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George C. Scott winning Best Actor for "Patton" in 1971

Monday, 9 April 2018
Actor George C. Scott was nominated and eventually won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in 'Patton'. He refused to accept the award based on his belief that each performance is unique and actors shouldn't be in competition with each other. He stayed home and slept through the awards show.
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His notable films from the last half of the decade included The Bible (1966), The Flim-Flam Man (1967), and Petulia (1968). In 1970 he took on the role with which he is most associated: Gen. George S. Patton in Patton. Again Scott refused an Academy Award nomination; nevertheless, he won an Oscar for his remarkable tour de force. 

Choosing to recognize his talent rather than respect his wishes, the Academy again nominated him for his work in Paddy Chayefsky’s satire The Hospital (1971).

Scott appeared in few box office blockbusters during the final three decades of his career, preferring to act in smaller films with prestigious directors and well-written scripts. Among those that have become cult favourites are They Might Be Giants (1971), The Day of the Dolphin (1973), Islands in the Stream (1977), Movie, Movie (1978), and Hardcore (1979).

During his later years, Scott’s appearances on television and on the New York stage overshadowed his film work. On Broadway, he starred in Uncle Vanya (1973), Death of a Salesman (1975), and Sly Fox (1976), and he reached television audiences with memorable roles in Jane Eyre (1970), 

The Price (1971), Oliver Twist (1982), A Christmas Carol (1984), The Last Days of Patton (1986), and 12 Angry Men (1997). Scott was reteamed with his 12 Angry Men costar, Jack Lemmon, for his final performance, a television production of Inherit the Wind (1999)
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