|40th Academy Awards|
|Date||April 10, 1968|
|Site||Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California|
|Hosted by||Bob Hope|
|Produced by||Arthur Freed|
|Directed by||Richard Dunlap|
|Best Picture||In the Heat of the Night|
|Most awards||In the Heat of the Night (5)|
|Most nominations||Bonnie and Clyde and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (10)|
|TV in the United States|
The 40th Academy Awards were held on April 10, 1968, to honor film achievements of 1967. Originally scheduled for April 8, the awards were postponed to two days later due to the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Bob Hope was once again the host of the ceremony.
This year, due to the waning popularity of black-and-white films, Best Cinematography, Art Direction, and Costume Design, previously divided into separate awards for color and monochrome films, were merged into single categories. This was the first Oscars since 1948 to feature clips from the Best Picture nominees.
This year marked the first and only time that three different films were nominated for the "Top Five" Oscars (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay): Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. While all three won major Oscars, Best Picture was awarded to Norman Jewison's thriller/mystery film, In the Heat of the Night.
The Graduate became the seventh film to win Best Director and nothing else, and the last until the 94th Academy Awards. For the first time since the introduction of the Academy Award for Best Costume Design in 1948, Edith Head did not receive a nomination, after tallying 30 nominations and 7 wins over the previous 18 years.
Due to an all-out push by Academy President Gregory Peck, 18 of the 20 acting nominees were present at the ceremony. Only Katharine Hepburn and the late Spencer Tracy, who was nominated posthumously, were missing. Edith Evans was the last performer born in the 1880s to receive an acting nomination (Best Actress, for her role in The Whisperers).
Nominations were announced on February 19, 1968. Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger ().
|Best Picture||Best Director|
|Best Actor||Best Actress|
|Best Supporting Actor||Best Supporting Actress|
|Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen||Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|
|Best Foreign Language Film||Best Documentary Feature|
|Best Documentary Short Subject||Best Live Action Short Subject|
|Best Short Subject – Cartoons||Best Original Music Score|
|Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score||Best Song|
|Best Costume Design||Best Art Direction|
|Best Cinematography||Best Sound|
|Best Sound Effects||Best Film Editing|
|Best Special Visual Effects|
Arthur Freed was presented for distinguished service to the Academy and the production of six top-rated Awards telecasts.
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Hank Simms||Announcer for the 40th Academy Awards|
|Gregory Peck (AMPAS President)||Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony|
|Bill Miller||Explained the eligibility and voting rules to the public|
|Carol Channing||Presenter of the award for Best Sound|
|Patty Duke||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography|
|Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards|
|Presenters of the Documentary Awards|
|Eva Marie Saint||Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Bob Hope (host)||Presenter of the Honorary Award to Arthur Freed|
|Natalie Wood||Presenter of the award for Best Special Visual Effects|
|Presenters of the award for Best Sound Effects|
|Walter Matthau||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Edith Evans||Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing|
|Rosalind Russell||Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Gregory Peck|
|Danny Kaye||Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction|
|Bob Hope||Presenter of the Academy Awards' history montage|
|Presenters of the Music Awards|
|Barbra Streisand||Presenter of the award for Best Song|
|Sammy Davis Jr.||Accepted Leslie Bricusse's award on his behalf|
|Robert Wise||Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award|
|Leslie Caron||Presenter of the award for Best Director|
|Presenters of the Writing Awards|
|Audrey Hepburn||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Sidney Poitier||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Julie Andrews||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Elmer Bernstein||Musical arranger and conductor||Orchestral|
|Louis Armstrong||Performer||"The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book|
|Lainie Kazan||Performer||"The Eyes of Love" from Banning|
|Performer||"The Look of Love" from Casino Royale|
|Sammy Davis Jr.||Performer||"Talk to the Animals" from Doctor Dolittle|
|Angela Lansbury||Performer||"Thoroughly Modern Millie" from Thoroughly Modern Millie|
|Academy Awards Orchestra||Performers||"Hooray for Hollywood/There's No Business like Show Business" (orchestral) during the closing credits|