The Oscars

The 42nd Academy Awards held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Tuesday, April 7, 1970, honoring movies released in 1969. For the second year in a row, there was no official host. Awards were presented by seventeen "Friends of Oscar": Bob Hope, John Wayne, Barbra Streisand, Fred Astaire, Jon Voight, Myrna Loy, Clint Eastwood, Raquel Welch, Candice Bergen, James Earl Jones, Katharine Ross, Cliff Robertson, Ali MacGraw, Barbara McNair, Elliott Gould, Claudia Cardinale, and Elizabeth Taylor. "Midnight Cowboy" became the first (and only) film with an X rating from the MPAA to win Best Picture; it was later dropped to an R rating and also won Academy Awards for Directing and Writing -- Screenplay based on material from another medium.

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