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43rd Academy Awards - 1971

Updated on August 24, 2015

The Awards Ceremony

Reject an Academy Award? Unheard of and yet, that is what George C. Scott did at the Forty-third Academy Awards! He informed the Academy beforehand he would not accept an Award. As a matter of fact, he did not even attend the ceremony!

There are two sides to every story and this one is no different. Scott saw the Awards as a "meat parade", he didn't believe in the two hour spectacle. He saw it as demeaning to actors. If you take a step back and look at it objectively, is he right? A small group evaluating the performances of everyone in Hollywood for one year.

Of course on the other hand is the thrill of the win. Who's to say which is right? Either way, the Awards continue year after year. This is the 43rd Academy Awards. We're only in 1971 so there are quite a few years to go!

George C. Scott



Not just the General, but the movie starring George C. Scott, based on the biography. If you've seen the movie, and maybe if you haven't, you've seen the opening scene with Patton standing in front of a huge American flag, delivering the opening monologue.

Was Patton a hero? It was his goal in life, but was he?

“No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country,” may or may not be the words of a hero depending on how you look at it.

Yes, he did slap a soldier in the hospital suffering from battle fatigue. Evidently he slapped more than one soldier, but I digress, I'm getting away from the movie. Patton's belief in discipline is certainly depicted in the movie. He loses his command twice, first for the slapping incident and the second time for his outspokenness about the Russians.

This movie was said to be "one of Hollywood's most compelling biographical war pictures". Can I go on? Certainly, but I'd rather you watch and judge for yourself. Patton won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.


Donald Sutherland's Canadian Walk of Fame Star



To me, this was a difficult year to write about movies especially since Patton took Best Actor and Best Picture, . Yes, I'm prejudiced to my own taste, so I skipped over to Best Adapted Screenplay for M*A*S*H. While it was nominated for five Academy Award, this is the only one it received however it did win other awards such as Palme d'Or at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival.

According to Wikipedia, this was one of 20th Century Fox's biggest films of the seventies. I'm sure many of you have seen the TV series, but this is the movie that started it all. I know, both Patton and M*A*S*H are war movies, but certainly taking very different approaches. M*A*S*H is supposed to be taking place during the Korean War and though there is nothing funny about war, this is basically a comedy or at least a movie that makes you laugh.

Excellent combat surgeons who manage to survive what they deal with every day by joking, a resistance to true Army protocol, not to mention a complete abandonment of Army protocol is the basis of this movie. Captains Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre are at the center of all the action.

The torments of Major "Hot Lips" Houlihan account for many of the laughs. For example, the bet of $20 that Hot Lips isn't a natural blonde leads to further embarrassment for Hot Lips when they lift the shower and leave her standing nude before the whole camp.

I can't even give you the tip of the iceberg on this one. You have to see it for yourself

Love Story

The American Film Institute has rated this #9 of the most romantic films. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Musical Score. It only won Best Musical Score, but it won the hearts of many that year.

Rich boy meets and falls in love with poor girl. The family doesn't accept her and tells him he'll be cut off financially if he marries her. They go ahead and get married anyway. They work hard to put him, Oliver, through Harvard Law School and wind up with a nice apartment and a job. They try to have a baby, but nothing happens. After testing Oliver finds out his wife, Jenny, is terminally ill. I'm sure you know where this is going, but bring the tissues and watch this one yourself.

Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw make it worth watching.

Love Story

Movies Nominated for Academy Awards - Not Winners

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Actress
Melvyn Douglas - I Never Sang for My Father
Jane Alexander - The Great White Hope
Five Easy Pieces
James Earl Jones - The Great White Hope
Ali MacGraw - Love Story
Love Story
Jack Nicholson - Five Easy Pieces
Sara Miles - Ryan's Daughter
Ryan O'Neal - Love Story
Carrie Snodgrass - Diary of a Mad Housewife

Other Films from 1970

The Aristocats - From Walt Disney, cats in Paris. The cats face kidnapping and a fortune as well as the love story between the leads.

