Update on The Oscar Quest

This felt as good a time as any to update my status. It’s been three months. I figure I’ll keep updating every three months or so.

For those not in the know — I’m on an Oscar Quest. For those too lazy to click and read, basically it boils down to this: when I graduated college last May, I said to myself I was going to watch every movie nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The motivations are in the article. So I made a list of everything that was ever nominated — which became, and still is, The Oscar Quest: Where We Are Now article — then crossed off which ones I’d seen. So the list that remains is (with a few exceptions, which is explained in the article) basically a list of all the films I haven’t seen.

Between May and December, I whittled down the list as quickly as possible, never really keeping count past how many pages the Word document of the list was. I went down the list based on number of nominations (because, 7 movies with 7 nominations, that’s a page I just completed). But pretty soon, almost all the films on the list had only 1 or 2 nominations. Obviously I needed something else. As fate would have it, I started this blog not long after that and decided to just go by the number of films I had left to see. I never bothered with it before because films had between 4 and 7 nominations, a film count would have taken forever. After the first count was made in January, I had (the original number is lost) somewhere between 515 and 530 separate films left to see. That was in January.

Right now, I have exactly 360 films left to see in order to finish my Quest (and undoubtedly start a new one). Of course, that number is as of this posting, since I can’t speak for what’ll happen in the next 90 minutes. Still, 360 is pretty fucking good. That means, if I watch one Oscar film per day (which, I’ve watched five already today), I’ll be done within a year. It also means, that since I’ve started keeping count, I’ve averaged between 50 and 55 films a month (let’s not also count all the current films I’ve been seeing, that is, the films of 2011, because if we do that then it really seems like I don’t have much of a life).

That said, here’s a repost of Where We Are Now. It’s simply the list posted over again. That’s all. The only difference is that now, all films that aren’t readily available (that is, on/via Netflix, on TCM, or by other, you know, ways) will be in a different color. (Though some of them may be available on Youtube if I search hard enough. Sometimes I find an unavailable film that way. It’s not preferred, but, it’s something.) Also, I WILL NOT be updating this article. This is a one-time thing. I’ll only update the other one. This is just to mark down my progress as it pertains to January, and then again in, shall we say, June.

(Note: Italics mean 2 nominations, underlined means 3 nominations. Bold means it won. All films not readily available are in Red.)

Best Picture:

1941 – One Foot in Heaven

1938 – Test Pilot

1935 – Naughty Marietta

Ruggles of Red Gap

1934 – The Barretts of Wimpole Street

One Night of Love

The White Parade

1932-1933 – 42nd Street

Smilin’ Through

State Fair

1931-1932 – Five Star Final

The Smiling Lieutenant

1930-1931 – East Lynne

1929-1930 – The Big House

1928-1929 – The Hollywood Revue of 1929

1927-1928 – The Racket

BEST ACTOR

2010 – Biutiful (Javier Bardem)           (at least, not yet, anyway)

1999 – The Straight Story (Richard Farnsworth)

1994 – Nobody’s Fool (Paul Newman)

1990 – Cyrano de Bergerac (Gerard Depardieu)

The Field (Richard Harris)

1988 – Stand and Deliver (Edward James Olmos)

Pelle the Conqueror (Max von Sydow)

1987 – Dark Eyes (Marcello Mastroianni)

1986 – ‘Round Midnight (Dexter Gordon)

Mona Lisa (Bob Hoskins)

1984 – Starman (Jeff Bridges)

Under the Volcano (Albert Finney)

1983 – Educating Rita (Michael Caine)

Reuben, Reuben (Tom Conti)

1980 – The Great Santini (Robert Duvall)

Tribute (Jack Lemmon)

1979 – …And Justice For All (Al Pacino)

1978 – The Boys From Brazil (Laurence Olivier)

1977 – Equus (Richard Burton)

A Special Day (Marcello Mastroianni)

Saturday Night Fever (John Travolta)

1976 – Seven Beauties (Giancarlo Giannini)

1975 – The Man in the Glass Booth (Maximilian Schell)

Give ‘em Hell, Harry! (James Whitmore)

1973 – Last Tango in Paris (Marlon Brando)

1972 – Sleuth (Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier)

The Ruling Class (Peter O’Toole)

1971 – Kotch (Matthau)

1970 – I Never Sang For My Father (Melvin Douglas)

The Great White Hope (James Earl Jones)

1969 – Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Peter O’Toole)

1968 – The Fixer (Alan Bates)

1965 – The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Richard Burton)

The Pawnbroker (Rod Steiger)

