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The 44th Academy Awards (1972) Nominees and Winners

Held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Monday, April 10, 1972,
honoring movies released in 1971.

Best Actor Gene Hackman in a scene from Best Picture "The French Connection."

Best Actor Gene Hackman in a scene from Best Picture "The French Connection."


  • Peter Finch in "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
  • Gene Hackman in "The French Connection"
  • Walter Matthau in "Kotch"
  • George C. Scott in "The Hospital"
  • Topol in "Fiddler on the Roof"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Jeff Bridges in "The Last Picture Show"
  • Leonard Frey in "Fiddler on the Roof"
  • Richard Jaeckel in "Sometimes a Great Notion"
  • Ben Johnson in "The Last Picture Show"
  • Roy Scheider in "The French Connection"


  • Julie Christie in "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
  • Jane Fonda in "Klute"
  • Glenda Jackson in "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
  • Vanessa Redgrave in "Mary, Queen of Scots"
  • Janet Suzman in "Nicholas and Alexandra"

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Ann-Margret in "Carnal Knowledge"
  • Ellen Burstyn in "The Last Picture Show"
  • Barbara Harris in "Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things about Me?"
  • Cloris Leachman in "The Last Picture Show"
  • Margaret Leighton in "The Go-Between"

Art Direction

  • "The Andromeda Strain" Art Direction: Boris Leven, William Tuntke; Set Decoration: Ruby Levitt
  • "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" Art Direction: John B. Mansbridge, Peter Ellenshaw; Set Decoration: Emile Kuri, Hal Gausman
  • "Fiddler on the Roof" Art Direction: Robert Boyle, Michael Stringer; Set Decoration: Peter Lamont
  • "Mary, Queen of Scots" Art Direction: Terence Marsh, Robert Cartwright; Set Decoration: Peter Howitt
  • "Nicholas and Alexandra" Art Direction: John Box, Ernest Archer, Jack Maxsted, Gil Parrondo; Set Decoration: Vernon Dixon


  • "Fiddler on the Roof" Oswald Morris
  • "The French Connection" Owen Roizman
  • "The Last Picture Show" Robert Surtees
  • "Nicholas and Alexandra" Freddie Young
  • "Summer of '42" Robert Surtees

Costume Design

  • "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" Bill Thomas
  • "Death in Venice" Piero Tosi
  • "Mary, Queen of Scots" Margaret Furse
  • "Nicholas and Alexandra" Yvonne Blake, Antonio Castillo
  • "What's the Matter with Helen?" Morton Haack


  • "A Clockwork Orange" Stanley Kubrick
  • "Fiddler on the Roof" Norman Jewison
  • "The French Connection" William Friedkin
  • "The Last Picture Show" Peter Bogdanovich
  • "Sunday Bloody Sunday" John Schlesinger

Documentary (Feature)

  • "Alaska Wilderness Lake" Alan Landsburg, Producer
  • "The Hellstrom Chronicle" Walon Green, Producer
  • "On Any Sunday" Bruce Brown, Producer
  • "The RA Expeditions" Lennart Ehrenborg and Thor Heyerdahl, Producers
  • "The Sorrow and the Pity" Marcel Ophuls, Producer

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • "Adventures in Perception" Han van Gelder, Producer
  • "Art Is..." Julian Krainin and DeWitt L. Sage, Jr., Producers
  • "The Numbers Start with the River" Donald Wrye, Producer
  • "Sentinels of Silence" Manuel Arango and Robert Amram, Producers
  • "Somebody Waiting" Hal Riney, Dick Snider and Sherwood Omens, Producers

Film Editing

  • "The Andromeda Strain" Stuart Gilmore, John W. Holmes
  • "A Clockwork Orange" Bill Butler
  • "The French Connection" Jerry Greenberg
  • "Kotch" Ralph E. Winters
  • "Summer of '42" Folmar Blangsted

Foreign Language Film

Music (Original Dramatic Score)

  • "Mary, Queen of Scots" John Barry
  • "Nicholas and Alexandra" Richard Rodney Bennett
  • "Shaft" Isaac Hayes
  • "Straw Dogs" Jerry Fielding
  • "Summer of '42" Michel Legrand

Music (Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score)

  • "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" Song Score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; Adaptation Score by Irwin Kostal
  • "The Boy Friend" Adaptation Score by Peter Maxwell Davies and Peter Greenwell
  • "Fiddler on the Roof" Adaptation Score by John Williams
  • "Tchaikovsky" Adaptation Score by Dimitri Tiomkin
  • "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" Song Score by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley; Adaptation Score by Walter Scharf

Music (Song – Original for the Picture)

  • "The Age of Not Believing" from "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
  • "All His Children" from "Sometimes a Great Notion" Music by Henry Mancini; Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
  • "Bless the Beasts & Children" from "Bless the Beasts & Children" Music and Lyrics by Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr.
  • "Life Is What You Make It" from "Kotch" Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
  • "Theme from Shaft" from "Shaft" Music and Lyrics by Isaac Hayes

Best Picture

  • "A Clockwork Orange" Stanley Kubrick, Producer
  • "Fiddler on the Roof" Norman Jewison, Producer
  • "The French Connection" Philip D'Antoni, Producer
  • "The Last Picture Show" Stephen J. Friedman, Producer
  • "Nicholas and Alexandra" Sam Spiegel, Producer

Short Subject (Animated)

  • "The Crunch Bird" Ted Petok, Producer
  • "Evolution" Michael Mills, Producer
  • "The Selfish Giant" Peter Sander and Murray Shostak, Producers

Short Subject (Live Action)

  • "Good Morning" Denny Evans and Ken Greenwald, Producers
  • "The Rehearsal" Stephen F. Verona, Producer
  • "Sentinels of Silence" Manuel Arango and Robert Amram, Producers


  • "Diamonds Are Forever" Gordon K. McCallum, John Mitchell, Alfred J. Overton
  • "Fiddler on the Roof" Gordon K. McCallum, David Hildyard
  • "The French Connection" Theodore Soderberg, Christopher Newman
  • "Kotch" Richard Portman, Jack Solomon
  • "Mary, Queen of Scots" Bob Jones, John Aldred

Special Visual Effects

Writing (Screenplay – based on material from another medium)

  • "A Clockwork Orange" Stanley Kubrick
  • "The Conformist" Bernardo Bertolucci
  • "The French Connection" Ernest Tidyman
  • "The Garden of the Finzi Continis" Ugo Pirro, Vittorio Bonicelli
  • "The Last Picture Show" Larry McMurtry, Peter Bogdanovich

Writing (Story and Screenplay – based on factual material or material not previously published or produced)

  • "The Hospital" Paddy Chayefsky
  • "Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion" Elio Petri, Ugo Pirro
  • "Klute" Andy Lewis, Dave Lewis
  • "Summer of '42" Herman Raucher
  • "Sunday Bloody Sunday" Penelope Gilliatt

  • Star indicates a win.
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