40th Academy Awards
|40th Academy Awards|
|Date||Wednesday, 10 April 1968
(originally scheduled for Monday, 8 April)
|Site||Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, USA|
|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|
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).
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
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Arthur Freed was presented for distinguished service to the Academy and the production of six top-rated Awards telecasts.
- Of the 20 performers nominated in the acting categories only two didn't attend: Katharine Hepburn, whose award for Best Actress was accepted by George Cukor, was in France filming The Lion in Winter, and Spencer Tracy, whose nomination was posthumous.
- There was no Governor's Ball.
- Prior to the two-day postponement, four African-American stars who were scheduled to take part in the ceremony: Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis, Jr., Louis Armstrong and Diahann Carroll, announced they were withdrawing in mourning for Dr. King. Prior to the postponement, Jack Lemmon was announced as a replacement for Poitier, and Shirley Jones for Davis, but once the event was delayed, the original quartet returned.
- Alfred Hitchcock's acceptance speech is on record for the shortest in Academy Awards history: "Thank you".
- This was the only year in which two films (Bonnie and Clyde and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) received nominations in all four acting categories.
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- Julie Andrews (Presenter: Best Picture)
- Claire Bloom and Rod Steiger (Presenters: Writing Awards)
- Macdonald Carey and Diahann Carroll (Presenters: Short Subjects Awards)
- Leslie Caron (Presenter: Best Director)
- Carol Channing (Presenter: Best Sound)
- Angie Dickinson and Gene Kelly (Presenters: Music Awards)
- Edith Evans (Presenter: Best Film Editing)
- Audrey Hepburn (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross (Presenters: Best Cinematography)
- Rock Hudson and Shirley Jones (Presenters: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration)
- Danny Kaye (Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film)
- Walter Matthau (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress)
- Robert Morse and Barbara Rush (Presenters: Documentary Awards)
- Sidney Poitier (Presenter: Best Actress)
- Rosalind Russell (Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Gregory Peck)
- Eva Marie Saint (Presenter: Best Costume Design)
- Barbra Streisand (Presenter: Best Original Song)
- Robert Wise (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award)
- Natalie Wood (Presenter: Best Visual Effects)
- Richard Crenna and Elke Sommer (Presenters: Best Sound Effects)
- Patty Duke (Presenter:best supporting actor)
- Louis Armstrong ("The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book)
- Sammy Davis Jr. ("Talk to the Animals" from Doctor Dolittle)
- Lainie Kazan ("The Eyes of Love" from Banning)
- Angela Lansbury ("Thoroughly Modern Millie" from Thoroughly Modern Millie)
- Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 ("The Look of Love" from Casino Royale)
- 25th Golden Globe Awards
- 1967 in film
- 10th Grammy Awards
- 19th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 20th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 21st British Academy Film Awards
- 22nd Tony Awards
- "The 40th Academy Awards (1968) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
- Angela Lansbury performing "Thoroughly Modern Millie" on show on YouTube