Kelly's Heroes - Another war movie, another comedy. Kelly, Clint Eastwood, is busted in rank and decides to find his own German fortune in millions of dollars in gold bars. The cast and the antics to get the gold bars was well liked by audiences.

Little Big Man - This could be considered a precursor to Forrest Gump. An old man, Jack Crabb played magnificently by Dustin Hoffman, tells about the adventures in his life. He is captured by Indians at a young age. There are many historical events included in this movie and a lesson about the treatment of Indians. I think this is a must see and watch it time and again.

Two Mules for Sister Sara - A cowboy and an outlaw nun who join up with Mexican freedom fighters. A perfect vehicle for Clint Eastwood and Shirley Maclaine. Your imagination can fill in the blanks on this one. Not only a delightful film, if murder and mayhem can be delightful, but one that helped insure Eastwood's fame.

A Man Called Horse - An Englishman becomes a Sioux Indian leader after his capture. Starring Richard Harris one might think of this as a precursor to Dances With Wolves. The Englishman is not treated well after his capture and one scene, when he is suspended by his chest is especially brutal. Sioux Indians were used in the movie and it did follow some Native American practices. Considered especially brutal for its time, and controversial over its treatment of Indians it might be one to watch and judge for yourself.

There are so many more from this year, some good some bad;

The Owl and the Pussycat
The Dunwhich Horror
They Call Me Mr. Tibbs
The Great White Hope
Lovers and Other Strangers
I Never Sang for My Father
Little Faus and Big Halsy

You certainly get the idea. Take a trip back to 1970 and watch a movie or two!

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Little Big Man - And so the movie begins

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Thank you Sujaya.

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      3 years ago


    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Thanks all around Bill. Seems there were a lot of war movies this year so I can understand why you'd like it!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Well done Mary. I love war movies so this was a great year for me. Patton is one of my favorite's.

      And a big congrats for your Hubbie Award. Great job.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      First ladies, I didn't know I got Best Avatar. I'm assuming there's an email somewhere in my emails telling me so! Thanks for the congrats.

      Always happy to remind Deb.

      Yes Maria, the seventies were full of good movies in quite a range.

      Paula, thanks GF for always being there for me.

      Thank you Faith, that might not be a bad idea! Hugs back to you.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Congratulations, Dear Mary, on another Hubbie Award.

      They should have a Best Series award for next year. That will be my new suggestion.


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      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Congratulations, Mother Goose!!!!!!!!!!

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      Maria Jordan 

      3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Wanted to congratulate you for Best Avatar, dear friend.

      This series is a winner the 70s...especially Love Story.

      Have a peaceful night. Hugs, Maria

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I saw most of these, but I will have to catch the few that I didn't. Thanks for the reminder.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Genna, I agree, war is certainly not something to glorify in any way. I hope the movies about war get that point across! Oddly enough, even MASH makes that point. Patton was certainly not someone you'd want to know, but if he can inspire men going through the cruelty of war then I'm all for it.

      Definitely cry each t ime I see Love Story.

      So glad you enjoy this series. You're welcome. Have a great day.

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I saw Patton -- I wasn't a great fan of the film, only because I hate war. But I admired Scott's acting. Patton was quite a character. Outspoken, troublesome, he lived for war and hungered for glory. But "the old man" was admired by most of the men who served under him. He seemed to have this ability to inspire them. War is hell on earth; I'm convinced of this. It's my understanding the German leaders were afraid of him. Perhaps we need men like him to help us navigate those fields of fire.

      "Love Story" is playing on television recently. I don't care if one likes the film or not, we cry every time we see it. Well, at least I do. I liked "Mash" although I thought it was a cruel film. Oddly enough, I don't have a favorite film for 1970. My favorite about this year in film is this series. Thank you, Mary!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Thanks Jodah. Always glad to bring back memories.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, Mary this certainly brought back the memories. It was about the time I started going to the movies with my friends. I can remember seeing MASH and Little Faus and Big Halsy and a Man Called Horse at the cinema, the others later on TV or video. You did a good job.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Paula, we all need a memory jog now and then, that's why I love doing this series. I forget as well so this helps. However, I haven't forgotten Little Big Man, I watch it every time it shows up on TV which isn't often. Hugs.

