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42nd Academy Awards

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Hosted by  Quincy Jones
Directed by  Jack Haley, Jr.
Date  7 April 1970
Host  Quincy Jones
Produced by  M.J. Frankovich
Best Picture  Midnight Cowboy
Other ceremonies  1969, 1971
Producer  M. J. Frankovich
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Site  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Most awards  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (4)
Location  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, United States

The 42nd Academy Awards were presented April 7, 1970 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. There was no host. This was the first Academy Awards ceremony to be broadcast via satellite to an international audience, but only outside North America. Mexico and Brazil were the sole countries to broadcast the event live.


This is currently the highest rated of the televised Academy Awards ceremonies, according to Nielsen ratings. The ceremony's ratings record, as of 2017, remains unbroken thanks to the emergence of the Super Bowl as the biggest annual event of awards season.

Midnight Cowboy became the first – and so far, the only – X-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The previous year had seen the only G-rated film to win Best Picture: Oliver!

This was the last time until the 68th Academy Awards where none of the four acting winners had appeared in Best Picture nominees.

This was the first time where every acting nomination, as well as every major nominated film were in color.

The ceremony

This was the first Academy Award ceremony intended to be broadcast via satellite worldwide, but according to Klaus Lehmann, a foreign sales executive of the ABC television network, in addition to Canada and Mexico (broadcasting the event since 1953, but only live since 1964), only two South American countries, Chile and Brazil, roughly in the Oscars' time zone, were interested in the live coverage. The Chilean television rights to the Oscars were sold by ABC International to Televisión Nacional de Chile while the Brazilian rights were sold to TV Tupi. The latter country's rights to the TV broadcast of the Oscars were moved to a joint venture of TV Bandeirantes and TV Record. Starting in 1974, the Brazilian TV rights to the Oscars were sold by NBC (which had acquired the TV rights to the Awards from ABC to be broadcast for a five-year period until 1975, when they returned to ABC for the next year's Awards) to Rede Globo. An early attempt to change the Academy Awards presentation's start time to 1 p.m. to fit European television audiences was rejected by AMPAS executives. Since at the time television standards conversion was difficult, about 50 other countries did not broadcast the event live. In Europe, most TV broadcasters signed off at midnight, thus the Oscars were not broadcast live and were recorded on film and then shipped to broadcasters with a minimum 4-day delay from the awards' broadcast date.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger ().


  • Fred Astaire (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress, Documentary Awards)
  • Candice Bergen (Presenter: Best Sound, Costume Design, and Original Song)
  • Claudia Cardinale (Presenter: Best Film Editing and Best Foreign Language Film)
  • Clint Eastwood (Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film)
  • Elliott Gould (Presenter: Best Sound)
  • Bob Hope (Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Documentary Awards)
  • James Earl Jones (Presenter: Best Film Editing and Best Original Screenplay)
  • Myrna Loy (Presenter: Best Short Films, Art Direction, and Best Director)
  • Ali MacGraw (Presenter: Best Original Screenplay)
  • Barbara McNair (Presenter: Best Score, Non-Musical)
  • Cliff Robertson (Presenter: Best Actress, Original Score & Short Subject Awards)
  • Katharine Ross (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay)
  • Frank Sinatra (Presenter: Honorary Award to Cary Grant)
  • Barbra Streisand (Presenter: Best Actor)
  • Elizabeth Taylor (Presenter: Best Picture)
  • Jon Voight (Presenter: Best Art Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay)
  • John Wayne (Presenter: Best Cinematography)
  • Raquel Welch (Presenter: Best Visual Effects)
  • Performers

  • Glen Campbell ("True Grit" from True Grit)
  • Michel Legrand ("What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" from The Happy Ending)
  • Lou Rawls ("Jean" from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)
  • B.J. Thomas ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
  • Fred Astaire (untitled impromptu dance following presentation of the documentary awards)
  • References

    42nd Academy Awards Wikipedia

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