In the Heat of the Night Wins Best Picture: 1968 Oscars
Short Film Oscars® in 1968
"Talk to the Animals" Wins Original Song: 1968 Oscars
The 40th Academy Awards honored film achievements of that year. Due to the increasing rarity of black and white feature films, the awards for cinematography, art direction, and costume design were combined into single categories. The Best Picture nominees were an eclectic group of films reflecting the chaos of their era.