In 1968 Esquire film writer and MoMA film curator Peter Bogdanovich decided to follow the example of critics-turned-filmmakers François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard and try his hand at directing. Four years after moving to Hollywood, Bogdanovich’s second feature film, The Last Picture Show, received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and personal nods for Best Director and for co-writing the Adapted Screenplay. Though the film lost the top prize to The French Connection, the Academy did honor The Last Picture Show with Oscars for Supporting Actor Ben Johnson and Supporting Actress Cloris Leachman at the ceremony on April 10, 1972 hosted by Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jack Lemmon at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. However, the 44th Academy Awards may be best remembered for the loving tribute to Charlie Chaplin after his 20 years in exile, which Bogdanovich himself organized to honor the man many consider the first true movie star. Bogdanovich shares his memories of that night with EW.
I had been to the Oscars once before in the late ’60s. I can’t remember which one. They all merge together. Unless you’re nominated, the Oscars are no fun to go to at all. You can see it better on TV. At least you don’t have to go through that horrible red carpet.
I can’t remember who hosted the night I was nominated in 1972. They weren’t Bob Hope. READ FULL STORY