July 2017


Close, but not my actual favorite.

I’ve explained before that I don’t watch a lot of television.  And, over the last several years, I have picked up more by watching it on DVD or streaming and not when it originally aired.  We watch a bit more than we used to because of a wealth of good shows on cable channels.  In fact, this year, for the first time since 1990-91 and only the third time ever, I actually watched, as they aired, multiple nominees for Best Drama Series at the Emmys (Stranger Things, Westworld).  There was a stretch in the 80’s when I actually watched four of the five Emmy nominees for Best Comedy, but that was because they were all on the same channel in a row (The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court), and I must admit, as much as I enjoyed Night Court as a kid, it’s kind of appalling that it was nominated three times (and that it lost to The Golden Girls) while Sports Night was never nominated.  The only Comedy nominees I have watched as they aired in the same season it received an Emmy nomination since Seinfeld went off the air was one season of Malcolm in the Middle and the most recent two seasons of Modern Family.

So, there’s not a lot of range for this post.  But it doesn’t matter, because it has a definitive answer, one that couldn’t possibly have any other answer no matter how many television shows I were to watch. (more…)

“Det håller tre Wallare upå vår gård, De hafva gjort af med döttrarne vår.” (“There are three highwaymen in our yard, Who have our daughters slain.”)

My Top 10:

  1. The Virgin Spring
  2. The Cranes are Flying
  3. Tunes of Glory
  4. The World of Apu
  5. Elmer Gantry
  6. Our Man in Havana
  7. Sons and Lovers
  8. Inherit the Wind
  9. Psycho
  10. Spartacus

Note:  My full list is 18 films long.  The rest of the list is down at the bottom (in rank order by script). (more…)

You definitely don’t want to be the other guy.

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 (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

I’m listing the top 20 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Departed  **
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. Children of Men
  4. The Fountain
  5. The Queen  *
  6. The Prestige
  7. Casino Royale
  8. United 93
  9. Army of Shadows
  10. Perfume – The Story of a Murderer
  11. Volver
  12. The Lives of Others
  13. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
  14. Stranger than Fiction
  15. The Painted Veil
  16. Brick
  17. Sophie Scholl – The Final Days
  18. Blood Diamond
  19. Babel  *
  20. Joyeux Noel

Analysis:  The Departed has the lowest Consensus total in five years but that doesn’t mean it’s a competitive race.  It just means that there was a lack of consensus, with a record eight different films winning a Best Picture award (1974 is the only other year with more than six and that was because different eligibility years lead to three films winning the BAFTA).  The Departed wins the Oscar, BFCA, LAFC and CFC while Letters from Iwo Jima wins the LAFC, NBR and the Globe for Best Foreign Film.  The other award winners are The Queen (BAFTA), Little Miss Sunshine (PGA), Babel (Globe – Drama), Dreamgirls (Globe – Comedy / Musical), United 93 (NYFC) and Pan’s Labyrinth (NSFC).  Every Consensus winner after this (through 2016) will score at least 585 points (The Departed has 485) and every year will have at least one film that wins five awards. (more…)

How to make your charming animated film even better? Just add some Robin Williams.

The 79th annual Academy Awards for the film year 2006.  The nominations were announced on January 23, 2007 and the awards were held on February 25, 2007.

Best Animated Film:  Happy Feet

  • Monster House
  • Cars

Most Surprising Omission:  Flushed Away

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Flushed Away

Rank (out of 16) Among Best Animated Film Years:  #15

Oscar Score:  71.4

Alternate Oscar Score:  97.2 (more…)