49th Academy Awards

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.

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

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. Barbra Streisand received her second Academy Award, composing music for the love theme "Evergreen", the first woman to be honored as a composer, and as of the 90th Academy Awards, the only person to win Academy Awards for both acting and songwriting.

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.

Winners and nominees

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 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 Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

Special Achievement Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Multiple nominations and awards

Presenters and performers

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


Hank SimmsAnnouncer of the 49th annual Academy Awards
Walter Mirisch (AMPAS President)Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Chevy ChaseExplains the voting rules to the public
Tatum O'NealPresenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Marty FeldmanPresenter of the Short Films Awards
Roy ScheiderPresenter of the Special Achievement Award
Marthe KellerPresenter of the award for Best Art Direction
Muhammad Ali
Sylvester Stallone
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
William HoldenPresenter of the award for Best Film Editing
Red SkeltonPresenter of the award for Best Sound
Cicely TysonPresenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Pandro S. Berman
Donald SutherlandPresenter of the award for Best Cinematography
Pearl BaileyPresenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Ann-MargretPresenter of the Music Awards
Lillian HellmanPresenter of the Documentary Awards
Neil DiamondPresenter of the award for Best Original Song
Norman MailerPresenter of the Writing Awards
Jeanne MoreauPresenter of the award for Best Director
Tamara DobsonPresenter of the award for Best Costume Design
Liv UllmannPresenter of the award for Best Actor
Louise FletcherPresenter of the award for Best Actress
Jack NicholsonPresenter of the award for Best Picture


Bill ContiMusical arranger and conductorOrchestral
Ann-MargretPerformer“Magic Circle (It All Started in Someone's Head)“
Eddie AlbertPerformer"A World That Never Was" from Half a House
Ben VereenPerformer"Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky
Tom JonesPerformer"Come to Me" from The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Tony VivantePerformer"Ave Satani" from The Omen
Barbra StreisandPerformer"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" from A Star Is Born
Ann-MargretPerformer“Magic Circle (Reprise)”

See also


  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 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
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