Oskar Schindler watches in horror the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto.

Oskar Schindler watches, in horror, the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto.

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

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Schindler’s List  **
  2. The Age of Innocence
  3. In the Name of the Father  *
  4. Much Ado About Nothing
  5. A Perfect World
  6. The Remains of the Day  *
  7. My Neighbor Totoro
  8. Nightmare Before Christmas
  9. Three Colors: Blue
  10. Shadowlands
  11. In the Line of Fire
  12. Menace II Society

Analysis:  Schindler’s List crushes all previous Consensus records.  It sweeps the six major critics awards (a first) and wins all 10 awards.  While its total nominations have been beaten, the two other films which would sweep the critics awards (L.A. Confidential, The Social Network) would lose the Oscar and PGA and still fall short of the 10 wins for Schindler.  It still holds the Consensus record for points and it earns 49.19% of all the points, while no other post-1947 film has earned over 40%.  Even with the addition of the BFCA and the expansion of the guilds, only one film has managed to earn more total awards points in the years since (The Social Network).  Schindler’s List, even without the BFCA is still 9th all-time in total awards nominations and 2nd in wins (behind only Sideways).  It is still 5th all-time in total critics points.
It kills me to have to pick between Schindler and The Age of Innocence.  This is the second year in a row where the top two films have the same score.  The Age of Innocence is the best #2 in this category since Annie Hall.
This list has all twelve of the **** films for the year. (more…)

We all got it comin, kid.

We all got it comin, kid.

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.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Unforgiven  **
  2. The Crying Game  *
  3. The Player  *
  4. The Last of the Mohicans
  5. Howards End  *
  6. Reservoir Dogs
  7. Raise the Red Lantern
  8. Aladdin
  9. Flirting
  10. Singles

Analysis:  These are the only **** films.  There’s a four point drop from the #10 to the #11 film.  The #11 film is also an Oscar and Consensus nominee: A Few Good Men. (more…)

It could have been just a gimmick, but then it turned it to be completely brilliant.

It could have been just a gimmick, but then it turned it to be completely brilliant.

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.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  2. Dangerous Liaisons
  3. A Fish Called Wanda
  4. Running on Empty
  5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being  *
  6. Mississippi Burning  *
  7. Bull Durham
  8. Wings of Desire
  9. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  10. Rain Man  *

Analysis:  All 10 of these films are **** as well as The Accidental Tourist, Beetlejuice and Die Hard.  But this is one of those years where the strength down the list skews the list a little because the Top 5 is actually the weakest in six years.  The Top 10, though, while weaker than the year before, is stronger than 1981-1986 and the Top 20, while weaker than the year before, is stronger than any other year going back to 1962.  The 6 through 10 films are the best since 1980 and tied for the second best since 1960.  The 11 through 20 films are the second best since 1960.  Wings and Women are the best #8 and 9 films since 1980.
The Consensus Winner is actually The Accidental Tourist.  It wins with just 1 win (lowest since 1971, only post-1978 film to win with less than three).  It also wins with just three nominations (only post-1985 film to win with less than five).  The Accidental Tourist and Mississippi Burning are the only films with more than two noms and Rain Man is the only film with more than one win, but loses by 10 points to Tourist.  This is the last year where no film wins more than one Best Picture critics award. (more…)

These are actually all of Katharine Graham's men. But they're gonna take down the president's men.

These are actually all of Katharine Graham’s men. But they’re gonna take down the president’s men.

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. All the President’s Men  **
  2. Network  *
  3. Taxi Driver  *
  4. Solyaris
  5. Carrie
  6. Face to Face
  7. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  8. The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser
  9. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  10. Seven Beauties

(more…)

On my birthday, I pointed out to Veronica that two years ago we saw Argo and it went out to win Best Picture, so we were going to see Birdman.  We did.  It did.  Huzza!

On my birthday, I pointed out to Veronica that two years ago we saw Argo and it went on to win Best Picture, so we were going to see Birdman. We did. It did. Huzza!

The 87th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 2014.  The nominations were announced on 15 January 2015 and the awards were held on 22 February 2015.

Best Picture:  Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Boyhood
  • Whiplash
  • American Sniper

Most Surprising Omission:  Foxcatcher

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Gone Girl

Rank (out of 87) Among Best Picture Years:  #20 (more…)

I though it would be nicer to just include the three Top 25 directors rather than explain that Lucas didn't get that high.  If you need these people identified you are at the wrong website.

I though it would be nicer to just include the version of the picture with three Top 25 directors rather than explain that Lucas didn’t get that high. If you need these people identified you are at the wrong website.

This is the final ranked list of those directors who have been nominated for Best Director by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.  This is part 9 of the series.  As always, you can find the previous eight posts in this series by going here.  There is also an introduction here, which explains the scope of the project as well as my scoring system.  I have made certain to finish this now for two reasons.  The first is that I wanted to get it done before another Oscar season begins and I had to add somebody (Alfonso Cuarón, perhaps?).  The second is because I intend to do a Top 100 Directors 3.0 list before too long and I wanted this out of the way; that list, originally intended for this month, will probably be pushed back into at least winter, if not early spring in order to get this year’s batch of late films from Top 100 directors watched (e.g. Inside Llewyn Davis, Wolf of Wall Street, The Hobbit, Captain Phillips, Gravity).

One thing to bear in mind about the top of the list.  On my point scale, there is only a 75 point difference between the #1 and #8 spots.  There is then a 58 point difference between #8 and #9, and an 83 point difference between #8 and #11.  So, if the director you really want to champion is among that top 7, that’s the elite of the elite. (more…)

Kathryn Bigelow, the first female to win Best Director, directs a scene in The Hurt Locker (2009)

The 82nd Academy Awards for the film year of 2009.  The nomination were announced on 2 February 2010 and the awards were held on 7 March 2010.

Best Picture:  The Hurt Locker

  • Inglourious Basterds
  • A Serious Man
  • An Education
  • Up
  • Up in the Air
  • District 9
  • Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
  • Avatar
  • The Blind Side

Most Surprising Omission:  Invictus

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Broken Embraces

Best Eligible English Language Film Not Nominated:  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Rank  (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #24 (more…)