Al Pacino was delighted he missed out on an Oscar in 1974 for cop drama SERPICO, because he was so drugged and drunk at the ceremony he would never have made it onstage.
The star secured his second nomination for his role as honest cop Frank Serpico, but he missed out on the Best Actor prize to Save the Tiger star Jack Lemmon.
But Pacino wasn't disappointed. He says, "It was booze, pills, stuff to alter my mood. I thought, 'If I get this who knows if I'll be able to make it to the stage.' As Jack Lemmon won I smiled and applauded like the happiest man on the planet".