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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Academy Awards Flashback #7: 1979

Today we revisit the 51st Academy Awards, which were presented on Monday, April 9, 1979, on ABC (click here for previous Flashbacks).

The telecast begins with the red carpet arrivals of Kim Novak, Marsha Mason and Neil Simon, Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters, Dyan Cannon, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Raquel Welch, Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, Maureen Stapleton, Meryl Streep, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Fonda and others. Academy President Howard W. Koch then welcomes everyone and introduces Johnny Carson, who is hosting the Oscars for the first time.

Robin Williams and Woody Woodpecker present an Honorary Award to Walter Lantz for bringing joy and laughter to every part of the world through his unique animated motion pictures. Danny Thomas then explains the voting rules to the public.

Dyan Cannon and Telly Savalas present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor to Christopher Walken for his performance in The Deer Hunter.

Olivia Newton-John performs "Hopelessly Devoted to You", her Oscar-nominated song from Grease.

Maggie Smith and Maureen Stapleton present the Scientific and Technical Awards.

Robby Benson and Carol Lynley present two Oscars - Best Animated Short Film to Eunice Macaulay and John Weldon for Special Delivery and Best Live Action Short Film to Taylor Hackford for Teenage Father (Hackford went on to direct An Officer and a Gentleman and Ray and marry actress Helen Mirren).

Johnny Mathis and Jane Olivor perform "The Last Time I Felt Like This", their Oscar-nominated song from Same Time, Next Year.

Producer David L. Wolper (TV's Roots) and Mia Farrow present two Oscars - Best Documentary Short Subject to Jacqueline Phillips Shedd and Ben Shedd for The Flight of the Gossamer Condor and Best Documentary Feature to Arnold Shapiro for Scared Straight!

Shirley Jones and eight-year-old Ricky Schroeder (whose debut film, The Champ, was released on April 4, 1979) present the Oscar for Best Art Direction to Paul Sylbert, Edwin O'Donovan and George Gaines for Heaven Can Wait.

Donna Summer performs "Last Dance", her Oscar-nominated song from Thank God It's Friday.

The Wizard of Oz co-stars Ray Bolger and Jack Haley (in his final public appearance) present the Oscar for Best Costume Design to Anthony Powell for Death on the Nile.

Dom DeLuise and Valerie Perrine presenting the Oscar for Best Film Editing to Peter Zinner for The Deer Hunter.

Steve Martin presents a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects to Les Bowie, Colin Chilvers, Denys Coop, Roy Field, Derek Meddings and Zoran Perisic for Superman. Superman co-stars Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder present the Oscar for Best Sound to Richard Portman, William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin and Darin Knight for The Deer Hunter.

James Coburn and Kim Novak present the Oscar for Best Cinematography to Néstor Almendros for Days of Heaven.

Kris Kristofferson and Ruby Keeler present the Oscar for Best Original Song to Paul Jabara for "Last Dance" from Thank God It's Friday (there are no videos online of the performances of the other two nominated songs - Debby Boone's "When You're Loved" from The Magic of Lassie and Barry Manilow's "Ready to Take a Chance Again" from Foul Play).

Sammy Davis Jr. and Steve Lawrence perform "Not Even Nominated", a medley of movie songs that never received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

Dean Martin and Raquel Welch present two Oscars - Best Original Score to Giorgio Moroder for Midnight Express and Best Adaptation Score to Joe Renzetti for The Buddy Holly Story.

Yul Brynner and Natalie Wood present the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film to France for Get Out Your Handkerchiefs.

Jack Valenti (the president of the Motion Picture Association of America) presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Leo Jaffe, chairman of the board of Columbia Pictures.

George Burns and Brooke Shields (their film, Just You and Me, Kid, would be released on July 13, 1979) present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress to Maggie Smith for her performance in California Suite.

Lauren Bacall and Jon Voight present two Oscars - Best Original Screenplay to Nancy Dowd, Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones for Coming Home and Best Adapted Screenplay to Oliver Stone for Midnight Express.

Audrey Hepburn presents an Honorary Award to King Vidor for his incomparable achievements as a cinematic creator and innovator (he directed 1931's The Champ, 1937's Stella Dallas and 1946's Duel in the Sun).

Cary Grant presents an Honorary Oscar to Laurence Olivier for his lifetime of contribution to the art of film.

Richard Dreyfuss (who won the Best Actor Oscar of 1977) and Shirley MacLaine present the Oscar for Best Actress to Jane Fonda for her performance in Coming Home.

Ginger Rogers and Diana Ross present the Oscar for Best Actor to Jon Voight for his performance in Coming Home.

Ali MacGraw and director Francis Ford Coppola present the Oscar for Best Director to Michael Cimino for The Deer Hunter. In his final public appearance, John Wayne receives a standing ovation before he presents the Oscar for Best Picture to Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino and John Peverall for The Deer Hunter.

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