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42nd Academy Awards - 1970

Updated on July 28, 2015

Ford - 1969 Boss 429


Facts About 1970

It's often surprising to see who was born in a certain year, and 1970 is no exception. People like Melissa McCarthy, Rachel Weiz, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Vince Vaughn, do I have your attention? Depending on your age you're either surprised or slightly depressed by the age of these young thespians.

Apparently there were a lot of good things going on in 1970. Did you know it was the year cigarette ads were banned from television, certainly a step toward a healthier America. A muscle car from 1969 was the Mustang Boss 429. It can be said it is one of the most valued muscle cars of today. Did you know the New York City Marathon began in 1970? It was also the year Jimmy Hendrix died. Woodstock happened as did the Manson murders.

I could, of course, go on and on. While I've highlighted a few events from 1970 it is important to remember the Awards of that year are for the movies of 1969. Since this is about the Academy Awards of 1970 let's move on to the Awards.

The 42nd Academy Awards

It seems each year has a specialty of note, a first that sets it apart from the rest. Unbelievably the televised Awards for 1970 still hold the record for being the highest rated. This was the first year an x-rated film WON Best Picture. This was also the first year where everything nominated was in color. Again held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and broadcast on ABC.

Dustin Hoffman


Midnight Cowboy

This film won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. I said earlier it was the first x-rated film to win Best Picture. It still holds the title of being the only x-rated film to win Best Picture. From pimps to oral sex, it's all in this movie. Adapted from the novel of the same name. The novel actually had something of a cult following at the time that led to its movie adaptation.

Imagine the premise, a Texas cowboy down on his luck, buys new clothes and heads to New York City to make it as a male prostitute! Starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman I found this a rather depressing movie yet it highlights true friendship underneath the grit and reality of the life of these men. Did I mention, to add to the realism in the film Voight went to Texas to study accents and Hoffman went to the Bowery? The cowboy, Joe, meets the street smart Ratso. Joe thinks Ratso will help him. They wind up forging a friendship, but making no money.

Ratso tells Joe about his life while Joe remembers his in flashbacks, living memories. There are images in this film that will stay with you a long time after its end. Ratso is not well. Saying too much more here will give away the story if you haven't already seen it. You have probably heard the theme music, "Everybody's Talking".

Just an FYI. The hotel Joe stayed in in NYC was the Hotel Claridge. His room overlooked part of Times Square. The building, however, has since been demolished.

Most famous line from this movie; "We're walking here" said by Ratso.

Another great to add to your list. The performance of these two stars is nothing short of brilliant. If you haven't seen it, seriously put it on your list to see.

True Grit

True Grit

John Wayne fans rejoice! This year he finally won an Oscar for his movie True Grit. He won for Best Actor, and what a performance it was. How ironic a "one-eyed, fat man" is the character that won Wayne an Oscar.

Hired by a young girl to get her father's murderer, the seasoned, boozy, Marshal Cogburn teams up with a Texas ranger (Glen Campbell) and unwillingly, the young girl (Kim Darby). She hired Cogburn because she believed he had "true grit'.

Wayne's character, Rooster Cogburn was brought back to the screen in 1975 in the movie of the same name. The role showed an aging Wayne could still ride a horse and act in a movie. (The 1975 movie was not a hit though worthy of watching.) True Grit was remade in 2010 with Jeff Bridges in the John Wayne role.

Rotten Tomatoes gave this movie a 7.9 out of 10. If you haven't seen it and you're a John Wayne fan you have to see it, if not, just watch it to see what you think.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

This movie won for Best Screenplay, but I would have to say it was my favorite for this year. Any paring of Paul Newman and Robert Redford because of their chemistry, is a movie worth watching. Their teaming with Kathrine Ross and the predicaments they get into and out of make this one of Hollywood's classics! You could call it a dramedy, part drama, part comedy. Certainly an American western not to be missed.

Did you know this was based loosely on fact? I had no idea. There really was a Butch Cassidy (Robert LeRoy Parker) and Sundance Kid (Harry Longabaugh) and they really did migrate to Bolivia! Their "hole in the wall gang" had up to 200 members at one time! A perfect legend to make a movie about.

In the movie their fallout with the Hole in the Wall Gang, their bungled train robbery, and their famous jump from the cliff will keep you watching and wanting more. You are always entertained by the slapstick comedy of these two stars working together. One of Butch's famous lines as he returns to the Hole in the Wall Gang,

Boy, y'know, every time I see 'Hole in the Wall' again, it's like seeing it fresh for the first time, and every time that happens, I keep asking myself the same question, 'How can I be so damn stupid as to keep comin' back here?'

