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9 April 1979 (USA) See more »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Oscar's 2nd 50 Years starts with a BANG! See more (1 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Néstor Almendros ... Himself - Winner: Best Cinematography (as Nestor Almendros)

Lauren Bacall ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Writing Awards

Warren Beatty ... Himself - Nominee: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role & Best Adapted Screenplay

Robby Benson ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Short Film, Animated & Live Action

Ray Bolger ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Costume Design
Debby Boone ... Herself - Performer

Yul Brynner ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film

George Burns ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Ellen Burstyn ... Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Gary Busey ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Dyan Cannon ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Michael Cimino ... Himself - Winner: Best Picture, Best Director & Nominee: Best Original Screenplay

Jill Clayburgh ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

James Coburn ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
Denys N. Coop ... Himself - Winner: Special Achievement Award

Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Director

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself - Performer
Michael Deeley ... Himself - Winner: Best Picture

Dom DeLuise ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Editing

Bruce Dern ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Richard Farnsworth ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mia Farrow ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Documentary, Short Subjects & Features
Roy Field ... Himself - Winner: Special Achievement Award

Jane Fonda ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role
George Gaines ... Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Robert Gottschalk ... Himself - Winner: Academy Award of Merit

Cary Grant ... Himself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Laurence Olivier

Jack Haley ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Costume Design
Jerome Hellman ... Himself - Nominee: Best Picture

Audrey Hepburn ... Herself - Presenter: Honorary Award to King Vidor

John Hurt ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Paul Jabara ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Song
Leo Jaffe ... Himself - Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Recipient

Shirley Jones ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Diane Keaton ... Herself - Audience Member

Ruby Keeler ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Song

Margot Kidder ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound
C. Darin Knight ... Himself - Best Sound Winner

Kris Kristofferson ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Song
Stefan Kudelski ... Himself - Winner: Academy Award of Merit

Steve Lawrence ... Himself - Performer

Carol Lynley ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Short Film, Animated & Live Action

Ali MacGraw ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Director

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

Barry Manilow ... Himself - Performer

Dean Martin ... Himself - Co- Presenter: Music Awards

Steve Martin ... Himself - Presenter: Special Achievement Award

Johnny Mathis ... Himself - Performer

Paul Mazursky ... Himself - Nominee: Best Picture & Best Original Screenplay
William L. McCaughey ... Himself - Best Sound Winner
Derek Meddings ... Himself - Winner: Special Achievement Award

Penelope Milford ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Giorgio Moroder ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Score

Olivia Newton-John ... Herself - Performer

Kim Novak ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
Edwin O'Donovan ... Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Laurence Olivier ... Himself - Honorary Award Recipient & Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jane Olivor ... Herself - Performer

Geraldine Page ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Alan Parker ... Himself - Nominee: Best Director

Gregory Peck ... Himself - Presenter: Honorary Award to the Museum of Modern Art, Dept. of Film
Zoran Perisic ... Himself - Winner: Special Achievement Award

Valerie Perrine ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Editing
Richard Portman ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound
Anthony Powell ... Himself - Winner: Best Costume Design
Anthony Ray ... Himself - Nominee: Best Picture

Christopher Reeve ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound
Joe Renzetti ... Himself - Winner: Best Adaptation Score
Aaron Rochin ... Himself - Winner: Best Sound

Ginger Rogers ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Diana Ross ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Telly Savalas ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Ricky Schroder ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Brooke Shields ... Herself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maggie Smith ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Sci-Tech Awards
Barry Spikings ... Himself - Winner: Best Picture

Maureen Stapleton ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Sci-Tech Awards

Meryl Streep ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Donna Summer ... Herself - Performer
Paul Sylbert ... Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Jack Valenti ... Himself - Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
King Vidor ... Himself - Winner: Honorary Award

Jon Voight ... Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Writing Awards

Robert Wagner ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredit)

Christopher Walken ... Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

John Wayne ... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture

Raquel Welch ... Herself - Co- Presenter: Music Awards

Robin Williams ... Himself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Walter Lantz

David L. Wolper ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Documentary: Short Subjects & Features

Natalie Wood ... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Peter Zinner ... Himself - Winner: Best Editing

Armand Assante ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)

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

Robert Stack ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Marty Pasetta 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Barrie 
Johnny Carson 
Hal Goodman 
Larry Klein 
Buz Kohan 
Jim Mulholland 
Tony Thomas 
Rod Warren 

Produced by
Stu Bernstein .... producer: film portion
Jack Haley Jr. .... executive producer
Eytan Keller .... producer: film portion
Michael B. Seligman .... associate producer
 
Film Editing by
Terry M. Pickford 
Mike Wenig  (as Michael L. Wenig)
 
Art Direction by
Roy Christopher 
 
Costume Design by
Ron Talsky 
 
Makeup Department
Rudy Horvatich .... makeup department head
Cathrine A. Marcotte .... assistant hair stylist
Dale Miller .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Donald B. Colhour .... unit manager
Hal Danforth .... unit manager
Robert M. Furgia .... unit manager (as Robert M. Furiga)
Mick McCullough .... production associate
David J. Nash .... production associate
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harvey W. Berger .... co-ordinating associate director
Bob Bowker .... assistant director
Ron Cates .... co-ordinating associate director
Bob Sheldon .... co-ordinating associate director
Doug Smart .... associate director
 
Art Department
Richard Reynolds .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Larry Estrin .... audio facilities consultant (as Laurence H. Estrin)
Doug Nelson .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Evan Baker .... camera operator
Ron Brooks .... camera operator
Warren Cress .... camera operator
Jack Denton .... camera operator
Sal Folino .... camera operator
Vaughn Gaddey .... lighting director
Arch Griffin .... camera operator
Bud Holland .... camera operator
Art LaCombe .... camera operator
Don Langford .... camera operator
Bill McCloud .... camera operator
Marc Palius .... lighting director
Mayo Partee .... camera operator
Ed Payne .... camera operator
Bill Pope .... camera operator
Steve Schein .... camera operator
Larry Stenman .... camera operator
Carol Wetovich .... camera operator
Blair White .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Smith .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Bob Greenseth .... senior video
Hugo di Lonardo .... senior video
Mike Michaels .... senior video
Terry M. Pickford .... videotape editor (as Terry Pickford)
Mike Wenig .... videotape editor
 
Music Department
Marty Berman .... music coordinator
Jerry Bilik .... music coordinator
Jack Elliott .... musical director
Joseph Estren .... music librarian
Allyn Ferguson .... musical director
Vic Lewis .... music coordinator
Joe Lopes .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Jay Abramowitz .... production staff
Jessica Berman .... film coordinator
Bob Bleiweiss .... facilities technical director
Eileen Bowser .... curator
Gerry Bucci .... technical director
Ernie Buttelman .... technical director
Carole Costello .... production staff
Bill Daly .... production clerk
Gus Dato .... engineer in charge
Fred Di Aguilar .... technical director: studio
Chris John Fabiasci .... production staff
Bob Gabrielson .... technical manager
Ed Gallagher .... traffic manager
Sandford Gardner .... traffic manager
John Gatenberg .... production coordinator
Karen Gluck .... production staff
Jane Greene .... production assistant
Jack Haley Jr. .... director: tribute to the Museum of Modern Art
Danette Herman .... production coordinator
Lloyd Leipzig .... assistant to the producer
Marcia Lewis .... production executive
Marcia Lewis .... production staff
Julian Ludwig .... assistant to the producer
Jim Mancuso .... stage manager
John McElveney .... production services coordinator
Robert F. Metzler .... business manager
Sharon Nagata .... production assistant
Miriam Nelson .... staged by: Not Even Nominated
Donna Newberry .... production services coordinator
Bob Newman .... production staff
Martin Pasetta .... stage manager
Marge Pinns .... assistant to the producer
Ted Ray .... stage manager
Nat Rosen .... production staff
Linda Schriebman .... creative graphics
Mark Schriebman .... creative graphics
Janet Segal .... assistant to the producer
Arlando Smith .... stage manager
Jim Smith .... stage manager
Herb Stein .... stage manager
Douglass M. Stewart Jr. .... assistant to the producer (as Douglass Stewart)
Sheila Stewart .... stage manager
Mel Stuart .... director: tribute to Laurence Olivier
Tony Thomas .... director: tribute to King Vidor
Ellis Toney .... stage manager
Bob Untiedt .... technical manager
Sol Weisel .... film coordinator
 

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For the first time, all five nominated songs are performed by the singers who originally performed them in their respective films.See more »
Quotes:
George Burns:Look, just because I happen to be up here with this lovely young lady, I don't want you to think she's my date.
Brooke Shields:That's true, I'm not his date.
George Burns:No, it's just that we've made a movie together. It's called "Just You and Me, Kid." And you know how the studios like to spread those stories about stars being romantically involved.
Brooke Shields:It sells tickets.
George Burns:Kid, if we were romantically involved, *I'd* sell tickets.
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Oscar's 2nd 50 Years starts with a BANG!, 14 April 2007
Author: HelenaHatcheese from United States

Following a great 50th Anniversary show, the 51st Academy Awards continued the tradition of star power that lit the previous year.

Johnny Carson marks his first run as host and immediately makes the proceedings his own. Musical numbers were stellar: Barry Manilow, Debby Boone, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis & Jane Olivor, and the sensational Donna Summer sang the nominated songs (the first time all 5 were sung by the original artist). Another musical number, the controversial "Oscars's Only Human", lasted almost twelve minutes and featured Steve Lawrence and Sammy Davis Jr. lamenting the great film songs that were "not even nominated". At the time this number probably seemed tired and old hat but watching it recently, I felt a nostalgia for that kind of entertainment which hardly exists anymore.

Star power was at its zenith with the return of Kim Novak to the Oscars for the first time in 13 years. Dean Martin, Audrey Hepburn, and Geraldine Page all made rare Oscar appearances. No shows were Robert DeNiro and Ingrid Bergman (battling a recurrence of cancer). Laurence Olivier made only his second Oscar appearance (he also received his record breaking, at that time, 10th nomination). Olivier was given an honorary Oscar by Cary Grant and blew the audience away with a rather bizarre oration.

Maggie Smith was a surprise and welcome winner for her turn as an Oscar losing actress. Present at the awards (she was not for her previous win), she was genuinely shocked and dedicated it to co-star Michael Caine (WHY hasn't anyone cast them together since????). Maureen Stapleton had been the odds on favorite and ironically she and Maggie presented an award earlier in the evening. Maggie's award was presented by George Burns and Brooke Sheilds who provided some amusing moments. George showed what a classy guy he really was.

Embarrassing moments included: Francis Ford Coppola constantly scratching an itch under his beard. Shirley MacLaine's tribute to her "little brother" and an off the wall comment about his...libido.

Of course the most dramatic moment was the appearance of John Wayne. Gaunt, Wayne stole the show by ambling down to the stage and presenting Best Picture. There was a prolonged ovation and everyone from Jane Fonda to Warren Beatty and Gregory Peck to Rip Torn stood. Two months later the Duke was gone.

Ironically another presenter that evening passed away a few weeks later BEFORE the Duke. Jack Haley (Tin Man) presented with Ray Bolger (Scarecrow) and they provided a few jokes regarding Haley's son who was directing the show.

Of note: This year marked Olivier and Ingrid Bergman's last nominations and Meryl Streep's first.

Diane Keaton, the previous year's Best Actress, refused Jack Haley Jr.'s repeated pleas to present the Best Actor Oscar. Apparently, Haley was very angry as Keaton spent the whole night in plain view with current boyfriend Warren Beatty. At any rate, pairing Ginger Rogers and Diana Ross was a total inspiration!!

This was a great start to the second half of Oscar's first century and will be getting repeated viewings in the future.

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