44th Academy Awards

44th Academy Awards
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DateApril 10, 1972
SiteDorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Hosted byHelen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jack Lemmon
Produced byHoward W. Koch
Directed byMarty Pasetta
Best PictureThe French Connection
Most awardsThe French Connection (5)
Most nominationsFiddler on the Roof, The French Connection, and The Last Picture Show (8)
TV in the United States

The 44th Academy Awards were presented April 10, 1972, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jack Lemmon. One of the highlights of the evening was the appearance of Betty Grable, battling cancer at the time, who made one of her last public appearances. She appeared along with one of her leading men from the 1940s, singer Dick Haymes, to present the musical scoring awards. Grable died the following year. This was the first time in the history of the Awards in which the nominees were shown on superimposed pictures while being announced.

Winners and nominees

William Friedkin, Best Director winner
Gene Hackman, Best Actor winner
Jane Fonda, Best Actress winner
Ben Johnson, Best Supporting Actor winner
Cloris Leachman, Best Supporting Actress winner
Paddy Chayefsky, Best Original Screenplay winner
Vittorio De Sica, Best Foreign Language Film winner
Michel Legrand, Best Original Score winner
John Williams, Best Adapted Score winner
Isaac Hayes, Best Original Song winner


Nominations announced on February 22, 1972. Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[1][2]

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 Produced or Published Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Subject Best Animated Short Subject
  • Sentinels of Silence – Robert Amram and Manuel Arangodouble-dagger
    • Good Morning – Denny Evans and Ken Greenwald
    • The Rehearsal – Stephen F. Verona
Best Original Dramatic Score Best Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score
Best Song Original for the Picture Best Sound
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing Best Special Visual Effects

Honorary Academy Awards

Charlie Chaplin received an honorary award at this ceremony, for "the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century". Chaplin, who had been living in self-imposed exile in Switzerland for twenty years, came back to the United States to re-market his older films and to receive this award. When introduced to the audience, Chaplin received a twelve-minute standing ovation, the longest in Academy Awards history.

Films with multiple wins and nominations

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