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.
Presenters and performers
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Simms, HankHank Simms||Announcer for the 40th Academy Awards|
|Peck, GregoryGregory Peck (AMPAS President)||Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony|
|Miller, BillBill Miller||Explained the eligibility and voting rules to the public|
|Channing, CarolCarol Channing||Presenter of the award for Best Sound|
|Duke, PattyPatty Duke||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Hoffman, DustinDustin Hoffman
|Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography|
|Carey, MacdonaldMacdonald Carey
|Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards|
|Morse, RobertRobert Morse
|Presenters of the Documentary Awards|
|Saint, Eva MarieEva Marie Saint||Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Hope, BobBob Hope (host)||Presenter of the Honorary Award to Arthur Freed|
|Wood, NatalieNatalie Wood||Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects|
|Crenna, RichardRichard Crenna
|Presenters of the award for Best Sound Effects|
|Matthau, WalterWalter Matthau||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Evans, EdithEdith Evans||Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing|
|Russell, RosalindRosalind Russell||Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Gregory Peck|
|Kaye, DannyDanny Kaye||Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|Hudson, RockRock Hudson
|Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration|
|Hope, BobBob Hope||Presenter of the Academy Awards' history montage|
|Dickinson, AngieAngie Dickinson
|Presenters of the Music Awards|
|Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand||Presenter of the award for Best Original Song|
|Davis Jr., SammySammy Davis Jr.||Accepted Leslie Bricusse's award on his behalf|
|Wise, RobertRobert Wise||Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award|
|Caron, LeslieLeslie Caron||Presenter of the award for Best Director|
|Bloom, ClaireClaire Bloom
|Presenters of the Writing Awards|
|Hepburn, AudreyAudrey Hepburn||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Poitier, SidneySidney Poitier||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Andrews, JulieJulie Andrews||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Bernstein, ElmerElmer Bernstein||Musical arranger
|Armstrong, LouisLouis Armstrong||Performer||"The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book|
|Kazan, LainieLainie Kazan||Performer||"The Eyes of Love" from Banning|
|Mendes, SérgioSérgio Mendes
|Performer||"The Look of Love" from Casino Royale|
|Davis Jr., SammySammy Davis Jr.||Performer||"Talk to the Animals" from Doctor Dolittle|
|Lansbury, AngelaAngela Lansbury||Performer||"Thoroughly Modern Millie" from Thoroughly Modern Millie)|
|Academy Awards Orchestra, Academy Awards Orchestra||Performers||"Hooray for Hollywood/There's No Business like Show Business" (orchestral) during the closing credits|
- 25th Golden Globe Awards
- 1967 in film
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- 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.
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