wild-bunch-2You 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. The Wild Bunch
  2. Chimes at Midnight
  3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  *
  4. Z  **
  5. Once Upon a Time in the West
  6. Oh! What a Lovely War!
  7. Midnight Cowboy  *
  8. Stolen Kisses
  9. They Shoot Horses Don’t They  *
  10. Shame

Analysis:  A truly great top 5, including three of the greatest Westerns ever made.  This is the best Top 5 since 1946 and the second best to date.  The Top 10 is strong as well – the best since 1962 and tied for the third best to date.  They are all **** films, but there is a four point drop from #6 to #7. (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…)

The wonderful ending scene in The Artist.

The wonderful ending scene in The Artist.

The 84th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 2011.  The nominations were announced on 24 January 2012 and the awards were held on 26 February 2012.

Best Picture:  The Artist

  • Hugo
  • The Descendants
  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Tree of Life
  • Moneyball
  • War Horse
  • The Help
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Most Surprising Omission:  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Rank (out of 85) among Best Picture Years:  #43


If you're an 11 year old boy, this is the girl you want to meet - Chloe Grace Moretz in Hugo.

If you’re an 11 year old boy, this is the girl you want to meet – Chloe Grace Moretz in Hugo.

My Top 20:

  1. Hugo
  2. The Descendants
  3. The Artist
  4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  5. Midnight in Paris
  6. A Separation
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  8. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
  9. The Tree of Life
  10. The Ides of March
  11. Incendies
  12. Jane Eyre
  13. Beginners
  14. Contagion
  15. My Week With Marilyn
  16. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  17. Rango
  18. Moneyball
  19. Margin Call
  20. Take Shelter


“The car I’ve always wanted and now I have it. I rule!”

My Top 20:

  1. American Beauty
  2. Magnolia
  3. The End of the Affair
  4. Three Kings
  5. Eyes Wide Shut
  6. All About My Mother
  7. Topsy-Turvy
  8. Being John Malkovich
  9. Princess Mononoke
  10. The Sixth Sense
  11. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  12. Toy Story 2
  13. The Insider
  14. Sweet and Lowdown
  15. Run Lola Run
  16. Following
  17. Fight Club
  18. Limbo
  19. Abre los ojos
  20. Man on the Moon (more…)

Woody Allen directing a scene in Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen made his first Oscar appearance in the Best Director race since 1994 and Martin Scorsese made it four of his last five feature films this morning.

Martin Scorsese making a cameo in Hugo

I only have to add one director to my all-time Oscar Best Director ranking list, since the other four have all been nominated before, and conveniently, Michel Hazanavicus’ last two films, his French spy farces, are available on Watch Instantly on Netflix.

As usual, I jotted down quick predictions for the major categories (except Picture, since we didn’t know how many nominees there would be) and generally went 4 for 4.  Surprisingly, I went 5 for 5 on Best Director, correctly getting the inclusion of Terrence Malick. (more…)

2010 DGA nominee Woody Allen directing Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson on the set of Midnight in Paris

So, the Directors Guild nominees have been announced.  I haven’t been posting anything about the current year in film because I get to the theater so rarely anymore that I’m way behind and I have to catch up once everything hits DVD.  And while last year, I kept a running log of all the awards (which will come out when I reach 2010 in the Year in Film – a while from now at the glacial pace I’ve been at lately), I haven’t done anything this year.

But, since I pride myself on having all this knowledge in my head (or on my spreadsheets), I thought I would throw out a few tidbits of trivia concerning this year’s nominations. (more…)


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