|43rd Academy Awards|
|Date||April 15, 1971|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California|
|Produced by||Robert Wise|
|Directed by||Richard Dunlap|
|Most awards||Patton (7)|
|Most nominations||Airport and Patton (10)|
|TV in the United States|
The 43rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was held on April 15, 1971, and took place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to honor the best films of 1970. The Awards, without a host for the third consecutive year, were broadcast by NBC for the first time in 11 years.
George C. Scott, winner of Best Actor for Patton, became the first actor to refuse an Oscar, having previously protested his nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Hustler (1961) and quoted as saying that the Academy Awards were "a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons."
With her Best Supporting Actress win for Airport, Helen Hayes became the first performer to win Oscars in both lead and supporting categories (having won Best Actress 38 years before for The Sin of Madelon Claudet). Her win set a record for the biggest gap between acting wins, subsequently broken by Katharine Hepburn (48 years between her first and last wins).
The documentary film Woodstock garnered three Oscar nominations, making it the most nominated documentary film in Oscar history (its record was later tied by Flee, 51 years later).
This was the only time since the 6th Academy Awards that all five nominees for Best Actress were first-time nominees, and was the last time that either lead acting category was entirely composed of new nominees until the 95th Academy Awards. It was also the first time since the 7th Academy Awards in which none of the nominees for the Best Actor had a previous nomination in that category.
As of 2023, this is the most recent ceremony in which the 4 highest-grossing films of the year were nominated for Best Picture (Love Story, Airport, M*A*S*H and Patton).
Nominees were announced on February 23, 1971. 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 Based on Factual Material or 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||Best Original Song Score|
|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|
|Tora! Tora! Tora!|
|4||Five Easy Pieces|
|Women in Love|
|I Never Sang for My Father|
|Lovers and Other Strangers|
|The Great White Hope|
The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Presenters of the award for Best Sound|
|Maggie Smith||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|John Huston||Presenter of the Academy Honorary Award to Orson Welles|
|Gregory Peck||Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Frank Sinatra|
|Melvyn Douglas||Presenter of the Academy Honorary Award to Lillian Gish|
|Gig Young||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Presenters of the award for Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Documentary Feature|
|Presenters of the award for Best Short Subject – Cartoons and Best Live Action Short Subject|
|Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Presenters of the award for Best Special Visual Effects|
James Earl Jones
|Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing|
|Petula Clark||Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction|
|Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song Score|
|Burt Lancaster||Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Ingmar Bergman|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Song|
|Presenters of the award for Best Director|
Eva Marie Saint
|Presenters of the award for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|
|Presenters of the award for Best Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Produced or Published|
|Goldie Hawn||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Walter Matthau||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Steve McQueen||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Glen Campbell||Performer||"Pieces of Dreams" from Pieces of Dreams|
|Petula Clark||Performer||"For All We Know" from Lovers and Other Strangers|
|Performers||"Thank You Very Much" from Scrooge|
|Lola Falana||Performer||"Till Love Touches Your Life" from Madron|
|Shirley Jones||Performer||"Whistling Away the Dark" from Darling Lili|