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43rd Academy Awards - 1971
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
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.
Movies Nominated for Academy Awards - Not Winners
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
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
Are any of your favorite movies from the 1970;s?
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