The Academy Awards

Season 45 Episode 1

The 45th Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 27, 1973 on ABC
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The 45th Annual Academy Awards
The 45th Annual Academy Awards were held on March 27, 1973 from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Music Center. This year's event was hosted by Carol Burnett, Rock Hudson, Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood, and Michael Caine. Performers included Diahann Carroll, Michael Jackson, and Connie Stevens. Among the presenters were Burt Reynolds, Liv Ullman, Katharine Ross, John Gavin, and Sonny Bono. (Click here to see List of Nominees and Winners.)moreless

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    Eddie Albert

    Eddie Albert

    Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Presenter: Best Sound

    Guest Star

    Marisa Berenson

    Marisa Berenson

    Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design

    Guest Star

    Candice Bergen

    Candice Bergen

    Herself - Presenter: Best Cinematography

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • When presenting the Best Actor Oscar award; Bond actor Roger Moore ended up taking home the Oscar accidentally. The winner of the award, Marlon Brando, refused the award, and Sacheen Littlefeather, who Brando sent to make a speech to refuse the Oscar, also publicly refused to take the statuette from Moore.

      • Liza Minnelli became the first Oscar winner (Cabaret) whose parents are both Oscar winners themselves. Vincente Minnelli won for directing Gigi in 1959 and Judy Garland won a special award in 1940 for playing a screen juvenile in The Wizard of Oz.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • (Marlon Brando's acceptance speech)
        Sacheen Littlefeather: Hello. My name is Sacheen Littlefeather. I'm Apache, and I am president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee. I'm representing Marlon Brando this evening, and he has asked me to tell you, in a very long speech, which I cannot share with you presently, because of time, but I will be glad to share with the press afterwards, that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award, and the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry...
        (murmuring in audience)
        Sacheen Littlefeather: Excuse me.
        (booing and applause)
        Sacheen Littlefeather: And on television in movie reruns and also with the recent happenings at Wounded Knee. I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening and that we will, in the future... our hearts and our understanding will meet with love and generosity. Thank you on behalf of Marlon Brando.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Although the Nino Rota's musical score for The Godfather was among those announced as official nominees, it was later determined that it was originally for for the 1958 Italian film Fortunella. It was replaced by the score for Sleuth by John Addison as the fifth official nominee for Best Music (Original Dramatic Score).

      • With eight Oscars, Cabaret won the most Oscars of any film that did not Best Picture (that went to The Godfather).

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