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Oscar archives: In '77: 'Rocky,' posthumous honor and Scorsese snub

Oscar archives: In '77: 'Rocky,' posthumous honor and Scorsese snub

The 49th Academy Awards in 1977 ushered in a watershed year in the history of the Oscars.

That ceremony marked the first time a performer was posthumously awarded an Academy Award and a previous lead actress winner received an Oscar for original song. Foreign filmmakers — including the first female director — and performers were among the marquee nominees, while one of cinema's most influential directors failed to receive a nomination for what is now considered a landmark film.

And, finally, a tiny drama about a sad-sack underdog written and starring a struggling actor took home the top prize, beating out more artistic films that left tradition behind.