      Will, I guess they couldn't do too much about the gravely voice, George C. Scott's voice is kind of gravely, but he did do a good job. Glad you enjoyed my hub.

      Au fait, you are so right. People tend to believe there is no problem if they can't see it, obviously that is wrong on so many levels. Your comment did show up. Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment again. Glad I can bring back some good memories.

      Ah Frank, though the Awards are 1971, the movies are actually 1970...Dirty Harry was 1971...see you in 1971 my friend. Hugs to you.

      You are most welcome for the memories Always exploring, more to come.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Boy is this a look back in time! I saw all the movies and liked them all. Dustin Hoffman has always been one of my favorite actors. " Thanks for the memories. " ( Bob Hope )

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      1n 1971 none of my favorites got the nod :( dirty Harry, Billy Jack ... the french connection... I love going down memory lane with your hubs Til awesome and entertaining bless you

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Just submitted a comment and it's totally gone. Usually they're visible for a little while after submission so changes can be made. If you didn't get it let me know and I'll try to write it over.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      I saw the Patton movie but very long ago. I do remember him slapping the soldier who was suffering what today we would probably call PTSD. After all these years people still have trouble understanding or even believing that a person's' brain can be 'broke.' People understand broken arms and legs, deafness, blindness, but they somehow think any brain related disorder is imagination in order to get away with something. So a lot of people today continue to have the 'Patton complex.'

      Pretty sure I saw Mash and Love Story. It was so long ago. Later than 1971, but still a long time ago from now.

      This is a great series and a nice walk down memory lane to help some of us with terrible memories remember things we enjoyed at the time.

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      3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Patton is a favorite of mine, since I'm fascinated by the man. The movie is accurate enough not to distract and Patton is performed by one of the best actors in history. One thing that is not accurate is Scott's gravelly voice, because Patton's real voice was high pitched to the point of almost being squeaky!

      Very good Hub, Mary, and if I could, I'd vote it up!

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      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tillie....Your wonderful series on the Academy Awards, IMO, deserves an AWARD! I enjoy reading them and remembering back. I'm also grateful for the information on movies I somehow missed. You have encouraged me numerous times to finally see some fabulous movies!

      Count me as another who does not recall "Little Big Man." I'll be fixing that soon!

      Excellent work as always GF!......Peace, Paula

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Always happy to bring back memories Bill. Little Big Man was just an all round great movie and Dustin Hoffman was excellent for the part.

      So good to see you Nell. Glad you enjoyed this one. I think you have Little Big Man and A Man Called Horse confused. A Man Called Horse is where he is "hooked up" to prove he is a man.

      Sha I only saw Love Story once or twice, but for it's time it was certainly moving. As you can see just about everyone liked Little Big Man. I run into so many people who never heard of it that I was surprised to read the comments here.

      drbj you are most welcome. I would imagine if you didn't have children during the seventies you woudn't be watching The Aristocrats, I did.

      DJ, most of these movies can be watched on the computer for free. Isn't technology wonderful? Dustin Hoffman played such a wide range of characters and all with greatness! Parts of Tootsie were filmed right here in Ulster the Hurley Mountain Inn!

      Every year has it's classics, but it is harder to recognize them now than it was then! There are some great actors now, all they need are great parts. I totally agree with the "f" bomb, we were just talking about that the other night.

      Glad you enjoy this series Larry. Patton was certainly an eye opener. I had no idea about his real personality, they didn't teach you that in history class!

      True Mike, I only have 34 years to go! M*A*S*H was certainly a great film but I have to admit I loved the TV series!

      Manatita, Clint is certainly one of my favorties, though so many of the old actor are. They were talented and dedicated to the film.