Their move to Bolivia is out of necessity as they are constantly hounded for their train robberies. Unfortunately they end up like most criminals.

FYI - "theme" song, "Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head".

Truly a movie to watch even if you aren't a western fan. If however, you like Newman and/or Redford, move this near the top of your list.

Academy Award Nominations (Not winners)

Best Movie
Best Actor
Best Actress
Anne of the Thousand Days
Richard Burton - Anne of the Thousand Days
Geneviève Bujold - Anne of the Thousand Days
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Dustin Hoffman - Midnight Cowboy
Jane Fonda - They Shoot Horses Don't They
Hello Dolly!
Peter O'Toole - Goodbye Mr. Chips
Liza Minnelli - The Sterile Cuckoo
Jon Voight - Midnight Cowboy
Jean Simmons - The Happy Ending

Favorite Movies

Everyone's got a favorite movie. Of your favorite movies this year were any Academy Award winners?

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

More from 1969

While the Academy Awards tends to pick the top movies of any given year, we often find they neglect some of the good ones, or rather some of the ones we like. Critics may not always agree with us, but we know what we like. Here is a list of some of the movies from 1969 that were not included in the Academy Awards.

  • Easy Rider
  • Support Your Local Sheriff
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Paint Your Wagon
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • The Undefeated
  • Che!
  • Pippi Longstocking
  • Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
  • Cactus Flower
  • Alice's Restaurant
  • Change of Habit
  • Death of a Gunfighter
  • MacKenna's Gold
  • Sweet Charity
  • The Wild Bunch

To name a few. There are more, many of which you'll remember, some you'd like to forget.

The Love Bug drove into theaters in 1969, yet another movie that wasn't exactly memorable, but entertaining. Quite a list of movies, from humorous like Love Bug to historical like Anne of a Thousand Days. Certainly a menu anyone can choose one from!

I hope you've found this useful and entertaining.

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Glad I found one that brings you good memories Nell. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hiya, my mum loved paint your wagon, she was constantly singing I was born under a wandrin' star! lol! what a great list! and memories too!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks DJ, glad you enjoyed my hub. I appreciate the background on the famous line. I had read that but didn't include it here, so thank you for adding it here and adding to my hub.

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      DJ Anderson 

      4 years ago

      Super hub, Mary.

      I was a young, naïve girl when I saw Midnight Cowboy. I found it greatly disturbing, as it portrayed a side of life that was unknown to me.

      A bit of movie trivia: In Midnight Cowboy, when Ratso and Joe were crossing the street, a car came out of nowhere and Ratso's spoke his now famous line, "We're Walking here". It was actually not in the script that the car approach them. Dustin Hoffman stayed in character and

      ad libbed his now famous line, "We're walking here".

      It came off perfectly and the scene stayed in the film.

      Thanks for the memories, Mary.


    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Deborah, there were some really good films this year, I'm surprised you didn't see any of the losers. Some were really good. Hope you get a chance to catch up.

      Genna, you are so right. Each year the movies do show a change. If you really want a culture shock look at the twenties and thirties versus the seventies, though some of the older ones could be quite risque, but I'm sure you already know that. I didn't know about Fox not wanting Redford. I can't imagine that movie without him! Thanks so much for your constant support.

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I sooo look forward to these wonderful reviews, Mary. As each year passes, we can see cultural and societal changes in our history...many of these films, like "Midnight Cowboy" and "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" paint a portrait of shifting perspectives; can you imagine these films being produced in the 50's? Still, the first charismatic teaming of Redford and Newman is one of my all-time nostalgic favorites....raindrops and all. :-) Fox didn't want Redford for the part. Thank goodness Newman and George Roy Hill fought for him. Voted waaaay up and shared.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A fabulous review. I think I only saw one of the losers out of all this., I'd best see if I can join Netflix one of these days and see if I can catch up.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      How nice it is to know I've evoked some good memories! Thank you Ann for not only reading but sharing a tiny part of your past.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      I never realised that ALL these films came out in 1970. I loved them all, including the ones you mention at the end. It was a prolific time for films of all genres.

      I was in the middle of teaching training college and having a great time, in Coventry, the Midlands, England. Great films, great music and wonderful days! Thanks for the trip down that old lane, Mary. Superb hub.


    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      I don't imagine Midnight Cowboy was on the top of a lot of lists, especially women's Theresa. Thanks for stopping by. Glad I could help you remember some films.

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a great Hub Mary. I hadn't thought about most of these films in decades and so many of them were really great films. I was 16 at the time and didn't get to see Midnight Cowboy. Somehow, I never got around to seeing it. Take care. Theresa

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      I hope you catch it Sha.

      Blossom, sounds like you had a pretty busy year with no time for movies!