1961 – The Mark (Stuart Whitman)

1960 – The Entertainer (Laurence Olivier)

1958 – The Old Man and the Sea (Spencer Tracy)

1957 – A Hatful of Rain (Anthony Franciosa)

Wild is the Wind (Anthony Quinn)

1956 – Richard III (Laurence Olivier)

1952 – The Lavender Hill Mob (Alec Guinness)

1951 – Bright Victory (Arthur Kennedy)

Death of a Salesman (Frederic March)

1950 – The Magnificent Yankee (Louis Calhern)

1949 – The Hasty Heart (Richard Todd)

1948 – The Search (Montgomery Clift)

When My Baby Smiles at Me (Dan Dailey)

Sitting Pretty (Clifton Webb)

1947 – Body and Soul (John Garfield)

Mourning Becomes Electra (Michael Redgrave)

Life With Father (William Powell)

1946 – The Jolson Story (Larry Parks)

1945 – The Keys of the Kingdom (Gregory Peck)

1944 – None But the Lonely Heart (Cary Grant)

1941 – Penny Serenade (Cary Grant)

The Devil and Daniel Webster (Walter Huston)

1938 – Algiers (Charles Boyer)

1937 – Conquest (Charles Boyer)

Night Must Fall (Robert Montgomery)

1935 – Black Fury (Paul Muni)

1932-1933 – Berkeley Square (Leslie Howard)

1930-31 – The Royal Family of Broadway (Frederic March)

1929-30 – The Green Goddess (George Arliss)

The Big Pond (Maurice Chevalier)

The Big House (Wallace Beery)

The Rogue Song (Lawrence Tibbett)

Bulldog Drummond (Ronald Colman)

1928-29 – Thunderbolt (George Bancroft)

The Valiant (Paul Muni)

1927-28 – The Noose (Richard Barthelmess)

Best Actress

1999 – Tumbleweeds (Janet McTeer)

1998 – One True Thing (Meryl Streep)

Hilary and Jackie (Emily Watson)

Central do Brazil (Fernanda Montenegro)

1997 – The Wings of the Dove (Helena Bonham Carter)

Afterglow (Julie Christie)

Mrs. Brown (Judi Dench)

1996 – Marvin’s Room (Diane Keaton)

Breaking the Waves (Emily Watson)

1995 – The Bridges of Madison County (Meryl Streep)

1994 – Tom & Viv (Miranda Richardson)

Little Women (Winona Ryder)

The Client (Susan Sarandon)

1993 – Six Degrees of Separation (Stockard Channing)

Shadowlands (Debra Winger)

1992 – Indochine (Catherine Deneuve)

Passion Fish (Mary McDonnell)

Lorenzo’s Oil (Susan Sarandon)

1991 Rambling Rose (Laura Dern)

For the Boys (Bette Midler)

1990 – Misery (Kathy Bates)

Pretty Woman (Julia Roberts)

Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (Joanne Woodward)

1989 – Camille Claudel (Isabella Adjani)

Shirley Valentine (Pauline Collins)

Music Box (Jessica Lange)

The Fabulous Baker Boys (Michelle Pfeiffer)

1988 – The Accused (Jodie Foster)

1987 – Anna (Sally Kirkland)

1986 – The Morning After (Jane Fonda)

Crimes of the Heart (Sissy Spacek)

Peggy Sue Got Married (Kathleen Turner)

1985 – Sweet Dreams (Jessica Lange)

1984 – Country (Jessica Lange)

The Bostonians (Vanessa Redgrave)

The River (Sissy Spacek)

1983 – Testament (Jane Alexander)

Educating Rita (Julie Walters)

1981 – Only When I Laugh (Marsha Mason)

1980 – Resurrection (Ellen Burstyn)

Gloria (Gena Rowlands)

1979 – Chapter Two (Marsha Mason)

The Rose (Bette Midler)

1978 – Autumn Sonata (Ingrid Bergman)

Same Time, Next Year (Ellen Burstyn)

1976 – Cousin, cousine (Marie-Christina Barrault)

Carrie (Sissy Spacek)

Face to Face (Liv Ullmann)

1975 – The Story of Adele H. (Isabelle Adjani)

Hedda (Glenda Jackson)

Hester Street (Carol Kane)

1974 – Claudine (Diahann Carroll)

A Woman Under the Influence (Gena Rowlands)

1973 – Cinderella Liberty (Marsha Mason)

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (Joanna Woodward)

1972 – Lady Sings the Blues (Diana Ross)

Travels With My Aunt (Maggie Smith)

