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The 50th Academy Awards (1978)

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")

Special Achievement Award recipient Benjamin Burtt Jr. with presenters Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and Mark Hamill ("Star Wars").

Best Picture

Rocky Full Image

"Annie Hall"

Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe Production; United Artists.

Best Actor

Best Actor Richard Dreyfuss ("The Goodbye Girl"). Full Image

Richard Dreyfuss

Best Actor Richard Dreyfuss ("The Goodbye Girl").

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actress Vanessa Redgrave ("Julia"). Full Image

Vanessa Redgrave

Best Supporting Actress Vanessa Redgrave ("Julia").

The Year

  • Diane Keaton
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • John Williams
  • Best Picture: "Annie Hall"
    • "Annie Hall" also won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Diane Keaton), Directing (Woody Allen), and Writing – Screenplay written directly for the screen (Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman).
  • Bob Hope was the master of ceremonies. It was his final appearance in that role.
  • “Star Wars” won six awards. In addition, the Board of Governors voted a Special Achievement Award to Benjamin Burtt Jr. for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices in the film. (View Image)
  • Vanessa Redgrave, Best Supporting Actress winner for “Julia,” sparked controversy by referring to “Zionist hoodlums” in her acceptance speech. 
  • The telecast attracted the largest television audience for any Oscar show to date.
  • On January 23, 1977, the mini-series “Roots” premiered on ABC.
  • In February 1977, Fleetwood Mac released their album “Rumors.”
  • On June 26, 1977, Elvis Presley performed his last concert, at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. He died August 16 at his home, Graceland, at the age of 42.
  • In July 1977, a blackout in New York City lasted for 25 hours and resulted in looting, arson, and other disorder. More than 10,000,000 people were affected by the power outage.
  • In August 1977, President Carter signed legislation that created the United States Department of Energy.
  • On August 10, 1977, David Berkowitz, a U.S. Postal Service employee, was arrested and charged with being the "Son of Sam," the serial killer who terrorized New York City for more than a year. Berkowitz claimed that demons and a dog owned by a neighbor named Sam had ordered him to commit the killings. Berkowitz killed six people and wounded seven others during his deadly spree.
  • On October 18, 1977, Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in one game to lead the New York Yankees to a World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jackson became the first player to hit three homers in consecutive at-bats during a World Series.
  • On November 8, 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. He was the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States.
  • On December 25, 1977, Charlie Chaplin died at his home in Switzerland.

Special Achievement Award

To Benjamin Burtt, Jr. for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices featured in “Star Wars.”

Special Achievement Award

To Frank E. Warner for Sound Effects Editing, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

To Charlton Heston.

Honorary Award

To Margaret Booth for her exceptional contribution to the art of film editing in the motion picture industry.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

To Walter Mirisch.

See all Nominees and Winners

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