A History of the Best Picture Oscar Part III


Annie Hall – 1978

Woody Allen penned, starred in and directed this (possibly autobiographical) story of comedian Alvy Singer, who tries to figure out the reasons for the failure of his relationship with the film’s eponymous female lead, played by Diane Keaton (whose real name is incidentally Diane Hall) in a role written specifically for her.

Up until this point Allen was known for his straight up comedies, which this movie was originally going to be. However, with writing partner Marshall Brickman, Allen decided to write something that would “sacrifice some of the laughs for a story about human beings”.

Originally he envisioned this movie as a murder mystery, with a subplot about a romance. During script revisions, Allen decided to drop the murder plot, which he and Marshall Brickman later revitalized in 1993’s Manhattan Murder Mystery, which he also directed and starred in alongside Diane Keaton.


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