Oscar Movies: Godfather, The (1972)

Paramount

Albert S. Ruddy Production

Oscar Nominations: 11 (10)*

Picture, produced by Albert S. Ruddy
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay (Adapted): Mario Puzo And F. F. Coppola
Actor: Marlon Brando
Supporting Actor: James Caan
Supporting Actor: Robert Duvall
Supporting Actor: Al Pacino
Costume Design: Anna Hill Johnstone
Editing: William Reynolds and Peter Zinner
Sound: Bud Grenzbach, Richard Portman, and Christopher Newman
Score (Original): Nino Rota

Oscar Awards: 3

Picture
Actor
Screenplay

Oscar Context

The major competition in the 1972 Oscar race was between Coppola's “The Godfather” and Bob Fosse's musical “Chicago,” with each winning 10 nominations. The Academy voters split the major awards between “The Godfather” and “Chicago,” which won 8 out of its 10 nominations, including Best Director.

The other three films nominated for the top award were: John Boorman's “Deliverance, with 3 nods; the foreign-language “The Emigrants,” with 4, and Martin Ritt's Depression era saga “Sounder,” also with 4.

Oscar Scandal

The scoring nomination was withdrawn, when the Academy discovered that some of Nino Rota's work had appeared in previous films, thus couldn't count as Original.