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The 43rd Academy Awards (1971)

Held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday, April 15, 1971,
honoring movies released in 1970.

Best Actor George C. Scott (

Best Actor George C. Scott ("Patton").

Best Picture

Patton Full Image

"Patton"

20th Century-Fox.

Best Story and Screenplay

Edmund North, winner for Story and Screenplay –  based on factual material or material not previously published or produced (“Patton”). North shared the award with Francis Ford Coppola. Full Image

Edmund North

Edmund North, winner for Story and Screenplay – based on factual material or material not previously published or produced (“Patton”). North shared the award with Francis Ford Coppola

Best Actress

Best Actress Glenda Jackson ("Women in Love") at a presentation in the United Kingdom with Hal B. Wallis. Full Image

Glenda Jackson

Best Actress Glenda Jackson ("Women in Love") at a presentation in the United Kingdom with Hal B. Wallis.

The Year

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Liv Ullman accepts Ingmar Bergman's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
  • Best Picture: "Patton"
    • "Patton" also won Academy Awards for Best Actor (George C. Scott), Art Direction-Set Decoration (Urie McCleary, Gil Parrondo, Antonio Mateos, and Pierre-Louis Thevenet), Directing (Franklin J. Schaffner), Film Editing (Hugh S. Fowler), Sound (Douglas Williams and Don Bassman), and Writing – Story and Screenplay based on factual material or material not previously published or produced (Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North).
  • George C. Scott declined his nomination and the award, but Academy President Daniel Taradash noted that, "…a person responsible for the achievement cannot decline the nomination after it is voted. Actually, Mr. Scott is not involved. It is his performance in 'Patton' which is involved."
  • Helen Hayes won Best Supporting Actress for "Airport." She became the first actor or actress to receive Academy Awards in the two categories honoring performers (she won Best Actress for "The Sin of Madelon Claudet" in 1931/32).
  • The Beatles won the Academy Award for Music – Original Song Score for "Let It Be."
  • The Awards were broadcast by NBC-TV for the first time in 11 years.
  • The Awards presentation and hosting duties were handled by 34 "Friends of Oscar."
  • On January 5, 1970, the soap opera "All My Children" premiered on ABC.
  • On January 14, 1970, Diana Ross and the Supremes performed their final concert together at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.
  • In February 1970, Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut album. It is often regarded as the first true heavy metal album.
  • In April 1970, President Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, banning cigarette television advertisements in the U.S. The law became effective on January 2, 1971, thereby allowing cigarette companies to advertise during bowl games held on New Year's Day, 1971.
  • On April 13, 1970, an explosion on board Apollo 13 forced the crew to abort their mission to the moon and devise a way to bring their compromised spaceship home. They landed safely in the Pacific Ocean four days later.
  • On May 4, 1970, four students at Kent State University were killed and nine more were wounded by the Ohio State National Guard during a protest against the Vietnam War.
  • In May, 1970, The Beatles released their final album, "Let It Be."
  • On June 7, 1970, The Who performed their rock opera Tommy and became the first act to play rock music at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
  • In June 1970, President Nixon signed legislation that lowered the voting age to 18.
  • On September 13, 1970, the first New York City Marathon took place. A 30-year-old fireman won the race with a time of 2:31:38.2.
  • On September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London.
  • On October 4, 1970, Janis Joplin died from a heroin overdose in Los Angeles.
  • In December 1970, the North Tower of the World Trade Center was completed and became the tallest building in the world.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

To Frank Sinatra. (View Image)

Honorary Award

To Lillian Gish for superlative artistry and for distinguished contribution to the progress of motion pictures.

To Orson Welles for superlative artistry and versatility in the creation of motion pictures.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

To Ingmar Bergman. (View Image)

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