I’d put him in for Dog Day Afternoon instead of Jack Warden for Shampoo.
and for Godfather Two I’d put him in ahead of everyone except De Niro.
Yeah his lack of nomination for Godfather II is puzzling specially when Strasberg and Gazzo got in. They were great but common, it’s Fredo.
And I also think that two years earlier Duvall and Caan got nominated for less than what Cazale did in Part II. So it’s not like they were very demanding of their potential nominees. The 70s have some weird nominations and snubs.
Poor guy. All of his movies were BP nominees. And classics, not just random movies that once got an Oscar nomination. He would’ve been a winner eventually.
He must have been an interesting guy. In that recent Meryl Streep bio she sounds incredibly in love with him and nursed him until the end.
It is really hard to see how Gazzo and Strasberg got in ahead of him but then again it is hard to see how Talia Shire got in over Diane Keaton. Keaton is always so critical of herself in the Godfather films but I think she is great and Pacino’s closing the door in her face is an incredible moment in film history.
Because he’s not that big, prominent actor than his co-stars. He’s easily overshadowed.
Ultimately, Cazale’s performances in those pictures were much more celebrated following his tragic passing than they were upon initial release. He was brushed aside in those awards cycles, even at the critics’ awards, in favor of more well-known, established actors.
OSCAR FLASHBACK: 20 Years of Streep (1982 – Sophie’s Choice)
but Michael V. Gazzo?
He wasn’t that well known or celebrated an actor.