Friday, April 11, 2014

1973 CinSpec Awards


Winners indicated (*). I still need to see films like F for Fake, The Day of the Jackal, The Laughing Policeman, O Lucky Man!, The Mother and the Whore, The Holy Mountain, Electra Glide in Blue, Cinderella Liberty, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, Enter the Dragon, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Turkish Delight, Coffy, Dillinger, Soylent Green, Bang the Drum Slowly, The Paper Chase, High Plains Drifter, Theatre of Blood, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

Cries and Whispers

BEST PICTURE:
American Graffiti
Cries and Whispers*
Day for Night
The Exorcist
Papillon

BEST DIRECTOR:
Ingmar Bergman, Cries and Whispers*
Víctor Erice, The Spirit of the Beehive
William Friedkin, The Exorcist
George Lucas, American Graffiti
François Truffaut, Day for Night

Papillon

BEST ACTOR:
Marlon Brando, Last Tango in Paris
Gene Hackman, Scarecrow
Jack Lemmon, Save the Tiger
Steve McQueen, Papillon*
Al Pacino, Scarecrow

BEST ACTRESS:
Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist
Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon
Sissy Spacek, Badlands
Ingrid Thulin, Cries and Whispers
Ana Torrent, The Spirit of the Beehive*

The Spirit of the Beehive

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Robert De Niro, Mean Streets*
Richard Dreyfuss, American Graffiti
Paul Le Mat, American Graffiti
Robert Ryan, The Iceman Cometh
Max von Sydow, The Exorcist

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Penelope Allen, Scarecrow
Harriet Andersson, Cries and Whispers*
Valentina Cortese, Day for Night
Mackenzie Phillips, American Graffiti
Cindy Williams, American Graffiti

American Graffiti

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
The Exorcist*
The Last Detail
The Long Goodbye
Paper Moon
Papillon

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
American Graffiti*
Cries and Whispers
Day for Night
Mean Streets
Sleeper

Day for Night

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Badlands
Cries and Whispers*
Don't Look Now
The Exorcist
The Spirit of the Beehive

BEST FILM EDITING:
American Graffiti*
Don't Look Now
The Exorcist
Papillon
Sisters

The Exorcist

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Don't Look Now
The Exorcist
Papillon
Sisters*
The Sting

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
"Blue Balloon (The Hourglass Song)", Jeremy*
"Live and Let Die", Live and Let Die
"She's So Fine", American Graffiti
"The Way We Were", The Way We Were
"Whistle-Stop", Robin Hood

Additional Categories

Paper Moon

BEST ART DIRECTION:
American Graffiti
Cries and Whispers
Paper Moon
Sleeper
The Sting*

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
American Graffiti
Cries and Whispers
Paper Moon
The Sting*
The Way We Were

The Sting

BEST MAKEUP:
Cries and Whispers
The Exorcist*
Papillon

BEST SOUND (MIXING AND EDITING):
American Graffiti*
The Exorcist
Papillon
The Sting
The Wicker Man

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
The Exorcist*
Live and Let Die
The Wicker Man

16 comments:

  1. No quibbles with your choices, just imploring you to see Enter the Dragon at least once. It holds a very special place in my heart...

    http://dellonmovies.blogspot.com/2014/01/movies-i-grew-up-with-enter-dragon.html

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    1. I do want to see it at some point. :)

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  2. Aww no Linda Blair for supporting? I thought she did such a great job, even if she didn't provide the demon voice. Thank you for putting Tatum O'Neal in the lead category where she belongs. Calling her supporting in Paper Moon was a fucking joke.

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    1. Blair is my #6 right now. As much as I like most of her performance, she isn't very good in the earlier scenes. Plus, her performance is aided tremendously by Mercedes McCambridge's voice.

      Yep, O'Neal in supporting is ridiculous, like Steinfeld in True Grit.

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  3. OMG!

    The Paper Moon love coupled with the American Graffiti love make me so happy!

    And...Ana Torrent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brilliant performance and my winner too, easily!

