'Amour' joins 13 others to have transitioned from the Croisette to Oscar's spotlight
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"Taxi Driver" (Martin Scorsese, 1976, United States)
The triumph of Martin Scorsese's bristling, brutal study of displaced post-Vietnam masculinity was something of a surprise, given that jury president Tennessee Williams was said to be less than enamored of its punkish approach. 37 years on, with the film looking far younger than that, it remains one of the festival's most prescient choices, interesting as the competition -- which included Roman Polanski's "The Tenant," Wim Wenders' "Kings of the Road" and Carlos Saura's "Cria Cuervos" -- was. The next year, it proved a pretty gutsy choice for the Academy too, as it netted four Oscar nominations, including a spot in a strong Best Picture lineup of "Network," "Bound for Glory," "All the President's Men" and eventual winner "Rocky." The voters weren't ready to give it any wins, of course, and they'd wait another 30 years to make it up to Scorsese.