And the nominees are…
And the Oscar went to…Rocky
1977 looks to be another year which tackles that idea of disillusionment which was so central to American movies in the 70’s.
All the President’s Men meets Watergate head-on. Network’s battle cry of “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore” could hardly be a more succinct snapshot of the social mentality permeating so many films of the period, and Martin Scorsese (arguably the greatest filmmaker of all time) arrives on the Oscar nominated scene with a portrait of a character possessed by anger and sullenness with what America has become in Taxi Driver.
In the end it would be the film of the upmost optimism that would win the award for best film in Rocky, making Sylvester Stallone a megastar and beating another strong field of nominees.
Network, Taxi Driver, All the President’s Men and Rocky itself all feature on the AFI’s top 100 films list, and each are totally unique. The sleeper among them is Hal Ashby’s Bound for Glory, which looks to certainly have its work cut out for it with such an imposing field, but no film should ever be discounted.
There’s a lot of talent on offer between these films, both behind the camera and on screen, and it will be exciting to see how the Academy’s choice stacks up 39 years on.