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    keithw
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    Nowadays pretty much all of the nominees for Oscars attend the ceremony. This year all but Joe Pesci & Anthony Hopkins were present. In the past there were always several nominees missing. For example, when Jason Robards won for “Julia” the only Supporting Actor nominee present was Peter Firth (Equus). When Art Carney won for “Harry & Tonto” only he & Jack Nicholson were there. When Jane Fonda won for “Klute” only she and Janet Suzman (Nicholas & Alexandra) were there. Wondering what people’s thoughts are on why the change. It is commendable that Jack Nicholson has attended the Oscars every time he’s been nominated. Also, Meryl Streep only missed attending one time with all of her nominations. Denzel Washington, Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda & many others have been there every time they’ve been nominated. Thoughts?

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    Clearly people cared less. That could be the whole reason. Traveling for foreigners could also be a reason (did they pay for themselves back then? Maybe some of them had to). And “if I’m not winning, why should I go?” must’ve been a popular reason too.

    And during the 70s the Oscars had A LOT of moments with people refusing nominations and/or wins, speeches going against “winning” or being “the best”, Vanessa Redgrave vs Paddy Chayefsky and so on. If those things actually happened, imagine how many others felt the same but then chose to stay quiet and simply didn’t go. The 70s were tough. The very first best actor of the decade refused it and you know the last one, Hoffman, surely had something to say too even if he accepted it.

    Maybe a couple of people were upset with category placements and chose not to go? It was the 70s after all.

    There’s also the fact that the Oscars were a 50-something awards show. Now they’re close to 100 years old and the audience cares more about the whole thing too (regardless of declining ratings). From the 20 nominees, to the snubbed ones, the red carpet, the campaign and so on. I can picture the Academy and the studios/producers being much more demanding and making people go after spending all that money campaigning.

    If the only 2 people who didn’t show up are the 80-something actors (one of them basically retired), I think we’re okay.

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    I can’t not have Hepburn come to mind lol

    watch I May Destroy You

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    I can’t not have Hepburn come to mind lol

    She doesn’t care much about attending Oscars each time she gets nominated.  She doesn’t even care about her winnings.

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    I think it’s tougher today when every move you make gets a reading. if you don’t show up, that’s interpreted as a snub or butthurt because an also-run and not a projected winner, etc. Also, competition is much crazier now so people don’t miss a chance to network as much as possible.

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    I was really shocked with Hopkins not attending this year.

    I think we always went to the ceremony with the previous nominations. And he event tributed Brad Pitt in the 2009 Oscars.

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    I was really shocked with Hopkins not attending this year.

    I think we always went to the ceremony with the previous nominations. And he event tributed Brad Pitt in the 2009 Oscars.

    But that was more than a decade ago. Probably many things happened in between, health-wise.

    Katharine Hepburn cared deeply about winning and was very proud of her record, at least proud enough to stick it to Jane Fonda when she called to congratulate her after “Golden Pond” big showing at the Oscars.

    Gregory Peck in late 1960s was instrumental in getting nominated actors present at the ceremony. For 1967 only Hepburn and deceased Tracy were missing.

    The most hilarious thing happened with 1972 Best Actress announcement – I don’t know who did it better: furious Burstyn, unimpressed Woodward or puzzled Mason (Burstyn wins, who am I kidding). Barbra Streisand was hiding in the wings, pretending she wasn’t there to steal the spotlight if she won but then she lost and came home early, refusing to appear at all. And Glenda Jackson, naturally, didn’t show up. Outstanding.

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    Robert De Niro was actually nominated as a producer for The Irishman.

    Is Anthony Hopkins currently living in Malibu, California? It’s not like he has to fly across the Atlantic to be there. And he looks very healthy. Maybe he didn’t want to sit through those boring hours of the ceremony anymore. He didn’t attend the Emmy when nominated for Westworld either. It’s interesting to see whether he’ll attend if he becomes the frontrunner for his performance in The Father.

    Glenda Jackson once presented the Oscar to Art Carney, but famously never attended as a nominee. However, she attended the Tony when she was nominated for Macbeth and won for Three Tall Women since those plays were still running when the ceremony took place.

