I love 1971 because a real 70s film won. There are few films that perfectly encapsulate the 70s more than The French Connection. What a great film. All due respect to A Clockwork Orange and The Last Picture Show (and even Nicholas and Alexandra and Fiddler on the Roof… strong year), but The French Connection should have won.
Gene Hackman won Best Actor for the film (talked about here), which I love, and William Friedkin won Best Director for it (talked about here), which he deserved (between this and The Exorcist, he deserved a statue).
Best Actress this year was Jane Fonda for Klute, which was also a very 70s decision. I like it. And Best Supporting Actress was Cloris Leachman for The Last Picture Show (talked about here), which I’m okay with, even though I’d have gone another way.
And then there’s this category. I don’t like it. Not even a little bit. I just don’t see it at all. I don’t see it in the performance or the actor. Add to that one of my favorite actors in a great film, and I just can’t abide this one.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – 1971
And the nominees were…
Jeff Bridges, The Last Picture Show
Leonard Frey, Fiddler on the Roof
Richard Jaeckel, Sometimes a Great Notion
Ben Johnson, The Last Picture Show
Roy Scheider, The French Connection (more…)
Last week, in Box Office…
21 Jump Street wins the weekend, as expected, with a more-than-expected $36.3 million. Honestly, the amount of advertising they pumped into this thing — I’m not surprised. I’m not surprised at all. Plus, with the real lack of direct competition, it’s not surprising at all. Here’s hoping it’s entertaining.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax finished second with $22.8 million. That’s about a 40% drop, and is another sign that kids films hold well and make shitloads of money. Off a budget of $70 million, the film has pulled in about $160 million after 3 weeks. They’re in extreme profit on this one.
John Carter finished third, dropping 55% (ouch) to $13.6 million. It has made $53 million after two weeks, and I think I read that Disney is estimating a $250 million loss on this one. Yeesh. I don’t think I need to say anything after that. (more…)