Norman Jewison helms this Best Picture winner about a black Philadelphia detective (Sidney Poitier) who becomes involved in a murder case in a small, bigoted southern town, much to the chagrin of the local redneck police chief (Rod Steiger). An excellent production, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT was adapted by Stirling Silliphant from John Ball's novel. The drama boasts seven Academy Award nominations and five statuettes, including Best Picture, Best Actor--Rod Steiger, and Best (Adapted) Screenplay.
Academy Awards Best Picture 1967
Academy Awards Best Sound 1967
Academy Awards Best Actor 1967 Rod Steiger American actor, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1967 Hal Ashby American Director/Editor
Academy Awards Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award 1967 Walter Mirisch Producer
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1967 Stirling Silliphant Screenwriter/Producer