43rd Academy Awards

43rd Academy Awards
Date April 15, 1971
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Hosted by Don Rickles
Produced by Robert Wise
Directed by Richard Dunlap
Best Picture Patton
Most awards Patton (7)
Most nominations Airport and Patton (10)
TV in the United States
Network NBC

The 43rd Academy Awards were presented April 15, 1971 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The host was Don Rickles.

It was during this ceremony that George C. Scott became the first actor to reject an Oscar, claiming that the Academy Awards were "a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons."[1]

With her Best Supporting Actress win, Helen Hayes became the first performer to win Oscars in both lead and supporting categories (having won Best Actress 38 years before for The Sin of Madelon Claudet). She also has the record of having the biggest gap between acting wins.

The documentary film Woodstock got 3 Oscar nominations, making it the most nominated documentary film in Oscar history.

This was the only time since the 2nd Academy Awards that all five nominees for Best Actress were first time nominees, as well as the last time that either lead acting category had all new nominees. Also, this was the first time since the 7th Academy Awards in which none of the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Actor had a previous nomination in that category.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[2][3]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
  • Is It Always Right to Be Right? – Nick Bosustowdouble-dagger
    • The Further Adventures of Uncle Sam: Part Two – Robert Mitchell and Dale Case
    • The Shepherd – Cameron Guess
Best Original Score (not a musical) Best Original or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Mixing
Best Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 10 nominations: Airport and Patton
  • 7 nominations: Love Story
  • 5 nominations: MASH and Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • 4 nominations: Five Easy Pieces, Ryan's Daughter, Scrooge and Women in Love
  • 3 nominations: Darling Lili, I Never Sang for My Father, Lovers and Other Strangers and Woodstock
  • 2 nominations: Cromwell and The Great White Hope

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 7 wins: Patton
  • 2 wins: Ryan's Daughter



See also


  1. TotalFilm. "Review of Patton". Archived from the original on July 5, 2011. Retrieved 2006-04-24.
  2. The Official Acadademy Awards® Database
  3. "The 43rd Academy Awards (1971) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
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