August 3, 2018 at 6:08 pm #1202602271
No director, picture or even adapted screenplay, yet Melvyn managed to win. BTW this was quite a year in film. Pretty much all the nominees are all well regarded and remembered films.August 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm #1202602276
Below are the nominees for Supporting Actor when Melvyn Douglas won:
Melvyn Douglas Being There
Robert Duvall Apocalypse Now
Frederic Forrest The Rose
Justin Henry Kramer vs. Kramer
Mickey Rooney The Black Stallion
Below are the Best Actor nominees in which Peter Sellers was nominated:
Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer
Jack Lemmon The China Syndrome
Al Pacino …And Justice for All
Roy Scheider All That Jazz
Peter Sellers Being ThereAugust 3, 2018 at 6:42 pm #1202602277
oh and Shirley MacLaine got left out of Best Actress too.August 4, 2018 at 7:29 am #1202602533
Jerry Kosinski’s snub in Adapted Screenplay, in favor of sitcom writer Allan Burns’ script for A Little Romance, was a shocker. MacLaine, not so much, and Ashby, definitely not – though revered in the industry, he was known as the most laid back of directors, someone who gave heaps of leeway to those around him to run the show (frankly, he was often too high to steer the ship himself). Ashby was never going to earn a Best Director nom without the film landing in Best Picture first (which was unlikely).
Also, United Artists found itself preoccupied by Apocalypse Now that season. Their other contenders – Being There, Manhattan, The Black Stallion, Hair – all undoubtedly suffered a bit by the attention given to the Coppola picture.
THE OSCAR 100 (#25-21): Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, Montgomery Clift, Katharine Hepburn and Robert ForsterAugust 5, 2018 at 3:46 am #1202602923
Though at the time the reception to Hair was rather mixed and it performed below expectations at the box office. Though I liked the film myself it probably have performed better had it been made years earlier – it was somewhat passe` by 1979.August 6, 2018 at 11:33 pm #1202604313
Was Douglas a strong front runner going in to the ceremony? He tied with Duvall at the Globes. I always thought Duvall was a big oversight since Dustin Hoffman mentioned it in his speech as an outrage. When I was finally old enough to see Apocalypse Now I was shocked that Duvall is barely in it. Fredric Forrest was actually the most memorable supporting player which I’m sure helped him get in for The Rose (in which he was also very good.)
I haven’t seen the Black Stallion since I was a kid. Was Mickey Rooney much of a contender? I don’t really remember him. I mostly just remember the horse!
And how on earth did they leave out Paul Dooley for Breaking Away?August 7, 2018 at 7:12 am #1202604463
The Dooley snub was indeed a surprise, especially since Barrie managed to make the cut in Supporting Actress. Rooney was the unexpected nominee and wasn’t seen in contention for the win, nor was Henry. Forrest had a great year, between The Rose and Apocalypse Now, while honoring Duvall was basically their way of recognizing the entire Apocalypse Now ensemble. Also, many in the industry had already seen The Great Santini (it began screening in the summer of ’79, long before its formal ’80 release), so that certainly helped.
But Douglas was ultimately the towering front-runner, a revered veteran of the silver screen who had not just one but two Oscar-caliber turns in ’79 (the other being The Seduction of Joe Tynan).
THE OSCAR 100 (#20-16): Jodie Foster, Martin Landau, Jessica Lange, Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft
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