Scoop's notes: Every once in a while, each
of us encounters a film which baffles us in terms of its popularity. This
is the one for me. I have never understood how people relate to this movie
or why people think it is especially good. I guess I have a blind spot. I
suppose that is because it is a character study about a different
generation, or maybe a half-generation, just prior to mine. These are the
people who were in high school when I was in grade school. They apparently
had a totally different coming-of-age experience - one that I can't relate
to or even recognize as realistic. Not only did I not recognize the main
characters as familiar human beings, but I didn't like them either. When
you hate and can't relate to the characters in a character study - well,
there isn't much left.
Except, of course, for Ann-Margret's flesh, which was very welcome
indeed. She was a big star, and film nudity was still fresh in 1971. Just
a few years earlier, there had been no nudity at all in mainstream films
and/or from mainstream actresses.
The film was nominated for an Oscar and three Golden Globes, but they
were all for the acting.
- Astoundingly enough, even master thespian Art Garfunkel received a
Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting actor. He lost the Globe
to Ben Johnson of The Last Picture Show, who also won the Oscar.
- Garfunkel and Nicholson got nominated for Globes, but not for
- Ann-Margret won a Golden Globe and received an Oscar nomination.
She lost the Oscar to Cloris Leachman, another performer from of The
Last Picture Show.
By the way, those were the only Oscars won by The Last Picture Show,
although it was nominated in every key category (Best Picture, Director,