Harry and Tonto

Paul Mazursky's brilliant Oscar-winning film about old age, family and love stars Art Carney in his indelible Academy Award-winning performance.

Comedic actor Art Carney won an Oscar for his performance here and it’s not hard to see why. He plays a grumpy old widower who must leave his New York apartment when the building is condemned. This sends him on an episodic cross country journey which actually reflects all aspects of life, from sex and scandal to depression and dementia. Carney beat out several heavyweights that year – Albert Finney, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, and Jack Nicholson – and while some can argue it as yet another career overview acknowledgment, the truth is Carney captured the twilight in one’s life better than any of those young guns could.