Oscar Movies: Towering Inferno, The (1974)

Oscar Nominations: 7


Picture, produced by Irwin Allen.

Supporting Actor: Fred Astaire

Cinematography: Fred Koenekamp and Joseph Biroc

Art Direction-Set Decoration: William Creber and Ward Preston; Raphael Bretton

Film Editing: Harold F. Kress and Carl Kress.

Original Dramatic Score: John Williams

Original Song: “We May Never Love Like This Again,” music and lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn


Oscar Awards: 3





Oscar Context:

In 1974, two movies were nominated for 11 Oscars: “The Godfather, Part II” and Polanski’s Depression-era, well-crafted noir “Chinatown.”  While Coppola’s second installment won the largest (6) number of awards, “Chinatown” received only one, for Original Screenplay.


The three other nominees were Coppola (again) for “The Conversation” with 3 nominations; Bob Fosse’s biopicture “Lenny” with 6 nods but no wins; and the disaster-adventure flick, “The Towering Inferno,” which won 3 technical awards out of its 7 nominations.