Peter Finch had been encouraged by director Sidney Lumet to campaign for Oscar for Best Actor for _Network (1976)_ and had decided to join him on Good Morning America (1975). They met in the Beverly Hills Hotel on the morning of January 14, 1977, where suddenly Finch clutched his chest and died of a heart attack. Three months later, he became the first actor to win the Best Actor award posthumously.
When Andre R. Guttfreund and 'Peter Werner (III)' won for Best Live Action Short for their film In the Region of Ice (1976), the Academy, for some reason, only presented them with one Oscar. Presenter Marty Feldman, realizing that there was one Oscar and two winners, threw the Oscar on the floor, breaking it in half, and gave a half to each of the winners.