Best Actor, 1976
Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver), Peter Finch (Network - winner), Giancarlo Giannini (Seven Beauties), William Holden (Network), Sylvester Stallone (Rocky)
"You talkin' to me?" "Adriaaaaaan!" "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" If your standard is catchphrase quality, this is the best Best Actor lineup by a longshot. But all the nominees did nuanced, worthy work, in a variety of styles. You had your lions in winter (Finch and Holden), your physical sculptures (De Niro and Stallone), your edge-of-sanity prophets of doom (Finch and De Niro). Even Giannini, the least famous of the five here in the States, blazed trails with a rare foreign-language acting nod for an even rarer woman-directed film (Lina Wertmüller became the first woman nominated for Best Director that year).