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Update on the Oscar Quest: 13 Months

This is going to be my favorite Oscar Quest update of all. Next to the one that says, “I’m finished, motherfuckers!” But next to that one, this will be my favorite. I’ve accomplished A LOT in the past three weeks. That’s why this update is coming so soon. I met my quota ten days early.

I finished last month with 230 films left to watch. And what I planned on doing this month was make it so I didn’t have any excess nominees anymore. That is, I saw a lot of categories on the list that had three or even four nominees left on them. And that just felt like effort. Three films just to finish one category? I could watch a different set of three and finish three entire categories. And I didn’t want it to get too lopsided. So the plan was to make it so that every remaining category had one nominee left in it. That way, from then on whenever I watched one film, I’d finish a category, no matter what the film was. And guess what? I fucking did it. And then some. That’s right. I’m a fucking boss.

To throw some numbers on this bitch — I have exactly 150 films left to go. And of those, 41 are legit unavailable. They’re not on DVD (sort of. I’ll explain that better next month), can’t be found online — not available. Those will be the last ones I see. 9 of them are definitely available on DVD, but have to be purchased. Which means money. But, they can be gotten. Once I have the funds to drop a couple hundred on them, that’s when I’ll see them. And so we’re on the record, the 9 will be marked in green down there on the list. Also, there’s 1 film still in my Instant Queue — Little Dorrit, a 6-hour miniseries. Once I’m done trying to watch movies in bulk, then I’ll try and tackle that beast.

So that’s where we are. 150 films left. 41 unavailable, 9 I have to buy on DVD, 1 in my Netflix Queue, and 99 in my possession. We’re almost there, folks. When this is over I’m gonna get so shitfaced. The only difference is, this time it’s for a purpose. Welcome to the final 150.

(Note: Italics mean 2 nominationsBold means it won. All films not available are in Red. Films available on DVD are Green.)

Best Picture:

1934 – The White Parade

1932-1933 – Smilin’ Through

1930-1931 – East Lynne


Best Actor

1994 – Nobody’s Fool (Paul Newman)

1990 – Cyrano de Bergerac (Gerard Depardieu)

1988 – Pelle the Conqueror (Max von Sydow)

1987 – Dark Eyes (Marcello Mastroianni)

1986 – ‘Round Midnight (Dexter Gordon)

1984 – Under the Volcano (Albert Finney)

1983 – Reuben, Reuben (Tom Conti)

1980 – Tribute (Jack Lemmon)

1979 – …And Justice For All (Al Pacino)

1978 – The Boys From Brazil (Laurence Olivier)

1977 – A Special Day (Marcello Mastroianni)

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

1972 – The Ruling Class (Peter O’Toole)

1971 – Kotch (Matthau)

1970 – 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)

1956 – Richard III (Laurence Olivier)

1951 – Bright Victory (Arthur Kennedy)

1948 – When My Baby Smiles at Me (Dan Dailey)

1945 – The Keys of the Kingdom (Gregory Peck)

1937 – Conquest (Charles Boyer)

1935 – Black Fury (Paul Muni)

1932-1933 – Berkeley Square (Leslie Howard)

1929-30 – The Green Goddess (George Arliss)

The Big Pond (Maurice Chevalier)

Condemned (Ronald Colman)

1928-29 – Thunderbolt (George Bancroft)

The Valiant (Paul Muni)

1927-28 – The Noose (Richard Barthelmess)


Best Actress

1998 – Central do Brazil (Fernanda Montenegro)

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

1996 – Breaking the Waves (Emily Watson)

1995 – The Bridges of Madison County (Meryl Streep)

1994 – Little Women (Winona Ryder)

1993 – Shadowlands (Debra Winger)

1992 – Passion Fish (Mary McDonnell)

1991  For the Boys (Bette Midler)

1989 – Camille Claudel (Isabella Adjani)

1986 – The Morning After (Jane Fonda)

1985 – Sweet Dreams (Jessica Lange)

