Despite stiff competition from four American nominees, British actor John Mills walked off with this year's Oscar for the best supporting actor in films.
LV Maggie Smith walks onto stage, ZOOM INTO SV.
SCU Maggie Smith speaking
SCU Richard Castellano
SCU John Marley
SCU Gene Hackman
SCU Chief Dan George
SCU John Mills
MV Maggie Smith handed envelope, opens it & announces winner
MV John Mills walks towards stage
MV Receives Oscar
SCU Sarah Miles applauding
SCU Mills smiling
Transcript Seq. 2: Maggie Smith: "The nominees for best performance by an actor in a supporting role are Richard Castellano in "Lovers and Other Strangers", John Marley in "Love Story", Gene Hackman in "I Never Sang for my Father", Chief Dan George in "Little Big Man", John Mills in "Ryan's daughter". May I have the envelope please. The winner is John Mills in "Ryan's Daughter".
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Background: Despite stiff competition from four American nominees, British actor John Mills walked off with this year's Oscar for the best supporting actor in films. The coveted Academy Award was presented to him by Maggie Smith--last year's best actress--at last night's (thursday's) glittering gathering of Hollywood stars.
SYNOPSIS: Hollywood's glittering Academy Award presentations took on a British look when it came to the choice of best supporting actor. Maggie Smith, last year's best actress, was presenting the award. And British actor John Mills was among the nominees....
The role which won John Mills the award was that of a drooling village idiot. Initial problems very nearly caused him to abandon the part. But he persevered, spent four months in rehearsal and finally reaped the film industry's top award.