This is better than watching the Oscars … watch the Oscars opening from 1970 15



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On the day when the world erupts with Oscars excitement we couldn’t help going back to 1970 to the 42nd Academy Awards, for a reminiscent moment. The night is introduced by a black and white newsreel of the most glamorous people of the time, then opened by a young Gregory Peck who asked “What is the meaning of the new freedom of the screen?”. And “Should the screen be censored”. Can you imagine anyone even contemplating this today?

Fast forward if your attention span is not with you today to 9 minutes into the video to see all of the presenters for the night as they are introduced… It is like a red carpet fashion session for the 70s… a young John Voight, Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Candace Bergen, Racquel Welsh, Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, John Wayne and so many many others walk out in their stunning seventies style.

Then Bob Hope, who appears at 11.30 into the video with a diatribe you simply have to watch. It’ll take you back three and a half decades and remind you of why the Oscars are so darned special again!

Do you think today’s movie stars could ever be as glamorous as the movie stars of old?

Fred Astaire cuts loose on stage


Elizabeth Taylor wins best picture for Midnight Cowboy

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. To think that I remember most of these awards of actors and actresses, makes me feel a wee bit old, but I am so very, very, lucky to have witnessed all of these accolades of such beautiful people, my very, very, favourite was always Gary Cooper,,,but then Clint Eastwood came along and he was just the best,,,,,and today i can honestly say he still is,,,,,

  2. What an enjoyable half hour watching these talented people. It is such a shame there isn’t a Bob Hope these days who can make an audience laugh without a single coarse word and without embarrassing the guests. Style glamour and class.

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