Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Academy Awards Flashback #2: 1969
Today we revisit the 41st Academy Awards, which were presented on April 14, 1969, on ABC (click here for the first Flashback).
The evening begins with an appearance by Ron Moody and Jack Wild as their characters from Oliver! Gregory Peck, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1967-70, then introduces 10 of Oscar's "best friends" - Ingrid Bergman, Sidney Poitier, Jane Fonda, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood, Walter Matthau, Diahann Carroll, Tony Curtis, Rosalind Russell and Burt Lancaster. Sinatra then performs a nominated Best Original Song, "Star!" from Star!
Frank Sinatra presents the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor to Jack Albertson for his performance in The Subject Was Roses.
Natalie Wood presents the Oscar for Best Art Direction to John Box, Terence Marsh, Vernon Dixon and Ken Muggleston for Oliver!
Walter Matthau and a chimpanzee present an Honorary Oscar to John Chambers for his outstanding makeup achievement for Planet of the Apes.
Diahann Carroll and Tony Curtis present the Oscars for Best Documentary Feature to Robert Cohn and Alex Grasshoff for The Young Americans and Best Documentary Short Subject to Saul Bass for Why Man Creates (The Young Americans was later declared ineligible because it had been released in 1967, so the first runner-up, Journey into Self, was awarded the Oscar).
With some groovy music from the Soul Rascals, Jane Fonda presents the Oscar for Best Costume Design to Danilo Donati for Romeo and Juliet.
Rosalind Russell presents (and accepts) the Oscar for Best Sound to Shepperton Studio Sound Department for Oliver!
Ingrid Bergman presents the Oscar for Best Cinematography to Pasqualino De Santis for Romeo and Juliet.
Natalie Wood and Burt Lancaster present the Scientific and Technical Awards.
Tony Curtis presents the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress to Ruth Gordon for her performance in Rosemary's Baby.
Jane Fonda presents the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film to Russia for War and Peace, which is accepted by Russian actress Ludmila Savelyeva (who played Natasha Rostova in the movie).
Diahann Carroll and Burt Lancaster present (and accept) the Oscar for Best Visual Effects to Stanley Kubrick for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Ingrid Bergman, Sidney Poitier, Paula Kelly and the UCLA Marching Band offer their own interpretations of nominated Best Original Song, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
Marni Nixon and Henry Mancini present the Oscar for Best Score of a Musical to John Green for Oliver!
Frank Sinatra and Rosalind Russell present the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay to James Goldman for The Lion in Winter.
Frank Sinatra and Don Rickles present the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay to Mel Brooks for The Producers.
Burt Lancaster presents the Oscar for Best Actor to Cliff Robertson for his performance in Charly (Frank Sinatra accepts the award on his behalf).
Tony Curtis and Jane Fonda present the Oscar for Best Live Action Short to Charles Guggenheim for Robert Kennedy Remembered. Curtis and the Pink Panther then present the Oscar for Best Animated Short to Walt Disney for Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
Diahann Carroll and Mark Lester present an Honorary Oscar to Onna White an Honorary Award for her outstanding choreography achievement for Oliver!
Walter Matthau presents the Oscar for Best Film Editing to Frank P. Keller for Bullitt.
Frank Sinatra presents the Oscar for Best Original Song to Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman for "The Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair (unfortunately, José Feliciano's performance of the song is not online, and neither are Aretha Franklin's "Funny Girl" and Abbey Lincoln's "For Love of Ivy").
Gregory Peck and Rosalind Russell present (and accept) the Oscar for Best Original Score to John Barry for The Lion in Winter.
Bob Hope presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to actress Martha Raye for her volunteer efforts and services to the troops.
In the first and only tie in Oscar history, Ingrid Bergman presents the Oscar for Best Actress to Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter and Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (director Anthony Harvey accepts the award on Hepburn's behalf).
Jane Fonda presents the Oscar for Best Director to Carol Reed for Oliver!, and Sidney Poitier presents the Oscar for Best Picture to producer John Woolf for Oliver!, the first and only G-rated film to win this award.