After being nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Patton, Scott turns down the honor denouncing the awards as “offensive, barbarous and innately corrupt.” Scott:
The ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons.
Academy President Daniel Taradash:
… a person responsible for the achievement cannot decline the nomination after it is voted. Actually, Mr. Scott is not involved. It is his performance in ‘Patton’ which is involved.”