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  • RobertPius
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    #192797

    How do you think the balloting went in that year? Was Joel Grey a surprise? Who was second, third etc. 

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    keithw
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    My thinking of how the voting went is:

    1.  Joel Grey  2.  Al Pacino  3.  Eddie Albert  4.  James Caan    5.  Robert Duvall

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    babypook
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    Well the ensemble in The Godfather certainly benefitted by starring in that film. But the three nominations probably didnt help them for Oscar as individuals. Joel Grey was mostly a television actor and delivers an astonishing performance in a vastly different kind of film. He’s terrific. I loved him in Remo Williams.

    Eddie Albert was a veteran and already nominated for Roman Holiday, although that was almost two decades before.

    I think it may have gone like this:

    Joel Grey

    Eddie Albert

    Al Pacino

    Robert Duvall

    James Caan

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    OnTheAisle
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    Forty plus years is a chunk of time gone by. That acknowledged, I think posters are failing to give credit to the rabid support of James Caan. He has the more intense role with lots of physicality. Further, he was coming off of Brian’s Song which has captured the attention of the nation. To the best of my recollection, it was a hot race between Grey and Caan. Pacino was too new and seen as a spoiler if votes split. Albert and Duvall were perceived to be fortunate to be recognized with a nomination

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    babypook
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    Forty plus years is a chunk of time gone by. That acknowledged, I think posters are failing to give credit to the rabid support of James Caan. He has the more intense role with lots of physicality. Further, he was coming off of Brian’s Song which has captured the attention of the nation. To the best of my recollection, it was a hot race between Grey and Caan. Pacino was too new and seen as a spoiler if votes split. Albert and Duvall were perceived to be fortunate to be recognized with a nomination

    He IS Sonny, and my personal choice…after Pacino, who took the community by storm with his Michael. Albert is Albert, and in no way was Duvall simply lucky for grabbing that spot. He took that notice and ran with it.

    I think Caan deserved a nomination for The Gambler as well. I also loved him in Rollerball, Brian’s Song, and Misery.

    Nice to see he’s still working…and working, and working.

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    OnTheAisle
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    . . . and in no way was Duvall simply lucky for grabbing that spot. He took that notice and ran with it.

    You are correct, pal.

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