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    I think Annie Hall was a bit of a surprise as Best Picture but who was the frontrunner going in? The Turning Point?

    I know it was Dreyfuss vs. Burton for Best Actor.

    I think Keaton was a favorite and Redgrave a heavy favorite despite the controversy which might have derailed her win but didn’t.

    Jason Robards must have been a shock though especially since he had won the year before. Peter Firth won the Globe.

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    I suppose Star Wars was the favorite. Even with genre bias the film got a screenplay and acting nomination. It was also the biggest film since The Sound of Music and Gone With The Wind, both Best Picture winners. I would have predicted it to win.
    I think this is how the voting ended:
    Annie Hall > Star Wars > Julia > The Turning Point > The Goodbye Girl

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    I think Annie Hall was the clear favourite. DGA, BAFTA sweep, plus retribution for Woody’s previous snubs and Star Wars being hurt by its being a genre film. Keaton was a lock. Best Actor was a toss-up. I think people were going back and forth between Firth and Guinness and couldn’t decide, so they gave it to Robards for the second year in a row. Redgrave was also a lock.

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    I think Annie Hall was the clear favourite. DGA, BAFTA sweep, plus retribution for Woody’s previous snubs and Star Wars being hurt by its being a genre film. Keaton was a lock. Best Actor was a toss-up. I think people were going back and forth between Firth and Guinness and couldn’t decide, so they gave it to Robards for the second year in a row. Redgrave was also a lock.

    BAFTAS would have been after the Oscars though back then.

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    I remember this year. Annie Hall & Keaton were definitely the frontrunners as well as Redgrave. The two actor races were up in the air.

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    I don’t think The Turning Point entered the race a favorite. These was a lot of ridicule of the supporting performances being nominated and the movie was considered to be a melodrama of the old school. Annie Hall was definitely a frontrunner.

    For Actress, Keaton was a strong possibility, but Jane Fonda was also in talks. I think it was between the two with Mason as a spoiler (though unlikely). The Turning Point ladies were out of the running.

    Supporting Actress was a weak field, Redgrave was a sure bet. Supporting Actor, I have no idea; but since Burton also lost actor, it’s fair to say that the Academy did not like Equus as much as other award venues. That probably helped Robards to a second Oscar.

    In my awards universe, Redgrave easily wins supporting actress (though it’s a shame and mystery that they did not nominate Joan Blondell for Opening Night), Alec Guinness supporting actor, Jane Fonda and Marcello Mastroianni take the leads, and Annie Hall the rest.

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    ANNIE HALL would win the big 5 for me in this case.

    Supporting Actor really is a tossup. I’m not even sure who I’d give it to in this case, but for the moment would just say Peter Firth.

    Supporting Actress is also not particularly exciting, but the win of Vanessa Redgrave was deserved.

    I also second the mention of Joan Blondell deserving a nomination for OPENING NIGHT while the two dancers from TURNING POINT getting nominated was highly laughable.

    In terms of movies I would’ve liked to have seen recognized more, the first one that comes to mind is easily 3 WOMEN.

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    ANNIE HALL would win the big 5 for me in this case. Supporting Actor really is a tossup. I’m not even sure who I’d give it to in this case, but for the moment would just say Peter Firth. Supporting Actress is also not particularly exciting, but the win of Vanessa Redgrave was deserved. I also second the mention of Joan Blondell deserving a nomination for OPENING NIGHT while the two dancers from TURNING POINT getting nominated was highly laughable. In terms of movies I would’ve liked to have seen recognized more, the first one that comes to mind is 3 WOMEN.

    Agreed. Shelley Duvall was absolutely robbed in Best Actress and would have made it a more interesting race.

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    and Sissy Spacek was the Best Supporting Actress of this year for three women imo.

    Do you think if there had been a strong alternative to Redgrave would they have voted for her to avoid the controversy? As it was there was really no one else to vote for.

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    In terms of movies I would’ve liked to have seen recognized more, the first one that comes to mind is 3 WOMEN.

    thank you for this piping hot tea, Duvall and Spacek should’ve been nominated and won their respective categories

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    I agree with the sentiment on Three Women – I have Duvall and Spacek in my line-ups. However, I do not think that these nominations were remotely possible in a year where they opted for something like The Turning Point to be all over their line-ups. Not their kind of stuff, the academy wasn’t ready to embrace something like three women …

    btw, after Spacek won her first award for the film, she was actually quite surprised to find out that she had played a supporting part 😀

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    LOL. Yes I guess it is debatable whether Spacek is supporting or lead. She had quite a year there with Carrie and 3 Women. Such unique and brave performances.

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    Carrie was actually released the previous year in ‘76.

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    The supporting performances nominated from THE TURNING POINT were IMO largely based on their dancing as a part of their characters. Their emoting through dialogue certainly left something to be desired but the dancing is a different story at least for Baryshnikov. I might have to pop the DVD in, I know Browne does indeed dance in the film but it’s not too vivid in my memory. Side trivia, Browne was a professional dancer and the god daughter of director Herbert Ross. Browne’s mother is the real life inspiration for Anne Bancroft’s character. Shirley MacLaine’s character inspiration was Ross’ wife.

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    Were the supporting nominations for The Turning Point ridiculed at the time?

    Funny thing is Tom Skeritt won the Best Supporting Actor award from the National Board of Review that year.

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