“As he reached for his hat, Chris was nodding her head, and then suddenly she was looking into eyes that overwhelmed her, that shone with intelligence and kindly understanding, with serenity that poured from them into her being like the waters of a warm and healing river whose source was both in him yet somehow beyond him; whose flow was contained and yet headlong and endless.” (p 291)

My Top 10

  1. The Exorcist
  2. Serpico
  3. The Day of the Jackal
  4. The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  5. Don’t Look Now
  6. Paper Moon
  7. The Last Detail
  8. A Doll’s House

Note:  This is my full list for the year.  It used to have one more film but as I was writing the review of Bang the Drum Slowly (comparing it to Brian’s Song, both of which are early 70’s films, though Brian’s Song was originally a tv film, that star major actors in their pre-Godfather roles as athletes forming an important friendship while dying of cancer, though of course Brian’s Song was a true story and this was based on an overrated novel), I realized that it really didn’t belong on the list.  The film succeeds, not on its writing, but on the performances of Robert De Niro and Vincent Gardenia and the moving scene with the song “Streets of Laredo”.  So I cut it from the list and since it wasn’t nominated for anything, I didn’t bother to include it. (more…)


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…)

“Red represents for me the interior of the soul” – Ingmar Bergman

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. Cries and Whispers  **
  2. Mean Streets
  3. The Exorcist  *
  4. American Graffiti  *
  5. The Sting  *
  6. Serpico
  7. Last Tango in Paris
  8. Don’t Look Now
  9. The Day of the Jackal  *
  10. The Friends of Eddie Coyle


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…)

With 7 Oscars, The Sting becomes the most successful Comedy in Academy history.

The 46th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 1973.  The nominations were announced on February 19, 1974 and the awards were held on April 2, 1974.

Best Picture:  The Sting

  • Cries and Whispers
  • The Exorcist
  • American Graffiti
  • A Touch of Class

Most Surprising Omission:  Serpico

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Mean Streets

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #8

Rank Note:  If they had nominated Serpico instead of A Touch of Class, this year would rank #1. (more…)

Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann in Bergman's Cries and Whispers

My Top 20:

  1. Cries and Whispers
  2. Mean Streets
  3. The Exorcist
  4. American Graffiti
  5. Serpico
  6. The Sting
  7. Last Tango in Paris
  8. The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  9. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
  10. Enter the Dragon
  11. The Day of the Jackal
  12. Battles without Honor or Humanity
  13. Playtime
  14. Sleeper
  15. A Doll’s House
  16. I Love You, Rosa
  17. The Last Detail
  18. State of Siege
  19. Paper Moon
  20. Charley Verrick (more…)