Oscar Impact: Reynolds, Burt–Boogie Nights

Burt Reynolds, who was the most popular star in Hollywood of the 1970s and 1980s, suffered a career decline in the 1990s.

In 1997, Reynolds received his first (and only) Oscar nomination, in the Supporting Actor category, for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.

Though he did not win, the nomination had a positive effect on his standing, as he himself testified: “Nobody wanted me. I couldn’t get arrested. Now my phone rings again.”

The winner that year was Robin Williams for Good Will Hunting.

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