1972 Academy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 1972 Academy Awards were presented March 27, 1973 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.

Best PictureCabaret, Cy Feuer, producer (Allied Artists)
Deliverance, John Boorman, producer (Warner Bros.)
The Emigrants, Bengt Forslund, producer (Warner Bros.)
The Godfather, Albert S. Ruddy, producer (Paramount)
Sounder, Robert B. Radnitz, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)
Best ActorMarlon Brando, The Godfather
Michael Caine, Sleuth
Laurence Olivier, Sleuth
Peter O'Toole, The Ruling Class
Paul Winfield, Sounder
Best ActressLiza Minelli, Cabaret
Diana Ross, Lady Sings the Blues
Maggie Smith, Travels With My Aunt
Cicely Tyson, Sounder
Liv Ullman, The Emigrants
Actor in a Supporting RoleEddie Albert, The Heartbreak Kid
James Caan, The Godfather
Robert Duvall, The Godfather
Joel Grey, Cabaret
Al Pacino, The Godfather
Actress in a Supporting RoleJeannie Berlin, The Heartbreak Kid
Eileen Heckart, Butterflies Are Free
Geraldine Page, Pete 'n' Tillie
Susan Tyrrell, Fat City
Shelley Winters, The Poseidon Adventure
DirectingJohn Boorman, Deliverance
Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather
Bob Fosse, Cabaret
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Sleuth
Jan Troell, The Emigrants
Screenplay Based on Material From Another MediumJay Allen, Cabaret
Lonne Elder, III, Sounder
Julius J. Epstein, Pete 'n' Tillie
Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather
Jan Troell and Bengt Forslund, The Emigrants
Original ScreenplayLuis Buñuel, story and screenplay in collaboration with Jean-Claude Carrière, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Carl Foreman, Young Winston
Jeremy Larner, The Candidate
Louis Malle, Murmur of the Heart
Terence McCloy, Chris Clark and Suzanne de Passe, Lady Sings the Blues
CinematographyCharles B. Lang, Butterflies Are Free
Douglas Slocombe, Travels With My Aunt
Harold E. Stine, The Poseidon Adventure
Harry Stradling, Jr., 1776
Geoffrey Unsworth, Cabaret
Art DirectionCarl Anderson, art direction; Reg Allen, set decoration, Lady Sings the Blues
Don Ashton, Geoffrey Drake, John Graysmark and William Hutchinson, art direction; Peter James, set decoration, Young Winston
John Box, Gil Parrondo and Robert W. Laing, art direction and set decoration, Travels With My Aunt
William Creber, art direction; Raphael Bretton, set decoration, The Poseidon Adventure
Rolf Zehetbauer and Jurgen Kiebach, art direction; Herbert Strabel, set decoration, Cabaret
SoundBud Grenzbach, Richard Portman and Christopher Newman, The Godfather
Robert Knudson and David Hildyard, Cabaret
Arthur Piantadosi and Charles Knight, Butterflies Are Free
Richard Portman and Gene Cantamessa, The Candidate
Theodore Soderberg and Herman Lewis, The Poseidon Adventure
Song“Ben,” Ben, Walter Scharf, music; Don Black, lyrics
“Come Follow, Follow Me,” The Little Ark, Fred Karlin, music; Marsha Karlin, lyrics
“Marmalade, Molasses & Honey,” The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Maurice Jarre, music; Marilyn and Alan Bergman, lyrics
“The Morning After,” The Poseidon Adventure, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, music and lyrics
“Strange Are the Ways of Love,” The Stepmother, Sammy Fain, music; Paul Francis Webster, lyrics
Original Dramatic ScoreJohn Addison, Sleuth
Buddy Baker, Napoleon and Samantha
Charles Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell, Limelight
John Williams, Images
John Williams, The Poseidon Adventure
Scoring: Adaptation and Original ScoreGil Askey, Lady Sings the Blues
Ralph Burns, Cabaret
Laurence Rosenthal, Man of La Mancha
Film EditingDavid Bretherton, Cabaret
Frank P. Keller and Fred W. Berger, The Hot Rock
Harold F. Kress, The Poseidon Adventure
Tom Priestley, Deliverance
William Reynolds and Peter Zinner, The Godfather
Costume DesignAnna Hill Johnstone, The Godfather
Bob Mackie, Ray Aghayan and Norma Koch, Lady Sings the Blues
Anthony Mendleson, Young Winston
Anthony Powell, Travels With My Aunt
Paul Zastupnevich, The Poseidon Adventure
Short Subjects
AnimatedA Christmas Carol (Richard Williams Production; American Broadcasting Company Film Services)
Kama Sutra Rides Again (Bob Godfrey Films, Ltd.; Lion International Films)
Tup Tup (Zagreb Film-Corona Cinematografica Production; Manson Distributing)
Live ActionFrog Story (Gidron Productions; Lester A. Schoenfeld Films)
Norman Rockwell's World…An American Dream (Concepts Unlimited; Columbia)
Solo (Pyramid Films; United Artists)
Short SubjectHundertwasser's Rainy Day (Argos Films-Peter Schamoni Film Production)
K-Z (Giorgio Treves, producer; Nexus Film S.r.l. Production)
Selling Out (Tadeusz Jaworski, producer; Unit Productions Film)
This Tiny World (Charles Huguenot van der Linden and Martina Huguenot van der Linden, producers; Charles Huguenot van der Linden Production)
The Tide of Traffic (Humphrey Swingler, producer; BP-Greenpark Production)
FeatureApe and Super-Ape (Bert Haanstra Film Production; Netherlands Ministry of Culture, Recreation and Social Welfare)
Malcolm X (Marvin Worth Production; Warner Bros.)
Manson (Robert Hendrickson and Laurence Merrick, producers; Merrick International Pictures)
Marjoe (Cinema X Production; Cinema 5, Ltd.)
The Silent Revolution (Eckehard Munck, producer; Leonaris Film Production)
Foreign Language FilmThe Dawns Here Are Quiet, U.S.S.R.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, France
I Love You Rosa, Israel
My Dearest Señorita, Spain
The New Land, Sweden
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardRosalind Russell
Honorary AwardsTo Charles S. Boren, leader for 38 years of the industry's enlightened labor relations and architect of its policy of nondiscrimination
To Edward G. Robinson who achieved greatness as a player, a patron of the arts and a dedicated citizen…in sum, a Renaissance man
Special Achievement Award(Not necessarily given each year)
Visual EffectsL. B. Abbott and A. D. Flowers, The Poseidon Adventure

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