Oscar Scandals: Bunuel about Tristana as Oscar Nominee

In 1971, George C. Scott was not the only nominee to reject the Oscar.

Spanish director Luis Bunuel was irate that his film Tristana was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

He told Variety: “Nothing would disgust me more morally than receiving the Oscar.  Nothing in the world would make me accept it.  I wouldn’t have it in my home…Even in refusing it, like this actor (George C. Scott), one isn’t free from its corrupting influence.  Look at what happened to him when he said he wouldn’t accept it.  It was worth a Time cover.”

Bunuel would win the Best Foreign Language Oscar two years later for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.