Oscar Movies: Deer Hunter, The (1978)

Oscar Nominations: 9

Picture, produced by Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, and John Peverall
Director: Michael Cimino
Actor: Robert De Niro
Supporting Actor: Christopher Walken
Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep
Screenplay (Original): Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker
Cinematography (b/w): Vilmos Zsigmond
Sound: Richard Portman, William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin, and Darin Knight
Editing: Peter Zinner

Oscar Awards: 5

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Oscar Context:

Two Vietnam War movies competed for the Best Picture Oscar in 1978: “The Deer Hunter,” with 9 nominations, and “Coming Home,” with eight. While “Deer Hunter got the major awards, “Coming Home” received Best Actor for Jon Voight and Best Actress for Jane Fonda.

The other three nominees were the comedy “Heaven Can Wait,” the fact-based political thriller “Midnight Express, and the zeitgeist semi-feminist drama, “An Unmarried Woman.”