40th Academy Awards

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40th Academy Awards
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Date 10 April 1968
(originally scheduled for 8 April)
Site Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, United States
Hosted by Bob Hope
Produced by Arthur Freed
Directed by 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

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 88th 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]

Presenters and performers[edit]

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name Role
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
Katharine Ross
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Carey, MacdonaldMacdonald Carey
Diahann Carroll
Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards
Morse, RobertRobert Morse
Barbara Rush
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
Elke Sommer
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
Shirley Jones
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Hope, BobBob Hope Presenter of the Academy Awards' history montage
Dickinson, AngieAngie Dickinson
Gene Kelly
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
Rod Steiger
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


Name Role Performed
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
Brasil '66
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[2]
Academy Awards Orchestra, Academy Awards Orchestra Performers "Hooray for Hollywood/There's No Business like Show Business" (orchestral) during the closing credits

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