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?”

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!”

Pic of the Day: “Rhett, Rhett… Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?” “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Pic of the Day: “Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”

Pic of the Day: “Your ego is absolutely colossal.” “Yeah, yeah, not bad. How’s yours?”

Pic of the Day: “Tough luck, Lonnehan. But that’s what you get for playing with your head up your ass! Couple more like that and we can all go to bed early.” “The name’s Lonnegan! Doyle Lonnegan! You’re gonna remember that name or you’re gonna get yourself a new game! You follow?”

Pic of the Day: “Look, sweetheart, I can drink you under any goddamn table you want, so don’t worry about me.”

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Pic of the Day: “And… here… we… go!”

Pic of the Day: “It’s hard to be born and it’s hard to die.”

Pic of the Day: “Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go!”

Pic of the Day: “Eliza? Where the devil are my slippers?”

Pic of the Day: ”Never look down. Always look up! I always look up. That’s why I’m such a remarkable fellow!

Pic of the Day: “Sooner or later, we all give up, don’t we?” “Maybe you all do, but it’s my idea of the original sin.” “What is?” “Giving up!”

Pic of the Day: “What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?”

Pic of the Day: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.”

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Pic of the Day: “Jean Louise — Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passing.”

Pic of the Day: “I was nobody. But that don’t matter either, you know? ‘Cause I was thinkin’, it really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.”

Pic of the Day: “It’s Hebrew, it’s from the Talmud. It says, ‘Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.’”

Pic of the Day: “I got scruples too, you know. You know what that is? Scruples?” “No, I don’t know what it is, but if you got ’em, it’s a sure bet they belong to somebody else!

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Pic of the Day: “I’ll admit I may have seen better days, but I’m still not to be had for the price of a cocktail like a salted peanut.”

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Pic of the Day: “So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well. I just don’t understand it.“