I though it would be nicer to just include the three Top 25 directors rather than explain that Lucas didn't get that high.  If you need these people identified you are at the wrong website.

I though it would be nicer to just include the version of the picture with three Top 25 directors rather than explain that Lucas didn’t get that high. If you need these people identified you are at the wrong website.

This is the final ranked list of those directors who have been nominated for Best Director by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.  This is part 9 of the series.  As always, you can find the previous eight posts in this series by going here.  There is also an introduction here, which explains the scope of the project as well as my scoring system.  I have made certain to finish this now for two reasons.  The first is that I wanted to get it done before another Oscar season begins and I had to add somebody (Alfonso Cuarón, perhaps?).  The second is because I intend to do a Top 100 Directors 3.0 list before too long and I wanted this out of the way; that list, originally intended for this month, will probably be pushed back into at least winter, if not early spring in order to get this year’s batch of late films from Top 100 directors watched (e.g. Inside Llewyn Davis, Wolf of Wall Street, The Hobbit, Captain Phillips, Gravity).

One thing to bear in mind about the top of the list.  On my point scale, there is only a 75 point difference between the #1 and #8 spots.  There is then a 58 point difference between #8 and #9, and an 83 point difference between #8 and #11.  So, if the director you really want to champion is among that top 7, that’s the elite of the elite. (more…)

Tom Jones won Best Picture in 1963 and made Albert Finney a star.

The 36th Academy Awards for the film year 1963.

Best Picture:  Tom Jones

  • Lilies of the Field
  • America, America
  • How the West Was Won
  • Cleopatra

Most Surprising Omission:  Hud

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  The Great Escape

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #78 (more…)

Sleeping Beauty: the best animated film of the 1950's

So why do this now?  Well, because I already covered the years in film, with 1950 – 1955 coming back before I started the History of Best Picture, and I have finally caught up with where I began my History.  So, since the next film year will be 1961, in which I will do both Year in Film and Best Picture, now is the time to wrap up the 1950’s.

1950  –  1959

Total Films I’ve Seen:  692

Films That Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  40

Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  The Searchers

Film of the Decade:  Sunset Blvd. (more…)

The "fat ugly man" wins the Oscar. Betsy Blair just gets a nomination.

The 28th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 1955.  The nominations were announced on February 18, 1956 and the awards were held on March 21, 1956.

Best Picture:  Marty

  • Mister Roberts
  • Picnic
  • The Rose Tattoo
  • Love is a Many-Splendored Thing

Most Surprising Omission:  East of Eden

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Rebel Without a Cause

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #66 (more…)

"She looks like Eva Marie Saint / In On the Waterfront / She reads Simone de Beauvoir / In her American circumstance"

The 27th annual Academy Awards for the film year 1954.  The nominations were announced on February 12, 1955 and the awards were held on March 30, 1955.

Best Picture:  On the Waterfront

  • The Country Girl
  • The Caine Mutiny
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • Three Coins in the Fountain

Most Surprising Omission:  Sabrina

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Rear Window

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #63 (more…)

John Garfield getting upset that he wasn't nominated alongside Gregory Peck and Celeste Holm for Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

The 20th Academy Awards, for the film year 1947.  The nominations were announced on February 15, 1948 and the awards were held on March 20, 1948

Best Picture:  Gentleman’s Agreement

  • Great Expectations
  • Crossfire
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • The Bishop’s Wife

Most Surprising Omission:  A Double Life

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  La belle et la bete

Best Eligible English Language Film Not Nominated:  A Matter of Life and Death

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #34 (more…)

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