The 50th Academy Awards (1978) Nominees and Winners
Held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Monday, April 3, 1978,
honoring movies released in 1977.
Special Achievement Award recipient Benjamin Burtt Jr. with presenters Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and Mark Hamill ("Star Wars").
Actor in a Leading Role
- Woody Allen in "Annie Hall"
- Richard Burton in "Equus"
- Richard Dreyfuss in "The Goodbye Girl"
- Marcello Mastroianni in "A Special Day"
- John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever"
Actor in a Supporting Role
- Mikhail Baryshnikov in "The Turning Point"
- Peter Firth in "Equus"
- Alec Guinness in "Star Wars"
- Jason Robards in "Julia"
- Maximilian Schell in "Julia"
Actress in a Leading Role
- Anne Bancroft in "The Turning Point"
- Jane Fonda in "Julia"
- Diane Keaton in "Annie Hall"
- Shirley MacLaine in "The Turning Point"
- Marsha Mason in "The Goodbye Girl"
Actress in a Supporting Role
- Leslie Browne in "The Turning Point"
- Quinn Cummings in "The Goodbye Girl"
- Melinda Dillon in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
- Vanessa Redgrave in "Julia"
- Tuesday Weld in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"
- "Airport ’77" Art Direction: George C. Webb; Set Decoration: Mickey S. Michaels
- "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" Art Direction: Joe Alves, Dan Lomino; Set Decoration: Phil Abramson
- "The Spy Who Loved Me" Art Direction: Ken Adam, Peter Lamont; Set Decoration: Hugh Scaife
- "Star Wars" Art Direction: John Barry, Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley; Set Decoration: Roger Christian
- "The Turning Point" Art Direction: Albert Brenner; Set Decoration: Marvin March
- "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" Vilmos Zsigmond
- "Islands in the Stream" Fred J. Koenekamp
- "Julia" Douglas Slocombe
- "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" William A. Fraker
- "The Turning Point" Robert Surtees
- "Airport ’77" Edith Head, Burton Miller
- "Julia" Anthea Sylbert
- "A Little Night Music" Florence Klotz
- "The Other Side of Midnight" Irene Sharaff
- "Star Wars" John Mollo
- "Annie Hall" Woody Allen
- "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" Steven Spielberg
- "Julia" Fred Zinnemann
- "Star Wars" George Lucas
- "The Turning Point" Herbert Ross
- "The Children of Theatre Street" Robert Dornhelm and Earle Mack, Producers
- "High Grass Circus" Bill Brind, Torben Schioler and Tony Ianzelo, Producers
- "Homage to Chagall–The Colours of Love" Harry Rasky, Producer
- "Union Maids" James Klein, Julia Reichert and Miles Mogulescu, Producers
- "Who Are the Debolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?" John Korty, Dan McCann and Warren L. Lockhart, Producers
Documentary (Short Subject)
- "Agueda Martinez: Our People, Our Country" Moctesuma Esparza, Producer
- "First Edition" Helen Whitney and DeWitt L. Sage, Jr., Producers
- "Gravity Is My Enemy" John Joseph and Jan Stussy, Producers
- "Of Time, Tombs and Treasure" James R. Messenger and Paul N. Raimondi, Producers
- "The Shetland Experience" Douglas Gordon, Producer
- "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" Michael Kahn
- "Julia" Walter Murch
- "Smokey and the Bandit" Walter Hannemann, Angelo Ross
- "Star Wars" Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew
- "The Turning Point" William Reynolds
Foreign Language Film
- "Iphigenia" Greece
- "Madame Rosa" France
- "Operation Thunderbolt" Israel
- "A Special Day" Italy
- "That Obscure Object of Desire" Spain
Music (Original Score)
- "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" John Williams
- "Julia" Georges Delerue
- "Mohammad - Messenger of God" Maurice Jarre
- "The Spy Who Loved Me" Marvin Hamlisch
- "Star Wars" John Williams
Music (Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)
- "A Little Night Music" Adaptation Score by Jonathan Tunick
- "Pete’s Dragon" Song Score by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn; Adaptation Score by Irwin Kostal
- "The Slipper and the Rose–The Story of Cinderella" Song Score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; Adaptation Score by Angela Morley
Music (Original Song)
- "Candle on the Water" from "Pete’s Dragon" Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
- "Nobody Does It Better" from "The Spy Who Loved Me" Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
- "The Slipper and the Rose Waltz (He Danced with Me/She Danced with Me)" from "The Slipper and the Rose–The Story of Cinderella" Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
- "Someone’s Waiting for You" from "The Rescuers" Music by Sammy Fain; Lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
- "You Light Up My Life" from "You Light Up My Life" Music and Lyrics by Joseph Brooks
- "Annie Hall" Charles H. Joffe, Producer
- "The Goodbye Girl" Ray Stark, Producer
- "Julia" Richard Roth, Producer
- "Star Wars" Gary Kurtz, Producer
- "The Turning Point" Herbert Ross and Arthur Laurents, Producers
Short Film (Animated)
- "The Bead Game" Ishu Patel, Producer
- "The Doonesbury Special" John Hubley, Faith Hubley and Garry Trudeau, Producers
- "Jimmy the C" James Picker, Robert Grossman and Craig Whitaker, Producers
- "The Sand Castle" Co Hoedeman, Producer
Short Film (Live Action)
- "The Absent-Minded Waiter" William E. McEuen, Producer
- "Floating Free" Jerry Butts, Producer
- "I’ll Find a Way" Beverly Shaffer and Yuki Yoshida, Producers
- "Notes on the Popular Arts" Saul Bass, Producer
- "Spaceborne" Philip Dauber, Producer
- "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" Robert Knudson, Robert J. Glass, Don MacDougall, Gene S. Cantamessa
- "The Deep" Walter Goss, Dick Alexander, Tom Beckert, Robin Gregory
- "Sorcerer" Robert Knudson, Robert J. Glass, Richard Tyler, Jean-Louis Ducarme
- "Star Wars" Don MacDougall, Ray West, Bob Minkler, Derek Ball
- "The Turning Point" Theodore Soderberg, Paul Wells, Douglas O. Williams, Jerry Jost
- "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" Roy Arbogast, Douglas Trumbull, Matthew Yuricich, Gregory Jein, Richard Yuricich
- "Star Wars" John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Grant McCune, Robert Blalack
Writing (Screenplay–based on material from another medium)
- "Equus" Peter Shaffer
- "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" Gavin Lambert, Lewis John Carlino
- "Julia" Alvin Sargent
- "Oh, God!" Larry Gelbart
- "That Obscure Object of Desire" Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière
Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen–based on factual material or on story material not previously published or produced)
- "Annie Hall" Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
- "The Goodbye Girl" Neil Simon
- "The Late Show" Robert Benton
- "Star Wars" George Lucas
- "The Turning Point" Arthur Laurents
- Star indicates a win.