1972. Legend. The Godfather, one of the most beloved 'classics' of all time was born and remains a benchmark in filmmaking to this very day. One may hear this film title and recall it's legacy and think, "This must have slayed at the Oscars" and then you'll think of it's eleven Oscar nominations and think, "It must have taken them all, right?" and you'd be very, very wrong. No, Oscar may have lavished The Godfather with eleven nominations (ten if you count the retracted Score nomination) but at the end of the day there was a force brewing that stood in The Godfather's way.
Cabaret, Bob Fosse's beloved musical, DOMINATED The Oscars, snagging 8 statuettes out of the ten awards it was nominated for. The Godfather may have taken the biggest award of the night (Best Picture), but Cabaret pretty much cockblocked it everywhere else, including Best Director.
Here's the deal; both of these films are epic masterpieces and so I'm torn all the way down these awards because I want them both to win everything. But life is never that easy, is it, and so tough decisions were made and, with that said, I present to you The Fisti Awards for 1972!
[NOTE: This is where my rule about films being Fisti contenders the same year they receive Oscar nominations makes a weird presence because Limelight was originally released in 1952 and yet not stateside until 1972, resulting in Chaplin being nominated (and winning) for her score. Now, I would have placed this in 1952 had it not been for that Oscar nomination and so, it appears here]
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
The Poseidon Adventure
Travels with My Aunt