Annie Hall or Star Wars?
On this day in 1978, that became the big debate after Woody Allen’s Annie Hall beat out the fan favorite George Lucas’ Star Wars to win the Best Picture at the 50th annual Academy Awards.
Annie Hall, starring Diane Keaton (who was dating Allen at the time), is a romantic comedy that included unusual cinematic techniques, including characters directly addressing the camera, according to History.com.
Keaton’s style inspired a new fashion trend of oversized jackets, baggy pants and hats.
Annie Hall also won Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress.
On the other hand, A New Hope received 10 Oscar nominations in 1978, and it won six of them.
Star Wars swept the technical categories, winning Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, Best Film editing and Best Visual Effects. It was shut out of all the major awards that year.
The broadcast was the most-watched Academy Awards in TV history.
And Star Wars A New Hope has become an international marvel and it was the beginning of an iconic Movie series.
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