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  • RobertPius
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    #153947

    He did it before the voting. Was anybody else expected to sneak in and win? Who?

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    helmetz
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    From the moment “Patton” opened in April 1970, it was all over.  There
    was some sentimental support for Melvyn Douglas, James Earl Jones’ nod
    was back when an African-American’s nomination was a rarity, and Ryan
    O’Neal in “Love Story” was kind of an afterthought.  It was thought that
    Nicholson might have had a chance, but when the critics groups opted
    for Scott, it was game, set, match.

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    babypook
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    Well, maybe for a more, delusional nominee.

    Melvyn Douglas is spectacular in I Never Sang For My Father, in a painful to watch but mesmerizing performance The entire cast is a showcase. But George beat him all year everywhere it mattered. Robert Redford, won BAFTA. Also, Douglas was an old hand, smart, and an eventual 2x winner.

    Ryan O’Neal? No. Still, Love Story was a commercial success and struck a chord with the audience and Arthur Hiller is no slouch. He was young enough to at least hope for the win. But, no. and noone expected him to.

    James Earl Jones is unforgettable in The Great White Hope, and he may have had a shot if George had refused the nomination. The nomination was his consolation prize.

    I LOVED Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces. He’s insanely Jack and gives that film so much energy. But I dont think the Academy was ready to give him an Oscar so soon as Lead, a year after his Supporting nod in Easy Rider.

    Patton was winning that year, and so was George. It basically steam rolled the circuit and had the money and campaign behind it to boot.

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    Eddy Q
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    George C. Scott should have won 3 Oscars, not that he would’ve cared – for Patton, and 2 supporting for the Hustler (certainly over George Chakiris in West Side Story, for goodness sake), and for his hilarious work in Dr. Strangelove, for which he wasn’t even nominated.

    I admire Scott’s integrity in refusing what is ultimately a superficial competitive award, and even more so Dustin Hoffman for making this point in his acceptance speech for Kramer vs Kramer.

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    Scottferguson
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    The only reason it seems to some like a surprise is that Goldie Hawn seemed shocked when she read his name. Everyone else knew he was winning.

    He had previously (more quietly) said he rejected his nomination (for The Hustler). That is likely in part why he wasn’t nominated for Dr Strangelove. And he wasn’t noisy about rejecting it – he said his piece, and moved on.

    His Oscar, at Scott’s request (so in some way he did accept it) is at the George Patton museum.   

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    Beau S.
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    I don’t think his big rejection phased the Academy whatsoever considering they nominated him again the very next year.

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    George C. Scott also refused the nomination for The Hustler..FYI

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    Entertain-me
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    George C. Scott should have 3 Oscars: Dr. Strangelove, Patton (even though I found the film unbearable), The Hospital

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    Scottferguson
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    He was great in Patton IMO but The Hospital for me was his worst performance, in large part because of Paddy Chayevsky’s atrocious script that had him screaming and ranting non-stop.

    I much prefer his late 70s performance in Islands in the Stream. Earlier he was also brilliant in Otto Preminger’s masterpiece Anatomy of a Murder.

    Like all actors, he was usually as good or bad as his directors, or at least substantial correlation.   

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    George C. Scott was incorrect when he called the Oscars “a two-hour meat parade.”

    It is actually a three-to-four-hour meat parade.

    I admire Scott for refusing his Oscar. He is a man of principle and honor.

    In addition to the previous mentions, I also admire Scott’s performance in Petulia.

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    RobertPius
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    The odd thing is he got 4 Emmy nominations post Patton (and for Emmys you have to submit yourself.) He also got a Tony nomination in 1997 and even attended the ceremony. He even attended an Oscar Ceremony a few years before he died. 

    Hoffman has admitted that his beef with the Oscars was personal:  he was so hurt when he lost to John Wayne and then didn’t even get nominated for Papillion and Little Big Man that he held a grudge for a while. 

     

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    babypook
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    George C. Scott was incorrect when he called the Oscars “a two-hour meat parade.”
    .It is actually a three-to-four-hour meat parade.

    I admire Scott for refusing his Oscar.  He is a man of principle and honor.

    In addition to the previous mentions,  I also admire Scott’s performance in Petulia.

    Ah-hahahahaaaa!  1.At first, I was worried and then this.

    2.This, this, and this. You’re hilarious.

    It’s hard to single out a fave perf of Scott’s for me. Strangelove, They Might Be Giants, The Changeling, and on and on.

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    babypook
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    The odd thing is he got 4 Emmy nominations post Patton (and for Emmys you have to submit yourself.) He also got a Tony nomination in 1997 and even attended the ceremony. He even attended an Oscar Ceremony a few years before he died. 

    Hoffman has admitted that his beef with the Oscars was personal:  he was so hurt when he lost to John Wayne and then didn’t even get nominated for Papillion and Little Big Man that he held a grudge for a while. 

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    Elizabeth Taylor was none to happy herself. She presented that year, and her teeth were gritted. It’s clear she wanted Burton to win.

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    Scottferguson
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    Scott didn’t lose to John Wayne and wasn’t in Papillon. Back in the years he was nominated for Emmys, not sure actors actually submitted themselves.

    Elizabeth Taylor didn’t attend the year she won, so she didn’t present anything. She did present in later years, I don’t recall any particular attitude on her part. She didn’t present the year after she won, but in those years previous years winners often didn’t present. 

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    RobertPius
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    Hoffman was though. I was responding to Eddy Q’s post above. 

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