Petrovich Productions; Regency Film Distributing Corp.)
  Evolution (National Film Board of Canada; Columbia)
  The Selfish Giant (Potterton Productions; Pyramid Films)
 
BEST SHORT FILMS (LIVE ACTION)
  Good Morning (E/G Films; Seymour Borde and Associates)
  The Rehearsal (Cinema Verona Production; Schoenfeld Film Distributing Corp.)
Oscar winner! Sentinels of Silence (Producciones Concord; Paramount)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECTS)
  Adventures in Perception (Hans van Gelder Filmproduktie; Netherlands Information Service)
  Art Is... (Henry Strauss Associates; Sears, Roebuck Foundation)
  The Numbers Start With the River (WH Picture; U.S. Information Agency)
Oscar winner! Sentinels of Silence (Producciones Concord; Paramount)
  Somebody Waiting (Snider Productions; University of California Medical Film Library)
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURES)
  Alaska Wilderness Lake (Alan Landsburg, producer; Alan Landsburg Productions)
Oscar winner! The Hellstrom Chronicle (David L. Wolper Productions; Cinema 5, Ltd.)
  On Any Sunday (Bruce Brown-Solar; Cinema 5, Ltd.)
  The RA Expeditions (Swedish Broadcasting Company; Interwest Film Corp.)
  The Sorrow and the Pity (Television Rencontre-Norddeutscher Rundfunk-Television Swiss Romande; Cinema 5, Ltd.)
 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  Dodes'Ka-Den, Japan
  The Emigrants, Sweden
Oscar winner! The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Italy
  The Policeman, Israel
  Tchaikovsky, U.S.S.R.
 
VISUAL SPECIAL EFFECTS
Oscar winner! Alan Maley, Eustace Lycett and Danny Lee, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  Jim Danforth and Roger Dicken, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Other Awards

An honorary award was finally given to Charles Chaplin "for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century." Chaplin returned to the U.S. to receive the award for the first time since the dark days of McCarthyism in the early 1950s, when his re-entry visa was was revoked. It was long-overdue recognition for the most popular star of the first 30 years of the 20th century.

Scientific Awards

Optical Radiation Corporation (Lighting)
John N. Wilkinson (Lighting)
Robert D. Auguste (Camera)
Cinema Products Company (Camera)
Cinema Products Company (Camera)
Cinema Research Corporation (Laboratory)
Consolidated Film Industries (Laboratory)
Fenton Hamilton (Lighting)
Thomas Jefferson Hutchinson (Lighting)
Kollmorgen Corporation Photo Research Division (Photography)
Producers Service Corporation (Laboratory)
Research Products Incorporated (Laboratory)
James R. Rochester (Lighting)

 

FILM FACTS

Best Picture: The French Connection

What: 44th Annual Academy Awards

Date: April 10, 1972

Hosts: Sammy Davis Jr., Helen Hayes, Alan King and Jack Lemmon

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (Los Angeles)

Network: NBC


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