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Lenny_DH
Apr 4th, 2011, 10:33 PM
Choose your favorite 'Best Picture' from the 1970s. The 'Best Pictures' are determined by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The 'Best Picture' of each year receives an Academy Award or Oscar.

Patton (1970)

Won 7 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: George C. Scott
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Best Film Editing
Best Picture
Best Sound
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. North

Another 3 nominations for:

Best Cinematography
Best Effects, Visual Effects
Best Music, Original Score: Jerry Goldsmith

1970 Best Picture Nominees: Airport (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7H9phhHlog) | Five Easy Pieces (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inIRtrZIvwU) | Love Story (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0F7YkdLkEQ) | MASH (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UeYGS0UU6E) | Patton (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rNOXjXvEEs)


The French Connection (1971)

Won 5 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Gene Hackman
Best Director: William Friedkin
Best Film Editing
Best Picture
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Ernest Tidyman

Another 3 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Roy Scheider
Best Cinematography
Best Sound

1971 Best Picture Nominees: A Clockwork Orange (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Xc-9YeWE4) | Fiddler on the Roof (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oD-FxyX6_c) | The French Connection (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP_7ZopT6oM) | The Last Picture Show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YQomR5xJ_Y) | Nicholas and Alexandra (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aZ09MkpoTI)


The Godfather (1972)

Won 3 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Marlon Brando
Best Picture
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola

Another 8 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: James Caan
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert Duvall
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Al Pacino
Best Costume Design
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score: Nino Rota [withdrawn, ineligible: reused Fortunella score]
Best Sound

1972 Best Picture Nominees: Cabaret (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d4iHb3AP2Y) | Deliverance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9R4t_Nwy5E) | The Emigrants (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF_ZdtEtKT0) | The Godfather (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf16Vc3iZjE) | Sounder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToQgeO8r2T0)


The Sting (1973)

Won 7 Oscars for:

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Costume Design
Best Director: George Roy Hill
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation: Marvin Hamlisch
Best Picture
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: David S. Ward

Another 3 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Robert Redford
Best Cinematography
Best Sound

1973 Best Picture Nominees: American Graffiti (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Jo1gH89VM) | Cries and Whispers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pw7FYex5pQ) | The Exorcist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDGw1MTEe9k) | The Sting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCfflhAHbT0) | A Touch of Class (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVjkkhjl2Jw)


The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Won 6 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert De Niro
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score: Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola
Best Picture
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo

Another 5 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Al Pacino
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael V. Gazzo
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Lee Strasberg
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Talia Shire
Best Costume Design

1974 Best Picture Nominees: Chinatown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aifeXlnoqY) | The Conversation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD_CAJHIIQE) | The Godfather: Part II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJr92K_hKl0) | Lenny (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcJRrbwGdWo) | The Towering Inferno (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsRnQQpklPM)


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Won 5 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jack Nicholson
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Louise Fletcher
Best Director: Milos Forman
Best Picture
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman

Another 4 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Brad Dourif
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Original Score: Jack Nitzsche

1975 Best Picture Nominees: Barry Lyndon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHCKrusk5SQ) | Dog Day Afternoon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF1rtd8_pxA) | Jaws (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zkYRD51I34) | Nashville (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KZ8PRWChb8) | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jReNeEHH2lQ)


Rocky (1976)

Won 3 Oscars for:

Best Director: John G. Avildsen
Best Film Editing
Best Picture

Another 7 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Sylvester Stallone
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Burgess Meredith
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Burt Young
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Talia Shire
Best Music, Original Song: "Gonna Fly Now" (Bill Conti, Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins
Best Sound
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone

1976 Best Picture Nominees: All the President's Men (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fLdCZm7qgs) | Bound for Glory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNled6wh18c) | Network (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQUBbpvXk2A) | Rocky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7YmojUJagk) | Taxi Driver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqLyTdcMLhc)


Annie Hall (1977)

Won 4 Oscars for:

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Diane Keaton
Best Director: Woody Allen
Best Picture
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

Another 1 nomination for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Woody Allen

1977 Best Picture Nominees: Annie Hall (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBzHphcc2Jw) | The Goodbye Girl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r1qf-uQBHQ) | Julia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_u7Hvj14s0) | Star Wars (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gvqpFbRKtQ) | The Turning Point (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AssRlsPH578)


