43rd Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1971)
- Date of Ceremony: Thursday, April 15, 1971
- For films released in: 1970
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.
Frank McCarthy [Producer]
Franklin J. Schaffner
George C. Scott
- Women in Love
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- Ryan's Daughter
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Foreign Language Film
- Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion
Best Art Direction
Urie McCleary [Art Direction], Gil Parrondo [Art Direction], Antonio Mateos [Set Decoration] and Pierre-Louis Thevenet [Set Decoration]
- Ryan's Daughter
Best Costume Design
Best Documentary (Feature)
Best Documentary (Short Subject)
- Interviews with My Lai Veterans
Best Film Editing
Hugh S. Fowler
Best Music (Original Score)
- Love Story
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?
Best Short Subject (Live Action)
- The Resurrection of Broncho Billy
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)
Ring Lardner, Jr.
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay - based on factual material or material not previously published or produced)
Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North
- 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.