The 1972 Critics Consensus Awards


Abe Vigoda, Richard S. Castellano, Marlon Brando, John Cazale, Al Lettieri, James Caan and Robert Duvall in The Godfather

It's a double dose of the Critics Consensus Awards today, so stay tuned for 1973's edition later. For now, however, it's 1972's turn, and The Godfather matches Five Easy Pieces' current record from two years earlier with three wins across seven categories. Indeed, that's as many as it won at the year's Oscars, which boasted three times as many categories. And, once again, there's a non-English language title in the mix, as Ingmar Bergman's Cries & Whispers wins the Screenplay award. And Cicely Tyson beats Cabaret's Liza Minnelli (who ranked seventh!) in Best Actress for Sounder, becoming both the first woman of colour to win a Critics Consensus Award, and the first performer to do so in a leading category. All the info of 1972's winners below.


Best Picture

The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola and Albert S. Ruddy)


Best Director

Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather)


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Cicely Tyson (Sounder)


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Marlon Brando (The Godfather)


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid)


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Joel Grey (Cabaret)


Best Screenplay

Ingmar Bergman (Cries & Whispers)


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