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The 1970 Critics Consensus Awards

Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces

As promised yesterday, I'm continuing to chronicle the critical consensus based on year-end movie awards and polls since all the way back in 1969, and today's second installment naturally covers the year 1970. Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces beats all '69's titles by taking three of the seven available awards, though misses out on Leading Actor, as both leading awards go to the year's Oscar winners. Rafelson's Best Director win makes him the first winner here not to be nominated for the same category's Oscar. Again, there's a non-English language picture in the mix: Eric Rohmer's My Night at Maud's, which wins for its Screenplay, while Chief Dan George's Supporting Actor win for Little Big Man makes him the first person of colour to win a Critics Consensus award. Interesting to note, however, that overall these awards actually fare slightly worse than the Oscars over their 50 years for representing actors of colour. All your 1970 winners below, and stay tuned tomorrow for the 1971 winners.

Best Picture

Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson and Richard Wechsler)

Best Director

Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Glenda Jackson (Women in Love)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

George C. Scott (Patton)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Chief Dan George (Little Big Man)

Best Screenplay

Eric Rohmer (My Night at Maud's)

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