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3 April 1978 (USA) See more »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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50 Glorious Years! Star Packed Show Features Many Film Greats! See more (2 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Bob Hope ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Albertson ... Himself - Past Winner
Irwin Allen ... Himself - Past Winner
Edward Anhalt ... Himself - Past Winner

Fred Astaire ... Himself - Presenter: Best Original Song

Priscilla Barnes ... Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
John Barry ... Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction

Anne Baxter ... Herself - Past Winner

Robert Benton ... Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay

Tony Bill ... Himself - Past Winner

Karen Black ... Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Robert Blalack ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Debby Boone ... Herself - Performer
Margaret Booth ... Herself - Honorary Award Recipient

Ernest Borgnine ... Himself
Marshall Brickman ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay

Garrett Brown ... Himself - Winner: Academy Award of Merit

Leslie Browne ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Richard Burton ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Ben Burtt ... Himself - Winner: Special Achievement Award

Red Buttons ... Himself - Past Winner

Michael Caine ... Himself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Stockard Channing ... Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design

Cyd Charisse ... Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award

Paddy Chayefsky ... Himself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
Richard Chew ... Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing

Roger Christian ... Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction

Joan Crawford ... Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Bing Crosby ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Quinn Cummings ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself - Performer

Bette Davis ... Herself - Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Olivia de Havilland ... Herself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Margaret Booth
Leslie Dilley ... Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction

Melinda Dillon ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Kirk Douglas ... Himself - Presenter: Documentary Feature and Documentary Short

Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Patty Duke ... Herself - Past Winner (as Patty Duke Astin)

John Dykstra ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects

Richard Edlund ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Kermit Eller ... Himself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award

Mia Farrow ... Herself - Audience Member

Farrah Fawcett ... Herself - Presenter: Best Film Editing (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors)

Peter Firth ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Louise Fletcher ... Herself - Past Winner

Jane Fonda ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Joan Fontaine ... Herself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects

Jodie Foster ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film

Aretha Franklin ... Herself - Performer
Peggy Ann Garner ... Herself

Greer Garson ... Herself - Presenter: Best Art Direction

Janet Gaynor ... Herself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Susan George ... Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Kenneth Grant Sr. ... Dancer (as Ken Grant)
Johnny Green ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score and Best Adapted Score

Joel Grey ... Himself - Past Winner

Mark Hamill ... Himself - Presenter: Special Technical Awards

Goldie Hawn ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography

Mary Ann Hay ... Dancer

Charlton Heston ... Himself - Hersholt Award Recipient

Paul Hirsch ... Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing

William Holden ... Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing

Burl Ives ... Himself
Charles H. Joffe ... Himself - Winner: Best Picture
John Jürgens ... Himself - Award Recipient for Steadicam Development

Diane Keaton ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

George Kennedy ... Himself - Past Winner

Stanley Kramer ... Himself - Presenter: Thalberg Award

Arthur Laurents ... Himself - Nominee: Best Picture & Best Original Screenplay

Michele Lee ... Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award

Gloria Loring ... Herself - Performer

George Lucas ... Himself - Nominee: Best Director & Best Original Screenplay
Marcia Lucas ... Herself - Winner: Best Film Editing
Don MacDougall ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound

Shirley MacLaine ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Dorothy Malone ... Herself - Past Winner and Audience Member

Henry Mancini ... Himself - Co-Presenter:Best Original Score and Best Adapted Score

Groucho Marx ... Himself (Memorial Tribute) (archive footage)

Marsha Mason ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Marcello Mastroianni ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing

Walter Matthau ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Grant McCune ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Bob Minkler ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound
Walter Mirisch ... Himself - Thalberg Award Recipient
John Mollo ... Himself - Winner: Best Costume Design

Dudley Moore ... Himself - Audience Member

Rita Moreno ... Herself - Audience Member

Olivia Newton-John ... Herself - Presenter: Best Original Score and Best Adapted Score

Jack Nicholson ... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture

Edmond O'Brien ... Himself - Past Winner

Margaret O'Brien ... Herself

Eleanor Parker ... Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award

Jane Powell ... Herself - Performer

Elvis Presley ... Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

Deborah Raffin ... Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award

Vanessa Redgrave ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Donna Reed ... Herself - Audience Member and Past Winner

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself - Performer
Norman Reynolds ... Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction

Cliff Robertson ... Himself - Past Winner

Mickey Rooney ... Himself - Audience Member

Herbert Ross ... Himself - Nominee: Best Picture & Best Director

Eva Marie Saint ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Alvin Sargent ... Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay

Neil Simon ... Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay

Maggie Smith ... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Gale Sondergaard ... Herself - Past Winner

Camilla Sparv ... Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award

Steven Spielberg ... Himself - Nominee: Best Director

Sylvester Stallone ... Himself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Barbara Stanwyck ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound
John Stears ... Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects

Beatrice Straight ... Herself - Past Winner

John Travolta ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Claire Trevor ... Herself - Past Winner

Cicely Tyson ... Herself - Presenter: Best Director

Jack Valenti ... Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
King Vidor ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Director

Jon Voight ... Himself - Presenter: Best Cinematography

Robert Wagner ... Himself - Audience Member

Raquel Welch ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Documentary Feature and Documentary Short

Tuesday Weld ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Ray West ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound

Haskell Wexler ... Himself - Past Winner

Billy Dee Williams ... Himself - Presenter: Academy Award of Merit

John Williams ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Score

Paul Williams ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film

Henry Winkler ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction

Natalie Wood ... Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
Smith Wordes ... Dancer

Teresa Wright ... Herself - Past Winner

Fred Zinnemann ... Himself - Nominee: Best Director

Vilmos Zsigmond ... Himself - Winner: Best Cinematography

Troy Garity ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Tom Hayden ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Vanessa Vadim ... Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Marty Pasetta 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Ludwig 
Leonard Spigelgass 

Produced by
Howard W. Koch .... producer
Michael B. Seligman .... associate producer
 
Film Editing by
Terry M. Pickford 
 
Production Management
Howard G. Malley .... unit manager
 
Art Department
Stu Bernstein .... graphic designer
Eytan Keller .... graphic designer
David L. Snyder .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Shawn Murphy .... sound supervisor
 
Music Department
Nelson Riddle .... musical director
 
Other crew
Danette Herman .... assistant to producer
Robert Iscove .... choreographer
Hal Kanter .... special material
 

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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 (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 »
Quotes:
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...
[applause]
Paddy Chayefsky:...for the propagation of their own personal political propaganda.
[applause]
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 proclamation, and a simple "thank you" would have sufficed.
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Soundtrack:
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
50 Glorious Years! Star Packed Show Features Many Film Greats!, 4 August 2007
Author: HelenaHatcheese from United States

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

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