Friday, June 14, 2013

1958 CinSpec Awards


Winners indicated (*). I still have a lot of films to see, including Mon Oncle, Ashes and Diamonds, Ivan the Terrible, Part Two, Bonjour Tristesse, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, The Horse's Mouth, The Young Lions, The Last Hurrah, The Brothers Karamazov, Thunder Road, Run Silent, Run Deep, Les Miserables, Lonelyhearts, The Blob, Ice Cold in Alex, The Music Room, The Quiet American, and The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.

Vertigo

BEST PICTURE:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Hidden Fortress
Separate Tables
Touch of Evil
Vertigo*

BEST DIRECTOR:
Richard Brooks, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo*
Akira Kurosawa, The Hidden Fortress
Delbert Mann, Separate Tables
Orson Welles, Touch of Evil

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

BEST ACTOR:
Tony Curtis, The Defiant Ones
Paul Newman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sidney Poitier, The Defiant Ones
James Stewart, Vertigo*
Orson Welles, Touch of Evil

BEST ACTRESS:
Eva Dahlbeck, Brink of Life
Shirley MacLaine, Some Came Running
Kim Novak, Vertigo
Rosalind Russell, Auntie Mame
Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof*

Some Came Running

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Burl Ives, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Burt Lancaster, Separate Tables
Dean Martin, Some Came Running*
Myron McCormick, No Time for Sergeants
David Niven, Separate Tables

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Bibi Andersson, The Magician
Barbara Bel Geddes, Vertigo
Marlene Dietrich, Touch of Evil
Rita Hayworth, Separate Tables
Wendy Hiller, Separate Tables*

Separate Tables

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
No Time for Sergeants
Separate Tables
Touch of Evil
Vertigo*

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Big Deal on Madonna Street
The Defiant Ones
The Hidden Fortress*
Houseboat
The Magician

The Hidden Fortress

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Hidden Fortress
The Magician
Touch of Evil
Vertigo*

BEST FILM EDITING:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Hidden Fortress
Separate Tables
Touch of Evil
Vertigo*

Touch of Evil

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
The Hidden Fortress
The Old Man and the Sea
Some Came Running
Touch of Evil
Vertigo*

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
"Almost in Your Arms", Houseboat*
"The Light in the Forest", The Light in the Forest
"The Night They Invented Champagne", Gigi
"Separate Tables", Separate Tables
"To Love and Be Loved", Some Came Running

Additional Categories

The Magician

BEST ART DIRECTION:
Bell, Book and Candle
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Gigi
The Hidden Fortress
Vertigo*

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Gigi*
The Hidden Fortress
The Magician
Vertigo

The Defiant Ones

BEST MAKEUP:
Gigi
The Hidden Fortress
The Magician*

BEST SOUND (MIXING AND EDITING):
The Defiant Ones
The Hidden Fortress
South Pacific
Touch of Evil
Vertigo*

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
The Hidden Fortress
The Old Man and the Sea
Vertigo*

12 comments:

  1. YES! All that matters is Elizabeth Taylor wins here!!!

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    1. Glad I could give her a win here, since she lost to Bibi Andersson in 1966.

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  2. Yes @ LaLiz for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Well deserved. Not too mad that Vertigo sweeped the awards. It's a masterpiece, although I would definitely have given Best Film Editing to Touch Of Evil.

    Separate Tables sounds interesting and it's from the same guy who did Marty, so it's well worth checking out.

    This is a really good year and an equally good list/round-up.

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    1. Yeah, Touch of Evil would be a worthy winner for Best Film Editing. It was close, but I had to go with Vertigo.

      I think Separate Tables is better than Marty, so I'd recommend it. :)

      Thanks man!

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  3. I just saw Cat on a Hot Tin Roof fairly recently and I agree Newman & Taylor nailed their roles. Newman is such an eye candy for me too :D

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    1. They were great together, and I love that film. If it's on TV, I usually watch it for a few minutes.

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  4. I'm also glad you have Niven in the right category :-D

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    1. Thanks man. Glad we agree on that. :)

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  5. A very good year for film. I had to leave high quality material either films, direction or acting out of every category.

    Picture:
    Elevator to the Gallows
    King Creole
    A Night to Remember
    Touch of Evil
    Vertigo-Winner
    All excellent films, I'm particularly fond of A Night to Remember, but it came down between Vertigo and Touch of Evil. Both are slightly twisted masterpieces but I chose Vertigo because of its splendid use of color and imagery to enhance the story.
    Eliminated: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones, The Long, Hot Summer and Separate Tables

    Director:
    Roy Baker-A Night to Remember
    Michael Curtiz-King Creole
    Alfred Hitchcock-Vertigo
    Louis Malle-Elevator to the Gallows
    Orson Welles-Touch of Evil-Winner
    Baker's near documentary take on Night to Remember makes the film far more gripping than had he imposed a more personal style on the film. Both Curtiz and Malle take advantage of place and space to add zest to their pictures. However again the choice between Hitchcock and Welles was incredibly difficult but Welles takes what seems a rather straightforward story and makes it an eerie account of twisted souls and corruption and that opening shot can't be beat.
    Eliminated: Richard Brooks-Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Delbert Mann-Separate Tables, Martin Ritt-The Long, Hot Summer and Robert Wise-I Want to Live!

