Oscar Rewrite: 1969


Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy     Easy Rider

The Wild Bunch and Midnight Cowboy are better directed. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid is better written. But no film captures 1969 in all its drugged-out glory like Easy Rider, the ultimate road flick with gorgeous desert vistas, acid intercuts and power performances from Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, all backed by a soundtrack of Steppenwolf, The Byrds and The Band.

Best Director: John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy)    Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch)

Best Actor: John Wayne (True Grit)  William Holden (The Wild Bunch)

Best Actress: Maggie Smith (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)  Jane Fonda (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?)

Best Supporting Actor: Gig Young (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?)  Jack Nicholson (Easy Rider)

Best Supporting Actress: Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower)  Katharine Ross (Butch & Sundance)

Best Original Screenplay: Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (William Goldman)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Midnight Cowboy (Waldo Salt from a novel by James Leo Herlihy)