46th Academy Awards
|46th Academy Awards|
|Date||Tuesday, April 2, 1974|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles|
|Host||John Huston, Diana Ross, Burt Reynolds, David Niven|
|Producer||Jack Haley, Jr.|
|Best Picture||The Sting|
|Most awards||The Sting (7)|
|Most nominations||The Exorcist and The Sting (10)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 23 minutes|
While David Niven was introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present the award for Best Picture, a streaker named Robert Opel ran out from backstage, a moment which showed David Niven's natural aplomb as he quickly quipped about the man's "shortcomings".
Winners and nominees
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
The 46th Academy Awards ceremony is perhaps best remembered as the ceremony in which a streaker named Robert Opel ran across the stage naked while flashing a peace sign with his hand. In response, host David Niven jokingly quipped, "The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings."  In 2001, this incident was voted as the most memorable Oscar moment in history, coming in first over Marlon Brando's 1972 boycott of the 45th Academy Awards, in which he nominated Sacheen Littlefeather to explain why he would not be coming to collect his Oscar for The Godfather.
Other notable events
- First-time nominee George Lucas made his debut at the Academy Awards with his nostalgic teen drama American Graffiti. It was nominated for Best Picture (Francis Ford Coppola and Gary Kurtz), Director & Original Screenplay (Lucas), Editor (Marcia Lucas), and Candy Clark for Best Supporting Actress.
- Jack Lemmon won his second career Oscar that night; his first was for 1955's Mister Roberts. As he accepted the award, he announced that "In recent years, especially, there has been a great deal of criticism about this award. And probably, a great deal of that criticism is very justified; I would just like to say that, whether it is justified or not, I think it is one hell of a honor and I am thrilled, and I thank you all, very, very much."
- Katharine Hepburn made her first and only appearance at the ceremony to present The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to her longtime friend Lawrence Weingarten. Whenever she won an Oscar, she always had either the presenter or another person associated with her film accept it on her behalf. Upon taking the stage, she received a standing ovation, to which she replied "I'm living proof that a person can wait forty-one years to be unselfish."
- Coincidentally, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens, who were all ex-wives of Eddie Fisher's, each appeared in some form.
- This was Susan Hayward's last public appearance, before she died of brain cancer.
- At 10 years, 148 days of age, Tatum O'Neal won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Paper Moon. She became the youngest winner of an Oscar, a feat unmatched to this day.
- During the ceremony, the whole in memoriam tribute was for legendary producer Samuel Goldwyn, who had died at age 94, three months prior to the event. He is the only person to have an Academy Awards ceremony dedicated solely to him.
- Longtime film veteran/comedian Groucho Marx was presented with an Honorary Academy Award for his contributions to the cinema.
- Julia Phillips became the first female producer to win for Best Picture.
- With Tatum O'Neal being 10 years old and John Houseman at age 71 years, this was the biggest age gap ever for 2 acting wins.
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 46th Academy Awards|
|Mirisch, WalterWalter Mirisch (AMPAS President)||Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony|
|Blair, LindaLinda Blair
Billy Dee Williams
|Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards|
|Caan, JamesJames Caan
|Presenters of the Documentary Awards|
|Valenti, JackJack Valenti||Presenter of the Honorary Award to Henri Langlois|
|Bergen, CandiceCandice Bergen
|Presenters of the award for Best Sound|
|Benjamin, RichardRichard Benjamin
|Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing|
|Hitchcock, AlfredAlfred Hitchcock||Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Lew Wasserman|
|Sidney, SylviaSylvia Sidney
|Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration|
|Falk, PeterPeter Falk
|Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Lawford, PeterPeter Lawford
|Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography|
|Brynner, YulYul Brynner||Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|O'Connor, DonaldDonald O'Connor
|Presenters of the award for Best Adapted Score|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Dramatic Score|
|Mason, MarshaMarsha Mason
|Presenter of the award for Best Original Screenplay|
|Dickinson, AngieAngie Dickinson
|Presenters of the award for Best Adapted Screenplay|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Song|
|Borgnine, ErnestErnest Borgnine
|Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Bronson, CharlesCharles Bronson
|Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|MacLaine, ShirleyShirley MacLaine
|Presenter of the award for Best Director|
|Hepburn, KatharineKatharine Hepburn||Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award|
|Lemmon, JackJack Lemmon||Presenter of the Honorary Award to Groucho Marx|
|Hayward, SusanSusan Hayward
|Presenters of the award for Best Actress|
|Minnelli, LizaLiza Minnelli
|Presenters of the award for Best Actor|
|Taylor, ElizabethElizabeth Taylor||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Mancini, HenryHenry Mancini||Musical arranger
|Minnelli, LizaLiza Minnelli||Performer||"Oscar"|
|Academy Awards Chorus, Academy Awards Chorus||Performers||"Thank You Very Much" from Scrooge during the Academy Awards' 45th Anniversary montage|
|Cannon, DyanDyan Cannon||Performer||"All the Love That Went to Waste" from A Touch of Class|
|Stevens, ConnieConnie Stevens||Performer||"Live and Let Die" from Live and Let Die|
|Foster, JodieJodie Foster
|Performers||"Love" from Robin Hood|
|Lee, PeggyPeggy Lee||Performer||"The Way We Were" from The Way We Were|
|Savalas, TellyTelly Savalas||Performer||"You're So Nice to Be Around" from Cinderella Liberty|
|Academy Awards Orchestra, Academy Awards Orchestra||Performers||“Hooray for Hollywood” (orchestral) during the closing credits|
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