    Actor:
    Rex Harrison-The Reluctant Debutante
    Paul Newman-Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Frank Sinatra-Some Came Running
    James Stewart-Vertigo-Winner
    Spencer Tracy-The Last Hurrah
    Harrison proves himself to be an expert farceur in his wry dance with wife Kay Kendall in the light as air Debutante. Newman does a great deal to suggest what the censors cut out of Brick while Sinatra likewise suggests many layers to the disaffected Dave and Tracy's work as a corrupt career politician is quite involving, he felt it was some of his best work. It's Stewart in a performance that explores the darkest recesses of his one time aw shucks persona who stands above the rest.
    Eliminated: Montgomery Clift-Lonelyhearts, Tony Curtis-The Defiant Ones, Jack Lemmon-Cowboy and Sidney Poitier-The Defiant Ones.

    Actress:
    Kay Kendall-The Reluctant Debutante-Winner
    Virginia McKenna-Carve Her Name With Pride
    Jeanne Moreau-Elevator to the Gallows
    Kim Novak-Vertigo
    Rosalind Russell-Auntie Mame
    A much stronger year for women than '57, I couldn't even fit Susan Hayward's winning performance, which is excellent, in my top 5. McKenna is extraordinary as a young English woman recruited to be a spy in WWII in Pride as is the significantly less virtuous Moreau in Gallows and Novak handles her dual role amazingly well for an actress who has always been considered a spotty talent. Her Madeleine and Judy are distinctly different people. Then there's Roz Russell who powers her movie with enough centrifugal force to move five films, she amazing and would have been my winner if not for Kay Kendall. Kay sparkles like the sun giving the kind of performance that could easily slip over into caricature but with her innate grace and skill she turns into gold. She's totally alive onscreen, remarkable since she was dying of leukemia at the time and would be gone within the year-you'd never know it, she's magnificent.
    Eliminated: Ingrid Bergman-The Inn of the 6th Happiness, Shirley Booth-The Matchmaker, Susan Hayward-I Want to Live! and Elizabeth Taylor-Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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    1. I really like that Vertigo/Touch of Evil split. I hate that I couldn't give Touch of Evil a win anywhere.

      I really need to watch Elevator to the Gallows, A Night to Remember, King Creole and The Reluctant Debutante.

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  6. Supporting Actor:
    Errol Flynn-Too Much, Too Soon
    Burl Ives-Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Dean Martin-Some Came Running-Winner
    Walter Matthau-King Creole
    Orson Welles-Touch of Evil
    Too Much, Too Soon is really rather a mess as a movie but Flynn's contribution as his old drinking buddy John Barrymore is the one thing it gets right. Matthau gets to flex his acting muscles a bit in Creole in one of his last chances at villainy before he became a lovable schlub but this was a three way decision for me. Ives, Welles and Martin are each singularly outstanding in their films. Cat and Touch of Evil are superior films so the first two's work only enhances them but Martin managed to keep my interest in a film that, aside from the carnival scene, was often a tedious bore.
    Eliminations: Jack Carson-Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Robert Donat-The Inn of the 6th Happiness, Curd Jurgens-The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Cecil Parker-Indiscreet and Robert Ryan-Lonelyhearts

    Supporting Actress:
    Coral Browne-Auntie Mame
    Wendy Hiller-Separate Tables
    Carolyn Jones-King Creole
    Shirley MacLaine-Some Came Running-Winner
    Estelle Winwood-This Happy Feeling
    Two pieces of comedic gold and three sad creatures. This Happy Feeling is a slight, enjoyable comedy but whenever Winwood pops into a scene as the tippling Mrs. Early all you can look at is her and you anticipate her return when she's gone. The same goes for Coral Browne in the splendid Auntie Mame, that she can compete against the juggernaut that is Roz Russell in this and truly shine would have tipped me in her favor for the win if Peggy Cass and Connie Gilchrist had not also created such distinctly funny characters. Both Hiller and Jones are first-rate as worn down women but MacLaine rescues the end of Running with her heartbreaking work. I put her in supporting despite her academy nom in lead because although she's got a considerable amount of screen time she only emerges into the spotlight towards the end.
    Eliminations: Phyllis Calvert-Indiscreet, Peggy Cass-Auntie Mame, Marlene Dietrich-Touch of Evil, Connie Gilchrist-Auntie Mame, Hermione Gingold-Gigi, Rita Hayworth-Separate Tables, Mercedes McCambridge-Touch of Evil and Maureen Stapleton-Lonelyhearts

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    1. So glad to see a win for Dean Martin's overlooked performance. I can understand placing Welles/MacLaine in lead OR supporting. Both placements make sense to me, though I need to rewatch Touch of Evil.

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