1973 was a memorable year for American movies. It was the year of The Exorcist, and the hit movies ran the gamut from glossy romantic comedy (The Way We Were) to star-laden caper (The Sting) to period drama (Paper Moon) to austere Ingmar Bergman (Cries and Whispers). It was also the year of Last Tango in Paris, which critic Pauline Kael touted as the second coming, and made audiences look at butter in a new way. The April 2, 1974, ceremony was also famous for five diverse reasons.
Katharine Hepburn made her only appearance at the Academy Awards.
Susan Hayward made her last public appearance anywhere.
A 9-year-old child, Tatum O'Neal, won an Academy Award.
A streaker made his one and only TV appearance.
And the Best Actress winner was probably the worst choice in the last 40 years.