1971 – Mary, Queen of Scots (Vanessa Redgrave)

1970 – Diary of a Mad Housewife (Carrie Snodgress)

1968 – Isadora (Vanessa Redgrave)

1967 – The Whisperers (Edith Evans)

1966 – The Shop on Main Street (Ida Kaminska)

Georgy Girl (Lynn Redgrave)

Morgan! (Vanessa Redgrave)

1964 – The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Debbie Reynolds)

Séance on a Wet Afternoon (Kim Stanley)

1963 – Love with the Proper Stranger (Natalie Wood)

1961 – Two Women (Sophia Loren)

Summer and Smoke (Geraldine Page)

1960 – Never on Sunday (Melina Mercouri)

Sunrise at Campobello (Greer Garson)

1958 – I Want to Live! (Susan Hayward)

1957 – Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (Deborah Kerr)

Wild is the Wind (Anna Magnani)

Raintree County (Elizabeth Taylor)

1956 – The Rainmaker (Katharine Hepburn)

The Bad Seed (Nancy Kelly)

1955 – I’ll Cry Tomorrow (Susan Hayward)

Summertime (Katharine Hepburn)

Interrupted Melody (Eleanor Parker)

1952 – The Star (Bette Davis)

With a Song in My Heart (Susan Hayward)

Sudden Fear (Joan Crawford)

1951 – The Blue Veil (Jane Wyman)

1949 – Pinky (Jeanine Crain)

My Foolish Heart (Susan Hayward)

Edward, My Son (Deborah Kerr)

Come to the Stable (Loretta Young)

1948 – Joan of Arc (Ingrid Bergman)

1947 – The Farmer’s Daughter (Loretta Young)

Possessed (Joan Crawford)

Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (Susan Hayward)

Mourning Becomes Electra (Rosalind Russell)

1946 – Sister Kenny (Rosalind Russell)

1945 – The Valley of Decision (Greer Garson)

Love Letters (Jennifer Jones)

1944 – Mrs. Parkington (Greer Garson)

1943 – The Constant Nymph (Joan Fontaine)

1942 – My Sister Eileen (Rosalind Russell)

1938 – White Banners (Fay Bainter)

Marie Antoinette (Norma Shearer)

Three Comrades (Margaret Sullivan)

1937 – Camille (Greta Garbo)

Stella Dallas (Barbara Stanwyck)

1936 – Theodora Goes Wild (Irene Dunne)

Valiant is the Word for Carrie (Gladys George)

1935 – Escape Me Never (Elisabeth Bergner)

Private Worlds (Claudette Colbert)

The Dark Angel (Merle Oberon)

1934 – One Night of Love (Grace Moore)

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Norma Shearer)

1931-32 – Emma (Marie Dressler)

1930-31 – Holiday (Ann Harding)

1929-30 – The Devil’s Holiday (Nancy Carroll)

Sarah and Son (Ruth Chatterton)

Anna Christie (Greta Garbo)

Their Own Desire (Norma Shearer)

The Trespasser (Gloria Swanson)

1928-29 – Madame X (Ruth Chatterton)

The Barker (Betty Compson)

The Letter (Jeanne Eagels)

The Divine Lady (Corinne Griffith)

1927-28 – A Ship Comes In (Louise Dresser)

Sadie Thompson (Gloria Swanson)

Best Supporting Actor

1998 – A Civil Action (Robert Duvall)

1997 – Amistad (Anthony Hopkins)

1996 – Ghosts of Mississippi (James Woods)

1995 – Rob Roy (Tim Roth)

1993 – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Leonardo DiCaprio)

1992 – Mr. Saturday Night (David Paymer)

1990 – Longtime Companion (Bruce Davison)

1988 – Little Dorrit (Alec Guinness)

Tucker: The Man and His Dream (Martin Landau)

Married to the Mob (Dean Stockwell)

1987 – Street Smart (Morgan Freeman)

Cry Freedom (Denzel Washington)

1986 – Hoosiers (Dennis Hopper)

1985 – Cocoon (Don Ameche)

1983 – To Be or Not to Be (Charles Durning)

1982 – The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Charles Durning)

1981 – Only When I Laugh (James Coco)

Ragtime (Howard Rollins)

1980 – The Great Santini (Michael O’Keefe)

1979 – The Rose (Frederic Forest)

The Black Stallion (Mickey Rooney)

1978 – Comes a Horseman (Richard Farnsworth)

1977 – Equus (Peter Firth)

1971 – Sometimes a Great Notion (Richard Jaeckel)

