Archive for May 17, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Picture – 1975

What is it with the 70s? Great films on top of great films. We’ve rarely had it this good, before or since. The 1972-1976 years are perhaps the strongest consecutive years ever, Oscar-wise. It’s just ridiculous. And what’s great about them is, you can quibble about what won, but you cannot deny the fact that the film that won was better than at least half the other Best Picture winners.

This year, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest wins the big five — Best Picture, Best Director for Milos Forman (talked about here), Best Actor for Jack Nicholson (talked about here), Best Actress for Louise Fletcher (talked about here), and Best Screenplay. If you’ve seen the film, you know how good it is and how good of a decision those were. (Though, personally, I’d have gone another way on Director no matter what won here, just because of personal preference.) Best Supporting Actor was George Burns for The Sunshine Boys (talked about here), which is awesome, and Best Supporting Actress was Lee Grant for Shampoo (talked about here), which works, given the weakness of the category and her stature as an actress.

So, overall — 1975 is an amazing year, and really all we can quibble about is what we liked instead, even though we all know what did win is more than perfectly acceptable. I love years like this.


And the nominees were…

Barry Lyndon (Warner Bros.)

Dog Day Afternoon (Warner Bros.)

Jaws (Universal)

Nashville (Paramount)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (United Artists) (more…)

Pic of the Day: “What is it?” “It’s the Congreve Cube.” “It looks like a big block of wood.” “It is a big block of wood. But now, it’s YOUR big block of wood.” “Thank you. I was just saying last night I don’t have enough big blocks of wood.” “Unlikely adventures require unlikely tools.”

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