      I know Bill. I started with the twenties! I certainly will keep them coming. Its funny, some are Editor's Choice, but most are not.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A great year for the movies Mary. I loved Easy Rider but many of the award winners were pretty darn good also. Great job. Can't believe you're into the 70's. Keep them coming.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting hub, it takes me back. That was the year my husband had a travel grant to study a particular style of teaching and we went overseas with four of our children. Busy!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll have to keep my eyes out for TV reruns.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      It's an Irish movie with Maureen O'Hara. An American moves to Ireland, falls in love, etc., etc., but it's not your typical love story. Barry Fitzgerald and his brother along with Victor McLaughlin are in the movie, funny and nice scenery. Well worth a watch.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      No, I haven't. What's it about?

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Did you ever see "The Quiet Man"?

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, I'm probably the only person I know who doesn't like John Wayne. I think it's because (to me) he can only be a cowboy. Even when he portrayed a cop, he was a cowboy. I prefer actors who can play a variety of roles and actually pull them off.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Well Sha, you've made me feel old ;) Let's just say I'm a bit older than you. I'm surprised you don't like John Wayne. I grew up in a house where westerns rule. My older brother met John Wayne when he was in the Air Force in Germany and that just turned him into a god!

      We watch Mike & Molly too. I've seen her movies, except for the latest.

      Glad you enjoy, there's certainly more to come.

      You're so right DD.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Taking a trip down memory lane is a great way to look at who you really become.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I love reliving the past with this series, Mary. I was 13 in 1970 so I wasn't allowed to see Midnight Cowboy. And I still haven't seen it!

      I never did care for John Wayne, so I didn't watch that either.

      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was a good movie. Love Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Catherine Ross. I really liked the bicycle scene.

      After mentioning the stars who were born in 1970, I was shocked. I feel so old! I love Melissa McCarthy. She's funny. I haven't seen any of the movies she's been in, but I watch Mike & Molly all the time.

      I love this series, Mary. Keep 'em coming!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      You're welcome Dirtfarmer.

      Glad you enjoyed Larry Rankin.

      So glad you enjoyed Frank, it was a good year for movies.

      drbj you have to be a die hard Elvis fan to watch Change of Habit! You flatter me, and I love it! Glad you like this series.

      Mike, oh the westerns. My father must've been in his glory. Alas, westerns have gone the way of so many things in our past.

      Ah billybuc, it doesn't surprise me that you were part of the protest movement! Happy to bring you memories!

      Ruby, glad you enjoyed even if you didn't see the movies.

      Dolores, I don't think you'll be disappointed. It was a great movie.

      I'm with you Faith. Lots of good movies but oh that Newman and Redford team!

      I know letstalkabout, with so many more people in the world you would think...but then, nothing is as it was and that goes for watching the Oscars.

      Mary seems you and I are often on the same wavelengths. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Loved your review, and I saw all those great movies. Midnight Cowboy was so sad; I cried.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      McKenna Meyers 

      4 years ago from Bend, OR

      Wow, that's amazing that 1970 remains the highest rated Oscar telecast. Those shows were better when something unexpected may be seen or heard. Now the shows are so safe, scripted, and politically correct. I'm surprised Dustin Hoffman let himself be nominated. I thought at that time he was opposed to actors competing for awards. Fun hub!

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Those young'uns born in 1970 : ) ... 1970 was a fabulous year! Mary, you have certainly provided a ton of entertaining information in addition to the winners. I love all of your commentary and your presentation is stellar as always.

      May favorite here is Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.


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      Dolores Monet 

      4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I can't believe that I've never seen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! And I love westerns! I think it's on Netflix so I need to rectify this deficit in my movie watching asap!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great movie review. I saw some of the movies, none were my favorite. 1970...Wow so long ago!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My senior year in college. I didn't see all of these that year but I saw my share. Protest marches during the day and a movie at night. Great time to be a college kid. :) Thanks for the memories, Mary.

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

      That is quite the list of movies. Looks like it may have been the last year westerns swept the big screen. Cowboys, cowboys, cowboys - what could the mood of the country been in 1970?

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      drbj and sherry 

      4 years ago from south Florida

      It seems, Mary, that 1969 had more than its share of award-worthy, entertaining movies. I saw every one of them but 'Change of Habit.' What a great job you did with bringing back to life the best of them. You are a talented film reviewer, m'dear, and I have missed your entries in this series. Welcome back!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      again I so enjoy these trips down memory lane.. wow True Grit.. I haven't thought of that movie since the 70's my goodness great share my entertaining friend

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      Larry Rankin 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow! 1970 was a good year. These are some of my favorite movies.

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      Jill Spencer 

      4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for a fun trip into the past.


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