Sunday, February 24, 2013
Accepting the Oscar on behalf of . . .
For my final Oscar flashback, I thought it would be interesting to feature some acceptance speeches on behalf of an absent winner (due to illness, death, disinterest, personal protest or other commitments):
Anne Bancroft (Best Actress for The Miracle Worker) - accepted by Joan Crawford at the 35th Academy Awards in 1963 (presented by Maximilian Schell and introduced by host Frank Sinatra).
Elizabeth Taylor (Best Actress for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) - accepted by Anne Bancroft at the 39th Academy Awards in 1967 (presented by Lee Marvin and introduced by host Bob Hope).
Katharine Hepburn (Best Actress for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) - accepted by director George Cukor at the 40th Academy Awards in 1968 (presented by Sidney Poitier).
Cliff Robertson (Best Actor for Charly) - accepted by Frank Sinatra at the 41st Academy Awards in 1969 (presented by Burt Lancaster).
Goldie Hawn (Best Supporting Actress for Cactus Flower) - accepted by Raquel Welch at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970 (presented by Fred Astaire).
Maggie Smith (Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) - accepted by Alice Ghostley at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970 (presented by Cliff Robertson).
Helen Hayes (Best Supporting Actress for Airport) - accepted by Rosalind Russell at the 43rd Academy Awards in 1971 (presented by Gig Young).
Glenda Jackson (Best Actress for Women in Love) - accepted by Juliet Mills at the 43rd Academy Awards in 1971 (presented by Walter Matthau).
George C. Scott (Best Actor for Patton) - accepted by producer Frank McCarthy at the 43rd Academy Awards in 1971 (Scott refused his Oscar the next day). Presented by Goldie Hawn.
Marlon Brando (Best Actor for The Godfather) - Sacheen Littlefeather refused to accept the award on Brando's behalf at the 45th Academy Awards in 1973 (presented by Liv Ullmann and Roger Moore).
Glenda Jackson (Best Actress for A Touch of Class) - accepted by producer Melvin Frank at the 46th Academy Awards in 1974 (presented by Susan Hayward and Charlton Heston).
Ellen Burstyn (Best Actress for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore) accepted by director Martin Scorsese at the 47th Academy Awards in 1975 (presented by Jack Lemmon).
Robert De Niro (Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather Part II) - accepted by director Francis Ford Coppola at the 47th Academy Awards in 1975 (presented by Ryan and Tatum O'Neal and introduced by host Bob Hope).
Peter Finch (Best Actor for Network) - accepted by Paddy Chayefsky and Eletha Finch at the 49th Academy Awards in 1977 (presented by Liv Ullmann).
Jason Robards (Best Supporting Actor in Julia) - presented and accepted by Michael Caine and Maggie Smith at the 50th Academy Awards in 1978 (introduced by host Bob Hope).
Katharine Hepburn (Best Actress for On Golden Pond) - presented and accepted by Jon Voight at the 54th Academy Awards in 1982.
Henry Fonda (Best Actor for On Golden Pond) - accepted by Jane Fonda at the 54th Academy Awards in 1982 (presented by Sissy Spacek).