Paddy was up against his fellow Americans and two European films - France's Cousin cousin, and Italy's Seven Beauties. A different time indeed - from 1945-1980, a 35-year period, 38 foreign language films were nominated for Best Original Screenplay! That's at least one a year, and then some. After that, though, it starts to get more scarce - a Life is Beautiful here, a Barbarian Invasions there - until A Separation becomes the most recent foreign language nominee in this category...and that was already five years ago.
(It should be noted - 2006 was an unusual year, with the multilingual Babel, the Japanese-language Letters from Iwo Jima, and the Spanish-language Pan's Labyrinth all in competition. Another outlier, considering recent history, is 2002, where Y Tu Mamá También was nominated, and Talk to Her won.)
What will the future bring? Maybe more like this year's Oscars, where foreign writers are nominated for English-language works, such as The Lobster's Greek filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou. But I do hope that, eventually, we can get back to an international lineup.
And now, the nominees of 1976.
My mom ranked, but did not comment. As this became more of a trend, another trend started to emerge. You'll see...
Jean-Charles Tacchella / Danièle Thompson
Sylvester StalloneBeautiful. I mentioned this briefly while discussing Burgess Meredith, but Rocky is perfect in its depiction of connecting. Rocky to Adrian, bringing her out of her shell; Adrian to Paulie, establishing her independence without losing a sibling; Paulie to Rocky, so that he, too, can be more than a bum; Mickey to Rocky, giving them both a chance they'd almost missed out on. And then, of course, Rocky to Apollo, Apollo to Rocky, fist to face.
5. Cousin cousine
4. The Front
3. Seven Beauties
Network won the Oscar, Paddy Chayefsky's third. And I agree! And my Mom doesn't exactly disagree. Indeed, due to the rankings...we have a tie! The official Silver Screening Room winners are...