1984 – Country (Jessica Lange)

1983 – Testament (Jane Alexander)

1980 – Gloria (Gena Rowlands)

1979 – Chapter Two (Marsha Mason)

1978 – Autumn Sonata (Ingrid Bergman)

1976 – Cousin, cousine (Marie-Christina Barrault)

1975 – Hedda (Glenda Jackson)

1972 – 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)

1955 – Interrupted Melody (Eleanor Parker)

1952 – The Star (Bette Davis)

1951 – The Blue Veil (Jane Wyman)

1949 – Edward, My Son (Deborah Kerr)

1947 – Possessed (Joan Crawford)

1945 – The Valley of Decision (Greer Garson)

1938 – White Banners (Fay Bainter)

1937 – Camille (Greta Garbo)

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

1935 – Escape Me Never (Elisabeth Bergner)

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

Sarah and Son (Ruth Chatterton)

The Trespasser (Gloria Swanson)

Romance (Greta Garbo)

Their Own Desire (Norma Shearer)

1928-29 – The Barker (Betty Compson)

Madame X (Ruth Chatterton)


Best Supporting Actor

1995 – Rob Roy (Tim Roth)

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

1990 – Longtime Companion (Bruce Davison)

1988 – Little Dorrit (Alec Guinness)

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

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

1978 – Comes a Horseman (Richard Farnsworth)

1971 – Sometimes a Great Notion (Richard Jaeckel)

1965 – The Flight of the Phoenix (Ian Bannen)

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)

1957 – A Farewell to Arms (Vittorio De Sica)

1956 – The Bold and the Brave (Mickey Rooney)

1955 – Trial (Arthur Kennedy)

1952 – My Cousin Rachel (Richard Burton)

1951 – Come Fill the Cup (Gig Young)

1950 – Mister 880 (Edmund Gwenn)

1948 – The Luck of the Irish (Cecil Kellaway)

1947 – Ride the Pink Horse (Thomas Gomez)

1945 – A Medal for Benny (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)

1938 – Kentucky (Walter Brennan)

1936 – The General Died at Dawn (Akim Tainiroff)


Best Supporting Actress

1998 – Little Voice (Brenda Blethyn)

1996 – The Portrait of a Lady (Barbara Hershey)

1992 – Enchanted April (Joan Plowright)

1987 – The Whales of August (Ann Sothern)

1984 – The Pope of Greenwich Village (Geraldine Page)

1980 – Inside Moves (Diana Scarwid)

1975 – Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough (Brenda Vaccaro)

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

1967 – Barefoot in the Park (Mildred Natwick)

1966 – Hawaii (Jocelyne LaGarde)

1964 – The Chalk Garden (Edith Evans)

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)

1951 – The Blue Veil (Joan Blondell)

1946 – Saratoga Trunk (Flora Robson)

1945 – The Picture of Dorian Gray (Angela Lansbury)

1944 – Dragon Seed (Aline MacMahon)

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)

1936 – These Three (Bonita Granville)


Best Director

1994 – Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)

1985 – Ran (Akira Kurosawa)

1983 – Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)

1979 – La Cage Aux Folles (Edouard Molina)

1975 – Amarcord (Federico Fellini)

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)

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

1956 – War and Peace (King Vidor)

1952 – 5 Fingers (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

1946 – The Killers (Robert Siodmak)

1945 – The Southerner (Jean Renoir)

1929-30 – Romance (Clarence Brown)

1928-29 – Madame X (Lionel Barrymore)

Drag (Frank Lloyd)

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

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

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One response

  1. I own “Diary of a Mad Housewife.” Searched long and hard for it to fulfill watching all of director Frank Perry’s movies when I was working on an article on him. I also might have a VHS copy of “Dark Eyes’ lying around somewhere. I’ve definitely seen it, but can’t remember if it was from my own collection or video rental from back in the day. If you can’t find those two, I could maybe help out with a screener burn or something.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

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