Part of the confusion, nominations-wise, may well have been:
Which category? Best Actor...or Best Supporting Actor?
Jaws rather famously "balances out" the three leads. But as a matter of "anchoring" the story, the lead is Roy Scheider's police chief Brody.
Indeed, after his first appearance at the public meeting, and less one shot of him on his boat chugging by the marina -- Quint is missing for most of the first hour of Jaws. So that makes him Supporting Actor, yes?
Except everybody really remembers Quint the most. He has the "big" part. The flashy part -- the other two guys mainly stay out of his way once they are on the boat together. And he's got...The Speech.
So I'm guessing that's what happened: Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor? Which to nominate him for. Which to win.
I wonder what category Universal put Shaw forth in nomination? Actor or Supporting Actor?
Which do you think he should have been nominated for?