1973 Academy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 1973 Academy Awards were presented April 2, 1974 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.

Best PictureAmerican Graffiti, Francis Ford Coppola, producer; Gary Kurtz, co-producer (Universal)
Cries and Whispers, Ingmar Bergman, producer (New World Pictures)
The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, producer (Warner Bros.)
The Sting, Tony Bill, Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, producers (Universal)
A Touch of Class, Melvin Frank, producer (Avco Embassy)
Best ActorMarlon Brando, Last Tango in Paris
Jack Lemmon, Save the Tiger
Jack Nicholson, The Last Detail
Al Pacino, Serpico
Robert Redford, The Sting
Best ActressEllen Burstyn, The Exorcist
Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class
Marsha Mason, Cinderella Liberty
Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
Joanne Woodward, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
Actor in a Supporting RoleVincent Gardenia, Bang the Drum Slowly
Jack Gilford, Save the Tiger
John Houseman, The Paper Chase
Jason Miller, The Exorcist
Randy Quaid, The Last Detail
Actress in a Supporting RoleLinda Blair, The Exorcist
Candy Clark, American Graffiti
Madeline Kahn, Paper Moon
Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon
Sylvia Sidney, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon
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DirectingIngmar Bergman, Cries and Whispers
Bernardo Bertolucci, Last Tango in Paris
William Friedkin, The Exorcist
George Roy Hill, The Sting
George Lucas, American Graffiti
Screenplay Based on Material From Another MediumWilliam Peter Blatty, The Exorcist
James Bridges, The Paper Chase
Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler, Serpico
Alvin Sargent, Paper Moon
Robert Towne, The Last Detail
Original ScreenplayIngmar Bergman, Cries and Whispers
Melvin Frank and Jack Rose, A Touch of Class
George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, American Grafitti
Steve Shagan, Save the Tiger
David S. Ward, The Sting
CinematographyJack Couffer, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Sven Nykvist, Cries and Whispers
Owen Roizman, The Exorcist
Harry Stradling, Jr., The Way We Were
Robert Surtees, The Sting
Art DirectionHenry Bumstead, art direction; James Payne, set decoration, The Sting
Stephen Grimes, art direction; William Kiernan, set decoration, The Way We Were
Philip Jefferies, art direction; Robert de Vestel, set decoration, Tom Sawyer
Bill Malley, art direction; Jerry Wunderlich, set decoration, The Exorcist
Lorenzo Mongiardino and Gianni Quaranta, art direction; Carmelo Patrono, set decoration, Brother Sun Sister Moon
SoundRobert Knudson and Chris Newman, The Exorcist
Donald O. Mitchell and Lawrence O. Jost, The Paper Chase
Ronald K. Pierce and Robert Bertrand, The Sting
Richard Portman and Les Fresholtz, Paper Moon
Richard Portman and Lawrence O. Jost, The Day of the Dolphin
Song“All That Love Went to Waste,” A Touch of Class, George Barrie, music; Sammy Cahn, lyrics
“Live and Let Die,” Live and Let Die, Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, music and lyrics
“Love,” Robin Hood, George Bruns, music; Floyd Huddleston, lyrics
“Nice to Be Around,” Cinderella Liberty, John Williams, music; Paul Williams, lyrics
“The Way We Were,” The Way We Were, Marvin Hamlisch, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
Original Dramatic ScoreJohn Cameron, A Touch of Class
Georges Delerue, The Day of the Dolphin
Jerry Goldsmith, Papillon
Marvin Hamlisch, The Way We Were
John Williams, Cinderella Liberty
Scoring: Original Song Score and Adaptation or Scoring: AdaptationMarvin Hamlisch, The Sting
André Previn, Herbert Spencer and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, song; John Williams, adaptation, Tom Sawyer
Film EditingVerna Fields and Marcia Lucas, American Graffiti
Frank P. Keller and James Galloway, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Ralph Kemplen, The Day of the Jackal
Jordan Leondopoulos, Bud Smith, Evan Lottman and Norman Gay, The Exorcist
William Reynolds, The Sting
Costume DesignDonfeld, Tom Sawyer
Edith Head, The Sting
Dorothy Jeakins and Moss Mabry, The Way We Were
Piero Tosi, Ludwig
Marik Vos, Cries and Whispers
Short Subjects
AnimatedFrank Film (Frank Mouris, producer; Frank Mouris Production)
The Legend of John Henry (Nick Bosustow and David Adams, producers; Bosustow-Pyramid Films Production)
Pulcinella (Emanuele Luzzati and Guilio Gianini, producers; Luzzati-Gianini Production)
Live ActionThe Bolero (Allan Miller and William Fertik, producers; Allan Miller Production)
Clockmaker (Richard Gayer, producer; James Street Productions)
Life Times Nine (Pen Densham and John Watson, producers; Insight Productions)
Short SubjectBackground (Carmen D'Avino, producer; D'Avino and Fucci-Stone Productions)
Children at Work (Paisti Ag Obair) (Louis Marcus, producer; Gael-Linn Films)
Christo's Valley Curtain (Albert Maysles and David Maysles, producers; Maysles Films Production)
Four Stones for Kanemitsu (Terry Sanders and June Wayne, producers; Tamarind Production)
Princeton: A Search for Answers (Julian Krainin and DeWitt L. Sage, Jr., producers; Krainin-Sage Productions)
FeatureAlways a New Beginning (John D. Goodell, producer; Goodell Motion Pictures)
Battle of Berlin (Bengt von zur Muehlen, producer; Chronos Film GmbH)
The Great American Cowboy (Keith Merrill, producer; Keith Merrill Associates-Rodeo Film Productions)
Journey to the Outer Limits (Alex Grasshoff, producer; National Geographic Society and Wolper Productions)
Walls of Fire (Gertrude Ross Marks and Edmund F. Penney, producers; Mentor Productions)
Foreign Language FilmDay for Night, France
The House of Chelouche Street, Israel
L'Invitation, Switzerland
The Pedestrian, Federal Republic of Germany—West
Turkish Delight, Netherlands
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardLawrence Weingarten
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardLew Wasserman
Honorary AwardsTo Henri Langlois for his devotion to the art of film, his massive contributions in preserving its past and his unswerving faith in its future
To Groucho Marx in recognition of his brilliant creativity and for the unequalled acheivements of the Marx Brothers in the art of motion picture comedy

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