'The Goodbye Girl' (1977)

The odds were in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000765" title="Richard Burton" href="/topic/entertainment/richard-burton-PECLB000765.topic">Richard Burton</a>'s favor to win best actor of 1977 for his dramatic turn in "Equus." But the Academy Award went to 29-year-old <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001467" title="Richard Dreyfuss" href="/topic/entertainment/richard-dreyfuss-PECLB001467.topic">Richard Dreyfuss</a> who turned on the teddy bear charm in this <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001849" title="Neil Simon" href="/topic/arts-culture/neil-simon-PEHST001849.topic">Neil Simon</a> comedy about a struggling actor.
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The odds were in Richard Burton's favor to win best actor of 1977 for his dramatic turn in "Equus." But the Academy Award went to 29-year-old Richard Dreyfuss who turned on the teddy bear charm in this Neil Simon comedy about a struggling actor.

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