The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978)

TV Special
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 194 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Add a Plot


0Check in

Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 20 images
created 21 Jan 2011
a list of 191 titles
created 16 May 2013
a list of 727 titles
created 08 Mar 2014
list image
a list of 3739 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 365 titles
created 1 week ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978– )

The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978– ) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The 50th Annual Academy Awards.

User Polls

Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The 81st Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Annual awards presentation honoring the best film achievements of 2008.

Directors: Roger Goodman, Allen P. Haines
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Amy Adams, Jennifer Aniston
The 25th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The first television broadcast of the annual motion picture awards ceremony.

Director: Bill Bennington
Stars: Bob Hope, Anne Baxter, Edgar Bergen
The 57th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Directors: Marty Pasetta, Harrison Engle
Stars: Jack Lemmon, F. Murray Abraham, Debbie Allen
The Oscars (TV Special 2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Seth MacFarlane hosts the Acadamy Awards.

Director: Don Mischer
Stars: Seth MacFarlane, William Shatner, Naomi Watts
The 84th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Annual awards presentation honoring the best film achievements of 2011.

Directors: Don Mischer, Kabir Akhtar, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Tom Cruise, Emma Stone
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Films nominated for the annual awards include Babel (2006), The Departed (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and The Queen (2006).

Directors: Louis J. Horvitz, Joel Gallen, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Affleck, Samantha Aisling
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Films nominated for the annual awards include The Aviator (2004), Finding Neverland (2004), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Ray (2004) and Sideways (2004).

Directors: Louis J. Horvitz, Roger Goodman
Stars: Chris Rock, Alan Alda, Jo Allen
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An award show that honors excellence in filmmaking in each of its separate categories. People are awarded Oscars in a humorous manner that provides an entertaining show.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz
Stars: Billy Crystal, Aaliyah, Ben Affleck
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards honoring the best in film for the year 2010.

Directors: Don Mischer, Troy Miller
Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson
The 35th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  
Director: Richard Dunlap
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Mary Badham, Ed Begley
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the annual awards presentation, the nominated films include Atonement (2007), Juno (2007), Michael Clayton (2007), No Country for Old Men (2007), and There Will Be Blood (2007).

Directors: Louis J. Horvitz, Joseph Takats
Stars: Jon Stewart, Jan Aaris, Amy Adams
The 49th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special 1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Marty Pasetta
Stars: Warren Beatty, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda


Credited cast:
Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - Past Winner
Himself - Past Winner
Edward Anhalt ...
Himself - Past Winner
Himself - Presenter: Best Original Song
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
John Barry ...
Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction
Herself - Past Winner
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Himself - Past Winner
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Robert Blalack ...
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Debby Boone ...
Herself - Performer
Margaret Booth ...
Herself - Honorary Award Recipient


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

3 April 1978 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Each of the five Best Picture nominees feature plots primarily driven by the actions or focus a principal female character: Annie Hall (1977) (Annie is the object of Alvy's affection), The Goodbye Girl (1977) (Paula's resolution of her domestic issues and romance with Elliot), Julia (1977) (Lilian's relationship with her closest friend, Julia) Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (Princess Leia sending the droids to alert Obi-Wan Kenobi and her subsequent rescue), The Turning Point (1977) (Deedee and Emma are reconnected through Emilia; the catalyst for the two women's eventual conflict). See more »


Paddy Chayefsky: Before I get on to the writing awards, there's a little matter I'd like to tidy up, at least if I expect to live with myself tomorrow morning. I would like to say -- personal opinion, of course -- that I'm sick and tired of people exploiting the occasion of the Academy Awards...
Paddy Chayefsky: ...for the propagation of their own personal political propaganda.
Paddy Chayefsky: I would like to suggest to Miss Redgrave that her winning an Academy Award is not a pivotal moment in history, does not require a ...
See more »


Features Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »


The Slipper and the Rose Waltz (He Danced with Me/She Danced with Me)
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Jane Powell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

50 Glorious Years! Star Packed Show Features Many Film Greats!
4 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SLAP! The sound of a baby crying. And so begins Oscar's Fiftieth Anniversary Show, a jam packed star-studded evening that closed the door on the Academy's first half century and laid the seeds for it's next half.

