Oscar: Award as Popularity Contest–McGraw, Ali

The standing of film artists within the Hollywood industry and their popularity with audiences often count for more than the quality of their acting performance when it comes to receiving an Oscar nomination or even the Oscar itself.


Ali McGraw

Ali McGraw, a beautiful if below-mediocre actress, began her career after a successful turn as a model, establishing herself as star material in Goodbye, Columbus, as the Jewish princess.

McGraw’s third movie, Love Story, based on Eric Segal’s best-selling novel, opened to mixed reviews but was such a huge hit that it was nominated for Oscars in almost every category: Picture, Actress, Actor (Ryan O’Neal), Director (Arthur Hiller).

It’s McGraw first and only nomination.