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42nd Academy Awards
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DateApril 7, 1970
SiteDorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Produced byM. J. Frankovich
Directed byJack Haley Jr.
Best PictureMidnight Cowboy
Most awardsButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (4)
Most nominationsAnne of the Thousand Days (10)
TV in the United States
Duration2 hours, 25 minutes
Ratings43.4% (Nielsen ratings)

The 42nd Academy Awards were presented April 7, 1970, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. For the second year in a row, there was no official host. Awards were presented by seventeen "Friends of Oscar": Bob Hope, John Wayne, Barbra Streisand, Fred Astaire, Jon Voight, Myrna Loy, Clint Eastwood, Raquel Welch, Candice Bergen, James Earl Jones, Katharine Ross, Cliff Robertson, Ali MacGraw, Barbara McNair, Elliott Gould, Claudia Cardinale, and Elizabeth Taylor. This was the first Academy Awards ceremony to be broadcast via satellite to an international audience, but only outside North America. Mexico and Brazil were the sole countries to broadcast the event live.[1]

This is currently the highest rated of the televised Academy Awards ceremonies, according to Nielsen ratings. Its ratings record remains unbroken as of 2020 thanks to the emergence of the Super Bowl as the biggest event of Awards Season.

Midnight Cowboy became the first and only X-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Its rating has since been downgraded to R. The previous year had seen the only G-rated film to win Best Picture, Carol Reed's Oliver!.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? set an Oscar record by receiving nine nominations without one for Best Picture.

This was the last time until the 68th Academy Awards wherein none of the four winning performances came from Best Picture nominees, as well as the first time where every acting nomination, as well as every major nominated film, was in color.

The ceremony

This was the first Academy Award ceremony intended to be broadcast via satellite worldwide, but according to Klaus Lehmann, a foreign sales executive of the ABC television network, in addition to Canada and Mexico (broadcasting the event since 1953, but only live since 1964), only two South American countries, Chile and Brazil, roughly in the Oscars' time zone, were interested in the live coverage. The Chilean television rights to the Oscars were sold by ABC International to Televisión Nacional de Chile while the Brazilian rights were sold to TV Tupi. The latter country's rights to the TV broadcast of the Oscars were moved to a joint venture of TV Bandeirantes and TV Record. Starting in 1974, the Brazilian TV rights to the Oscars were sold by NBC (which had acquired the TV rights to the Awards from ABC to be broadcast for a five-year period until 1975, when they returned to ABC for the next year's Awards) to Rede Globo. An early attempt to change the Academy Awards presentation's start time to 1 p.m. to fit European television audiences was rejected by AMPAS executives. Since at the time television standards conversion was difficult, about 50 other countries did not broadcast the event live. In Europe, most TV broadcasters signed off at midnight, thus the Oscars were not broadcast live and were recorded on film and then shipped to broadcasters with a minimum 4-day delay from the awards' broadcast date.

Winners and nominees

John Wayne, Best Actor winner
Maggie Smith, Best Actress winner
Gig Young, Best Supporting Actor winner
Goldie Hawn, Best Supporting Actress winner
William Goldman, Best Original Screenplay winner
Burt Bacharach, Best Original Score (Not a Musical) winner & Best Original Song co-winner

Nominees were announced on February 16, 1970. Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[2][3]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Subject Best Short Subject – Cartoons
Best Original Score for a Motion Picture (Not a Musical) Best Score of a Musical Picture - Original or Adaptation
Best Song Original for the Picture Best Sound
Best Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing Best Special Visual Effects

Multiple nominations and awards

Presenters and performers


See also


  1. ^ The Opening of the Academy Awards in 1970 on YouTube At 5:30 mark. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Official Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Select "1969" in the "Award Year(s)" drop-down menu and press "Search".
  3. ^ "The 42nd Academy Awards (1970) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on December 28, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2011.