The 44th Annual Academy Awards held in Los Angeles. Getting no less than 5 awards, 'The French Connection'. Best actor Gene Hackman, best actress Jane Fonda. Best film 'The French Connection'. Highlight of the evening, a special oscar for 83 year old Charlie Chaplin, who had returned to the States for the first time in 20 years.
GV Music Centre - Los Angeles - TV & film personalties arriving. Pan to crowd. SV Elmo Williams & family. LV stars arriving and pan to crowds. SV Gordon Stalberg & family. SV Dennis Stanfell with wife and daughter. Crowds waving. SV Gene Hackman (star of The French Connection) & wife. SV Jackie Coogan & wife. SV crowds applauding. SCU Pan Jane Fonda arriving. GV interior audience and stage. GV audience. Pan Ben Johnson best supporting actor (for The Last Picture Show) - he walks to receive award. he kisses Sally Kellerman then shakes hands and embraces Richard Harris, then Kellerman presents the trophy. Pan to Cloris Leachman best supporting actress (for The Last Picture Show), embraces Raquel Welch then Gene Hackman, kisses and hands over trophy. SV pan Jerry Greenberg for best editing (French Connection) receiving his trophy at 97'. Red Buttons. SV pan Ernest Tidyman for best screenplay French Connection, walks up to gather trophy from Tennessee Williams. SV William Friedkin for best direction The French Connection, receives award from Natalie Wood, he shakes hands with Frank Capra. SV pan Gene Hackman for best actor French Connection receives his trophy from Liza Minelli. SV pan Philip D'Antoni (producer) for best picture French Connection receives his trophy from Jack Nicholson. LV pan audience applauding. GV TV standing ovation pan to Charles Chaplin on stage. SV Chaplin is handed cane and bowler hat by Jack Lemmon. TV standing ovation by audience. GV Chaplin shaking hands with various stars. SV Chaplin ditto with Sammy Davies Junior & Jane Fonda. SV people standing applauding. SV Chaplin & Oona (wife) walk off stage amid applause.
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