1970 – Lovers and Other Strangers (Richard S. Castellano)

I Never Sang For My Father (Gene Hackman)

1969 – The Reivers (Rupert Crosse)

Easy Rider (Jack Nicholson)

1968 – Faces (Seymour Cassel)

Star! (Daniel Massey)

1966 – The Fortune Cookie (Walter Matthau)

Georgy Girl (James Mason)

1965 – The Flight of the Phoenix (Ian Bannen)

1964 – The Best Man (Lee Tracy)

1963 – Twilight of Honor (Nick Adams)

Captain Newman, M.D. (Bobby Darin)

1962 – Billy Budd (Terence Stamp)

1961 – Pocketful of Miracles (Peter Falk)

1960 – Murder, Inc. (Peter Falk)

Exodus (Sal Mineo)

1959 – The Young Philadelphians (Robert Vaughn)

1958 – The Brothers Karamazov (Lee J. Cobb)

Teacher’s Pet (Gig Young)

1957 – A Farewell to Arms (Vittorio De Sica)

1956 – Bus Stop (Don Murray)

The Bold and the Brave (Mickey Rooney)

1955 – Trial (Arthur Kennedy)

1952 – My Cousin Rachel (Richard Burton)

The Big Sky (Arthur Hunnicutt)

Sudden Fear (Jack Palance)

1951 – Death of a Salesman (Kevin McCarthy)

Come Fill the Cup (Gig Young)

1950 – Mister 880 (Edmund Gwenn)

The Asphalt Jungle (Sam Jaffe)

1948 – Joan of Arc (Jose Ferrer)

The Luck of the Irish (Cecil Kellaway)

1947 – The Farmer’s Daughter (Charles Bickford)

Ride the Pink Horse (Thomas Gomez)

1946 – The Green Years (Charles Coburn)

The Jolson Story (William Demarest)

Notorious (Claude Rains)

1945 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (James Dunn)

The Corn is Green (John Dall)

The Story of G.I. Joe (Robert Mitchum)

A Medal for Benny (J. Carrol Naish)

1944 – The Seventh Cross (Hume Cronyn)

1943 – Sahara (J. Carrol Naish)

1942 – Johnny Eager (Van Heflin)

Tortilla Flat (Frank Morgan)

1941 – The Devil and Miss Jones (Charles Coburn)

1940 – They Knew What they Wanted (William Gargan)

1939 – Juarez (Brian Aherne)

Beau Geste (Brian Donlevy)

1938 – Kentucky (Walter Brennan)

Algiers (Gene Lockhart)

Marie Antoinette (Robert Morley)

If I Were King (Basil Rathbone)

1937 – The Hurricane (Thomas Mitchell)

Topper (Roland Young)

1936 – Pigskin Parade (Stuart Erwin)

The General Died at Dawn (Akim Tainiroff)

Best Supporting Actress

1998 – Little Voice (Brenda Blethyn)

Hilary and Jackie (Rachel Griffiths)

Primary Colors (Kathy Bates)

1996 – The Mirror Has Two Faces (Lauren Bacall)

The Portrait of a Lady (Barbara Hershey)

1995 – Georgia (Mare Winningham)

1994 – Tom & Viv (Rosemary Harris)

1993 – The Firm (Holly Hunter)

1992 – Enchanted April (Joan Plowright)

Damage (Miranda Richardson)

1991 – Rambling Rose (Diane Ladd)

Fried Green Tomatoes (Jessica Tandy)

1989 – Enemies, a Love Story (Anjelica Huston, Lena Olin)

Steel Magnolias (Julia Roberts)

1987 – Gaby: A True Story (Norma Aleandro)

The Whales of August (Ann Sothern)

1986 – Crimes of the Heart (Tess Harper)

1985 – Twice in a Lifetime (Amy Madigan)

1984 – The Natural (Glenn Close)

The Pope of Greenwich Village (Geraldine Page)

1983 – The Year of Living Dangerously (Linda Hunt)

1981 – Only When I Laugh (Joan Hackett)

Ragtime (Elizabeth McGovern)

1980 – Resurrection (Eva La Gallienne)

Inside Moves (Diana Scarwid)

1976 – Carrie (Piper Laurie)

1975 – Farewell, My Lovely (Sylvia Miles)

Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough (Brenda Vaccaro)

1973 – Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (Sylvia Sydney)

1972 – Pete ‘n’ Tillie (Geraldine Page)

The Poseidon Adventure (Shelley Winters)

1971 – Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me (Barbara Harris)

1970 – The Landlord (Lee Grant)

1968 – Faces (Lynn Carlin)

1967 – Barefoot in the Park (Mildred Natwick)

1966 – You’re a Big Boy Now (Geraldine Page)

Hawaii (Jocelyne LaGarde)

1964 – The Chalk Garden (Edith Evans)

The Night of the Iguana (Grayson Hall)

Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (Agnes Moorehead)

1962 – The Manchurian Candidate (Angela Lansbury)

1961 – Summer and Smoke (Una Merkel)

1960 – The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Shirley Knight)

1958 – Lonelyhearts (Maureen Stapleton)

1957 – The Bachelor Party (Carolyn Jones)

1956 – The Bad Seed (Eileen Heckart, Patty McCormack)

1955 – Pete Kelly’s Blues (Peggy Lee)

1954 – Executive Suite (Nina Foch)

Broken Lance (Katy Jurado)

1953 – Hondo (Geraldine Page)

Torch Song (Marjorie Rambeau)

1952 – With a Song in My Heart (Thelma Ritter)

1951 – The Blue Veil (Joan Blondell)

Death of a Salesman (Mildred Dunnock)

The Mating Season (Thelma Ritter)

1949 – Pinky (Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters)

Come to the Stable (Celeste Horn, Elsa Lanchester)

1948 – Key Largo (Claire Trevor)

1947 – The Paradine Case (Ethel Barrymore)

The Egg and I (Marjorie Main)

1946 – The Spiral Staircase (Ethel Barrymore)

Saratoga Trunk (Flora Robson)

Anna and the King of Siam (Gale Sondergaard)

1945 – The Picture of Dorian Gray (Angela Lansbury)

The Corn is Green (Joan Lorring)

1944 – None But the Lonely Heart (Ethel Barrymore)

Dragon Seed (Aline MacMahon)

Mrs. Parkington (Agnes Moorehead)

1943 – So Proudly We Hail! (Paulette Goddard)

1940 – Primrose Path (Marjorie Rambeau)

1939 – Drums Along the Mohawk (Edna May Oliver)

1938 – Of Human Hearts (Beulah Bondi)

Merrily We Live (Billie Burke)

The Great Waltz (Miliza Korjus)

1937 – Stella Dallas (Anne Shirley)

Night Must Fall (Dame May Whitty)

1936 – The Gorgeous Hussy (Beulah Bondi)

These Three (Bonita Granville)


Best Director

1994 – Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)

1991 – Boyz in the Hood (John Singleton)

1985 – Ran (Akira Kurosawa)

1983 – Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)

1982 – Das Boot (Wolfgang Peterson)

1979 – La Cage Aux Folles (Edouard Molina)

1976 – Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman)

Seven Beauties (Lina Wertmuller)

1975 – Amarcord (Federico Fellini)

1974 – A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes)

1973 – Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci)

1972 – Sleuth (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

1970 – Satyricon (Federico Fellini)

1969 – Alice’s Restaurant (Arthur Penn)

1968 – The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo)

1966 – Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni)

1965 – Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara)

1963 – 8 ½ (Federico Fellini)

1962 – David and Lisa (Frank Perry)

1961 – La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)

1960 – Never on Sunday (Jules Dassin)

1958 – The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (Mark Robson)

I Want to Live! (Robert Wise)

1956 – War and Peace (King Vidor)

1955 – Summertime (David Lean)

1954 – Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)

1952 – 5 Fingers (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

1950 – The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston)

1949 – The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed)

1948 – The Search Fred Zinnemann)

1946 – The Killers (Robert Siodmak)

1945 – The Southerner (Jean Renoir)

1944 – Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock)

1934 – One Night of Love (Victor Schertzinger)

1929-30 – Anna Christie & Romance (Clarence Brown)

Hallelujah (King Vidor)

1928-29 – The Divine Lady (Frank Lloyd)

Madame X (Lionel Barrymore)

Drag (Frank Lloyd)

1927-28 (Comedy) – Two Arabian Nights (Lewis Milestone)

Speedy (Ted Wilde)

1927-28 (Dramatic) – Sorrell and Son (Herbert Brenon)

The Crowd (King Vidor)

Number of movies left: 360.

Number of movies unavailable: 94

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One response

  1. For anything you absolutely cannot find anywhere else. Try this guy: Damon Packard . He charges $7 per DVD (will bundle price for more than one generally) but he has stuff that maybe aired once on television in 1979. It’s ridiculous. I was working on a article on director Frank Perry and there were about five films I couldn’t find ANYWHERE. This is where I got to screen them.

    March 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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