46th Academy Awards

46th Academy Awards
Date April 2, 1974
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Hosted by John Huston, Diana Ross, Burt Reynolds, David Niven
Produced by Jack Haley, Jr.
Directed by Marty Pasetta
Best Picture The Sting
Most awards The Sting (7)
Most nominations The Exorcist and The Sting (10)
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Duration 3 hours, 23 minutes

The 46th Academy Awards were presented on April 2, 1974, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by John Huston, Diana Ross, Burt Reynolds and David Niven.

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

Jack Lemmon, Best Actor winner
Glenda Jackson, Best Actress winner
John Houseman, Best Supporting Actor winner
Tatum O'Neal, Best Supporting Actress winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[1]

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
  • The Bolero – Allan Miller and William Fertikdouble-dagger
    • Clockmaker – Richard Gayer
    • Life Times Nine – Pen Densham and John Watson
  • Frank Film – Frank Mourisdouble-dagger
    • The Legend of John Henry – Nick Bosustow and David Adams
    • PulcinellaEmanuele Luzzati and Guilo Gianini
Best Original Dramatic Score Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Mixing
Best Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

Streaking incident

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." [2][3] 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

Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 10 nominations: The Exorcist and The Sting
  • 6 nominations: The Way We Were
  • 5 nominations: American Graffiti, Cries and Whispers and A Touch of Class
  • 4 nominations: Paper Moon
  • 3 nominations: Cinderella Liberty, The Last Detail, Paper Chase, Save the Tiger and Tom Sawyer
  • 2 nominations: The Day of the Dolphin, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Last Tango in Paris, Serpico and Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 7 wins: The Sting
  • 2 wins: The Exorcist and The Way We Were

Presenters and performers

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


Name Role
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
Raquel Welch
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Valenti, JackJack Valenti Presenter of the Honorary Award to Henri Langlois
Bergen, CandiceCandice Bergen
Marcel Marceau
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Benjamin, RichardRichard Benjamin
Paula Prentiss
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Hitchcock, AlfredAlfred Hitchcock Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Lew Wasserman
Sidney, SylviaSylvia Sidney
Paul Winfield
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Falk, PeterPeter Falk
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Lawford, PeterPeter Lawford
Cicely Tyson
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Brynner, YulYul Brynner Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
O'Connor, DonaldDonald O'Connor
Debbie Reynolds
Presenters of the award for Best Adapted Score
Henry Mancini
Presenters of the award for Best Original Dramatic Score
Mason, MarshaMarsha Mason
Neil Simon
Presenter of the award for Best Original Screenplay
Dickinson, AngieAngie Dickinson
Jason Miller
Presenters of the award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Burt Bacharach
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song
Borgnine, ErnestErnest Borgnine
Cybill Shepherd
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Bronson, CharlesCharles Bronson
Jill Ireland
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
MacLaine, ShirleyShirley MacLaine
Walter Matthau
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
Charlton Heston
Presenters of the award for Best Actress
Minnelli, LizaLiza Minnelli
Gregory Peck
Presenters of the award for Best Actor
Taylor, ElizabethElizabeth Taylor Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
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
Johnny Whitaker
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

See also


  1. "The 46th Academy Awards (1974) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
  2. Boyer Sagert, Kelly (2007). The 1970s. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 129. ISBN 0-313-33919-8.
  3. Frawley, Frawley (2004). And the stars spoke back. Scarecrow Press. p. 224. ISBN 0-8108-5157-1.

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/12/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.