Fixing the Oscars – 1974

Best Picture in the English language

Winner: Chinatown (original nominee)

– The Godfather Part II (original winner)
– The Conversation (original nominee)
– Young Frankenstein
– The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Best Picture in another language

Winner: Angst essen Seele auf (“Ali: Fear Eats the Soul”)

– Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (“The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser”)
– Celine et Julie vont en bateau (“Celine and Julie Go Boating”)
– Dersu Uzala (original winner)
– Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto (“Swept Away”)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Gene Hackman (The Conversation)

– Jack Nicholson (Chinatown) (original nominee) – (39 points)
– Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein)
– Al Pacino (The Godfather Part II) (original nominee)
– Albert Finney (Murder on the Orient Express) (original nominee)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Winner :Faye Dunaway (Chinatown) (original nominee)

– Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under the Influence) (original nominee)
– Brigitte Mira (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)
– Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) (original winner)
– Juliet Berto (Celine and Julie Go Boating)
– Valerie Perrine (Lenny) (original nominee)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: John Huston (Chinatown)

– John Cazale (The Godfather: Part II)
– Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II) (original winner)
– Peter Boyle (Young Frankenstein)
– Marty Feldman (Young Frankenstein)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner: Madeline Kahn (Blazing Saddles) (original nominee)

– Karen Black (The Great Gatsby)
– Lauren Bacall (Murder on the Orient Express)
– Ingrid Bergman (Murder on the Orient Express) (original winner)
– Madeline Kahn (Young Frankenstein) (new nominee)

Best Director

– Roman Polanski (Chinatown) (original nominee)
– Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather: Part II) (original winner)
– Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
– Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul)
– Francis Ford Coppola (The Conversation)

Best Screenplay

Winner: Robert Towne (Chinatown) (original winner – Best Original Screenplay)

– Gene Wilder; Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein)
– Francis Ford Coppola; Mario Puzo (The Godfather, Part II) (original winner – Best Adapted Screenplay)
– Francis Ford Coppola (The Conversation) (original nominee)
– Paul Dehn, Anthony Shaffer (Murder on the Orient Express) (original nominee)

Best Cinematography

Winner: John A. Alonzo (Chinatown) (original nominee)

– Gerald Hirschfeld (Young Frankenstein)
– Fred J. Koenekamp; Joseph F. Biroc (The Towering Inferno) (original winner)
– Geoffrey Unsworth (Murder on the Orient Express) (original nominee)
– Gordon Willis (The Godfather II)
– Daniel Pearl (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

Winner: Jerry Goldsmith (Chinatown) (original nominee)

– Nino Rota; Carmine Coppola (The Godfather: Part II) (original winner)
– David Shire (The Conversation)
– Richard Rodney Bennett (Murder on the Orient Express) (original nominee)
– John Williams (The Towering Inferno)

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