Debbie Reynolds kicks off with a song and dance number "Look How Far We've Come". The number climaxes with the arrival of past winners joining Debbie onstage. This is woefully mis-directed as groups of former winners come from all directions, this way and that, their names flashing briefly on screen. Furthermore, the director deprives the viewing audience of close-ups, hence the former winners seem MILES away. Still, what a stellar group they are (perhaps the IMDb will adjust their credit to add those who are omitted):

Leading off: Cliff Robertson, Cloris Leachman, and Patty Duke Astin. Followed by Louise Fletcher, Joel Grey, Anne Baxter (looking sensational!), and Frank Capra. At stage right: Ernest Borgnine, Donna Reed, and Mickey Rooney. Rushing down a stage left staircase: George Chakiris & Rita Moreno. Back to stage right: Burl Ives, Gale Sondergaard, and Master of Disaster Irwin Allen. From the top: Red Buttons, Eva Marie Saint, Marvin Hamlisch From the left: Tony Bill, Dorothy Malone, John Green At bottom: Haskell Wexler, Teresa Wright, Edward Anhalt As the winners appear, it is painfully obvious most participants have two left feet! From stage right: George Kennedy, Edith Head, Edmund O'Brien Above them: Conrad Hall, Beatrice Straight, Henry Mancini At bottom: George Cukor, Claire Trevor, John Avildsen Finally at top: John Williams, Joan Fontaine, Jack Albertson (The two men stop on a stair and Joan keeps going, almost going ass over tea kettle! Another reason why the 70th and 75th were better in having the winners sit and have their own 'moment'.)

The number ends with Bette Davis & Gregory Peck explaining the voting (remember that??)

After Bob Hope's schtick (this was Bob's last year as solo host), John Travolta commences the first scandal of the night—Best Supporting Actress. Without rehashing her speech, I can only say that Vanessa Redgrave WAS great in 'Julia' and certainly the best of the five nominees.

Mickey Mouse briefly crosses paths with C-3PO and R2D2 of 'Star Wars' before presenting an award with future 2 time winner Jodie Foster.

A Little Entertainment. Nominated songs were sung by such varied talents as Jane Powell, Gloria Loring,, and Aretha Franklin. A tribute to those who passed in 1977 was done by Sammy Davis Jr. & Marvin Hamlisch. However, the night's most heartwarming moment occurred when Debby Boone sang "You Light Up My Life". With father Pat beaming from the audience, Debby was accompanied by children 'associated' with the JOHN TRACY CLINIC for the DEAF who 'signed' the song with her. This was scandal 2 of the night!! The next morning it was revealed the children were NOT from the JOHN TRACY CLINIC and the "signing' was complete gibberish. Mercifully, the papers, too focused on Vanessa Redgrave,

did not pursue this embarrassment.

Bob Hope introduces former co-star Joan Fontaine. This is this classy lady's last Oscar appearance as a presenter to date (Come back, Joan!!). The Oscar goes to…'Star Wars' and a team of men rush to the stage. An overwhelmed Joan points to the Oscars and says "Everybody grab one". After each one speaks, the orchestra begins wrap up music only to be stopped by another making a speech (you suddenly realize why there are time constraints!). Joan, halfway offstage, rushes back to wait for the last to speak. When they finish, the men rush off and leave Joan in the dust! Alone, she follows them offstage.

Odd Couplings: Kirk Douglas & Raquel Welch, Greer Garson & Henry Winkler ('It is soo exciting to be here with…The Fonz"), Eva Marie Saint & Jack Valenti (his first show since being shut out the year before).

Hope introduces Michael Caine and a luminous Maggie Smith. The latter looks terrific with her hair and gown almost matching her character in 'California Suite' which would win her a 2nd Oscar the next year. Maggie's beauty and attitude make one forget that a) the winner, Jason Robards was not there (Peter Firth was the only nominee in attendance) and b) the previous year's winner, Beatrice Straight who was in the house, was not asked to present.

Another high point: Natalie Wood presents the Costume Award and introduces an array of film greats who model the outfits. Cyd Charisse, Stockard Channing, Camilla Sparv, Pricilla Barnes, Michelle Lee, Susan George, Deborah Raffin, Karen Black and Eleanor Parker are the models.

Bette Davis returns to give the Hersholt award to Charlton Heston while Olivia DeHavilland elicits titters when she honors Margaret Booth who "has run a lot of celluloid through her moviola."

Fred Astaire makes his final Oscar appearance to a standing ovation while Cicely Tyson (WHAT is that thing in her hair?) & King Vidor crown the absent Woody Allen Best Director.

The first Best Actress, Janet Gaynor, appears and recounts HER evening 50 years before. Sylvester Stallone appears (much more refined than the previous year!) to crown Best Actor. Let's dispel an urban legend. Contrary to popular belief, Richard Burton was not "out of his seat and moving toward the stage ". When Richard Dreyfuss' name was read. Rather, he smiled and applauded as most people do (exceptions. Sally Kirkland, Ellen Burstyn, Sylvia Miles).

The evening ends as it has many many times in the past 30 years (including the two years just past) with Jack Nicholson presenting Best Picture to Annie Hall. Finally, Bob Hope sends get well wishes to John Wayne, recently diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer.

High Points: Too many to mention. So Many Stars. Young and Old.

Low Points: Too few close-ups on the former winners and costume models.

Otherwise 10 out of 10

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Neither Peggy Ann Garner nor Margaret O'Brien... njfilm
Discuss The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page