Back to back years they royally $#@!ed it up, right?
Ordinary People over Raging Bull? That's just $#@!ing crazy.
Goodfellas on now.
What do you mean I'm funny? Funny how? Am I funny like I'm a clown? Am I here to amuse you? How the $#@! am I funny?
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Damn. Deer Hunter was brutal. It's a great movie, but there are some odd and very sudden shifts in tone.
Is Heaven's Gate as bad as people say? I'm vaguely curious to see what Cimino lost $40 million on.
Actors often seem to get rewarded more for past work than the current project they were actually nominated for. Russell Crow and Denzel are examples of how they were awarded for lesser roles than earlier years when they should have won. Gladiator and Training Day were excellent performances, but not nearly to the level of their roles in The Hurricane or The Insider or A Beatiful Mind.
Henry Fonda is a great example. He should have won numerous times, but it was his final film when he won.
Ironically, John Wayne won for True Grit, not a bad performance, but arguably a few others were better, over Dustin Hoffman's The Graduate in 1970.
His performance in the Graduate was still to me his best work ever ever. But they gave Wayne the sentimental nod. Yup, happens a lot.
And Fonda's role in On Golden Pond was meh. But yup, it was time. Dudley Moore was probably the best (Arthur) that year, maybe Newman (Absence of Malice). But Moore should have gotten it hands down IMHO.
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Little package of dynamite.
I can't tell you how many $#@!tastic episodes of Gidget I watched growing up.
Hoffman lost in 68 (can't remember who, I think it was Rod Steiger or Cliff Robertson, one or the other), and there was some sympathy that he should have won (perhaps because he was so young it was against him). So he's nominated again in 70 for Midnight Cowboy but loses that one to the "sympathy" vote for the Duke (which again was a pretty good performance I think, but maybe not his best).
So you have Hoffman in 79 who probably gets the sympathy vote and the Oscar for a role/performance that was not nearly as good as some of his others. One thing though is that the slate in 79 really wasn't all that strong, maybe Sellers for Being There. But the rest, meh.
Still that was a pretty blech performance for him, but he got sympathy as a 2-time previous loser.
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Compare the 60s to the 70s. Other than Art Carney, they pretty much nailed it every year.
Peck deserved one as a lifetime achievement award. He was in a ridiculous number of good movies. He's in the same category as Jimmy Stewart.
Peck deserved the one he won. I started going through all the awards in the 60s and there were some weird ass choices they made. It kind of mirrored society in that it felt like they were still clinging to the 50s and slow to acknowledge the changes happening. Lots of big production musicals that in hindsight don't seem worthy of a lot of the awards they won. Just like society, 1967 seemed to be the tipping point.
The real truth is, the Academy isn't very good at objectively judging movies, acting, screenplays or even songs. There is usually some kind of major bias or agenda that skews the whole process.
Just over 30 minutes in, but Casablanca is on now. Ilsa just asked Sam to play some of the old songs and Rick is about to enter.
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world…she walks into mine."
I'm shocked... SHOCKED to find that gambling is going on in here!
Here's your winnings, Sir.
Oh, thank you very much.
Watched Mutiny on The Bounty this morning. Damn, Gable and Laughlin were the $#@!! Simply fantastic. May be my favorite Gable film.
Treasure of the Sierra Madre- Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt, Walter Huston
Hola senor, we are the Federales... The mounted police.
If you're the police, show me your badges.
Badges? We got no badges. We don't need no stinking badges!
Stagecoach up next if I can stay awake...
Grand Prix. One of my all time favorites and possibly the best film about racing ever made. Would love to see this in a theater. There was no CGI or no camera tricks. It was 70mm cameras strapped onto Formula 3 cars made to look like Formula 1 cars and the actors behind the wheel. The only tricks involved were with Yves Montand who lost his nerve during filming and they wound up putting his car on a trailer for some shots, but he was still going over 120. Good story, excellent cinematography and sound.
I prefer this movie to Steve McQueen's "LeMans", but they are very close. McQueen was the original choice to star but the meeting with producers did not go well and his next door neighbor James Garner was chosen. McQueen wouldn't speak to him for over 4 years after that. Would smash young Jessica Walter.
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DVR alert as there's some great stuff coming up tonight (2/18).
11:00PM - Strangers on a Train Classic Hitch$#@! followed immediately by
1:00AM - Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo with Spencer Tracy portraying James Doolittle
Friday morning has a gem
10:00AM - The Maltese Falcon Bogie as Sam Spade is pretty damn tough to beat.
The stuff dreams are made of. I'm surprised they're playing that tomorrow since they've been promoting screenings of Maltese Falcon in theaters all month.
Going through the dvr, saw it caught Bullitt, so I am watching that now. And man....goddamn....Jacqueline Bisset is so hot. Like goddamn flawless.
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The Thin Man - William Powell, Myrna Loy. Fun couple drink and one line their way through murder. Good stuff.
The Best Years of Our Lives - Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo. While those stars are great, they pale by comparison to the performance given by Harold Russell. The only person to receive 2 Oscars for the same performance in a film.
The Thin Man is what would happen if Nancy Drew married one of the Hardy Boys and they became alcoholics.
Best Years is also has of the very few, if not only, performances by Dana Andrews that I really liked. I generally don't care for him. A lot like Tyrone Power in The Razor's Edge. Those guys are normally plastic Hollywood pretty boys, but they really showed something in those films.
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