The Academy Awards

Season 50 Episode 1

The 50th Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 03, 1978 on ABC
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The 50th Annual Academy Awards
The 50th Annual Academy Awards were held on April 3, 1978 from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Music Center. This year's event was hosted by Bob Hope. Performers included Jane Powell, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Loring, and Debbie Reynolds. Among the presenters were Stanley Kramer, Greer Garson, Farrah Fawcett, and Kirk Douglas. (Click here to see List of Nominees and Winners.)moreless

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    Fred Astaire

    Fred Astaire

    Himself - Presenter: Best Original Song

    Guest Star

    Debby Boone

    Debby Boone

    Herself - Performer

    Guest Star

    Ernest Borgnine

    Ernest Borgnine


    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • As Woody Allen did not win the Best Actor award, Annie Hall failed to sweep the top five awards. It won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress.

      • Debbie Boone gave an emotionally charged performance of her hit song "You Light Up My Life" accompanied by a group of children who did the lyrics in sign language and it was assumed that the children were deaf. Later it was discovered, they were actually not deaf, they were brought in from a local school, and they were actually signing jibberish.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Paddy Chayefsky (presenting award for Best Writing he decided to retaliate to Vanessa Redgrave's controversial speech): Before I get on to the writing awards, there's a little matter I'd like to tidy up - at least if I expect to live with myself tomorrow morning. I would like to say, personal opinion, of course , that I'm sick and tired of people exploiting the Academy Awards (loud applause) for their propagation of their own personal propaganda.
        I would like to suggest to Miss Redgrave that her winning an Academy Award is not a pivotal moment in history, does not require a proclamation and a simple "Thank you" would have sufficed. (Loud applause.).

      • Vanness Redgrave (accepting her award for Best Supporting Actress, she was aware that members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) were protesting outside): My dear colleagues, I thank you very much for this tribute to my work. I think that Jane Fonda, and I have done the best work of our lives and I think this is in part due to our director, Fred Zinnemann. (Audience applause).

        And I also think it's in part because we believed and we believe in what we were expressing--two out of millions who gave their lives and were prepared to sacrifice everything in the fight against fascist and racist Nazi Germany.

        And I salute you, and I pay tribute to you, and I think you should be very proud that in the last few weeks you've stood firm, and you have refused to be intimidated by the threats of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums (gasps from the audience, followed by a smattering of boos and clapping) whose behavior is an insult to the stature of Jews all over the world and their great and heroic record of struggle against fascism and oppression.

        And I salute that record and I salute all of you for having stood firm and dealt a final blow against that period when Nixon and McCarthy launched a worldwide witch-hunt against those who tried to express in their lives and their work the truth that they believe in (some boos and hissing). I salute you and I thank you and I pledge to you that I will continue to fight against anti-Semitism and fascism.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Woody Allen became the first person to be nominated for directing, writing and acting in his own film (Annie Hall) since Orson Welles with Citizen Kane in 1941

      • Vanessa Redgrave, a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Julia, had become a target of Israeli Militant groups over her stance in favor of the Palastinians and their struggle to make peace with Israel. During the ceremony, protestors outside the theater burned the actress in effigy. To protect her from harm, she had to be brought into the theater through a secret entrance. When Redgrave won the Oscar she created one of the most controversial moments in Oscar history, deriding what she called "a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums whose behavior is an insult to the stature of Jews all over the world" her comments were met with boos and catcalls. She would go on to defend her position and her comments but during the post-awards ceremony, Redgrave sat alone, accompanied only by her bodyguard.

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