42nd Academy Awards - 1970
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.
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.
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)
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
Peter O'Toole - Goodbye Mr. Chips
Liza Minnelli - The Sterile Cuckoo
Jon Voight - Midnight Cowboy
Jean Simmons - The Happy Ending
Everyone's got a favorite movie. Of your favorite movies this year were any Academy Award winners?
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
- 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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