May 2014


In 1944, this would have been the #2 film.  In 1946, it would be the #8 film.  But in 1945, The Lost Weekend is easily the best film of the year.

In 1944, this would have been the #2 film. In 1946, it would be the #8 film. But in 1945, The Lost Weekend is easily the best film of the year.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated. This is the last year of the seemingly unlimited number of nominees in most of the tech categories at the Oscars.  It’s the third year of the Golden Globes – there were still no nominees and no distinction between Drama and Comedy, but those films in red in the Globe section won the Globes.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Lost Weekend
  2. To Have and Have Not
  3. Spellbound
  4. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  5. The Story of G.I. Joe

Analysis:  Unlike the year before, this isn’t even a full list of **** films – Joe is a ***.5 film, and not that high a one either.  Joe is the weakest #5 film since 1934 and the total group is the weakest group of 5 since 1931. (more…)

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One look at her and Walter Neff was doomed.

One look at her and Walter Neff was doomed.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated. This is the start of the 5 Best Picture nominee era at the Oscars, which will last until 2008.  It’s the second year of the Golden Globes – there were still no nominees and no distinction between Drama and Comedy, but those films in red in the Globe section won the Globes.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Double Indemnity
  2. Gaslight
  3. The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
  4. Hail the Conquering Hero
  5. Arsenic and Old Lace

Analysis:  This is not a great year, and yet it’s still going to be better than 1945.  These are all **** films, but this is the lowest total for the top 5 since 1937 and it’s the lowest top 10 since 1936.  That’s because this is it for **** films and there are only three ***.5 films: Ministry of Fear, Laura and The Princess and the Pirate and the last two are lower level.  The only years so far with a weaker 6 through 10 are 1931, 1934 and 1936.  Arsenic was actually ready in 1942 but Warners was contractually obligated to wait for the end of the Broadway run and so it becomes the third great comedy here. (more…)

My mom always mentions that Paul Henreid is in Now Voyager.  I then always point out that he's also in Casablanca.  Oh yeah, so are Bogie, Bergman and Rains.  A hell of a cast.

My mom always mentions that Paul Henreid is in Now Voyager. I then always point out that he’s also in Casablanca. Oh yeah, so are Bogie, Bergman and Rains.  And Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. A hell of a cast.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated. For the first time in a long time there are no changes to Academy categories.  But, this is the first year of the Golden Globes – there were no nominees and no distinction between Drama and Comedy, but those films in red in the Globe section won the Globes.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Casablanca
  2. The Ox-Bow Incident
  3. In Which We Serve
  4. Shadow of a Doubt
  5. For Whom the Bell Tolls

Analysis:  Unlike the last two years, there are actually 6 **** films, which is unfortunate.  I rank The More the Merrier at the same level as Bell, but one of them had to come in 6th.  Then there’s a five point drop to #7 (Watch on the Rhine) and 4 points each for the next two (This Land is Mine, Five Graves to Cairo).  That’s a pretty hefty drop-off in three spots.  Six of those nine films deal with the war; the other three are Ox-Bow, Shadow of a Doubt and Bell (which deals with the Spanish Civil War). (more…)