43rd Academy Awards

The 43rd Academy Awards were presented April 15, 1971 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles.

There was no host.

It was during this ceremony that George C. Scott became the first actor to reject an Oscar, claiming that the Academy Awards were "a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons."Marlon Brando would do the same thing two years later, claiming Hollywood's mistreatment towards Native American actors as his reason for rejecting the Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather.

The 1970 Academy Award Winners

Picture: Patton
Actor: George C. Scott (Patton)
Actress: Glenda Jackson (Women in Love)
Supporting Actor: John Mills (Ryan's Daughter)
Supporting Actress: Helen Hayes (Airport)
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton)
Adapted Screenplay: Ring Lardner Jr. (M*A*S*H)
Original Screenplay: Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North (Patton)
Song: "For All We Know" (Lovers and Other Strangers)
Score: Love Story (Original Score) / Let It Be (Original Song Score)
Cinematography: Ryan's Daughter
Costume Design: Cromwell
Art / Set Decoration: Patton
Film Editing: Patton
Foreign Language Film: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Italy)
Sound: Patton
Visual Effects: Tora! Tora! Tora!
Short Films: Is It Always Right to Be Right? (Cartoons) / The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (Live Action)
Documentaries: Interviews With My Lai Veterans (Feature)

The forty-third Academy Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, April 15, 1971 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center. Though George C. Scott won best actor for his role in Patton, he declined the nomination and the award.