“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…)


oscarsThis is a companion piece to three different series.  The first is 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.  One note on the Year in Film posts – I did those before Oscars.org 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. (more…)

101 Dalmations - the best of a weak decade for animation

1960 – 1969

Total Films I’ve Seen:  801

Films That Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  40

Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Film of the Decade:  Bonnie and Clyde

Worst Film of the Decade:  Horrors of Spider Island

Worst Best Picture Nominee of the Decade:  Doctor Dolittle

Worst Film of the Decade Made by a Top 100 Director:  Tonight for Sure (more…)

"Shut up and deal." That wonderful ending to The Apartment (1960)

The 33d annual Academy Awards, for the film year of 1960.  The nominations were announced on February 27, 1961 and the awards ceremony was held on April 17, 1961.

Best Picture:  The Apartment

  • Sons and Lovers
  • Elmer Gantry
  • The Sundowners
  • The Alamo

Most Surprising Omission:  Spartacus

Best Film Not to Be Nominated:  The Virgin Spring

Best U.S. Film Not to Be Nominated:  Spartacus

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #55


The perfect Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon in The Apartment (1960)

My Top 20:

  1. The Apartment
  2. Ikiru
  3. The Virgin Spring
  4. The Cranes are Flying
  5. Spartacus
  6. Psycho
  7. The World of Apu
  8. Tunes of Glory
  9. The Hidden Fortress
  10. Shoot the Piano Player
  11. Elmer Gantry
  12. The Angry Silence
  13. Our Man in Havana
  14. Sons and Lovers
  15. The Magnificent Seven
  16. Lola Montes
  17. Home from the Hill
  18. Northwest Frontier
  19. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  20. Black Orpheus