A History of the Best Picture Oscar Part III


Patton – 1971

Franklin J. Schaffner’s epic biographical war film, from a script by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North, has one of the most iconic opening monologues ever committed to celluloid.

Delivered with gusto by George C. Scott as General Patton with an enormous American flag behind him, a performance that would earn him the Oscar for Best Actor. An Oscar Scott famously rejected claiming that competition between actors was unfair and a “meat parade”.

A piece of the real General would find it’s way on to the screen as the ivory-handled revolvers George C. Scott wears in the opening speech were actually George S. Patton’s genuine revolvers.


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