49th Academy Awards

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49th Academy Awards
DateMarch 28, 1977
SiteDorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byRichard Pryor, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda and Warren Beatty
Produced byWilliam Friedkin
Directed byMarty Pasetta
Best PictureRocky
Most awardsAll the President's Men and Network (4)
Most nominationsNetwork and Rocky (10)
TV in the United States
Duration3 hours, 38 minutes

The 49th Academy Awards were presented Monday, March 28, 1977, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The ceremonies were presided over by Richard Pryor, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda, and Warren Beatty. Network and All the President's Men were the two biggest winners of the ceremony with four Oscars each, but Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Best Editing, were won by Rocky.

Network became the second film (after A Streetcar Named Desire) to win three acting Oscars, the last to do so until Everything Everywhere All at Once, and the last, as of the 94th Academy Awards, to receive five acting nominations. It was also the eleventh of fifteen films (to date) to receive nominations in all four acting categories. Best Actor winner Peter Finch became the first posthumous acting winner, having suffered a fatal heart attack in mid-January. With only five minutes and two seconds of screentime, Beatrice Straight set a record for the shortest performance ever to win an acting Oscar (Best Supporting Actress).

Piper Laurie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Carrie (1976), her first role since her Best Actress-nominated performance in The Hustler (1961), thus being nominated for two consecutive roles, fifteen years apart.

Lina Wertmüller became the first woman nominated for Best Director for Seven Beauties, which was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. With her win for Best Original Song as the composer for the love theme "Evergreen" from A Star Is Born, Barbra Streisand became the first woman to be honored in the category, and as of the 94th Academy Awards, the only person to have won Academy Awards for both acting and songwriting (following her Best Actress win for Funny Girl at the 40th Academy Awards).

No honorary awards were given this year.

ABC held the rights to the Oscars from 1960 to 1970, and regained them for 1976. For the second straight year, the ceremony was scheduled directly opposite the NCAA championship basketball game on NBC, won by Marquette in Al McGuire's final game as head coach.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Peter Finch, Best Actor winner
Faye Dunaway, Best Actress winner
Jason Robards, Best Supporting Actor winner
Paddy Chayefsky, Best Original Screenplay winner
William Goldman, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Jerry Goldsmith, Best Original Score winner
Paul Williams, Best Original Song co-winner
Barbra Streisand, Best Original Song co-winner
Haskell Wexler, Best Cinematography winner

Nominees were announced on February 10, 1977. Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (‡).[1][2]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Based on Factual Material or on Story Material Not Previously Published or Produced Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Foreign Language Film Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject Best Live Action Short Film
Best Animated Short Film Best Original Score
Best Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

Special Achievement Award[edit]

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

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
Hank Simms Announcer of the 49th annual Academy Awards
Walter Mirisch (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Chevy Chase Explains the voting rules to the public
Tatum O'Neal Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Marty Feldman Presenter of the Short Films Awards
Roy Scheider Presenter of the Special Achievement Award
Marthe Keller Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction
Muhammad Ali
Sylvester Stallone
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
William Holden Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing
Red Skelton Presenter of the award for Best Sound
Cicely Tyson Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Pandro S. Berman
Donald Sutherland Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography
Pearl Bailey Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Ann-Margret Presenter of the Music Awards
Lillian Hellman Presenter of the Documentary Awards
Neil Diamond Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Norman Mailer Presenter of the Writing Awards
Jeanne Moreau Presenter of the award for Best Director
Tamara Dobson Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design
Liv Ullmann Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Louise Fletcher Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Jack Nicholson Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Bill Conti Musical arranger and conductor Orchestral
Ann-Margret Performer “Magic Circle (It All Started in Someone's Head)“
Eddie Albert Performer "A World That Never Was" from Half a House
Ben Vereen Performer "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky
Tom Jones Performer "Come to Me" from The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Tony Vivante Performer "Ave Satani" from The Omen
Barbra Streisand Performer "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" from A Star Is Born
Ann-Margret Performer “Magic Circle (Reprise)”

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Official Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Select "1976" in the "Award Year(s)" drop-down menu and press "Search".
  2. ^ "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved October 3, 2011.