40th Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1968)

  • Date of Ceremony: Wednesday, April 10, 1968
  • For films released in: 1967
  • Host(s): Bob Hope (video)
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The 40th Annual Academy Awards were scheduled for Monday, April 8th, 1968. However, on April 4th, 1968, the U.S. was stunned by the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Riots broke out in several cities across the country. Out of respect, the Academy postponed the event for only the second time in its history, to Wednesday, April 10, 1968.

Though Bonnie and Clyde and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner both had ten nominations going into the ceremony, the most awards of the evening went to Norman Jewison’s In the Heat of the Night, which won five out of its seven nominations, including Best Picture, and Best Actor for Rod Steiger.

Mike Nichols won Best Director for The Graduate and Katharine Hepburn won Best Actress for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

As Oscar prepared to enter his fifth decade, he said goodbye to Santa Monica, his home for eight years. Next year, he’d be back in Los Angeles and a brand new home.


Best Picture

  • In the Heat of the Night
    Walter Mirisch [Producer]

Best Directing

  • The Graduate
    Mike Nichols

Best Actor

  • In the Heat of the Night
    Rod Steiger

Best Actress

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    Katharine Hepburn

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Cool Hand Luke
    George Kennedy

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Bonnie and Clyde
    Estelle Parsons

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Closely Watched Trains

Best Art Direction

  • Camelot
    John Truscott [Art Direction], Edward Carrere [Art Direction] and John W. Brown [Set Decoration]

Best Cinematography

  • Bonnie and Clyde
    Burnett Guffey

Best Costume Design

  • Camelot
    John Truscott

Best Documentary (Feature)

  • The Anderson Platoon
    Pierre Schoendoerffer

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

  • The Redwoods
    Mark Harris and Trevor Greenwood

Best Film Editing

  • In the Heat of the Night
    Hal Ashby

Best Music (Original Music Score)

  • Thoroughly Modern Millie
    Elmer Bernstein

Best Music (Scoring of Music - adaptation or treatment)

  • Camelot
    Alfred Newman and Ken Darby

Best Music (Song)

  • Doctor Dolittle "Talk to the Animals"
    Leslie Bricusse [Music and Lyrics by]

Best Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • The Box
    Fred Wolf

Best Short Subject (Live Action)

  • A Place to Stand
    Christopher Chapman

Best Sound

  • In the Heat of the Night
    Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department

Best Sound Effects

  • The Dirty Dozen
    John Poyner

Best Special Visual Effects

  • Doctor Dolittle
    L.B. Abbott

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

  • In the Heat of the Night
    Stirling Silliphant

Best Writing (Story and Screenplay - written directly for the screen)

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    William Rose

Honorary Award

  • Arthur Freed
    Note: …for distinguished service to the Academy and the production of six top-rated Awards telecasts.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

  • Alfred Hitchcock

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Scientific or Technical Award (Class III)

  • Electro-Optical Division of the Kollmorgen Corporation
    Note: …for the design and development of a series of Motion Picture Projection Lenses.
  • Panavision Inc.
    Note: …for a Variable Speed Motor for Motion Picture Cameras.
  • Fred Wilson [of the Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department]
    Note: …for an Audio Level Clamper.
  • Waldon O. Watson and Universal City Studio Sound Department
    Note: …for new concepts in the design of a Music Scoring Stage.
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