Mister Tee wrote:I have to strongly dissent from Magilla's contention that Cabaret was a sure winner even if The Godather or Deliverance had been nominated. In fact, I spent most of the year assuming that one of the two of them would triumph, and it was only their exclusion that made Cabaret such a clear choice.
That may be, but I was reading other tea leaves.
The Academy was not alone in its failure to substantially reward The Godfather
In 1972, there were only five organizations besides AMPAS that gave out film awards - the National Board of Review, The New York Film critics, the National Society of Film Critics, the Golden Globes and BAFTA.
Aside from AMPAS, only BAFTA gave an award for cinematography. It was given that year to Geoffrey Unsworth for Cabaret
and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
. The other nominees were Vilmos Zsigmond for McCabe & Mrs. Miller
; John Alcott for A Clockwork Orange
and Ennio Guarniri for The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
. The Godfather
was not nominated. In fact, it was nominated for just five BAFTAS, Best Actor (Brando), Supporting Actor (Duvall), Newcomer (Pacino), Costume Design and Score (Oscar disqualified Nino Rota), winning only for Rota. Cabaret
, on the other hand, was nominated for 11 BAFTAs and won 7, including Best Picture.The Godfather
had previously been snubbed by all the groups except the Globes where it won Best Picture - Drama while Cabaret
won Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. NBR went with Cabaret
, NYFC with Cries and Whispers
and NSFC with The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) did not start handing out awards until 1987. The editors were the only guild giving out awards aside from the DGA and WGA. They went with Cabaret
over The Godfather
and The Poseidon Adventure
“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” - Voltaire