      Again you are in Queens, so near to where I grew up. I spent many fun hours shopping in Jamaica when I was a girl.

      It is always nice to be recognized for what you have done. Blessings my friend.

      You'll have to watch Little Big Man Jackie, it is a great film and Dustin Hoffman was truly great in the part. True, not all those who deserve awards get them and that is what makes the Academy Awards a bit, shall we say, slanted.

      Faith I'm glad you enjoy this series. I love doing the research and remembering the films I've seen. Scott was a man of his convictions it would seem. Blessings to you too my friend.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Mary, you have put a lot of work into this series and each hub, which is obvious. What a great year for movies. I've seen most of these.

      I can kind of see Scott's argument about the awards, but then I think I would show up if nominated LOL ... dreaming now

      Blessings always

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      All I have seen of those was Love Story; such a great movie. Seems I should have seen Little Big Man as much as I loved Dustin Hoffman but sure don't remember it...but then I forget a lot

      Very interesting look back. I guess I think stars deserve awards; not all get one that deserve one but at least we know who they are!

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      3 years ago from london

      You mention a lot of my favourites and I don't think I saw then in 1970. Maybe, maybe later. Clint Eastwood is my favourite, and perhaps yours too.

      Yes, there are always two sides of an argument. Perhaps your man was right to stand by his conviction and again so many of us get joy from seeing the awards.!

      Yesterday I went to Madal Circus here in Jamaica, Queens. It is organised and run by us and one of Sri Chinmoy's legacies. They were giving out prizes for the best act, but I don't remember our Guru doing this. He used to hand out mangoes or chocolates or iceman, etc.

      Still, there was a lot of joy in knowing that someone who pleased me so much, did get a trophy for the best overall act. Well? 'nough said.

      Very nice and interesting Hub. Lots of Love, my friend.

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      3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Mary - What a year for movies. I saw most of your list. I just recently had 'Love Story' on. What a tear jerker of a movie. No wonder it is on an 'best ever' list. Of course the war movies had to be seen. M.A.S.H. Now who could make war into a comedy?

      Hey, you are almost caught up.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      I always enjoy these overviews of bygone Academy Awards. I'm a big fan of several of these films, but Patton would have to be my favorite.

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      DJ Anderson 

      3 years ago

      Dustin Hoffman, is another great actor of our day. I have "Tootsie'

      recorded and will watch it soon. Can't believe I have never seen "Little

      Big Man". Must make time to see that one.

      The new movies cannot hold a candle to movies of our day. I'm sorry to

      be the party pooper, but "Magic Mike"......really? Is that the best we can do? At least "Dallas Buyers Club" is based on a true story with dynamic

      roles played by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. There are few movies made today that will be around 40 years from now. I have not been to a movie theater to see a movie in 7 or 8 years. Today's movie dialogue would have very few words if they removed the f bomb and its


      Good article. Tilly, in the square with the part from Little Big Man, watch the trailer and then the option to watch the full movie pops up.

      It looks like we can watch the movie on the computer screen for free.

      My best to you,


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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      This was amazing deja vu, Mary. I viewed and enjoyed every one of the films you mentioned except the animated 'The Aristocrats.' Which did I enjoy the most? .... Every single one! Thanks for your time and effort and reminding me, m'luv.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      I never saw Patton or the movie version of M*A*S*H. I did see Love Story and Little Big Man. Loved them both. I've seen Love Story 7 times and read the book 11 times when I was in Catholic school. The line I remember most from Little Big Man was when Dustin Hoffman was being held on the ground by and Indian and the Injun said something like, "The only man that kills his own kind is White Man." I really don't remember anything else of the movie. I'll have to be sure to catch it again if I see it come on TV.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Hiya, I remember Little Big Man, especially the bit when he is being 'hooked up' by the indians! not something you forget! lol! great list and memories mary!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was going to say I was out of college and didn't see as many movies that year, but looking at the list, I saw them all. Either they were all great or I'm a movie addict. :) Loved Little Big Man most of all.

      And you know I love this series.



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