43rd Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1971)

  • Date of Ceremony: Thursday, April 15, 1971
  • For films released in: 1970
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The 43rd Annual Academy Awards were presented on Thursday, April 15th, 1971 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Once again, the show relied on a parade of stars rather than one host. One of those presenters was the very first Oscar winner, Janet Gaynor.

The biopic Patton took home the most statuettes that night, winning seven of its ten nominated categories including Best Picture, Best Director for Franklin J. Schaffner and Best Actor for George C. Scott. True to his word, Scott declined to accept the Oscar.

Glenda Jackson received Best Actress for Women in Love and The Beatles won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song Score for Let It Be.

For the first time in eleven years, the ceremony aired on NBC.


Best Picture

  • Patton
    Frank McCarthy [Producer]

Best Directing

  • Patton
    Franklin J. Schaffner

Best Actor

  • Patton
    George C. Scott

Best Actress

  • Women in Love
    Glenda Jackson

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Ryan's Daughter
    John Mills

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Airport
    Helen Hayes

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion

Best Art Direction

  • Patton
    Urie McCleary [Art Direction], Gil Parrondo [Art Direction], Antonio Mateos [Set Decoration] and Pierre-Louis Thevenet [Set Decoration]

Best Cinematography

  • Ryan's Daughter
    Freddie Young

Best Costume Design

  • Cromwell
    Nino Novarese

Best Documentary (Feature)

  • Woodstock
    Bob Maurice

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

  • Interviews with My Lai Veterans
    Joseph Strick

Best Film Editing

  • Patton
    Hugh S. Fowler

Best Music (Original Score)

  • Love Story
    Francis Lai

Best Music (Original Song Score)

  • Let It Be
    The Beatles [Music and Lyrics by]

Best Music (Song - Original for the Picture)

  • Lovers and Other Strangers "For All We Know"
    Fred Karlin [Music by], Robb Royer [Lyrics by] and James Griffin [Lyrics by]

Best Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • Is It Always Right to Be Right?
    Nick Bosustow

Best Short Subject (Live Action)

  • The Resurrection of Broncho Billy
    John Longenecker

Best Sound

  • Patton
    Douglas Williams and Don Bassman

Best Special Visual Effects

  • Tora! Tora! Tora!
    A.D. Flowers and L.B. Abbott

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

  • M*A*S*H
    Ring Lardner, Jr.

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

  • Patton
    Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North

Honorary Award

  • Lillian Gish
    Note: …for superlative artistry and for distinguished contribution to the progress of motion pictures.
  • Orson Welles
    Note: …for superlative artistry and versatility in the creation of motion pictures.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

  • Ingmar Bergman

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Scientific or Technical Award (Class II)

  • Leonard L. Sokolow [of Consolidated Film Industries] and Edward Reichard [of Consolidated Film Industries]
    Note: …for the concept and engineering of the Color Proofing Printer for motion pictures.

Scientific or Technical Award (Class III)

  • Sylvania Electric Products Inc.
    Note: …for the development and introduction of a series of compact tungsten halogen lamps for motion picture production.
  • B.J. Losmandy
    Note: …for the concept, design and application of micro-miniature solid state amplifier modules used in motion picture recording equipment.
  • Eastman Kodak Company and Photo Electronics Corporation
    Note: …for the design and engineering of an improved video color analyzer for motion picture laboratories.
  • Electro Sound Incorporated
    Note: …for the design and introduction of the Series 8000 Sound System for motion picture theatres.
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