42nd Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1970)

  • Date of Ceremony: Tuesday, April 7, 1970
  • For films released in: 1969
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The 42nd Annual Academy Awards took place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Tuesday, April 7, 1970.

For the second year, there was no host and the presentations were handled by Fred Astaire, Candice Bergen, Claudia Cardinale, Clint Eastwood, Elliott Gould, Bob Hope, James Earl Jones, Myrna Loy, Ali McGraw, Barbara McNair, Cliff Robertson, Katharine Ross, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Jon Voight, John Wayne and Raquel Welch.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid took home four Oscars, including two for Burt Bacharach’s music. Midnight Cowboy became the only X-rated film to win Best Picture. The legendary John Wayne took home Best Actor for True Grit, while Maggie Smith won Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Z, which was also a Best Picture nominee, took home the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®.


Best Picture

  • Midnight Cowboy
    Jerome Hellman [Producer]

Best Directing

  • Midnight Cowboy
    John Schlesinger

Best Actor

  • True Grit
    John Wayne

Best Actress

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Maggie Smith

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
    Gig Young

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Cactus Flower
    Goldie Hawn

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Z

Best Art Direction

  • Hello, Dolly!
    John DeCuir [Art Direction], Jack Martin Smith [Art Direction], Herman Blumenthal [Art Direction], Walter M. Scott [Set Decoration], George Hopkins [Set Decoration] and Raphael Bretton [Set Decoration]

Best Cinematography

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Conrad Hall

Best Costume Design

  • Anne of the Thousand Days
    Margaret Furse

Best Documentary (Feature)

  • Arthur Rubinstein - The Love of Life
    Bernard Chevry

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

  • Czechoslovakia 1968
    Denis Sanders and Robert M. Fresco

Best Film Editing

  • Z
    Françoise Bonnot

Best Music (Score of a Musical Picture - original or adaptation)

  • Hello, Dolly!
    Lennie Hayton [Adaptation Score by] and Lionel Newman [Adaptation Score by]

Best Music (Original Score - for a motion picture [not a musical])

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Burt Bacharach

Best Music (Song - Original for the Picture)

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"
    Burt Bacharach [Music by] and Hal David [Music by]

Best Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • It's Tough to Be a Bird
    Ward Kimball

Best Short Subject (Live Action)

  • The Magic Machines
    Joan Keller Stern

Best Sound

  • Hello, Dolly!
    Jack Solomon and Murray Spivack

Best Special Visual Effects

  • Marooned
    Robbie Robertson

Best Writing (Screenplay - based on material from another medium)

  • Midnight Cowboy
    Waldo Salt

Best Writing (Story and Screenplay - based on material not previously published or produced)

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    William Goldman

Honorary Award

  • Cary Grant
    Note: …for his unique mastery of the art of screen acting with the respect and affection of his colleagues.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

  • George Jessel

Scientific or Technical Award (Class II)

  • Hazeltine Corporation
    Note: …for the design and development of the Hazeltine Color Film Analyzer.
  • Fouad Said
    Note: …for the design and introduction of the Cinemobile series of equipment trucks for location motion picture production.
  • Juan de la Cierva and Dynasciences Corporation
    Note: …for the design and development of the Dynalens optical image motion compensator.

Scientific or Technical Award (Class III)

  • Otto Popelka [of Magna-Tech Electronics Company Inc.]
    Note: …for the development of an Electronically Controlled Looping System.
  • Fenton Hamilton [of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios]
    Note: …for the concept and engineering of a mobile battery power unit for location lighting.
  • Panavision Inc.
    Note: …for the design and development of the Panaspeed Motion Picture Camera Motor.
  • Robert M. Flynn [of Universal City Studios Inc.] and Russell Hessey [of Universal City Studios Inc.]
    Note: …for a machine-gun modification for motion picture photography.
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