Archive for January 16, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Actor – 1942

1942 is a year that — kind of like a lesser 1946, no one could really do anything about. World War II was in full swing, and the Academy was obviously gonna go with a film that pushed forward the war effort. That, mixed with the fact that it was a relatively weak set of Best Picture nominees — it makes sense.

Mrs. Miniver wins Best Picture, Best Actress for Greer Garson, Best Supporting Actress for Teresa Wright (talked about here), and Best Director for William Wyler (talked about here). All were actually great decisions.

The non-Miniver decisions for the year were Van Heflin as Best Supporting Actor for Johnny Eager, which might have been the weakest Best Supporting Actor category of all time, and this category.

This category is actually a great one, because it was a perfect opportunity to award James Cagney. If Gary Cooper didn’t win this category the year before this, chances are Cagney wouldn’t have won here. But Cooper did win, so Cagney was able to get his well-deserved Oscar. And that’s good.


And the nominees were…

James Cagney, Yankee Doodle Dandy

Gary Cooper, The Pride of the Yankees

Ronald Colman, Random Harvest

Walter Pidgeon, Mrs. Miniver

Monty Woolley, The Pied Piper (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

Oscars 2011 Update: American Cinema Editors Nominations

Best Editing is one of the most important categories at the Oscars. I don’t have the specific numbers in front of me (but I will when I do the category breakdowns), but it’s almost impossible for a film to win Best Picture without getting a Best Editing nomination. It doesn’t need to win, but it needs to be nominated. I’m pretty sure the last film to win Best Picture without a Best Editing nomination was Ordinary People. So this category is important.

Today, the American Society of Editors announced their nominations. Which goes a good bit of the way of predicting what will get nominations at the Oscars. Last year, they got 4 out of 5 films the same as the Oscar list, the only difference being that Inception was left off at the Oscars and 127 Hours went on. Which, to the more Oscar-savvy people, to us, meant that Inception had no chance at Best Picture. (Also, True Grit not receiving an editing nomination also meant the same thing.) 2009, they got 3 of 5 the same, and the differences were that ACE nominated Up in the Air and Star Trek, while the Oscars put on Inglourious Basterds and Precious, two strong Best Picture candidates. (This is how we knew Up in the Air was fading.) So the Editing category is really important. (For those trying to get into the whole Oscar thing, you just got your first major tip on how to sound like you really know what you’re doing.)

With that in mind, let’s look and see what ACE nominated for their film awards: (more…)