But I think only Arthur Penn can boast of not just being a Best Director Orphan, but of being the only person nominated for a film based on a song. Alice's Restaurant is based on the Arlo Guthrie song-story of the same name, and if you've ever listened to the radio on Thanksgiving Day, chances are you've heard it. I believe one station - can't remember if it was my own South Florida or another or many - even played the song on repeat, non-stop, until they hit a particular number in their pledge drive. Annually.
So yes, that's an Oscar-nominated story! Did Penn do it justice? A look at his work and his fellow nominees, after the jump...
Costa-Gavras for Z
first and only nomination in this category; NYFCC Awards winner; DGA Award nominee, NSFC Awards nominee
George Roy Hill for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
first of two nominations; BAFTA Award winner; DGA Award nominee
Arthur Penn for Alice's Restaurant
third and final nomination
Sydney Pollack for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
first of three nominations in this category; Golden Globe nominee; DGA Award nominee
Schlesinger won Midnight Cowboy's second Oscar of the night:
And my vote goes to....
Tomorrow, we finish up the week with Best Supporting Actor: Rupert Crosse of The Reivers, Elliott Gould of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Jack Nicholson for Easy Rider, Anthony Quayle for Anne of the Thousand Days and Gig Young for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.