As always, my favorite backstage Oscar photo - Hepburn had won the year before but here Kelly would win.  Both deserved it.

As always, my favorite backstage Oscar photo – Hepburn had won the year before but here Kelly would win. Both deserved it.


This is a companion piece to three different series.  The first is the The History of the Academy Awards, in which I covered each category in individual posts.  This was originally done in 2009 and additions were included in 2010.  You can find links to all of these pieces in each individual category.  I have grouped all of the categories together for the same reason that I did so originally – because most pieces on the Oscars don’t approach the awards through the categories, but through the years.  This specific piece is designed to take a closer look at the decade and how I think the Academy did in those years.

The second series is my Year in Film series.  That is mentioned here because in those pieces I included paragraphs about the Oscars as a whole for each year and included a considerable amount of trivia.  Since I had based my Year in Film series and eligibility as such on the Academy calendar, it all seemed very relevant.  Also, I include various prizes (Worst Oscar, Worst Nomination, Worst Omission, etc) and I didn’t want to repeat myself, so following the links will bring you there.  Those links are at the end of this piece, where I do a brief summation of each year and how the Academy did.  Word note on the Year in Film posts – I did those before started putting up official information about release dates.  Several films have been moved from the years where they appeared in those posts – see the Nighthawk Awards posts for more accurate placement – I have included links in the years.

The third series is my History of the Academy Awards: Best Picture series, where I reviewed every film ever nominated for Best Picture (except The Patriot, which is lost).  Those links are also down below, grouped by year. (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…)

"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…)

My Top 10:

One of the most quoted scenes of all-time: "I coulda been a contender"; Rod Steiger and Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront (1954)

  1. On the Waterfront
  2. Rear Window
  3. A Star is Born
  4. Forbidden Games
  5. Sabrina
  6. Gate of Hell
  7. The Caine Mutiny
  8. Hobson’s Choice
  9. The Country Girl
  10. The Earrings of Madame De . . . (more…)