I just rewatched Deliverance last night for the first time in over 20 years. It really stood the test of time……a great movie! The Oscar nominees for Best Picture in 1972 were The Godfather, Cabaret, The Emigrants, Sounder and Deliverance. The Godfather won and I imagine Cabaret was close behind …..likely closer than many realized. My guess is The Godfather and Cabaret got most of the votes with only a bit left over for the other three pictures. Wondering what other people think? What do you think the order of the 5 ended up being. I think:
1. The Godfather
3. The Emigrants (several key nominations including actress and director)
I think it went like this:
1. The Godfather
3. The Emigrants
I am thinking a huge percentage of the total vote (maybe 80 percent or more) went to The Godfather & Cabaret.
The Godfather and Cabaret both opened in February of 1972 and waited over a full year to win Oscars. It was a foregone conclusion immediately that The Gofsther was winning best picture. The shock of Oscar night was 3 awards only for The Gofather without the director and 8 Oscars for Cabaret. I would’ve given The Godfather editing and art direction and director making the totals 6 Gofather, 5 Cabaret
Cabaret’s success over The Godfather, especially Fosse’s victory, is quite an incredible feat especially since The Godfather is such a beloved and iconic film (Cabaret is a obviously a classic as well, just not quite on the same level). Still, like Ben said, people knew that The Godfather was destined to be honored by the Academy. I think that if The Godfather had done better this year (winning Director and Supporting Actor for instance), I think Polanski could have possibly been honored with Best Director for Chinatown instead of Coppola two years later. I still think The Godfather Part 2 would have won Best Picture though.
The only time when i considered a tie for best picture: The Godfather and Cabaret
Best Director (Coppola´s directing is sublime and classic, but Fosse is revolutionary in all aspects).
Best Actress (One of the most electric and outstanding performance of ll time)
Best Supporting Actor
Best Adapted Score
Best Costume Design
The Godfather deserved:
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Art Direction
For me, the one crime that year was the failure of Academy to recognize the revolutionary cinematography of Gordon Willis in The Godfather. His use of darkness to underscore the evil was riveting. Prior to The Godfather, studios overlit films to insure they played well at the drive in. Even today, I find the use of light in The Godfather to be one of my favorite aspects of this classic.