I have been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture. The next on my list was the 1976 winner, Rocky, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith.
Rocky was the first movie in what would become a profitable franchise. The film tells the story of a down-on-his luck fighter in Philadelphia who gets the unlikely chance to fight the heavyweight champion. It's a down-to-earth drama that focuses on the humanity of its characters.
The other Best Picture nominees that year were All the President's Men , Bound for Glory, Network, and Taxi Driver. Rocky also won Oscars for Best Director and Best Film Editing.
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