47th Academy Awards

47th Academy Awards
Date April 8, 1975
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Hosted by Sammy Davis, Jr., Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra
Produced by Howard W. Koch
Directed by Marty Pasetta
Best Picture The Godfather Part II
Most awards The Godfather Part II (6)
Most nominations Chinatown and The Godfather Part II (11)
TV in the United States
Network NBC

The 47th Academy Awards were presented April 8, 1975 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Sammy Davis, Jr., Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine, and Frank Sinatra. This was the last year NBC aired the ceremonies before ABC secured broadcasting rights, which they still hold to this day.

The success of The Godfather Part II was notable; it received twice as many Oscars as its predecessor (six) and duplicated its feat of three Best Supporting Actor nominations (as of the 87th Academy Awards, the last film to receive three nominations in a single acting category). Between the two of them, father and son Carmine and Francis Ford Coppola won four awards, with Carmine winning for Best Original Score (with Nino Rota) and Francis for Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay (with Mario Puzo).

This was the only Oscars where all nominees in one category were released by the same studio: all five Best Costume Design nominations were for films released by Paramount Pictures.

Winners & Nominees

Francis Ford Coppola, Best Director winner
Art Carney, Best Actor winner
Ellen Burstyn, Best Actress winner
Robert De Niro, Best Supporting Actor winner
Ingrid Bergman, Best Supporting Actress winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[1][2]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Short Film Best Live Action Short Film
  • One-Eyed Men Are Kings – Paul Claudon, Edmond Sechandouble-dagger
    • Climb Dewitt Jones
    • The Concert – Julian Chagrin and Claude Chagrin
    • Planet Ocean – George V. Casey
    • The Violin – Andrew Welsh and George Pastic
Best Documentary (Short Subject) Best Documentary
Best Cinematography Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design Best Sound
Best Film Editing Best Original Song
Best Original Dramatic Score Best Original Song Score and Adaptation

Academy Honorary Award

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 11 nominations: Chinatown and The Godfather Part II
  • 8 nominations: The Towering Inferno
  • 6 nominations: Lenny and Murder on the Orient Express
  • 4 nominations: Earthquake
  • 3 nominations: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Blazing Saddles, The Conversation and Day for Night
  • 2 nominations: The Great Gatsby, Harry and Tonto, The Little Prince, A Woman Under the Influence and Young Frankenstein

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 6 wins: The Godfather Part II
  • 3 wins: The Towering Inferno
  • 2 wins: The Great Gatsby

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 47th Academy Awards
Mirisch, WalterWalter Mirisch (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
O'Neal, RyanRyan O'Neal
Tatum O'Neal
Explained the voting rules to the public and presented the award for Best Supporting Actor
Coppola, Francis FordFrancis Ford Coppola Received the award for Best Supporting Actor on behalf of Robert de Niro
McDowall, RoddyRoddy McDowall
Brenda Vaccaro
Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards
Hutton, LaurenLauren Hutton
Danny Thomas
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Bergman, IngridIngrid Bergman Presenter of the Honorary Award to Jean Renoir
Hope, BobBob Hope Presenter of the Special Achievement Award to Frank Brendel, Glen Robinson, and Albert Whitlock for their work in Earthquake
Kelly, GeneGene Kelly Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Bottoms, JosephJoseph Bottoms
Deborah Raffin
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Wayne, JohnJohn Wayne Presenter of the Honorary Award to Howard Hawks
Carroll, DiahannDiahann Carroll
Johnny Green
Presenters of the Music Awards
Bacall, LaurenLauren Bacall Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design
Falk, PeterPeter Falk
Katharine Ross
Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Blakely, SusanSusan Blakely
O.J. Simpson
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Voight, JonJon Voight
Raquel Welch
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Carey, MacdonaldMacdonald Carey
Jennifer O'Neill
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
George, SusanSusan George
Jack Valenti
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Arthur J. Krim
Hawn, GoldieGoldie Hawn
Robert Wise
Presenters of the award for Best Director
Michener, JamesJames Michener Presenter of the awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay
Jackson, GlendaGlenda Jackson Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Lemmon, JackJack Lemmon Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Beatty, WarrenWarren Beatty Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Green, JohnnyJohnny Green Musical arranger
Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine Performer "Blazing Saddles" from Blazing Saddles
Jones, JackJack Jones Performer “Little Prince” from The Little Prince
Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin Performer "Wherever Love Takes Me" from Gold
Frankie Laine
Jack Jones
Aretha Franklin
Performers "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering Inferno
"Benji's Theme (I Feel Love)" from Benji
Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra
Shirley MacLaine
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Bob Hope
Academy Awards Orchestra
Performers "That's Entertainment!"

See also


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