George C. Scott

Refuses Oscar nomination

1971

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.”

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