Oscar Movies: Rocky (1976)

Oscar Nominations: 10

Picture, produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff
Director: John G. Avildsen
Screenplay (Original): Sylvester Stallone
Actor: Sylvester Stallone
Actress: Talia Shire
Supporting Actor: Burgess Meredith
Supporting Actor: Burt Young
Film Editing: Richard Halsey and Scott Conrad
Sound: Harry Warren Tetrick, William McCaughey, Lule Burbridge, and Bud Alper
Original Song: “Gonna Fly Now,” music by Bill Conti, lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins

Oscar Awards: 3

Film Editing

Oscar Context:

Each of the other 1976 Best Picture nominees was artistically more interesting. Alan Pakula's All the President's Men, produced by Robert Redford, was a good political thriller about the Watergate scandal, based on the best seller by the two Wasginton Post reporters, Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford). Sidney Lumet made an outrageous farce, Network, about the potential power of television, that for some reason many people took as a serious drama. And Martin Scorsese followed up his Mean Street with Taxi Driver, a film about political and social alienation, embodied by Robert De Niro in a grand performance.

Of the five nominees, however, Rocky's message, the rise to stardom of an obscure “nobody,” which paralleled both the actor's life offscreen and President Jimmy Carter's 1976 election, was the most upbeat and the least controversial. But it was also the most befitting of the nation's mood in its Bicentennial celebrations.