The 48th Academy Awards were presented Monday, March 29, 1976, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The ceremonies were presided over by Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, George Segal, Goldie Hawn, and Gene Kelly. This year, ABC took over broadcast rights from NBC, and continues to broadcast them today. The recent previous editions had been held on Tuesday night. (NBC's coverage of the NCAA championship basketball game aired opposite the ceremony; during the presentation of the Best Film Editing award, the winner was jokingly announced (by presenter Elliott Gould) as "Indiana, 86–68"; the undefeated Indiana Hoosiers had won the NCAA title that night in Philadelphia. The following year, the two events were again on the same night.)

Miloš Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest made a "clean sweep" of the major categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay (Adapted). It was the second of three films to date to accomplish the sweep, following It Happened One Night in 1934 and preceding The Silence of the Lambs in 1991.

French actress Isabelle Adjani received her first nomination for Best Actress this year, making Adjani, 20 at the time, the youngest actress to be nominated in the leading actress category, breaking the record set by 22-year-old Elizabeth Hartman in 1965. This record would later be surpassed by 13-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes in 2004, and again in 2013 by nine-year old Quvenzhané Wallis. Adjani also presented the Best Film Editing award that night along with Gould who delivered the Indiana joke during the presentation.

At age 80, George Burns became the oldest acting and Best Supporting Actor awardee, a record which stood until Jessica Tandy won Best Actress in 1989. For males, Burns was succeeded by Christopher Plummer, who won Best Supporting Actor in 2012 for Beginners at the age of 82.

Jaws was followed 25 years later by Traffic for a film that won all its nominations except Best Picture. Jaws is one of the few films to be nominated for Best Picture but not for directing, acting, or writing.

Winners and nominees

Miloš Forman, Best Director winner
Jack Nicholson, Best Actor winner
Louise Fletcher, Best Actress winner
George Burns, Best Supporting Actor winner
Lee Grant, Best Supporting Actress winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[1]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Film Best Animated Short Film
  • Angel and Big Joe – Bert Salzmandouble-dagger
    • Conquest of LightLouis Marcus
    • Dawn Flight – Lawrence M. Lansburgh and Brian Lansburgh
    • A Day in the Life of Bonnie Consolo – Barry Spinello
    • Doubletalk – Alan Beattie
Best Original Score Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Sound
Best Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

Multiple nominations and awards

Academy Honorary Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Special Achievement Award

Presenters and performers

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name Role
Simms, HankHank Simms Announcer for the 48th Academy Awards
Bolger, RayRay Bolger Introducer of the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Walter Mirisch
Mirisch, WalterWalter Mirisch (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Grey, JoelJoel Grey
Madeline Kahn
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Blake, RobertRobert Blake Presenter of the Special Achievement Award
Berenson, MarisaMarisa Berenson
O. J. Simpson
Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards
Hemingway, MargauxMargaux Hemingway
Roy Scheider
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Bridges, BeauBeau Bridges
Marilyn Hassett
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Heston, CharltonCharlton Heston Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to the Dr. Jules C. Stein
Hopkins, AnthonyAnthony Hopkins
Charlotte Rampling
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction
O'Neill, JenniferJennifer O'Neill
Telly Savalas
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Blair, LindaLinda Blair
Ben Johnson
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
McKuen, RodRod McKuen
Marlo Thomas
Presenters of the Music Awards
Channing, StockardStockard Channing
Billy Dee Williams
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Adjani, IsabelleIsabelle Adjani
Elliott Gould
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Bisset, JacquelineJacqueline Bisset
Jack Valenti
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Bacharach, BurtBurt Bacharach
Angie Dickinson
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song
Friedkin, WilliamWilliam Friedkin Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Mervyn LeRoy
Keaton, DianeDiane Keaton
William Wyler
Presenters of the award for Best Director
Vidal, GoreGore Vidal Presenter of the Writing Awards
Mirisch, WalterWalter Mirisch Presenter of the Honorary Award to Mary Pickford
Bronson, CharlesCharles Bronson
Jill Ireland
Presenters of the award for Best Actress
Carney, ArtArt Carney Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Hepburn, AudreyAudrey Hepburn Presenter of the award for Best Picture
Taylor, ElizabethElizabeth Taylor Introducer of the performance of "America the Beautiful" by the Spirit of Troy


Name Role Performed
Williams, JohnJohn Williams Musical arranger and conductor Orchestral
Bolger, RayRay Bolger Performer "Hollywood Honors Its Own"
Carradine, KeithKeith Carradine Performer "I'm Easy" from Nashville
Peters, BernadetteBernadette Peters Performer "How Lucky Can You Get" from Funny Lady
Lawrence, SteveSteve Lawrence Performer "Now That We're in Love" from Whiffs
Garrett, KellyKelly Garrett Performer "Richard's Window" from The Other Side of the Mountain
Ross, DianaDiana Ross Performer "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" from Mahogany
Spirit of Troy, Spirit of Troy Performers "America the Beautiful/That’s Entertainment!" (instrumental)

See also


  1. ^ "The 48th Academy Awards (1976) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 2014-11-09. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 

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