49th Academy Awards

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49th Academy Awards
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Date March 28, 1977
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted by Richard Pryor, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda and Warren Beatty
Produced by William Friedkin
Directed by Marty Pasetta
Best Picture Rocky
Most awards All the President's Men and Network (4)
Most nominations Network and Rocky (10)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 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.

This Academy Awards ceremony is notable for Peter Finch becoming the first posthumous winner of an Oscar for acting, a feat matched only by fellow Australian Heath Ledger 32 years later; Finch had suffered a fatal heart attack in mid-January. Beatrice Straight set another record by becoming the actor with the shortest performance ever in a film to win an acting Oscar, with only five minutes and two seconds of screen-time in Network. Network, along with All the President's Men, were the two biggest champs of the ceremony with four Oscars each, but Best Picture and Best Director ultimately went to Rocky.

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.

Network became the second film (after A Streetcar Named Desire) to win three acting Oscars, and the last, as of the 90th 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.

This year's Academy Awards is also notable for the first ever female nominee for Best Director, Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties. To date, four further female directors have been nominated: Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003, Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009 (the first to win the award), and Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird in 2017. Barbra Streisand received her second Academy Award, composing music for the love theme "Evergreen", the first woman to be honored as a composer.

No honorary awards were given this year.

ABC had the Oscars from 1960–70 and had 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. The two events conflicted again five years later in 1982.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Peter Finch, Best Actor winner
Faye Dunaway, Best Actress winner
Jason Robards, Best Supporting Actor winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (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 Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Film Best Animated Short Film
Best Original Score Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Sound
Best Foreign Language Film 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". Archived from the original on 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  2. ^ "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2011-10-03.