Update on The Oscar Quest (~11 months in)

A month ago, I posted an article updating my status of my Oscar Quest. I began the year with somewhere between 515-530 films left to watch, and as of March 27th, had 360 left to go. I figured, “Three months seems like a logical time to update, so the next update will be three months from now. Not much should change between now and then.” Yeah — let’s call that one a mulligan. A lot’s changed since then.

The big thing that’s changed since last month is — I’m about to be finished with Netflix. That is, the way I mark down these updates is, all films not in red are films that either I have in my possession, via DVD or on hard drive, or are films that can be readily obtained, via Netflix DVD or Netflix Watch Instant. But in the past month — through various ways and means — I now only have 1 “Oscar” movie to go before I no longer need to rent DVDs from Netflix (and that one’s shipping on Monday). Everything else is either in my possession, can be watched instantly via Netflix, or is unavailable. I think that’s worth an update, don’t you?

Here’s a breakdown of what I have left to do. First off, I have only 6 Best Picture nominees left before I’ve seen them all. Ever. Every single nominee ever (that isn’t lost). How fucked up is that? I’ve seen every Best Picture nominee of the past 76 years. As for macro, I have 138 remaining films in my possession, 54 in my Instant Queue, and 81 that are, for all intensive purposes, unavailable (though, 11 of them are, last time I checked, available to watch on Youtube. Who knows if they’ll be there when I get around to watching them).

Which totals us at — 274 films to go.

I managed to make my goal of finishing April with 275 left. Now the goal for May is 200. Though if I maintain my current pace, it should go well under that. But we’ll keep it at 200. I like to make limited expectations and then exceed them. You end up much happier than if you set really high goals and then achieve them. That’s relief. This is ebullience. Here’s what’s left:

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

Best Picture:

1934 – The Barretts of Wimpole Street

The White Parade

1932-1933 – Smilin’ Through

State Fair

1930-1931 – East Lynne

1928-1929 – The Hollywood Revue of 1929


2010 – Biutiful (Javier Bardem)        (still waiting on that DVD. May 31.)

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 – 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)

1972 – 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)

1961 – The Mark (Stuart Whitman)

1960 – The Entertainer (Laurence Olivier)

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)

1950 – The Magnificent Yankee (Louis Calhern)

1948 – The Search (Montgomery Clift)

When My Baby Smiles at Me (Dan Dailey)

Sitting Pretty (Clifton Webb)

1947 – Body and Soul (John Garfield)

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)

1938 – Algiers (Charles Boyer)

1937 – Conquest (Charles Boyer)

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)

Bulldog Drummond & Condemned (Ronald Colman)

1928-29 – Thunderbolt (George Bancroft)

The Valiant (Paul Muni)

1927-28 – The Noose & The Patent Leather Kid (Richard Barthelmess)

Best Actress:

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)

Mrs. Brown (Judi Dench)

1996 – Breaking the Waves (Emily Watson)

1995 – The Bridges of Madison County (Meryl Streep)

1994 – Tom & Viv (Miranda Richardson)

Little Women (Winona Ryder)

1993 – 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 – Pretty Woman (Julia Roberts)

1989 – Camille Claudel (Isabella Adjani)

Shirley Valentine (Pauline Collins)

Music Box (Jessica Lange)

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)

Face to Face (Liv Ullmann)

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

Hedda (Glenda Jackson)

Hester Street (Carol Kane)

1974 – A Woman Under the Influence (Gena Rowlands)

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 – Morgan! (Vanessa Redgrave)

1964 – Marriage, Italian Style (Sophia Loren)

1961 – Summer and Smoke (Geraldine Page)

1960 – Never on Sunday (Melina Mercouri)

1957 – Wild is the Wind (Anna Magnani)

1955 – Interrupted Melody (Eleanor Parker)

1952 – The Star (Bette Davis)

With a Song in My Heart (Susan Hayward)

1951 – The Blue Veil (Jane Wyman)

1949 – Pinky (Jeanine Crain)

My Foolish Heart (Susan Hayward)

Edward, My Son (Deborah Kerr)

1947 – Possessed (Joan Crawford)

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

1946 – Sister Kenny (Rosalind Russell)

1945 – The Valley of Decision (Greer Garson)

Love Letters (Jennifer Jones)

1944 – Mrs. Parkington (Greer Garson)

1938 – White Banners (Fay Bainter)

Three Comrades (Margaret Sullivan)

1937 – Camille (Greta Garbo)

Stella Dallas (Barbara Stanwyck)

1936 – Valiant is the Word for Carrie (Gladys George)

1935 – Escape Me Never (Elisabeth Bergner)

Private Worlds (Claudette Colbert)

The Dark Angel (Merle Oberon)

1934 – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Norma Shearer)

Of Human Bondage (Bette Davis)

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)

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)

Running on Empty (River Phoenix)

Married to the Mob (Dean Stockwell)

1987 – Street Smart (Morgan Freeman)

Cry Freedom (Denzel Washington)

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 – I Never Sang For My Father (Gene Hackman)

1969 – The Reivers (Rupert Crosse)

1968 – Faces (Seymour Cassel)

Star! (Daniel Massey)

1965 – The Flight of the Phoenix (Ian Bannen)

1964 – The Best Man (Lee Tracy)

1963 – Twilight of Honor (Nick Adams)

1962 – Billy Budd (Terence Stamp)

1961 – Pocketful of Miracles (Peter Falk)

1960 – 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)

1951 – Come Fill the Cup (Gig Young)

1950 – Mister 880 (Edmund Gwenn)

The Asphalt Jungle (Sam Jaffe)

1948 – The Luck of the Irish (Cecil Kellaway)

1947 – Ride the Pink Horse (Thomas Gomez)

1946 – The Green Years (Charles Coburn)

The Jolson Story (William Demarest)

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 – 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)

If I Were King (Basil Rathbone)

1937 – The Hurricane (Thomas Mitchell)

1936 – 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)

1987 – Gaby: A True Story (Norma Aleandro)

The Whales of August (Ann Sothern)

1986 – Crimes of the Heart (Tess Harper)

1984 – The Natural (Glenn Close)

The Pope of Greenwich Village (Geraldine Page)

1981 – Only When I Laugh (Joan Hackett)

Ragtime (Elizabeth McGovern)

1980 – Resurrection (Eva La Gallienne)

Inside Moves (Diana Scarwid)

1975 – Farewell, My Lovely (Sylvia Miles)

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

1972 – Pete ‘n’ Tillie (Geraldine Page)

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 – Hawaii (Jocelyne LaGarde)

1964 – The Chalk Garden (Edith Evans)

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)

1955 – Pete Kelly’s Blues (Peggy Lee)

1954 – Broken Lance (Katy Jurado)

1953 – Hondo (Geraldine Page)

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

1951 – The Blue Veil (Joan Blondell)

The Mating Season (Thelma Ritter)

1949 – Pinky (Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters)

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)

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)

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)

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)

1961 – La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)

1960 – Never on Sunday (Jules Dassin)

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

1956 – War and Peace (King Vidor)

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)

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

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: 274

Number of movies unavailable: 81


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