40th Academy Awards

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40th Academy Awards
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Date Wednesday, 10 April 1968
(originally scheduled for Monday, 8 April)
Site Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, USA
Host Bob Hope
Producer Arthur Freed
Director Richard Dunlap
Best Picture In the Heat of the Night
Most awards In the Heat of the Night (5)
Most nominations Bonnie and Clyde and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (10)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
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The 40th Academy Awards honored film achievements of 1967. Originally scheduled for 8 April 1968, the awards were postponed to two days later, 10 April 1968, because of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Bob Hope was once again the host of the ceremony.

Due to the increasing rarity of black and white feature films, the awards for cinematography, art direction and costume design were combined into single categories rather than a distinction between color and monochrome. The Best Picture nominees were an eclectic group of films reflecting the chaos of their era. The event was the first one since the 1948 awards show to feature film clips from the Best Picture nominated films.

This year's nominations also marked the first time that three different films were nominated for the "Top Five" Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay. The three films were Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. However, the winner of Best Picture was producer Walter Mirisch and director Norman Jewison's thriller/mystery film, In the Heat of the Night (with seven nominations and five wins – Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound).

The Graduate is, as of the 87th Academy Awards, the last film to win Best Director and nothing else.

Due to an all-out push by Academy President Gregory Peck, 18 of the 20 acting nominees were present at the ceremony. Only Katharine Hepburn and the late Spencer Tracy, who was nominated posthumously, were missing.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Sound Mixing Best Sound Effects
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award[edit]

Gregory Peck

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

Alfred Hitchcock

Honorary Oscar[edit]

Arthur Freed was presented for distinguished service to the Academy and the production of six top-rated Awards telecasts.


Multiple nominations and awards[edit]



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