Until the iPhone came along to spoil all the fun, you could always win more than your fair share of bar bets playing off the mistaken assumption that Robert Duvall won the Oscar for his supporting performance in Apocalypse Now. In fact, Melvyn Douglas won for Being There, a fine performance to be sure, but hardly the stuff of legend.
Duvall wouldn't win his Oscar until 1983's Tender Mercies—just one more reason for all this alternate Oscar business ...
PICTURE (Drama) winner:Apocalypse Now (prod. Francis Ford Coppola, Gray Fredrickson, Fred Roos and Tom Sternberg)
PICTURE (Comedy/Musical) winner:Manhattan (prod. Charles H. Joffe and Jack Rollins)
PICTURE (Foreign Language) winner:Die Ehe der Maria Braun (The Marriage of Maria Braun) (prod. Wolf-Dietrich Brücker, Volker Canaris, Hanns Eckelkamp and Michael Fengler)
ACTOR (Drama) winner: Ben Gazzarra (Saint Jack)
ACTOR (Comedy/Musical) winner: Roy Scheider (All That Jazz)
ACTRESS (Drama) winner: Sally Field (Norma Rae)
ACTRESS (Comedy/Musical) winner: Bette Midler (The Rose)
DIRECTOR (Drama) winner: Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now)
DIRECTOR (Comedy/Musical) winner: Woody Allen (Manhattan)
SUPPORTING ACTOR winner: Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now)
Named for Katie-Bar-The-Door, the Katies are "alternate Oscars"—who should have been nominated, who should have won—but really they're just an excuse to write a history of the movies from the Silent Era to the present day.
To see a list of nominees and winners by decade, as well as links to my essays about them, click the highlighted links:
Look at me—Joe College, with a touch of arthritis. Are my eyes really brown? Uh, no, they're green. Would we have the nerve to dive into the icy water and save a person from drowning? That's a key question. I, of course, can't swim, so I never have to face it. Say, haven't you anything better to do than to keep popping in here early every morning and asking a lot of fool questions?