Oscar Movies: Ryan's Daughter (1970)

MGM (UK, Faraway Productions)

Oscar Nominations: 4

Actress: Sarah Miles
Supporting Actor: John Mills
Cinematography: Freddie Young
Sound: Gordon K. McCallum and John Bramall

Oscar Awards: 2

Supporting Actor
Cinematography

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 six nominations; and “M-A-S-H,” the first Robert Altman to be nominated for the top award.

The three 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!”

Sarah Miles, who was then married to playwright and screenwriter Robert Bolt, lost out to another Brit, Glenda Jackson in “Women in Love.”