The Oscars

The 40th Academy Awards hosted by Bob Hope at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Wednesday, April 10, 1968, honoring movies released in 1967. "In the Heat of the Night" was the first film in the detective genre to be honored as Best Picture by Academy voters. The Awards ceremony was postponed from April 8 to April 10 because of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on April 4. The Governors Ball was canceled. Due to an all-out push by Academy President Gregory Peck, 18 of the 20 acting nominees were present at the ceremony. Only Katharine Hepburn and the late Spencer Tracy, who was nominated posthumously, were missing.

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