46th Academy Awards

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46th Academy Awards
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Date Tuesday, April 2, 1974
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Host John Huston, Diana Ross, Burt Reynolds, David Niven
Producer Jack Haley, Jr.
Director Marty Pasetta
Best Picture The Sting
Most awards The Sting (7)
Most nominations The Exorcist and The Sting (10)
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Duration 3 hours, 23 minutes

The 46th Academy Awards were presented April 2, 1974, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by John Huston, Diana Ross, Burt Reynolds, David Niven.

While David Niven was introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present the award for Best Picture, a streaker named Robert Opel ran out from backstage, a moment which showed David Niven's natural aplomb as he quickly quipped about the man's "shortcomings".

Winners and nominees

Jack Lemmon, Best Actor winner
John Houseman, Best Supporting Actor winner
Tatum O'Neal, Best Supporting Actress winner

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
  • The Bolero - Allan Miller, William Fertik
    • Clockmaker - Richard Gayer
    • Life Times Nine - Pen Densham and John Watson
Best Original Dramatic Score Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Mixing
Best Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

Streaking incident

The 46th Academy Awards ceremony is perhaps best remembered as the ceremony in which a streaker named Robert Opel ran across the stage naked while flashing a peace sign with his hand. In response, host David Niven jokingly quipped, "The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings." [2][3] In 2001, this incident was voted[citation needed] as the most memorable Oscar moment in history, coming in first over Marlon Brando's 1972 boycott of the 45th Academy Awards, in which he nominated Sacheen Littlefeather to explain why he would not be coming to collect his Oscar for The Godfather.

Other notable events

  • First-time nominee George Lucas made his debut at the Academy Awards with his nostalgic teen drama American Graffiti. It was nominated for Best Picture (Francis Ford Coppola and Gary Kurtz), Director & Original Screenplay (Lucas), Editor (Marcia Lucas), and Candy Clark for Best Supporting Actress.
  • Jack Lemmon won his second career Oscar that night; his first was for 1955's Mister Roberts. As he accepted the award, he announced that "In recent years, especially, there has been a great deal of criticism about this award. And probably, a great deal of that criticism is very justified; I would just like to say that, whether it is justified or not, I think it is one hell of a honor and I am thrilled, and I thank you all, very, very much."
  • Katharine Hepburn made her first and only appearance at the ceremony to present The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to her longtime friend Lawrence Weingarten. Whenever she won an Oscar, she always had either the presenter or another person associated with her film accept it on her behalf. Upon taking the stage, she received a standing ovation, to which she replied "I'm living proof that a person can wait forty-one years to be unselfish."
  • Coincidentally, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens, who were all ex-wives of Eddie Fisher's, each appeared in some form.
  • This was Susan Hayward's last public appearance, before she died of brain cancer.
  • At 10 years, 148 days of age, Tatum O'Neal won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Paper Moon. She became the youngest winner of an Oscar, a feat unmatched to this day.
  • During the ceremony, the whole in memoriam tribute was for legendary producer Samuel Goldwyn, who had died at age 94, three months prior to the event. He is the only person to have an Academy Awards ceremony dedicated solely to him.
  • Longtime film veteran/comedian Groucho Marx was presented with an Honorary Academy Award for his contributions to the cinema.
  • Julia Phillips became the first female producer to win for Best Picture.
  • With Tatum O'Neal being 10 years old and John Houseman at age 71 years, this was the biggest age gap ever for 2 acting wins.

Multiple nominations and awards

Presenters and performers

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name Role
Simms, HankHank Simms Announcer for the 46th Academy Awards
Mirisch, WalterWalter Mirisch (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Blair, LindaLinda Blair
Billy Dee Williams
Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards
Caan, JamesJames Caan
Raquel Welch
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Valenti, JackJack Valenti Presenter of the Honorary Award to Henri Langlois
Bergen, CandiceCandice Bergen
Marcel Marceau
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Benjamin, RichardRichard Benjamin
Paula Prentiss
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Hitchcock, AlfredAlfred Hitchcock Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Lew Wasserman
Sidney, SylviaSylvia Sidney
Paul Winfield
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Falk, PeterPeter Falk
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Lawford, PeterPeter Lawford
Cicely Tyson
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Brynner, YulYul Brynner Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
O'Connor, DonaldDonald O'Connor
Debbie Reynolds
Presenters of the award for Best Adapted Score
Henry Mancini
Presenters of the award for Best Original Dramatic Score
Mason, MarshaMarsha Mason
Neil Simon
Presenter of the award for Best Original Screenplay
Dickinson, AngieAngie Dickinson
Jason Miller
Presenters of the award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Burt Bacharach
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song
Borgnine, ErnestErnest Borgnine
Cybill Shepherd
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Bronson, CharlesCharles Bronson
Jill Ireland
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
MacLaine, ShirleyShirley MacLaine
Walter Matthau
Presenter of the award for Best Director
Hepburn, KatharineKatharine Hepburn Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Lemmon, JackJack Lemmon Presenter of the Honorary Award to Groucho Marx
Hayward, SusanSusan Hayward
Charlton Heston
Presenters of the award for Best Actress
Minnelli, LizaLiza Minnelli
Gregory Peck
Presenters of the award for Best Actor
Taylor, ElizabethElizabeth Taylor Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Mancini, HenryHenry Mancini Musical arranger
Minnelli, LizaLiza Minnelli Performer "Oscar"
Academy Awards Chorus, Academy Awards Chorus Performers "Thank You Very Much" from Scrooge during the Academy Awards' 45th Anniversary montage
Cannon, DyanDyan Cannon Performer "All the Love That Went to Waste" from A Touch of Class
Stevens, ConnieConnie Stevens Performer "Live and Let Die" from Live and Let Die
Foster, JodieJodie Foster
Johnny Whitaker
Performers "Love" from Robin Hood
Lee, PeggyPeggy Lee Performer "The Way We Were" from The Way We Were
Savalas, TellyTelly Savalas Performer "You're So Nice to Be Around" from Cinderella Liberty
Academy Awards Orchestra, Academy Awards Orchestra Performers Hooray for Hollywood” (orchestral) during the closing credits

See also


  1. "The 46th Academy Awards (1974) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-12-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Boyer Sagert, Kelly (2007). The 1970s. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 129. ISBN 0-313-33919-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Frawley, Frawley (2004). And the stars spoke back. Scarecrow Press. p. 224. ISBN 0-8108-5157-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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