Scott wins the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance of General George S. Patton in Franklin J. Schaffner’s biopic Patton. Scott is not present at the ceremony and the film’s producer Frank McCarthy accepts the award in his absence. McCarthy:
In voting this award I think that the Academy has distinguished itself. I think it has done itself a great deal of good and shown what a good organization it is by recognizing and honoring so generously a fine performance by a great actor.