49th Academy Awards

49th Academy Awards
Date March 28, 1977
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Hosted by Richard Pryor, Jane Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, 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 March 28, 1977, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Richard Pryor, Jane Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, 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 Heath Ledger 32 years later. Beatrice Straight set another record by becoming the actor with shortest performance ever in a film to win an acting Oscar, with only five minutes and forty seconds of screentime in Network. Network, along with All the President's Men, were the two biggest champs of the ceremony with four Oscars each; however, John G. Avildsen won Best Director, presaging Rocky's eventual Best Picture victory.

Piper Laurie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Carrie (1976), her first acting role since her Best Actress-nominated performance in The Hustler (1961), thus being nominated for two consecutive roles, 15 years apart.

As of the 88th Academy Awards, Network remains the last film to receive five acting nominations, and the last to win three acting Oscars. It was also the third and, to date, last film (after Mutiny on the Bounty and From Here to Eternity) to receive three nominations in lead 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, three further female directors have been nominated: Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003, and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009 (the first to win the award). 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.

Winners and nominees

Peter Finch, Best Actor winner
Faye Dunaway, Best Actress winner
Jason Robards, Best Supporting Actor winner
Beatrice Straight, Best Supporting Actress 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 Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 10 nominations: Network, Rocky
  • 8 nominations: All The President's Men
  • 6 nominations: Bound for Glory
  • 4 nominations: Seven Beauties, A Star is Born, Taxi Driver
  • 3 nominations: Cousin Cousine, Voyage of the Damned
  • 2 nominations: Carrie, Face to Face, Fellini's Casanova, The Incredible Sarah, King Kong, Logan's Run, The Omen, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 4 wins: All the President's Men and Network
  • 3 wins: Rocky
  • 2 wins: Bound for Glory

Presenters and performers

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


Name Role
Simms, HankHank Simms Announcer of the 49th annual Academy Awards
Mirisch, WalterWalter Mirisch (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Chase, ChevyChevy Chase Explains the voting rules to the public
O'Neal, TatumTatum O'Neal Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Feldman, MartyMarty Feldman Presenter of the Short Subjects Awards
Scheider, RoyRoy Scheider Presenter of the Special Achievement Award
Keller, MartheMarthe Keller Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Ali, MuhammadMuhammad Ali
Sylvester Stallone
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Holden, WilliamWilliam Holden Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing
Skelton, RedRed Skelton Presenter of the award for Best Sound
Tyson, CicelyCicely Tyson Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Pandro S. Berman
Sutherland, DonaldDonald Sutherland Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography
Bailey, PearlPearl Bailey Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Ann-Margret Presenter of the Music Awards
Hellman, LillianLillian Hellman Presenter of the Documentary Awards
Diamond, NeilNeil Diamond Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Mailer, NormanNorman Mailer Presenter of the Writing Awards
Moreau, JeanneJeanne Moreau Presenter of the award for Best Director
Dobson, TamaraTamara Dobson Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design
Ullmann, LivLiv Ullmann Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Fletcher, LouiseLouise Fletcher Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Nicholson, JackJack Nicholson Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Conti, BillBill Conti Musical arranger
Ann-Margret, Ann-Margret Performer “Magic Circle (It All Started in Someone's Head)“
Albert, EdwardEdward Albert Performer "A World That Never Was" from Half a House
Vereen, BenBen Vereen Performer "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky
Jones, TomTom Jones Performer "Come to Me" from The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Vivante, TonyTony Vivante Performer "Ave Satani" from The Omen
Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand Performer "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" from A Star Is Born
Ann-Margret, Ann-Margret Performer “Magic Circle (Reprise)”

See also


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