Oscar Movies: Patton (1970)

: 10

Picture, produced by Frank McCarthy
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Story and Screenplay (Adapted): Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North
Actor: George C. Scott
Cinematography: Fred Koenekamp
Score (Original): Jerry Goldsmith
Art Direction-Set Decoration: Urie McCleary and Gil Parrondo; Antonio Mateos and Pierre-Louis Thevent
Film Editing: Hugh S. Fowler
Sound: Douglas Williams and Don Bassman
Special Visual Effects: Alex Weldon

Oscar Awards: 7

Story and Screenplay
Art Direction-Set Decoration

Oscar Context

In 1970, “Patton” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with the schlocky disaster flick “Airport,” which inexplicably received 10 nominations, but won only one (Supporting Actress to veteran Helen Hayes); “Five Easy Pieces,” which was nominated for 4, but didn't win any Oscar; the blockbuster “Love Story,” which won one out of its 6 nominations; and “M-A-S-H,” the first Robert Altman to be nominated for the top award.

The 3 categories in which “Patton” lost were Cinematography, which went to Freddie Young for the David Lean romantic epic, “Ryan's Daughter;” Score, which honored Francis Lai for “Love Story,” and Special Visual Effects, which was given to the war movie, “Tora! Tora! Tora!”