Burning Question: Why 'The Godfather' and 4 Others Had Their Oscar Noms Revoked
Salvatore Corsitto, James Caan, and Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather' (Photo: Everett)
The Academy has rescinded the Best Original Song nod for "Alone Yet Not Alone" over campaign violations. How rare is it for the Oscar folks to take away a nomination?
Rare, but not unheard of. According to Oscar historians, this snub of snubs by cinema’s snobbiest snobs has happened at least five times before.
The Academy has been in the take-backs business since at least 1942, when the film "Dive Bomber" got fragged for reasons now lost to history. "Bomber" was, however, replaced by a film with the equally derring-do title of "The Sea Wolf."
From left: Fred MacMurray, Alexis Smith, and Errol Flynn in 1941's 'Dive Bomber' (Photo: Everett)