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Academy Award Winners: Best Picture, Actor, and Actress - Part 2 (1950 - 1979)

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And, The Oscar Goes To...

The Academy Awards is the most prestigious awards program, after all what actor doesn't dream of hearing the words "And the Oscar goes to…" immediately preceding his or her name? However, when the 'awards season' is over, just how many people remember the winners?

Here is a list of Oscar winners in the Best Picture, Actor and Actress categories from 1980 – 2009. For a list of winners from 1927 – 1949 and 1980 –2009, see the articles; Academy Award Winners: Best Picture, Actor, and Actress – Parts 1 and 3.

For all you movie trivia buffs:

1) What movie won the first Academy Award for Outstanding Picture? (Answer: See Part 3; 1927/28).

2) Legendary Actor Paul Newman was nominated for Best Actor in 1959, 1962, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1995 and in 2003. Which year did he win?

3) Did Clark Gable win his Best Actor Award for his role in Gone with the Wind or It Happened One Night? (Answer: See year 1934).

This list (part 2) contains the winners in the Best picture, Actor and Actress categories from 1950 through 1979.

1970 - 1979

The decade begins with the surprise break-up of the Beatles. Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin both die of a drug overdose at the age of 27. Monday Night Football debuts on ABC. The situation comedy All in the Family premieres on CBS. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens in Washington, D.C. Disney World opens to the public. HBO, the first pay cable network, makes its debut. The television show M*A*S*H premieres on CBS. Atari introduces Pong.  As a protest of the U.S. government’s treatment of Native Americans, actor Marlon Brando sends Sacheen Littlefeather as his representative to the Academy Awards to refuse the Oscar for Best Actor in the movie The Godfather. People magazine debuts with Mia Farrow on the cover. ABC, CBS and NBC agree to create a "family hour," an early evening time slot that is free of violence and sex. The late night comedy show Saturday Night Live makes its debut on NBC. The television series Charlie’s Angels premieres making celebrities of the three main actresses, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett-Majors. Women everywhere copy the Farrah Fawcett hair style. The first Star Wars movie hits theaters. The movie Saturday Night Fever creates disco fever. The American prime-time television soap opera Dallas premieres and soon everyone is wondering “Who shot J.R.?” Sony introduces the Walkman, the first portable stereo. Elvis Presley dies at 42 in his home in Graceland.

Academy Awards for the Best Picture, Actor, and Actress awarded to:


Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer)
Best Actress: Sally Field (Norma Rae)


Best Picture: The Deer Hunter
Best Actor: Jon Voight (Coming Home)
Best Actress: Jane Fonda (Coming Home)


Best Picture: Annie Hall
Best Actor: Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl)
Best Actress: Diane Keaton (Annie Hall)


Best Picture: Rocky
Best Actor: Peter Finch (Network)
Best Actress: Faye Dunaway (Network)


Best Picture: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
Best Actress: Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)


Best Picture: The Godfather Part Π
Best Actor: Art Carney (Harry and Tonto)
Best Actress: Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore)


Best Picture: The Sting
Best Actor: Jack Lemmon (Save the Tiger)
Best Actress: Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class)


Best Picture: The Godfather
Best Actor: Marlon Brando (The Godfather) (Award not accepted)
Best Actress: Liza Minnelli (Cabaret)


Best Picture: The French Connection
Best Actor: Gene Hackman (The French Connection)
Best Actress: Jane Fonda (Klute)


Best Picture: Patton
Best Actor: George C. Scott (Patton) (Award not accepted)
Best Actress: Glenda Jackson (Women in Love) 

1960 – 1969

Ninety percent of U.S. homes have a television set. Marilyn Monroe dies of a drug overdose. Johnny Carson takes over hosting duties on The Tonight Show.  Beatlemania hits after the Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.  The French Chef with Julia Child debuts on educational television. The first prime-time soap opera Peyton Place premieres on ABC.  Congress creates PBS.  The motion picture rating system debuts with G, PG, R and X. More than half a million people gather in a small, upstate New York town for the four day long outdoor concert known as Woodstock.  The FCC bans all cigarette advertising on television and radio. The Children’s Television Workshop introduces Sesame Street.    

