tisdag 14 juli 2009

Ten Best Picture Nominees: 1966

The Already nominated were Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Man for All Seasons, The Sand Pebbles, The Russian Are Coming..., Alfie.

"The Professionals" and "A Man and A Woman" both got director nods and were box-office hits, So both of them should probably have been nominees.

"Born Free" and "Georgy Girl" both probably should got nominated because of their precursor support and Oscar nominations.

The Last spot is a race between the critic darling "Blow-Up", the Box-Office hit "Hawaii" and "Grand Prix". Grand Prix was a popular box office hit but it earned only 3 nods in compare to "Hawaii" and it's 7 nods. So "Grand Prix" is out. I think "Hawaii" would been nominated before "Blow-Up".

Born Free
Georgy Girl
A Man and A Woman
A Man for All Seasons
The Professionals
The Russian Are Coming, The Russians are Coming
The Sand Pebbles
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Ten Best Picture Nominees: 1967

The Oscar nominees was Bonnie and Clyde, Doctor Doolittle, The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night.

The Sixth position would surely have gone to In Cold Blood, the movie got a director nod and mentions from GG, DGA and NBR.

The four rest is hard to decide. "Thoroughly Modern Mille" would certainly get the musical spot and by doing this making "Camelot" out of the race. "Thoroughly..." earned 7 nods and was a box office hit.

Two Comedies "Two For the Road" and "The Taming of the Shrew" is out of competition because of lack of precursor awards and/or enthusiasm. Plus they're comedies.

The Three other would've been The Dirty Dozen (4 nods), Cool Hand Luke (4 nods) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1 nod, but a NBR win and GG nod).

The Ten Nominees
Bonnie and Clyde
Cool Hand Luke
The Dirty Dozen
Doctor Doolittle
Far From the Madding Crowd
The Graduate
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
In Cold Blood
In the Heat of the Night
Thoroughly Modern Millie

söndag 12 juli 2009

Ten Best Picture Nominees: 1968

The nominees for 1968 was two musicals (Funny Lady, Oliver!) Two costume dramas (Romeo and Juliet, The Lion in Winter) One Drama (Rachel, Rachel)

The Question is which would have been the next five.

"2001: A Space Odyssey" earned a director nod and is one of the ten. The same goes with "Battle of Algiers".

Now there's three slots left. One of the nominees would certainly been the big flop musical "Star!" it earned the great amount of 7 nods. Next is probably "Faces" with three nods.

The Last nominee would been "Rosemary's Baby". This classic horror movie earned 2 nominations but neither of them was for Mia Farrow :(

With these ten I also leave out several classics like The Producers, Bullitt, War and Peace, Planets of the Apes, Belle de Jour and...
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

The Ten Nominees
2001: A Space Odyssey
Battle of Algiers
Funny Lady
The Lion in Winter
Rachel, Rachel
Romeo and Juliet
Rosemary's Baby

Ten Best Picture Nominees: 1969

The Nominees of 1969 Best Picture was "Anne Of the Thousand Days", "Midnight Cowboy", "Butch Cassidy...", "Z" and "Hello, Dolly!" But What if there were 5 more nominees.

The One easiest to say would get a nomination would've been "They Shoot Horses, Don't They". It earned 9 nominations, one of them a director nod. Also another director nominee "Alice's Restaurant" would probably also been a nominee. Three more slots to fill. "Easy Rider" whom had 2 nominations for Screenplay and supporting actor was the a both critical and commercial success

Musicals like "Sweet Charity" and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" would probably not be on the top 10 cause of the Musical slot already taken by "Hello, Dolly!".

Then the other two. There are three contenders:
"Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" a commercial success and 4 oscar nods, but it didn't earn any GG nomination for comedy so I doubt it's position.
"True Grit" John Wayne's popular movie, is a contender but maybe it would be one western too much.
"Oh What a Lovely War" It didn't earn any Oscar nods, but It got a DGA nod.

Of these three I choose "Oh, What a Lovely War" and "True Grit".

The Nominees:
Alice's Restaurant
Anne of the Thousand Days
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Easy Rider
Hello, Dolly!
Midnight Cowboy
Oh, What a Lovely War
They Shoot Horses Don't They
True Grit

The Nowaday classic "Once Upon a Time in West" would certainly be nominated in retrospective. But at the time it wasn't that big success.