Oscar statuette ©AMPAS

1972 (45th Annual Awards)
Academy Award Overview

Shown below is an overview of the 1972 Academy Awards, comprised of selected items from the WebMaster’s collection. (All of the items for a given category—for example, all Reminder Lists—can be found in the “Gallery” section.)

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The 1972 Preliminaries

1972 (45th) Reminder List of Eligible Releases

1972 (45th) Voting Rules
Eligibility Period:
January 1, 1972 to December 31, 1972

Reminder List of Eligible Releases

Text of Voting Rules

The 1972 Ceremony

1972 (45th) Academy Award Ceremony Poster

1972 (45th) Academy Award Ceremony Program
Tuesday, March 27, 1973
7:00 PM

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,
Los Angeles County Music Center

Ceremony Poster

Ceremony Program

Nominations & Winners
Winners Only
Nominations by Film
Nomination Statistics by Film

See Also:
    Nominations & Winners by Category
    Winners Only by Category

The 1972 Winners

1972 (45th) Best Picture Poster: “The Godfather”

1972 (45th) Best Picture Home Page Background: “The Godfather”

Best Picture:
The Godfather
Albert S. Ruddy Production;

Albert S. Ruddy, Producer

Best Picture Poster

Best Picture Home Page Background

1972 (45th) Best Actor: Marlon Brando   1972 (45th) Best Actor Volpe Sketch: Marlon Brando Best Actor:
Marlon Brando
as Don Vito Corleone
in the film
The Godfather

1972 (45th) Best Actress: Liza Minnelli   1972 (45th) Best Actress Volpe Sketch: Liza Minnelli Best Actress:
Liza Minnelli
as Sally Bowles
in the film

1972 (37th) Best Supporting Actor: Joel Grey Best Supporting Actor:
Joel Grey
as Master of Ceremonies
in the film

1972 (37th) Best Supporting Actress: Eileen Heckart Best Supporting Actress:
Eileen Heckart
as Mrs. Baker
in the film
Butterflies Are Free

1972 (39th) Best Song: “The Morning After” Best Song:
The Morning After
from the film
The Poseidon Adventure

Music and lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn

Best Song Lyrics

Other 1972 Nominees

1972 (45th) Best Actor Nominees (Version 1)

Best Actor Nominees (Version 1)
1972 (45th) Best Actor Nominees (Version 2)

Best Actor Nominees (Version 2)
1972 (45th) Best Actress Nominees (Version 1)

Best Actress Nominees (Version 1)
1972 (45th) Best Actress Nominees (Version 2)

Best Actress Nominees (Version 2)
1972 (45th) Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Best Supporting Actor Nominees
1972 (45th) Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Best Supporting Actress Nominees

The 1972 Academy Board of Governors Ball

1972 (16th) Governors Ball Program/Menu The Beverly Hilton,
Beverly Hills

Governors Ball Program/Menu
Dinner Menu