Academy Awards

SALIERI: Mediocrities everywhere – now and to come – I absolve you all. Amen!
[He extends his arms upward and outward to embrace the assembled audience in a wide gesture of benediction]. Scene 19

My Top 10

  1. Amadeus
  2. A Passage to India
  3. The Killing Fields
  4. Under the Volcano
  5. A Soldier’s Story
  6. 1984
  7. The Bounty
  8. The Bostonians
  9. Once Upon a Time in America
  10. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes



I know that you Oscar voters get suckered in for Best Picture but Best Original Screenplay? Really?

The 91st annual Academy Awards, for the film year 2018.  The nominations were announced on 22 January 2019 and the awards were held on 24 February 2019.

Best Picture:  Green Book

  • The Favourite
  • Roma
  • A Star is Born
  • BlackKklansman
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Green Book
  • Vice

Most Surprising Omission:  If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  First Man

Rank (out of 91) Among Best Picture Years:  #30 (more…)

There isn’t a shot with all three of them in it and it didn’t seem right to leave one of them out. The best, wittiest and most hilarious film of what was actually a great year for films.

My Top 20

  1. The Favourite
  2. First Man
  3. Roma
  4. If Beale Street Could Talk
  5. A Star is Born
  6. BlackKklansman
  7. Cold War
  8. Black Panther
  9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  10. Mary Poppins Returns
  11. Avengers: Infinity War
  12. Incredibles 2
  13. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  14. Capernaum
  15. A Quiet Place
  16. Stan & Ollie
  17. Shoplifters
  18. Paddington 2
  19. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  20. The Other Side of the Wind

This is the best Top 5 in five years but it’s the best Top 6 since 2006.  In fact, BlackKklansman is the best #6 film since 2005 and one of the best ever.  It’s the best Top 10 since 2007. (more…)

Since the character of Garrett doesn’t even exist in the novel, this scene clearly isn’t in the novel.

My Top 10

  1. Terms of Endearment
  2. Betrayal
  3. Educating Rita
  4. The Right Stuff
  5. The Year of Living Dangerously
  6. The Dresser
  7. Reuben Reuben
  8. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

note:  That’s it.  Just eight films.  And there’s really a big drop-off after the Top 5.  Actually, there’s really kind of a drop-off after the Top 3.



So, this is a very different list than the one that will be appearing in the next post.  This list is similar to my Top 100 Favorite Films.  This is purely a subjective list and does not rank actresses on how good I think they are but how much I enjoy watching them (which also means you can’t argue with my choices but you are free to comment on your own choices of favorites or least favorites – I didn’t include a list of least favorites but it would be topped by Whoopi Goldberg and Goldie Hawn).  Attractiveness has nothing to do with the ranking though there are some actresses that I enjoy partially because I find them highly attractive.  This is a list that basically says, do I want to watch a movie just because this actress is in the film? (more…)

A Century of Film


Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress

The Lists


I have done two previous posts for A Century of Film, one on Best Actress and one on Best Supporting Actress.  In those two posts, I discussed the history of each award and all the various groups that give out such awards.  I also included all-time lists for points from each group based on my own point system. (more…)

” ‘Mama!” She heard Eva’s thin but soaring cry at the instant that she thrust the child away from her and rose from the concrete with a clumsy stumbling motion. ‘Take the baby!’ she called out. ‘Take my little girl!'” (p 590)

My Top 10

  1. Sophie’s Choice
  2. The Verdict
  3. Missing
  4. Das Boot
  5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  7. Victor/Victoria
  8. Three Brothers
  9. Blade Runner
  10. The World According to Garp


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