Oscar Speeches: Milford, Penelope in Coming Home

The first nomination serves as a formal acknowledgment of talent by peers, as members of the Acting Branch nominate actors in four categories.

Penelope Milford, one of the youngest nominees, Best Supporting Actress for Coming Home, in 1978 recalls: “The minute the nominations were announced, the telephone started ringing. A lot of people now are telling me they always knew I had talent and how wonderful it is that I’ve been nominated. They’re the same guys who wouldn’t take a phone call from me last week. I’d like to blast them, but let’s face it, that’s not the way to play the game. You’ve got to keep cool.”

After the nomination, Penelope Milford realized that she had become “a known and valued commodity.”