48th Academy Awards

The 48th Academy Awards were presented Monday, March 29, 1976, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The ceremonies were presided over by Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, George Segal, Goldie Hawn and Gene Kelly. This year, ABC took over broadcast rights from NBC and continues to broadcast them today. The recent previous editions had been held on Tuesday night. (NBC's coverage of the NCAA championship basketball game aired opposite the ceremony; during the presentation of the Best Film Editing award, the winner was jokingly announced (by presenter Elliott Gould) as "Indiana, 86–68"; the undefeated Indiana Hoosiers had won the NCAA title that night in Philadelphia. The following year, the two events were again on the same night.)

Miloš Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest made a "clean sweep" of the major categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay (Adapted). It was the second of three films to date to accomplish the sweep, following It Happened One Night in 1934 and preceding The Silence of the Lambs in 1991.

French actress Isabelle Adjani received her first nomination for Best Actress this year, making Adjani, 20 at the time, the youngest actress to be nominated in the leading actress category, breaking the record set by 22-year-old Elizabeth Hartman in 1965. This record would later be surpassed by 13-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes in 2004, and again in 2013 by nine-year old Quvenzhané Wallis. Adjani also presented the Best Film Editing award that night along with Gould who delivered the Indiana joke during the presentation.

At age 80, George Burns became the oldest acting and Best Supporting Actor awardee, a record which stood until Jessica Tandy won Best Actress in 1989. For males, Burns was succeeded by Christopher Plummer, who won Best Supporting Actor in 2012 for Beginners at the age of 82.

Jaws was followed 25 years later by Traffic for a film that won all its nominations except Best Picture. Jaws is one of the few films to be nominated for Best Picture but not for directing, acting, or writing.

48th Academy Awards
48th Academy Awards
DateMarch 29, 1976
SiteDorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byWalter Matthau, Robert Shaw, George Segal, Goldie Hawn and Gene Kelly
Produced byHoward W. Koch
Directed byMarty Pasetta
Best PictureOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Most awardsOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (5)
Most nominationsOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (9)
TV in the United States
Duration3 hours, 12 minutes

Winners and nominees

Milos Forman
Miloš Forman, Best Director winner
Jack Nicholson.0920
Jack Nicholson, Best Actor winner
Hugh O'Brian Louise Fletcher Wyatt Earp 1961 CROP
Louise Fletcher, Best Actress winner
George Burns Allan Warren
George Burns, Best Supporting Actor winner
Lee Grant Fay 1975
Lee Grant, Best Supporting Actress winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[1]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Film Best Animated Short Film
Best Original Score Best Scoring: Original Song Score and Adaptation or Scoring: Adaptation
Best Original Song Best Sound
Best Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 9 nominations: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • 7 nominations: Barry Lyndon
  • 6 nominations: Dog Day Afternoon
  • 5 nominations: Funny Lady and Nashville
  • 4 nominations: Jaws, The Man Who Would Be King, Shampoo and The Sunshine Boys
  • 3 nominations: The Hindenburg
  • 2 nominations: Amarcord, Bite the Bullet, The Day of the Locust, Profumo di donna, Tommy and Wind and the Lion

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 5 wins: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • 4 wins: Barry Lyndon
  • 3 wins: Jaws

Academy Honorary Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Special Achievement Award

Presenters and performers

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name Role
Hank Simms Announcer for the 48th Academy Awards
Ray Bolger Introducer of the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Walter Mirisch
Walter Mirisch (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Joel Grey
Madeline Kahn
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Robert Blake Presenter of the Special Achievement Award
Marisa Berenson
O. J. Simpson
Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards
Margaux Hemingway
Roy Scheider
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Beau Bridges
Marilyn Hassett
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Charlton Heston Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to the Dr. Jules C. Stein
Anthony Hopkins
Charlotte Rampling
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction
Jennifer O'Neill
Telly Savalas
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Linda Blair
Ben Johnson
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Rod McKuen
Marlo Thomas
Presenters of the Music Awards
Stockard Channing
Billy Dee Williams
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Isabelle Adjani
Elliott Gould
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Jacqueline Bisset
Jack Valenti
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Burt Bacharach
Angie Dickinson
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song
William Friedkin Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Mervyn LeRoy
Diane Keaton
William Wyler
Presenters of the award for Best Director
Gore Vidal Presenter of the Writing Awards
Walter Mirisch Presenter of the Honorary Award to Mary Pickford
Charles Bronson
Jill Ireland
Presenters of the award for Best Actress
Art Carney Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Audrey Hepburn Presenter of the award for Best Picture
Elizabeth Taylor Introducer of the performance of "America the Beautiful" by the Spirit of Troy


Name Role Performed
John Williams Musical arranger and conductor Orchestral
Ray Bolger Performer "Hollywood Honors Its Own"
Keith Carradine Performer "I'm Easy" from Nashville
Bernadette Peters Performer "How Lucky Can You Get" from Funny Lady
Steve Lawrence Performer "Now That We're in Love" from Whiffs
Kelly Garrett Performer "Richard's Window" from The Other Side of the Mountain
Diana Ross Performer "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" from Mahogany
Spirit of Troy Performers "America the Beautiful/That’s Entertainment!" (instrumental)

See also


  1. ^ "The 48th Academy Awards (1976) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2014-11-09. Retrieved 2011-10-02.

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