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    Faye Dunaway and the late Peter Finch have won this year's "Oscars" for the best film actress and actor for their roles in "Network", a bitter satire on the television industry.

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    Excerpts from film "Network" showing Faye Dunaway, winner of 1977 Best Actress Award (7 shots)

    Excerpts showing introduction to television programme (5 shots)

    Excerpts showing Peter Finch, winner of Best Actor Award, speaking and Dunaway looking on (7 shots)

    Excerpts of people screaming from balconies and windows (7 shots)

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The best film award went to "Rocky", a sentimental study of a boxer played and written by cinema newcomer Sylvester Stallone. The film "All the President's Men", based on the Watergate scandal, won four awards.

    The awards are voted on by the 3,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, which was founded in the United States fifty years ago to raise the standards of the film industry.

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: DUNAWAY: "I want this show, Frank. I can turn that show into the biggest smash on television."

    DUVAL: "You mean you want this show. It's a new show; it's not your department."

    DUNAWAY: "I see Howard Lyle as a latterday prophet, a magnificent messianic figure invading against hypocrisy of our time, a strip Zapfanorolla Monday through Friday. I tell you Frank, we just go through the roof. I'm talking about a six dollar cost per thousand show. I'm talking about a hundred, a hundred thirty thousand dollar minute. Do you want to figure out the revenues of a strip show that sells for a hundred thousand bucks a minute? One show like that could pull this whole network out of the hole. Frank - they've handed it to us on a plate. Don't let's blow it."

    DUVAL: "Let me think it over."

    DUNAWAY: "Frank. Frank - you do not go to the committee on this. It's twenty past ten. We won't be needing this studio until half past six. Don't let lose the momentum."

    DUVAL: "For God's sakes, Diana, we are talking about putting a manifestly irresponsible man on national television."

    ANNOUNCER: " Ladies and gentlemen, the network news hour...with Howard Lyle."

    FINCH: "I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime and the speed. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say: 'I'm a human being. God damn it. My life has value. 'I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it to stick your head out and yell, I am as mad as hell and I am not going to take it any more. Thing have got to change."

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    Background: Faye Dunaway and the late Peter Finch have won this year's "Oscars" for the best film actress and actor for their roles in "Network", a bitter satire on the television industry. Finch, who died of a heart attack soon after he completed his portrayal of the mad announcer in the film became the first actor to win the American Academy award posthumously. As a film, "Network" was the big winner - Beatrice Straight and Paddy Chayevsky also won Oscars for best supporting actress and screenwriter. Here are excerpts from "Network", with Faye Dunaway in a scene with Robert Duval, and Peter Finch in a masterly performance as the deranged newscaster.

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