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    I am enjoying reading these posts. I did read how proud Katharine Hepburn was of her four Oscars….she did appear once as a presenter. Anthony Hopkins did not appear when he was nominated for “Armistad”. I figure Glenda Jackson must have been in New York when nominated for the Tony in “Macbeth” where she was not favoured to win, and in “Three Tall Women” where she was the frontrunner. I guess some of the actors, such as Pacino & deNiro, were “too cool” to attend; I’m glad Jack Nicholson did though.

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    I think there are a bunch of reasons.

    In the seventies people like Hoffman, Pacino etc. were kind of anti-establishment and saw the Oscars as too conventional. (Although Hoffman later admitted a lot of his problems with the Academy were because he wasn’t nominated for Little Big Man and Papillon and he was bitter about that plus it drove him crazy that he lost to John Wayne when he was nominated for Midnight Cowboy.)

    Air travel wasn’t as common so it was a long and I guess some thought pointless flight for British actors to fly all the way to LA.

    People also weren’t let out of contracts they had signed before. Goldie Hawn was filming in London when she won. I don’t think productions saw the value of having an Oscar winners in their cast. Nowadays they would have gladly let Hawn fly home for a day or two to get an Oscar and all the publicity that brings.

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    But that was more than a decade ago. Probably many things happened in between, health-wise. Katharine Hepburn cared deeply about winning and was very proud of her record, at least proud enough to stick it to Jane Fonda when she called to congratulate her after “Golden Pond” big showing at the Oscars. Gregory Peck in late 1960s was instrumental in getting nominated actors present at the ceremony. For 1967 only Hepburn and deceased Tracy were missing. The most hilarious thing happened with 1972 Best Actress announcement – I don’t know who did it better: furious Burstyn, unimpressed Woodward or puzzled Mason (Burstyn wins, who am I kidding). Barbra Streisand was hiding in the wings, pretending she wasn’t there to steal the spotlight if she won but then she lost and came home early, refusing to appear at all. And Glenda Jackson, naturally, didn’t show up. Outstanding.

    Hepburn may have been cared but I read some stories about her Oscars. I read that she planned to attend the 1934 Oscars but had second thoughts. There was also a story about her back-to-back wins, the 1968 and 1969 Oscars. Someone delivered her Oscar for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and it was in a paper bag. It was placed in the corner of her living room. Then come the next year she won again for Lion in Winter. When her Oscar was delivered it was discovered that her previous Oscar was still there in the same corner, in a paper bag and untouched.

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    Hepburn may have been cared but I read some stories about her Oscars. I read that she planned to attend the 1934 Oscars but had second thoughts. There was also a story about her back-to-back wins, the 1968 and 1969 Oscars. Someone delivered her Oscar for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and it was in a paper bag. It was placed in the corner of her living room. Then come the next year she won again for Lion in Winter. When her Oscar was delivered it was discovered that her previous Oscar was still there in the same corner, in a paper bag and untouched.

    The story I heard is even worse than that. Whoever picked up one of those double awards stayed at her LA house for the ceremony. He brought it home and put it in the paper bag and put it in the hall closet. Decades later that person whoever he was was getting an honorary Oscar and stayed there again. He looked in the closet and the Oscar was there untouched. I wish I could remember who the person was.

    I saw a thing on TCM about Hepburn and her Oscars. They said she secretly enjoyed having the most nominations and wins but her not wanting to pick them up stemmed from childhood. Her family especially her father were considered outcasts in her hometown which instilled in her a disdain for the insiders. This person felt her not picking up the awards was a way of saying to society/the academy I don’t need your approval.

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    Also I don’t know if it is just internet legend (I never found the source) but Hepburn supposedly said once about Meryl Streep that she didn’t like her acting because you can always see the gears working in her head “click click click” she said.

    I always thought this resentment might have come from the fact that she saw Streep in line to take over her nominations record (which she did.)

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    Glenda Jackson told in a interview that she gave her Oscars to her mother. And her mother polished and cleaned them everyday until all the gold vanished. She said it was a good metaphore ot the whole award buzz.

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    Speaking of Glenda Jackson, here’s a two part of video of her family with one of her Oscars. Admittedly the quality isn’t all the best, but it’s worth checking out:

    Part 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNsETpV_eJM

    Part 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enFg–_BU40

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