George C. Scott

The mercurial actor declined his supporting nomination for “The Hustler” (1961). But that didn’t stop the academy from nominating him for best actor for his seminal performance as Gen. George S. Patton in 1970’s “Patton.” Scott wrote the academy a letter stating that he didn’t feel he should be in competition with other actors. He also stated that “the whole thing is a … meat parade. I don’t want any part of it.“ So of course, he was a no-show when he won best actor. His Oscar is currently on display at the Virginia Military Institute Museum in Lexington, Va.
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