Archive for July 31, 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.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – 1968

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.”