|49th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 28, 1977|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Hosted by||Richard Pryor, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda and Warren Beatty|
|Produced by||William Friedkin|
|Directed by||Marty Pasetta|
|Most awards||All the President's Men and Network (4)|
|Most nominations||Network and Rocky (10)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 38 minutes|
The 49th Academy Awards were presented Monday, March 28, 1977, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The ceremonies were presided over by Richard Pryor, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda, and Warren Beatty.
This Academy Awards ceremony was notable for Peter Finch becoming the first posthumous winner of an Oscar for acting, a feat matched only by fellow Australian Heath Ledger 32 years later; Finch had suffered a fatal heart attack in mid-January. Beatrice Straight set another record by becoming the actor with the shortest performance ever in a film to win an acting Oscar, with only five minutes and two seconds of screen-time in Network. Network, along with All the President's Men, were the two biggest winners of the ceremony with four Oscars each, but Best Picture and Best Director ultimately went to Rocky.
Piper Laurie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Carrie (1976), her first role since her Best Actress-nominated performance in The Hustler (1961), thus being nominated for two consecutive roles, fifteen years apart.
Network became the second film (after A Streetcar Named Desire) to win three acting Oscars, and the last, as of the 92nd Academy Awards, to receive five acting nominations. It was also the eleventh of fifteen films (to date) to receive nominations in all four acting categories.
This year's Academy Awards is also notable for the nomination of Lina Wertmüller in the Best Director category; she was the first ever female directing nominee. Barbra Streisand received her second Academy Award, composing music for the love theme "Evergreen"; she was the first woman to be honored as a composer, and as of the 94rd Academy Awards, is the only person to have won an Academy Award for both acting and songwriting.
No honorary awards were given this year.
ABC had the Oscars from 1960 to 1970 and had regained them for 1976. For the second straight year, the ceremony was scheduled directly opposite the NCAA championship basketball game on NBC, won by Marquette in Al McGuire's final game as head coach.
Nominees were announced on February 10, 1977. 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 Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Based on Factual Material or on Story Material Not Previously Published or Produced||Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|
|Best Foreign Language Film||Best Documentary Feature|
|Best Documentary Short Subject||Best Live Action Short Film|
|Best Animated Short Film||Best Original Score|
|Best Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score||Best Original Song|
|Best Sound||Best Costume Design|
|Best Art Direction||Best Cinematography|
|Best Film Editing|
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 of the 49th annual Academy Awards|
|Walter Mirisch (AMPAS President)||Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony|
|Chevy Chase||Explains the voting rules to the public|
|Tatum O'Neal||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Marty Feldman||Presenter of the Short Films Awards|
|Roy Scheider||Presenter of the Special Achievement Award|
|Marthe Keller||Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction|
|Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|William Holden||Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing|
|Red Skelton||Presenter of the award for Best Sound|
|Cicely Tyson||Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Pandro S. Berman|
|Donald Sutherland||Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography|
|Pearl Bailey||Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|Ann-Margret||Presenter of the Music Awards|
|Lillian Hellman||Presenter of the Documentary Awards|
|Neil Diamond||Presenter of the award for Best Original Song|
|Norman Mailer||Presenter of the Writing Awards|
|Jeanne Moreau||Presenter of the award for Best Director|
|Tamara Dobson||Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Liv Ullmann||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Louise Fletcher||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Jack Nicholson||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Bill Conti||Musical arranger and conductor||Orchestral|
|Ann-Margret||Performer||“Magic Circle (It All Started in Someone's Head)“|
|Eddie Albert||Performer||"A World That Never Was" from Half a House|
|Ben Vereen||Performer||"Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky|
|Tom Jones||Performer||"Come to Me" from The Pink Panther Strikes Again|
|Tony Vivante||Performer||"Ave Satani" from The Omen|
|Barbra Streisand||Performer||"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" from A Star Is Born|
|Ann-Margret||Performer||“Magic Circle (Reprise)”|