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The 48th Annual Academy Awards (1976)

The 48th Annual Academy Awards offered one of the most acclaimed presentations with Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" earning the top five awards.


Marty Pasetta


Hal Kanter, Buz Kohan (segment) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Goldie Hawn ... Self - Co-Hostess
Gene Kelly ... Self - Co-Host
Walter Matthau ... Self - Nominee
George Segal ... Self - Co-Host
Robert Shaw ... Self - Co-Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isabelle Adjani ... Self - Nominee & Presenter
John Alcott ... Self - Winner
Robert Altman ... Self - Nominee
Ann-Margret ... Self - Nominee
Burt Bacharach ... Self - Presenter
Marisa Berenson ... Self - Presenter
Jacqueline Bisset ... Self - Presenter
Linda Blair ... Self - Presenter
Robert Blake ... Self - Presenter
Ronee Blakley ... Self - Nominee


The 48th Annual Academy Awards offered one of the most acclaimed presentations with Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" earning the top five awards.

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Did You Know?


The previous year, when Jack Nicholson lost to Art Carney for Best Actor, the A.D. of Chinatown turned to him and said, "Sorry, Jack." Nicholson simply leaned forward and replied, "It's alright. I'll get it next year for Cuckoo's Nest." See more »


Milos Forman: I've been told by many people that the Academy is patriotic, chauvinistic and does not like to give awards to foreigners. It's nice to know it isn't so.
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Followed by The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »


Richard's Window
fron "The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)"
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Kelly Garrett
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Keith Carradine's victory must have come as a shock
19 July 2020 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

The 48th Annual Academy Awards took place on Mar. 29, 1976 on ABC, an evening when "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" became the first film since 1934's "It Happened One Night" to capture the top five Oscars, Best Picture (to producer Michael Douglas), Director (Milos Forman), Actor (Jack Nicholson), Actress (Louise Fletcher), and Adapted Screenplay (Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman). The year's biggest blockbuster, Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," deservedly won Oscars for Best Score (John Williams), Best Film Editing (Verna Fields), and Best Sound, losing out on Best Picture. Perhaps the evening's most surprising winner was actor Keith Carradine, not for a performance in front of the camera but for Best Original Song, "I'm Easy," from Robert Altman's "Nashville," for which the actors and actresses were encouraged to put forth their own material for consideration (this was its only win despite five nominations). Up against professional songwriters with a sterling history of film scores behind them (Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel, Gerry Goffin), it must have come as a shock for a heretofore unknown to win the award on his first recorded composition. Keith was already a musician, having learned guitar from his illustrious father John Carradine, already with a nice backlog of songs dating back to his teenage days. Once "I'm Easy" was rerecorded with strings to become a #17 hit on the Billboard charts, the actor was signed by Asylum Records for two albums, I'M EASY in 1976 then LOST AND FOUND in 1978, almost entirely made up of strong self penned material that some compared favorably to the voice and work of the late Jim Croce. Keith would often return to his musical roots on stage but not so often in film, and his brief, poignant acceptance speech this evening concluded with a nod to father John, shown waving from his seat in the audience. Eventually, John would be joined by sons Keith, David, Robert, and Chris for a 1979 documentary titled "Carradines in Concert" or "The Carradines Together," sadly still unreleased to this day although at least one photo exists to commemorate the memorable gathering of this remarkable clan.

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29 March 1976 (USA) See more »

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