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 (or directors) in olive are links to earlier posts that I don’t want to have show up in blue and be mistaken for a nominee. 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.
- Best Picture
- Out of Sight *
- Shakespeare in Love *
- Saving Private Ryan **
- The Big Lebowski
- Gods and Monsters *
- The Truman Show
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Analysis: Only the top 9 are ****. As is discussed down below, this is not a strong year for great films but it is a very strong year for very good films.
With Out of Sight (NSFC, BSFC wins, BFCA nom) and Gods and Monsters (NBR win, Globe, PGA, BFCA noms) in instead of The Thin Red Line and Life is Beautiful, the Consensus nominees are a lot better than the Oscar nominees.
Out of Sight is a great film, but let’s be fair. It would have finished 6th in 1996 and fifth in 1997. The most recent year where it even would have finished second is 1988. In spite of that, this Top 5 is one point better than 1995. (more…)