The Deer Hunter (1978)

Won 5 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Walken
Best Director: Michael Cimino
Best Film Editing
Best Picture
Best Sound

Another 4 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Robert De Niro
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Meryl Streep
Best Cinematography
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker

1978 Best Picture Nominees: Coming Home (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZh1rv_fUZc) | The Deer Hunter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gqit3zVmyc) | Heaven Can Wait (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxE9MriSy4I) | Midnight Express (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhuutAnXBzQ) | An Unmarried Woman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecUHFT9ezIk)


Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Won 5 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Dustin Hoffman
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Meryl Streep
Best Director: Robert Benton
Best Picture
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Robert Benton

Another 4 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Justin Henry
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jane Alexander
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

1979 Best Picture Nominees: All That Jazz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C74Pae3PpMo) | Apocalypse Now (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkrhkUeDCdQ) | Breaking Away (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1jzs6dk4bs) | Kramer vs. Kramer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNLcfJ06y34) | Norma Rae (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45CX8W9peTs)


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Poll: Favorite 'Best Picture' from this decade (2000-2007) (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=346505)

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Lenny_DH
Apr 4th, 2011, 10:50 PM
I thought I'd do a poll for the '70s too, since it's regarded as the finest decade in Hollywood by many people.

King Halep
Apr 4th, 2011, 10:57 PM
The Deer Hunter. Christopher Walken is a really wasted actor who has done too many bad movies. The cast is so good Streep hardly gets a look in. Is it my imagination or are the best picture lists from the 70s and 80s so much more interesting than the bland stuff that came later.

saul1333
Apr 4th, 2011, 11:12 PM
Hmmmm..tough one.

I loved The Sting, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rocky and The Deer Hunter :hearts:

But I choose One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest because I want to think there are people crazier than me :)

ptkten
Apr 5th, 2011, 12:19 AM
It's hard to go against The Godfather on this one even though it's the obvious choice. The '70s are such an embarassment of riches for American movies so it's hard to go wrong with any of them though.

Most of my favorite movies from this decade didn't win though: A Clockwork Orange, Mean Streets, and Taxi Driver would have been my choices in those years.

King Halep
Apr 5th, 2011, 12:42 AM
I saw Rocky recently and the script is bad. Very bad.

young_gunner913
Apr 5th, 2011, 01:28 AM
It's hard to go against The Godfather on this one even though it's the obvious choice. The '70s are such an embarassment of riches for American movies so it's hard to go wrong with any of them though.

Most of my favorite movies from this decade didn't win though: A Clockwork Orange, Mean Streets, and Taxi Driver would have been my choices in those years.

YES!!!!!! I loved the book as well.

Bayo
Apr 5th, 2011, 01:43 AM
I'm currently the lone vote for Part II. The opening scene (Vito Corleone escapes death, sets sail for Ellis Island) is one of my favorites in cinema.

dybbuk
Apr 5th, 2011, 03:48 AM
Annie Hall, amazing film. It astounds me when I see people who think Star Wars should have won that year.

Apocalypse Now should have won over Kramer v Kramer, that was the best film out of any nominated that decade. Rocky winning over either Taxi Driver or Network was pretty damn sad too.

Beat
Apr 5th, 2011, 09:36 AM
wow, that list is so much better than the ones for the 80ies and 90ies! very hard to pick one, but in the end i chose "the french connection", it's simply one of my personal favourites.

Safe-From-Harm
Apr 5th, 2011, 09:38 AM
Someone mentioned Kubrick`s legendary ,,Clockwork Orange", it is one of the best movies ever. True classic.

From this list- Kramer vs Kramer.

Sam L
Apr 6th, 2011, 12:47 PM
A good list of movies but in the end it wasn't a tough choice at all. Annie Hall, by far. Smart, witty and continues to entertaining and relevant after all these years.

The Godfather is overrated imo. I've seen all these movies except Patton, which I don't want to see because I know I won't like it but I'll have to drag myself to see it one day I guess.

mckyle.
Apr 6th, 2011, 01:05 PM
I've only seen three (The Godfather, Part II, and Kramer) and I liked The Godfather the most. All three were great though.

