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The 44th Academy Awards were presented April 10, 1972 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilionmarker, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Jack Lemmon. One of the major highlights of the evening was legendary film star Betty Grable making one of her last public appearances. Despite looking radiant and glamorous, Grable was battling cancer at this time. She appeared along with one of her leading men from the 1940's, singer Dick Haymes, to present the musical scoring awards. Grable would die the following year.

A major snub in the category of Best Actor occurred when Malcolm McDowell failed to be nominated for his performance as Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick's Best Picture-nominated film A Clockwork Orange.

Winners & Nominees

Best Picture

The French Connection

Best Actor in a Leading Role

The French Connection - Gene Hackman

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Klute - Jane Fonda

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

The Last Picture Show - Ben Johnson

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

The Last Picture Show - Cloris Leachman

Best Director

The French Connection - William Friedkin

Best Adapted Screenplay

The French Connection - Ernest Tidyman

Best Original Screenplay

The Hospital - Paddy Chayefsky

Best Cinematography

Fiddler on the Roof - Oswald Morris

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Nicholas and Alexandra - John Box, Ernest Archer, Jack Maxsted, Gil Parrondo and Vernon Dixon

Best Costume Design

Nicholas and Alexandra - Yvonne Blake and Antonio Castillo

Best Sound

Fiddler on the Roof - Gordon K. McCallum and David Hildyard

Best Film Editing

The French Connection - Gerald B.Greenberg

Best Effects, Special Visual Effects

Bedknobs and Broomsticks - Alan Maley, Danny Lee and Eustace Lycett

Best Music, Original Song

Shaft - Isaac Hayes for the song Theme from Shaft

Best Music, Original Dramatic Score

Summer of '42 - Michel Legrand

Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score

Fiddler on the Roof - John Williams

Best Short Subject, Animated Films

The Crunch Bird

Best Short Subject, Live Action Films

Sentinels of Silence

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Sentinels of Silence

Best Documentary, Features

The Hellstrom Chronicle

Best Foreign Language Film

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis - Italy

Charles Chaplin

Charles 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 specifically to receive this award.


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