Academy Awards for the Best Picture, Actor, and Actress awarded to:


Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy
Best Actor: John Wayne (True Grit)
Best Actress: Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)


Best Picture: Oliver!
Best Actor: Cliff Robertson (Charly)
Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter)


Best Picture: In the Heat of the Night
Best Actor: Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night)
Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner)


Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons
Best Actor: Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons)
Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)


Best Picture: The Sound of Music
Best Actor: Lee Marvin (Cat Ballou)
Best Actress: Julie Christie (Darling)


Best Picture: My Fair Lady
Best Actor: Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady)
Best Actress: Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)


Best Picture: Tom Jones
Best Actor: Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field)
Best Actress: Patricia Neal (Hud)


Best Picture: Lawrence of Arabia
Best Actor: Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Best Actress: Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker)


Best Picture: West Side Story
Best Actor: Maximilian Schell (Judgment at Nuremburg)
Best Actress: Sophia Loren (Two Women)


Best Picture: The Apartment
Best Actor: Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry)
Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor (BUtterfield 8)

1950 - 1959

Charles Schulz introduces the Peanuts comic strip. Saturday morning children's programming begins. Broadway classic Guys and Dolls debuts and becomes an instant hit. Color television is introduced in the U.S. In the first broadcast of his series; See It Now, Edward R. Murrow shows a split-screen image of the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridges and tells viewers it is the first time to see the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans simultaneously. The Today Show debuts on NBC with host Dave Garroway. The Honeymooners comedy program premieres on CBS. The first issue of TV Guide magazine arrives on newsstands. Lucille Ball gives birth to son, Desi Arnaz, Jr., on the same day her character gives birth on the I Love Lucy show. Playboy magazine debuts on newsstands with a semi-nude Marilyn Monroe on the cover. The World Series is broadcast in color for the first time. Gunsmoke premieres on CBS. James Dean dies in an auto accident at the age of 26. Disneyland opens to the public. The Wizard of Oz airs on television for the first time. Leave It to Beaver premieres on CBS. Elvis Presley is inducted into the U.S. Army. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences sponsors the first Grammy Award ceremony.

Academy Awards for the Best Picture, Actor, and Actress awarded to:


Best Picture: Ben-Hur
Best Actor: Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur)
Best Actress: Simone Signoret (Room at the Top)


Best Picture: Gigi
Best Actor: David Niven (Separate Tables)
Best Actress: Susan Hayward (I Want to Live!)


Best Picture: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actor: Alec Guinness (The Bridge on the River Kwai)
Best Actress: Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces of Eve)


Best Picture: Around the World in 80 Days
Best Actor: Yul Brynner (The King and I)
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman (Anastasia)


Best Picture: Marty
Best Actor: Ernest Borgnine (Marty)
Best Actress: Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo)


Best Picture: On the Waterfront
Best Actor: Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront)
Best Actress: Grace Kelly (The Country Girl)


Best Picture: From Here to Eternity
Best Actor: William Holden (Stalag 17)
Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday)


Best Picture: The Greatest Show on Earth
Best Actor: Gary Cooper (High Noon)
Best Actress: Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba)


Best Picture: An American in Paris
Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen)
Best Actress: Vivien Leigh (A Streetcar Named Desire)


Best Picture: All About Eve
Best Actor: José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac)
Best Actress: Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday)


For a list of winners from 1927 through 1949 and 1980 through 2009, see:

Academy Award Winners: Best Picture, Actor, and Actress – Part 1 (1927 – 1949)

Academy Award Winners: Best Picture, Actor, and Actress – Part 3 (1980 – 2009)

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Jul 6, 2010 9:04am
These actors, actresses, movie titles, TV shows and awards winners all seem way too familiar. I remember most of these events clearly. What a great review of the events of the time. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Jul 6, 2010 9:10pm
Thanks thinkwrite17, I'm happy you enjoyed this; writing it brought back so many memories...
Jan 25, 2011 7:46pm
I enjoyed your article...well-written!!
Jan 25, 2011 9:34pm
Hey c4collins; thanks for the comment, I really appreciate it!
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