Art Carney wins the Oscar for Best Actor for Harry and Tonto at the 47th Academy Awards. Glenda Jackson presents the award.

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31 COMMENTS

  1. listen to the crowd's reaction. it was a shocker because Pacino expected to win.

    Yet, watching Carney's joy in winning was an absolute delight. Great actor who never was uncomfortable being the second banana, he gave a superb performance in "Harry and Tonto," one that we'll continue to appreciate 40+ years later. Mazursky nailed this movie. A really touching story.

  2. I saw that movie once in my childhood and never forgot it. Very touching, realistic especially in today's time. Love the cat too. So glad I googled and discovered the correct title of this movie. Going to watch again.

  3. You only need to see the reaction of the audience to see what a popular choice this was. He was a brilliant actor, a beloved star, and richly deserved this award. See the film. It's a beautiful performance.

  4. Blaming the wrong oscar winners is like blaming children for the wrong doings of their parents. Pacino did deserve the award more but don't get mad at Carney. The fault is always on the voters.

  5. Nowadays everybody who wins an acting Oscar gets a standing ovation.  In those days they were extremely rare–the fact that the audience rose to its feet tells me that the voting wasn't even close.  I was so happy at the time that Mr Carney won–he was brilliant in Harry and Tonto. (and BTW at age 55 he played a 72 year old).

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