Mason, who'd never won an Oscar nor ever received a well-deserved Honorary Oscar, was a favorite to win. The award went to Gossett for An Officer and A Gentleman.
And we talked about Marilyn Monroe.
Lou Gossett studied at The Actors' Studio in New York City. So did Paul Newman.
I asked Mr. Gossett how the Monroe performances in their Actors' Studio classes differed from the famous Monroe work on the big screen in comedies such as How To Marry a Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot.