Archive for July, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Final Update

Oh, you read that correctly. This is the final Oscar Quest update. I really am a fucking boss.

I posted that article a month ago (the Remix, not the original) saying I only had 100 films left before I’d seen every film ever nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director. Which, for people stumbling upon this blog, through this article, of all things (I’m #5 on Google, baby!) for the first time, was the Oscar Quest I set out to complete last May.

In the past month, I watched 67 films from that list. Which is pretty much 2/3 of what I had left. Exactly 2/3, in fact. If this were the Senate, the bill would have passed (maybe it’s the wrong month for that reference). Those 67 were all films I had in my possession. DVD, Netflix, etc. They were ones I just needed to sit down and watch, no searching required. Now, the only ones left are the ones that were/are “unavailable.” I’ll explain what their statuses are in terms of availability when I list them. But for now, let’s just talk about how awesome I am a bit more.

Taking off those 67 films means I have exactly 33 films left before I’ve seen every film nominated in the Big Six (stated up top), and before my Oscar Quest is complete. Which is just incredible. Because, after taking off all the films I’d seen already when I started (a nice handful of which (and I mean a nice handful) I ended up watching again anyway, as either a refresher, for an article, or simply because I wanted to watch them again), I started this Quest with upwards of 900 films I hadn’t seen before. And in the past 14 months (to the day, practically), I watched all but 33 of them. Not to mention the fact that I watched almost every new release during that time (which I’ve been detailing on the blog) and also watched a bunch of non-Oscar films as well (most of them I hadn’t seen, as well as a few repeats). (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actor – 1968

1968 is a weak year. In all. Mostly because none of the Best Picture choices were particularly strong. Oliver! was the best choice they had there. Even if they’d have nominated 2001: A Space Odyssey like I wanted them to, I know they’d have never voted for it. The Academy isn’t cool like that. They don’t like weird shit.

Carol Reed wins Best Director  for Olliver!, a good decision on its own (he got so royally fucked for The Third Man), but, Kubrick was really the one who should have won there. Best Actor was Cliff Robertson for Charly, which was a bad decision, because he beat Peter O’Toole, who really should have won that category and got the Oscar he so richly deserves. Then Best Actress was a tie between Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter and Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl. Streisand should have won there, so even though there’s a tie, it’s a good decision. Best Supporting Actress was Ruth Gordon for Rosemary’s Baby, which is a good decision, even though I’d have gone another way.

So that’s 1968. Pretty ho hum in general. Nothing particularly great. And then there’s this category, which also seems by the numbers. It doesn’t help to make this year any interesting.


And the nominees were…

Jack Albertson, The Subject Was Roses

Seymour Cassel, Faces

Daniel Massey, Star!

Jack Wild, Oliver!

Gene Wilder, The Producers (more…)

Pic of the Day: “And now we’re going to hear a piece of music that tells a very definite story. As a matter of fact, in this case, the story came first and the composer wrote the music to go with it. It’s a very old story, one that goes back almost 2,000 years: a legend about a sorcerer who had an apprentice.”

The Oscar Quest: Best Director – 1948

How the fuck were Powell and Pressburger not nominated here? We won’t dwell on that, because that’s now what this Quest is about. But the question bears repeating — seriously, how?

As for the rest of 1948, I love most of it, and despise their Best Picture choice. Hamlet a good film, but a boring choice for Best Picture, beats The Snake Pit, a great film about mental illness, Johnny Belinda, a wonderful film I love dearly about a mute girl, The Red Shoes, which is one of the most beautiful films ever made, and, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. ’nuff said. Fortunately, though, aside from that category, they went mostly right everywhere else.

Best Actor was Laurence Olivier for Hamlet, which was well-deserved. Based on who was nominated, he was by far the best choice. Best Actress was Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda, which I talked about here, which is seriously one of the top five best decisions in that category of all time. Best Supporting Actor was Walter Huston for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was a well-deserved Oscar that he earned three times over by that point. And Best Supporting Actress was Claire Trevor, for Key Largo, which is the only other poor decision from this year, in my opinion. 4 out of 6 decisions were great though, this year, especially this one. This decision is just glorious.


And the nominees were…

John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Anatole Litvak, The Snake Pit

Jean Negulesco, Johnny Belinda

Laurence Olivier, Hamlet

Fred Zinnemann, The Search (more…)

Pic of the Day: “I love hitmen. No matter what you do to them, you don’t feel bad.”

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1952

Let’s briefly recap 1952. I’ve talked about this a lot. Most of it is contained in the other articles. But, 1952. The Greatest Show on Earth beats High Noon for Best Picture. The Academy takes innocuous over the controversial. Generally regarded as a terrible decision. John Ford wins his fourth Best Director for The Quiet Man (talked about here), a decision that doesn’t make sense and only serves to make it seem like the Academy was openly telling people that, rather than voting for The Greatest Show on Earth, they were voting against High Noon. Like the schoolyard boy who pushes a girl rather than saying he likes her.

Gary Cooper wins Best Actor for High Noon (talked about here), which is what’s strange to me. If they don’t like the film, why give it anything at all? Best Actress was Shirley Booth for Come Back, Little Sheba (talked about here), and Best Supporting Actor was Anthony Quinn for Viva Zapata!. Both okay decisions, pretty ho-hum though. That’s what this year is. A big fucking mess, just because they had all the controversy. And then there’s this category…


And the nominees were…

Gloria Grahame, The Bad and the Beautiful

Jean Hagen, Singin’ in the Rain

Collette Marchand, Moulin Rouge

Terry Moore, Come Back, Little Sheba

Thelma Ritter, With a Song in My Heart (more…)

Pic of the Day: “I’d hate to take a bite out of you. You’re a cookie full of arsenic.”