Archive for February, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1967

1967. The landmark year. Hollywood breaks from classical tradition. But not so you’d really notice it, the Oscars seemingly try to mask that change by picking the most watered down version of it. Of the five Best Picture choices, here’s the order in which they’d have been good choices for the year that was 1967: Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor DolittleDolittle of course would have been a complete rejection of the situation, and that wasn’t gonna happen. And some people might put In the Heat of the Night third (but I don’t). But still — it was not an ideal choice.

I think that’s evident in the fact that Mike Nichols won Best Director for The Graduate (talked about here). Even bad Best Picture choices also won Best Director (King’s Speech, anyone?). Though they did do a good job of spreading the wealth. Best Actor was Rod Steiger for In the Heat of the Night. I wouldn’t have voted for it, but it’s an acceptable decision, since he’d earned one of these from ’65 for The Pawnbroker. Best Actress was Katharine Hepburn for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (talked about here), which, while I wouldn’t have voted for it, isn’t that bad, since all the other potential winners had, or later won, Oscars. Best Supporting Actor was George Kennedy for Cool Hand Luke (talked about here), which I love dearly.

Then there’s this category. Holy shit, was this a great decision. This is also one of the strongest Best Supporting Actress categories of all time.


And the nominees were…

Carol Channing, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Mildred Natwick, Barefoot in the Park

Estelle Parsons, Bonnie and Clyde

Beah Richards, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Katharine Ross, The Graudate (more…)

Pic of the Day: “What is your name?” “My name is for my friends. None of my friends is a murderer!”

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The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actor – 1945

1945. Very strong year, in context. The Lost Weekend wins Best Picture, Best Director for Billy Wilder, and Best Actor for Ray Milland (talked about here). All fantastic decisions.

Best Actress this year was Joan Crawford for Mildred Pierce, and since I haven’t written the category up yet, I haven’t decided who I’m voting for, but regardless, it was a good decision. And Best Supporting Actress this year was Anne Revere for National Velvet, which is another perfect decision (talked about here).

So that leaves us with this category. And actually, along with Best Supporting Actress, this is my favorite category of the year. Rare for a Supporting Actor category to be tops.


And the nominees were…

Michael Chekhov, Spellbound

John Dall, The Corn is Green

James Dunn, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Robert Mitchum, The Story of G.I. Joe

J. Carrol Naish, A Medal for Benny (more…)

Pic of the Day: “What’s the meaning of goodness if there isn’t a little badness to overcome?”

Blog Update

It’s about time to update. The Oscar season is over. Back to business as usual. However — our business here is actually coming to a close soon.

It’s been all Oscars all the time here since nominations were announced. I mean — it’s pretty much always all Oscars all the time here, but it’s been this year‘s Oscars since Oscars were announced. Now that the season’s officially in the books, we go back to what was originally going on here at the blog — the Oscar Quest. I have about two months worth of Quest articles left to go up. (The scary part is that they’ve all been written since like, November. So I don’t even remember anything about them.) Then, after those are done, we get into the Best Picture portion of the Quest. 72 Best Pictures left to write up. (Pretty sure I only wrote up like six of them so far.) Those will take us to the 4th of July. And once those are done — the Oscar Quest is done. Which is pretty crazy. I’ll give more of an update on that when we get closer.

So that’s basically what’s going on over here for the next two months. Back to the Oscar Quest (plus another Top Tens article going up in the middle of March). The other exciting thing is that, by the end of the month, I will (after writing one more post that’s not currently scheduled to go up) have posted on this blog exactly 1,000 times. (This also means I posted 200 times between January 1st and February 29th. But whatever.) That’s pretty crazy. In 13 months, 1,000 posts went up on this blog. And in 13 months, I also completed the Oscar Quest. I guess that’s my new standard for measuring getting stuff done. Anyway — that’s the update. I’m off to go see what to do with that 1,000th post…

2011 Oscars Recap

Well, another year is in the books, and I have to say — this was a damn good Oscar year. I don’t think they truly made that many mistakes. And in all, I actually agreed with just about every major category. Sure, I could quibble about some of the minor ones, but overall, I think they did a terrific job with this one.

I’ve also went and updated all my other articles, like the Rankings, the Viewer’s Guide, the Facts and Trivia, and all the little odds and ends articles (Ranking the Best Pictures, etc.) with the new results we now have.

That aside, let’s get into the recap of the big night: (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”