RICHARD: You’re getting old. One day you’ll have me once too often.
HENRY: When? I’m fifty now. My God, boy, I’m the oldest man I know. I’ve got a decade on the Pope. (p 48-49)

My Top 10:

  1. The Lion in Winter
  2. Rosemary’s Baby
  3. Belle de Jour
  4. Closely Watched Trains
  5. The Odd Couple
  6. Hunger
  7. Rachel Rachel
  8. Pretty Poison
  9. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  10. War and Peace

Note:  My list is 14 long this year.  My #13 (The Fixer) and #14 (Oliver) are reviewed below because of award nominations.  The other two are listed down at the bottom.  You could make the case that 2001: A Space Odyssey should be listed but the Oscars treated it as original and I do the same.  You can find plenty of places on-line that explained the complicated history of its 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 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…)

42 years after Metropolis and true greatness finally returns to Science-Fiction.

42 years after Metropolis and true greatness finally returns to Science-Fiction.

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 10 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. The Lion in Winter
  3. The Producers
  4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  5. Rosemary’s Baby
  6. Belle de Jour
  7. The Battle of Algiers
  8. Closely Watched Trains
  9. The Two of Us
  10. War and Peace

Analysis:  The adjustment into Oscar-eligibility years hurts several films: Belle de Jour and Battle of Algiers would be Best Picture nominees in their original years and War and Peace would be the #5 film if not for the five films in front of it from other years.  But what we have is a fantastic Top 5 and Top 10.  The #2 through #5 all earn the same rating and Belle is only point below (Belle ties several other films for the third best #6 film to date).  War and Peace is a ***.5 film, but a top-level ***.5 film.
This is also a rare group for its genre variety; there is the first Sci-Fi film to win, the first to even earn a Top 10 finish since 1956 and the first time that a Top 10 has featured a Sci-Fi, a Western and a Horror film. (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…)


"Consider Yourself" - one of the happy-go-lucky songs that defies the bleakness of the story in Oliver! (1968)


The 41st Academy Awards, for the film year 1968.  The nominations were announced on February 24, 1969 and the awards were held on April 14, 1969.

Best Picture:  Oliver!

  • The Lion in Winter
  • Rachel, Rachel
  • Funny Girl
  • Romeo and Juliet

Most Surprising Omission:  2001: A Space Odyssey

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  2001: A Space Odyssey

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #71


Kubrick again makes the best film of the year - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

My Top 20:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  3. The Producers
  4. The Lion in Winter
  5. Rosemary’s Baby
  6. Belle de Jour
  7. The Battle of Algiers
  8. Closely Watched Trains
  9. Shame
  10. The Two of Us
  11. War and Peace
  12. Charge of the Light Brigade
  13. Hour of the Wolf
  14. Night of the Living Dead
  15. Hunger
  16. The Fireman’s Ball
  17. Hell in the Pacific
  18. The Odd Couple
  19. Bullitt
  20. Faces (more…)