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Film Honors: 1972

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Picture Editing

The Getaway
The Godfather
The Poseidon Adventure
Viskningar och rop

Actor Support

James Caan (The Godfather)
Robert Duvall (The Godfather)
Joel Grey (Cabaret)
Clive Revill (Avanti!)
Fernando Rey (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie)

Sound Design

The Godfather
The Poseidon Adventure

Special Effects

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
The Poseidon Adventure
Silent Running
Tales from the Crypt


Actress Support

Harriet Andersson (Viskningar och rop)
Stéphane Audran (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie)
Eileen Heckart (Butterflies Are Free)
Talia Shire (The Godfather)
Ingrid Thulin (Viskningar och rop)

Set Design

The Godfather
Viskningar och rop

Costume Design

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes
Antony and Cleopatra
The Godfather



Ingmar Bergman (Viskningar och rop)
Luis Buñuel (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie)
Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather)
Bob Fosse (Cabaret)
Milton Katselas (Butterflies Are Free)

Cast Ensemble

The Godfather
Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie
The Poseidon Adventure

Screenwriting Original

Robert Altman (Images)
Ingmar Bergman (Viskningar och rop)
Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie)
Jeremy Larner (The Candidate)
Éric Rohmer (L’Amour l’après-midi)

Screenwriting Adapted

Jay Allen (Cabaret)
Leonard Gershe (Butterflies Are Free)
Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather)
Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth)
Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond (Avanti!)

Score Composing

Ralph Burns (Cabaret)
Quincy Jones (The Getaway)
Nino Rota (The Godfather)
John Williams (Images)
John Williams (The Poseidon Adventure)


Thomas Mauch (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes)
Sven Nykvist (Viskningar och rop)
Geoffrey Unsworth (Cabaret)
Gordon Willis (The Godfather)
Vilmos Zsigmond (Images)

Actress Lead

Goldie Hawn (Butterflies Are Free)
Juliet Mills (Avanti!)
Liza Minnelli (Cabaret)
Cicely Tyson (Sounder)
Susannah York (Images)


Actor Lead

Edward Albert (Butterflies Are Free)
Marlon Brando (The Godfather)
Jack Lemmon (Avanti!)
Steve McQueen (The Getaway)
Al Pacino (The Godfather)

Motion Picture

Avanti! (Billy Wilder) Italy / USA
Butterflies Are Free (Milton Katselas) USA
Cabaret (Bob Fosse) USA
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola) USA
Images (Robert Altman) UK / US
L’Amour l’après-midi (Éric Rohmer) France
Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel) France / Italy / Spain
Nybyggarna (Jan Troell) Sweden
Roma (Federico Fellini) Italy / France
Viskningar och rop (Ingmar Bergman) Sweden

It was hard to argue with the direction taken by AMPAS in their voting in 1972. What were your picks for this year – comment below.


One Comment

  1. H(al)loween (@AlRob_MN) H(al)loween (@AlRob_MN) October 16, 2017

    I can say for sure that I would most likely put Cabaret and The Godfather in every category. I’d also add Deliverance and The Poseidon Adventure in most categories as well. Frenzy was also pretty good. Top of my need to see list is Cries & Whispers and Aguirre.

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