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Why was Robert Duvall nominated in 1980 for “The Great Santini?”

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  • Beau S.
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    “The Great Santini” was a 1979 release, but Robert Duvall (and Michael O’Keefe) were nominated at the 1980 ceremony.

    Anybody know why this happened?

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    benbraddock
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    From what i remember, The Great Santini was a 1979 film
    but it was only released on television and then it went to
    being put on airplanes..late in the year….Then it became
    eligible in 1980 because it hadnt been a theatrical release
    as of then….I remember it was a controversial ruling
    that made it eligible for oscar consideration in 1980..
    Duvall and O”Keefe both got nominated because they were
    great and they were deemed eligible…

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    JayDF
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    WOW – I never knew this!  Here’s a link to someone suggesting the oscars may have let become eligible because it was re-dited from it’s HBO airings and re-titled.  This guy brings up SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE as well, which of course was strongly edited from many hours of a swedish tv series into the film deemed in eligible at the 1974 oscars.

    http://filmicability.blogspot.com/2009/03/film-111-great-santini.html 

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    Baby Clyde
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    But I thought Scenes From A Marriage was famously ineligible at The Oscars because it had already been shown on TV?

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    But I thought Scenes From A Marriage was famously ineligible at The Oscars because it had already been shown on TV?

    Baby Clyde, You are correct SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE was not eligible.  This guy brought it up because he assumed THE GREAT SANTINI was allowed to compete because it was re edited…despite the fact that SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE was in the same boat 6 years earlier…it had been re edited before being shown in cinemas, having been a 6 part mini series first from 283 minutes to 169 minutes. 

    Anyone know if the academy ever made an official statement?  I don’t recall ever reading one in the numerous books about the oscars I’ve read…of course I don’t have them around anymore. 

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     I do. I’ll see what I can find out.

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