Fixing The Oscars – 1972

Best Picture

THE WINNER: The Godfather (actual 1972 winner)

– Cries and Whispers (original 1973 nominee)
– Cabaret (original nominee)
– Aguirre: The Wrath of God
– The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
– Last Tango in Paris

Best Actor

THE WINNER: Marlon Brando (The Godfather) (actual 1972 winner)

– Marlon Brando (Last Tango in Paris) (original 1973 nominee)
– Klaus Kinski (Aguirre: The Wrath of God)
– William Daniels (1776!)
– Stacy Keach (Fat City)
– Fernando Rey (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)
– Peter O’Toole (The Ruling Class) (original nominee)

Best Actress

THE WINNER: Liza Minnelli (Cabaret) (actual 1972 winner)

– Diana Ross (Lady Sings the Blues) (original nominee)
– Cicely Tyson (Sounder) (original nominee)
– Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris)
– Natalya Bondarchuk (Solaris)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

THE WINNER: Joel Grey (Cabaret) (actual 1972 winner)

– Al Pacino (The Godfather) (original nominee)
– James Caan (The Godfather) (original nominee)
– Robert Duvall (The Godfather) (original nominee)
– Ned Beatty (Deliverance)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

THE WINNER: Liv Ullmann (Cries and Whispers)
THE WINNER: Harriet Andersson (Cries and Whispers)

– Ingrid Thulin (Cries and Whispers)
– Shelley Winters (The Poseidon Adventure) (original nominee)
– Olga Bellin (Tomorrow)
– Kari Sylwan (Cries and Whispers)

Best Director

THE WINNER: Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) (original nominee)
THE WINNER: Ingmar Bergman (Cries and Whispers) (original 1973 nominee)

– Bob Fosse (Cabaret) (actual 1972 winner)
– Werner Herzog (Aguirre: The Wrath of God)
– Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris) (original 1973 nominee)
– Alfred Hitchcock (Frenzy)

Best Screenplay

THE WINNER: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) (actual 1972 winner)

– Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carriiere (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) (original nominee)
– Jay Presson Allen (Cabaret) (original nominee)
– Ingmar Bergman (Cries and Whispers)
– Jeremy Larner (The Candidate) (actual 1972 winner)
– Woody Allen (Play It Again, Sam)
– Anthony Shaffer (Frenzy)

Best Cinematography

THE WINNER: Sven Nykvist (Cries and Whispers) (actual 1973 winner)

– Gordon Willis (The Godfather)
– Geoffrey Unsworth (Cabaret) (actual 1972 winner)
– Thomas Mauch (Aguirre: The Wrath of God)
– Vadim Yusov (Solaris)

Best Music, Original Comedic or Dramatic Score

THE WINNER: Gato Barbieri (Last Tango in Paris)

– Nino Rota (The Godfather) (withdrawn 1972 nomination)
– Popol Vuh – Daniel Fichelscher & Florian Fricke (Aguirre: The Wrath of God)
– Donovan (Brother Sun, Sister Moon)
– Curtis Mayfield (Superfly)
– John Williams (The Poseidon Adventure) (original nominee)
– J.J. Johnson, Bobby Womack (Across 110th Street)
– Taj Mahal (Sounder)

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