ⓘ 46th Academy Awards

                                     

ⓘ 46th Academy Awards

The 46th Academy Awards were presented on Tuesday, April 2, 1974, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The ceremonies were presided over by Burt Reynolds, Diana Ross, John Huston, and David Niven.

The Sting won 7 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for George Roy Hill. The Exorcist and The Way We were the only other films to win multiple awards.

                                     

1. Streaking incident

The 46th Academy Awards ceremony is perhaps best remembered as the ceremony in which a streaker named Robert Opel ran across the stage naked while flashing a peace sign with his hand. In response, host David Niven jokingly quipped, "The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings." In 2001, this incident was voted as the most memorable Oscar moment in history, coming in first over Marlon Brandos 1972 boycott of the 45th Academy Awards, in which he nominated Sacheen Littlefeather to explain why he would not be coming to collect his Oscar for The Godfather.

                                     

2. Other notable events

  • This was Susan Haywards last public appearance before she died of brain cancer in 1975.
  • During the ceremony, the whole in memoriam tribute was for legendary producer Samuel Goldwyn, who had died at age 94, three months prior to the event. He is the only person to have an Academy Awards ceremony dedicated solely to him.
  • Julia Phillips became the first female producer to win for Best Picture.
  • Katharine Hepburn made her first and only appearance at the ceremony to present The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to her longtime friend Lawrence Weingarten. Whenever she won an Oscar, she always had either the presenter or another person associated with her film accept it on her behalf. Upon taking the stage, she received a standing ovation, to which she replied "Im living proof that a person can wait forty-one years to be unselfish."
  • Jack Lemmon won his second career Oscar that night; his first was for 1955s Mister Roberts. As he accepted the award, he announced that "In recent years, especially, there has been a great deal of criticism about this award. And probably, a great deal of that criticism is very justified; I would just like to say that, whether it is justified or not, I think it is one hell of a honor and I am thrilled, and I thank you all, very, very much."
  • First-time nominee George Lucas made his debut at the Academy Awards with his nostalgic teen drama American Graffiti. It was nominated for Best Picture Francis Ford Coppola and Gary Kurtz, Director & Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Produced or Published Lucas, Editor Marcia Lucas and Candy Clark for Best Supporting Actress.
  • Coincidentally, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens, who were all ex-wives of Eddie Fishers, each appeared in some form.
  • At 10 years, 148 days of age, Tatum ONeal won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Paper Moon. She became the youngest winner of an Oscar, a feat unmatched to this day.
  • With Tatum ONeal being 10 years old and John Houseman being 71 years old, this was the biggest age gap ever for 2 acting wins.
  • Longtime film veteran/comedian Groucho Marx was presented with an Honorary Academy Award for his contributions to the cinema.