Drake1980
Apr 6th, 2011, 06:41 PM
Ofotcn

Brena
Apr 6th, 2011, 11:09 PM
Mine is Cabaret, closely followed by Nashville.
From the list probably One Flew.... but I also liked Kramer vs. Kramer, Annie Hall, The Godfather and Patton.
that was a good decade!

WowWow
Apr 6th, 2011, 11:56 PM
Multiple options would have been better. I would have voted for The French Connection too.

Helen Lawson
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:36 AM
Truth be told, I think a lot of 70s movies have aged horribly and many "classics" from this decade I find unwatchable today. French Connection and Kramver v. Kramer are prime examples. Annie Hall has held up well. I never got into the Godfather films. Network and Taxi Driver are still good, that Rocky win was odd.

miffedmax
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:30 AM
Speaking of films of the '70s, Helen, is there any truth to the rumor that Gordon Seaton wanted you for "Airport," and the part only went to Helen Hayes because some idiot casting director goofed?

King Halep
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:18 AM
Helen was it true that they wanted you to star opposite Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets and due to a clerical error the part and the Oscar went to Helen Hunt?

Helen Lawson
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:49 AM
Well, I missed out on Airport because I was on a sex and booze binge with Rex Harrison after The Honey Pot.

Yes, that bitch Helen Hunt got mislabled mail and stole my part in As Good As It Gets. The only reason she won that Oscar was the Alzheimer's voters (my peers) thought they were voting for me.

As for Jack Nicolson and me, I hit it.

King Halep
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:31 PM
Actually I thought the wet tshirt won her the best Actress Oscar. Who would think the Academy are so shallow. My commiseration about not getting the parts and having a sex binge with Rex Harrison.

Helen Lawson
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:21 PM
The wet t- shirt contest is afterwards at the Governor's Ball. The last time I competed, I lost to Liz. Maybe I have a shot next year.

NyCPsU
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:11 PM
This was super tough but I went with the Deer Hunter. There were like 5 others I considered picking before I chose it, but Im pretty sure its my favorite overall.

And wow at 1971's 5 nominated movies. :eek: That may be the strongest 5 matched up I have ever seen.

Edit: Actually 1972 might be just as close.

Barrie_Dude
Apr 9th, 2011, 02:26 PM
The Godfather, The Godfather2, The Sting, Patton and Cuckoos Nest are all excellent

fantic
Apr 9th, 2011, 05:54 PM
70s was truly the Renaissance of Hollywood, if not the best era.

(The all time best is of course mid 30s to mid 40s)

As dybbuk said, Rocky winning was... :tape:

fantic
Apr 10th, 2011, 01:15 AM
Annie Hall, amazing film. It astounds me when I see people who think Star Wars should have won that year.

Apocalypse Now should have won over Kramer v Kramer, that was the best film out of any nominated that decade. Rocky winning over either Taxi Driver or Network was pretty damn sad too.

I respectfully summit Bob Fosse's 'All that Jazz' as a worthy competitor that year, 1979 :)

And even 'All the President's Men' was better than Rocky that year :haha:

fantic
Apr 10th, 2011, 01:19 AM
There should be some more films to consider;

MASH, Days of Heaven, Exorcist, The Last Picture Show, Barry Lyndon..

fantic
Apr 10th, 2011, 01:24 AM
it was said about Kramer vs Kramer;

'At the time people chuckled that Academy voters couldn’t identify with self-destructive choreographers or dazed and confused soldiers slogging their way through the jungles of Vietnam – but they could all identify with going through a messy divorce.'

:tape: :haha:

fantic
Apr 10th, 2011, 02:12 AM
Mine is Cabaret, closely followed by Nashville.
From the list probably One Flew.... but I also liked Kramer vs. Kramer, Annie Hall, The Godfather and Patton.
that was a good decade!

Brena I can't good rep you :sobbing: stupid limitation :lol: By the way love your choice :hearts: Cabaret, Nashville :worship:

doni1212
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:31 PM
I can't choose between The Godfather and Rocky!

Mynarco
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:33 PM
I actually fell asleep when watching Godfather :facepalm:

doni1212
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:39 PM
The music in the Godfather is so beautiful that it can put you to sleep and maybe the drama was too slow for you, :lol: