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28 March 1977 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Warren Beatty ... Himself - Co-Host

Ellen Burstyn ... Herself - Co-Host

Jane Fonda ... Herself - Co-Host

Richard Pryor ... Himself - Co-Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jenny Agutter ... Herself - Audience Member

Edward Albert ... Himself - Performer

Jane Alexander ... Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Muhammad Ali ... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Ann-Margret ... Herself - Performer & Presenter: Music Awards

John G. Avildsen ... Himself - Winner: Best Director

Pearl Bailey ... Herself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Ned Beatty ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Pandro S. Berman ... Himself - Thalberg Award Recipient

Dyan Cannon ... Herself - Nominee: Best Short Film, Live Action
Robert Chartoff ... Himself - Winner: Best Picture

Chevy Chase ... Himself - Presenter

Paddy Chayefsky ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay

Scott Conrad ... Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing

Neil Diamond ... Himself - Presenter: Best Original Song
Tamara Dobson ... Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design

Faye Dunaway ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Marty Feldman ... Himself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short
Eletha Finch ... Herself - Accepting Best Actor Award for Her Late Husband Peter Finch

Louise Fletcher ... Herself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Jodie Foster ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Giancarlo Giannini ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

William Goldman ... Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay

Jerry Goldsmith ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Score

Lee Grant ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Richard Halsey ... Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing
Lillian Hellman ... Herself - Presenter: Documentary Awards

William Holden ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Film Editing

Tom Jones ... Himself - Performer

Marthe Keller ... Herself - Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Barbara Kopple ... Herself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature

Piper Laurie ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Lynne Littman ... Herself - Winner: Best Documentary Short

Sidney Lumet ... Himself - Nominee: Best Director

Norman Mailer ... Himself - Presenter: Writing Awards

Burgess Meredith ... Himself - Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Walter Mirisch ... Himself - President

Jeanne Moreau ... Herself - Presenter: Best Director

Jack Nicholson ... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture

Tatum O'Neal ... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan J. Pakula ... Himself - Nominee: Best Director

Jason Robards ... Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mickey Rooney ... Himself - Audience Member
Leonard Rosenman ... Himself - Winner: Best Score Adaptation

Roy Scheider ... Himself - Presenter: Special Achievement Award

Talia Shire ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Red Skelton ... Himself - Presenter: Best Sound

Sissy Spacek ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Sylvester Stallone ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Best Original Screenplay & Co-presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Beatrice Straight ... Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Barbra Streisand ... Herself - Performer & Winner: Best Original Song

Donald Sutherland ... Himself - Presenter: Best Cinematography

Cicely Tyson ... Herself - Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Liv Ullmann ... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Ben Vereen ... Himself - Performer
Tony Vivante ... Himself - Performer
Lina Wertmüller ... Herself - Nominee: Best Director & Best Original Screenplay

Paul Williams ... Himself - Winner: Best Original Song

Irwin Winkler ... Himself - Winner: Best Picture

Burt Young ... Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Directed by
Marty Pasetta 
Produced by
William Friedkin .... producer
Film Editing by
Terry M. Pickford 
Art Direction by
Ray Klausen 
Sound Department
Shawn Murphy .... sound supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jules Fisher .... lighting technician
Music Department
Bill Conti .... musical director
Other crew
Donald McKayle .... choreographer

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Did You Know?

Bernard Herrmann became the only person in the history of the Academy Awards to be posthumously nominated twice in the same year in the same category. He was nominated for Obsession (1976) and Taxi Driver (1976). He lost both to Jerry Goldsmith for The Omen (1976).See more »
Himself - Co-host:I'm here to explain why black people will never be nominated for anything. This show is going out to 75 million people - none of them black. We don't even know how to vote. There's 3,349 people in the voting thing and only two black people, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte. We're quitting. You'll have to listen to Lawrence Welk.See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"New Hollywood" Faces Phantoms of the Past, 15 July 2007
Author: HelenaHatcheese from United States

Streamlined show was produced by William Friedkin who insisted on only black or white clothes and NO audience reaction shots. He failed on both! Co-host Ellen Burstyn, so incensed by her former director's edict, wore a men's tuxedo in protest. Furthermore, there are shots of Mickey Rooney, Olivia DeHavilland, Brenda Vaccaro, and even Pat McCormack (!?!?!) sprinkled throughout the show.

Presenters are solo. This gets rid of the needless scripted banter between presenters. The previous year reached an all-time low in banter with embarrassing moments between Goldie Hawn & George Segal and Roddy MCDowell & Brenda Vaccaro. The presenters are a bizarre array of "New Hollywood" (Tamara Dobson, Marty Feldman, Marthe Keller) and older vets no longer involved in film (Pearl Bailey, Red Skelton) all of them making their sole Oscar appearance.

I must admit that when I saw this show on its initial broadcast, I thought Skelton was hysterical. Watching it now 30 years later, I am pained by the extraordinary length given to his routine.

Perhaps, Red's comedy was designed to counterbalance the bitter animosity Lillian Hellman spewed before the documentary awards. Having known Lily as a friend, I can say she had every right to say what she did. And she said it perfectly!! When she says "maybe you have no regrets when you survive", the camera cuts to dear friend and nominee Lee Grant, a black list survivor herself.

The other drama surrounded the Best Actor award. The Academy, still reeling from the Scott/Brando fiascoes, did not want proxies to accept. This meant Mrs. Peter Finch. There are some who believe that the Academy was fearful of allowing Mrs. Finch, a woman of color, accept for her husband. Whatever. Paddy Chayevsky called Elthea Finch from her seat (in the back of the house!) and she gave a most moving speech for her husband (who deserved the award 5 years earlier for Sunday BLOODY Sunday).

High Points: 1) Sylvester Stallone in his overnight stardom. Whether bantering with Muhammad Ali or sitting like a slob awaiting an award, he is amazing. Of course by the following year he had "gone Hollywood" and all of this character was long gone.

2) Barbra Streisand in her only Oscar performance. She performs a lackluster EVERGREEN and wins her second Oscar.

3) A totally surprised Beatrice Straight winning for NETWORK. A few points are taken away by her giving a speech that was longer than her role in the film!!!

4) A totally surprised Faye Dunaway (what the hell was she wearing???) who thanked the "boys in the back room"

Low Points: 1) Lee Grant was a nominee who won the previous year. Why didn't she present an award?

2)What was Cicely Tyson's tie to Pandro S. Berman? They never did anything together. What about Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire??

4)Norman Mailer?

5) Jeanne Moreau was a GREAT choice for Best Director. BUT as Friedkin's then wife it only adds to the feeling of impropriety.

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