Oscar: Milford, Penelope in Coming Home

The first nomination serves as a formal acknowledgment of talent by one’s peers.

Penelope Milford, one of the youngest nominees (for “Coming Home”), recalls: “The minute the nominations were announced, the telephone started ringing. A lot of people now are telling me they always knew I had talent and how wonderful it is that I’ve been nominated. They’re the same guys who wouldn’t take a phone call from me last week. I’d like to blast them . . . but let’s face it, that’s not the way to play the game. You’ve got to keep cool.” After the nomination, Milford realized she had become “a known and valued commodity.’”