“I was like wandering all over the flat in pain and sickness, trying to shut out the music and like groaning deep out of my guts, and then on top of the pile of books and papers and all that cal that was on the table in the living-room I viddied what I had to do and what I had wanted to do until those old men in the Public Biblio and then Dim and Billyboy disguised as rozzes stopped me, and that was to do myself in, to snuff it, to blast off for ever out of this wicked and cruel world.” (p 192-193)

My Top 10

  1. A Clockwork Orange
  2. The French Connection
  3. The Last Picture Show
  4. McCabe and Mrs. Miller
  5. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  6. The Go-Between
  7. They Might Be Giants
  8. The Conformist

Note:  The only reason this year reaches 10 is because I moved The Go-Between into my list after watching it again.  Still a big drop-off from the Top 5 to the second 5.
Second Note:  I wrote that a couple of months ago.  Then I re-watched Sometimes a Great Notion and Dodes Ka-Den and decided that neither of them actually merited being on the list.  So that dropped my list back down to 8.  Sadly, I didn’t decide this until after reading Sometimes a Great Notion, which I thought was nigh on unreadable. (more…)

Introduction

coppolasThis 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…)

It was tough finding a picture that perfectly embodied the film without being too disturbing or obscene for the main picture in a post on what is still a family blog.

It was tough finding a picture that perfectly embodied the film without being too disturbing or obscene for the main picture in a post on what is still a family blog.

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. A Clockwork Orange  **
  2. The French Connection  *
  3. The Last Picture Show  *
  4. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  5. Sunday Bloody Sunday  *
  6. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  7. Harold and Maude
  8. Klute
  9. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
  10. The Hospital

(more…)

The rabbits prepare to defend their warren in Watership Down (1978) - the best animated film since the 50's

1970  –  1979

Total Films I’ve Seen:  755

Films That Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  38

Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  Mean Streets

Film of the Decade:  The Godfather

Worst Film of the Decade:  Caligula

Worst Best Picture Nominee of the Decade:  Love Story

Worst Film of the Decade Made by a Top 100 Director:  The Brood (more…)

A performance that absolutely deserved the Oscar in a film that earned it - Gene Hackman in The French Connection (1971)

The 43rd annual Academy Awards, for the film year 1971.  The nominations were announced on February 22, 1972 and the awards were held on April 10, 1972.

Best Picture:  The French Connection

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Last Picture Show
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Nicholas and Alexandra

Most Surprising Omission:  Sunday Bloody Sunday

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  McCabe and Mrs. Miller

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #37

Rank note:  If the Academy had nominated Sunday Bloody Sunday (which seemed headed for a nomination) rather than Nicholas and Alexandra, the year would rank #8 (more…)

one of Malcolm McDowell's calmer moments in A Clockwork Orange (1971)

My Top 20:

  1. A Clockwork Orange
  2. The French Connection
  3. McCabe and Mrs. Miller
  4. The Last Picture Show
  5. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  6. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  7. Harold and Maude
  8. The Hospital
  9. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
  10. Walkabout
  11. Klute
  12. Macbeth
  13. Straw Dogs
  14. Carnal Knowledge
  15. The Policeman
  16. Dodes Ka-Den
  17. Play Misty for Me
  18. They Might Be Giants
  19. Bananas
  20. Le Boucher (more…)