Annual awards granted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in various categories

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"The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States. The Awards are granted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a professional honorary organization which, as of 2003, had a voting membership of 5,816. Actors (with a membership of 1,311) make up the largest voting bloc. The votes have been tabulated and certified by auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers since close to the awards' inception. ..."
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, granted by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Award for Best Picture, granted by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Arts and Movies [PDF], by Murray N. Rothbard (Mr. First Nighter), The Libertarian Forum, Jan 1973
Reviews the movies of 1972 and offers recommendations for the best (for the record, Godfather won Best Picture, Brando won Best Actor --but refused it, Coppola and Duvall were nominated for Best Director/Supporting Actor but did not win)
"Certainly the best film of 1972 was The Godfather, which we have already hailed in these pages. The Godfather is us classicists' candidate in the award sweepstakes. ... Best director and best picture awards should usually run together, and so Francis Ford Coppola gets our accolade. For best actor it's for me a tossup between Al Pacino and Marlon Brando in our favorite movie. For best suo~ortine'actor. Robert Duval! will probably get the Academy Award for his consigliori in The Godfather (even the New York Film Critics selected Duvall), but far superior are two splendid performances by British actors in Frenzy ..."
Related Topic: The Godfather
Those Awards, by Murray N. Rothbard, The Rothbard-Rockwell Report, Jan 1994
Commentary about the Oscars, with negative remarks about Schindler's List, which Rothbard admits not seeing, and The Piano
"... it is already too clear that the fix is in, even more than usual, on the Academy Awards. ... The Oscars have increasingly taken on the dimensions of a racket. ... The major studios have always had special previews for Academy members (i.e., Oscar voters) for the pictures they are hyping for the awards; now, that has been supplemented by videocassettes expressed to the homes of each voter."