Did Alec Guiness stand a chance of winning for Star Wars?

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  • RobertPius
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    #209019

    Was there any positive buzz? Odd how Jason Robards won twice in a row. 

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    babypook
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    Well, it was his first nomination(s) in close to two decades, and I know people were happy for him and his late resurgence. He was certainly in the biggest box office film that year (or decade). I remember he said in an interview that he was originally ’embarrassed’ to be in the film. He got over that and quickly.

    But Robards was on a roll.

    That was quite a diverse list of nominees that year, with Maximilian Schell, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Firth and Alec Guinness.

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    In a situation much like Ian McKellan in The Lord of the Rings, Alec Guinness was a revered actor playing a supporting role in Star Wars, a film dominated by youthful players and astonishing filmmaking. Both stood out in their respective box office hits, were nominated, and lost.

    Also nominated with Guinness in 1977 were newcomers Peter Firth in Equus and Mikhail Baryshnikox in The Turning Point.

    Richard Burton was the favorite to win Best Actor for Equus. He lost. Equus was a stagebound adaptation of a hit Broadway show. Director Sidney Lumet chose to take a culminating scene of violence, performed on stage allowing the audience to imagine the carnage, and film it quite graphically. The images offended many and cost Golden Globe winners Burton and Firth, who was recreating his stage triumph, wins.

    Baryshnikov appeared in the ballet film which received 11 nominations and won none. He was recognized for his legendary dancing. To be kind, his acting at this point in his career was limited at best.

    With the novices out of the running, Guinness’s competition was down to two other previous Oscar winners, both from Julia. Both Maximilian Schell and Jason Robards, Jr each had limited roles in the Best Picture nominee.

    Playing alcoholic writer Dashiell Hammett, Robards had two advantages going into the ceremony. One was a key scene, memorable and beautifully played. Hammett surprises his lover who is leaving on an ocean liner. Though he is not expected to see her off, she spots him in the crowd on the dock. The camera provides a close up in which he smiles ruefully and tips his hat. The gesture thrills her – and us.

    The other advantage? As Marisa Tomei learned in 1992, it doesn’t hurt to be the sole American nominee.

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    babypook
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    In a situation much like Ian McKellan in The Lord of the Rings, Alec Guinness was a revered actor playing a supporting role in Star Wars, a film dominated by youthful players and astonishing filmmaking. Both stood out in their respective box office hits, were nominated, and lost.

    Also nominated with Guinness in 1977 were newcomers Peter Firth in Equus and Mikhail Baryshnikox in The Turning Point.

    Richard Burton was the favorite to win Best Actor for Equus. He lost. Equus was a stagebound adaptation of a hit Broadway show. Director Sidney Lumet chose to take a culminating scene of violence, performed on stage allowing the audience to imagine the carnage, and film it quite graphically. The images offended many and cost Golden Globe winners Burton and Firth, who was recreating his stage triumph, wins.

    Baryshnikov appeared in the ballet film which received 11 nominations and won none. He was recognized for his legendary dancing. To be kind, his acting at this point in his career was limited at best.

    With the novices out of the running, Guinness’s competition was down to two other previous Oscar winners, both from Julia. Both Maximilian Schell and Jason Robards, Jr each had limited roles in the Best Picture nominee.

    Playing alcoholic writer Dashiell Hammett, Robards had two advantages going into the ceremony. One was a key scene, memorable and beautifully played. Hammett surprises his lover who is leaving on an ocean liner. Though he is not expected to see her off, she spots him in the crowd on the dock. The camera provides a close up in which he smiles ruefully and tips his hat. The gesture thrills her – and us.

    The other advantage? As Marisa Tomei learned in 1992, it doesn’t hurt to be the sole American nominee.

     Equus is not my idea of a fun watch. They certainly made a big deal out of it’s graphicness and I recall balking about seeing it. But the cast is riveting.

    It didnt hurt Helen Hunt either did it.

    Nice read!

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    Though a few performers (Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett) are coming close to breaking his record, Guinness still has the distinction of being the actor whose films have won the most total Oscars: 35. 

    Great Expectations – 2
    The Lavender Hill Mob – 1
    The Bridge on the River Kwai – 7
    Lawrence of Arabia – 7
    Doctor Zhivago – 5
    Cromwell – 1
    Star Wars – 7
    The Empire Strikes Back – 2
    Return of the Jedi – 1 
    A Passage to India – 2 

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    keithw
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    I think the Oscar was between Robards and Guiness….with Firth in third place.

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    Anybody but Guinness was the membership’s mantra, no doubt.  Can’t give any major stuff to the most popular film – a SCIENCE FICTION FILM, no less – of its day.  He had no chance.  

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    RobertPius
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    Ah, i didn’t realize that Robards was the only American. That must explain it. Firth won the Golden Globe but as people have said that film must have turned people off. (Burton lost on like his 7th try (I think) to a first time young nominee in a comedy. Nowadays the onerdue factor would have swept him to the award but I guess they really didn’t want to vote for Equus. 

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    Anybody but Guinness was the membership’s mantra, no doubt. Can’t give any major stuff to the most popular film – a SCIENCE FICTION FILM, no less – of its day.  He had no chance. 

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