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    1. YAY! Glad you love those man. I had Burstyn as my Best Actress choice for so long, and I forgot to update it to Torrent. :)

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  4. Can't wait to see The Sting as it's on my Blindspot list! The Exorcist has such a haunting quality about it, and it's so timeless. I just read an article on Friedkin in which he said he made the film as a Christian, but that Max Von Sydow was an atheist when he made it so he had to guide him through some of the dialog that he had some issues with.

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    1. Hope you enjoy The Sting, Ruth! Yeah, The Exorcist is a quintessential horror film.

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  5. I would rank Live and Let Die and The Way We Were higher, but I love that you give Blue Balloon (The Hourglass Song) the win :)

    Great that you have The Sting and Paper Moon on the list too, I would probably have them for Best Picture.

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    1. I just saw Jeremy and The Way We Were a few days ago. Beforehand, Live and Let Die was easily my winner. :)

      I like both of those films, but this year was just too strong for them to make my top 5.

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  6. Love this. Cries and Whispers is one of my favorite films of all time, so you're certainly not going to hear any argument from me about your picks! I still haven't seen Papillon. Need to get on that.

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    1. Thanks man! Knew you'd dig the Bergman love, especially for Cries and Whispers. Yeah, you need to check out Papillon. I rewatched it last week, and I just love it.

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  7. There's a couple of films from this year that are esteemed, American Graffiti, The Sting, The Paper Chase and a few others, that have some pieces that I like but overall leave me cold. Then there were some which were awards magnets, A Touch of Class being the main one, which I like very much but don't see as award worthy. Somehow I've never gotten around to Last Tango in Paris.

    Picture:
    Day for Night
    The Day of the Jackal-Winner
    The Exorcist
    The Last of Sheila
    The Three Musketeers
    The high adventure of Musketeers and the sustained dread of Exorcist are about as far apart as can be showing what a great year it was in cinema. Day for Night is a brilliant insider's view of the filmmaking process and my runner up The Last of Sheila is one of the cleverest puzzle pictures ever with a great cast making it even better. However the tension fueled Jackal manages to keep its audience engaged even though the ending is a foregone conclusion due to the protagonist relentlessness. It's a meticulous piece of filmmaking.

    Director:
    William Friedkin-The Exorcist
    Richard Lester-The Three Musketeers
    Sydney Pollack-The Way We Were
    Francois Truffaut-Day for Night-Winner
    Fred Zinneman-The Day of the Jackal
    A tough choice, Pollack's understanding of both the period and the lush romanticism of Way We Were makes the picture more then the simple love story it could have been. The film missed my best picture lineup because of the studio's insistance to excise a great deal of the blacklist storyline. Speaking of a blacklist, Zinneman's return to filmmaking in Jackal after a seven year greylisting is propulsive and fascinating. Lester sets just the right tempo for the rollicking Musketeers and Friedkin creates that classic eerie foreboding in Exorcist. Truffuat gets my vote though for the unique Day for Night.

    Actor:
    Edward Fox-The Day of the Jackal-Winner
    Gene Hackman-Scarecrow
    Steve McQueen-Papillion
    Al Pacino-Serpico
    Martin Sheen-Badlands
    Fox's performance, his seeming benignity mixed with his actual ruthlessness is crucial to the success of Jackal. All the others are exceptional, especially McQueen in keeping the overlong Papillion on track, but Fox is the standout.

    Actress:
    Julie Christie-Don't Look Now
    Marsha Mason-Cinderella Liberty
    Tatum O'Neal-Paper Moon
    Sissy Spacek-Badlands
    Barbra Streisand-The Way We Were-Winner
    This was between Tatum and Babs. Tatum won supporting in the most egregious case of category fraud in Oscar history and she is marvelous but even she credits Bogdanovich with a great deal of her performance's impact. Barbra turns in the most controlled, observant work of her career in The Way We Were. Katie is a warm, compassionate, fiercely caring woman but also a tough customer and Streisand reveals all those facets.

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    1. I still need to see some of these, but I'm really intrigued by The Day of the Jackal. Love that you've gone for Babs and Truffaut, and it's great to see Scarecrow get a nomination. That's such an underrated movie.

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  8. Supporting Actor:
    Robert De Niro-Bang the Drum Slowly-Winner
    Jack Guilford-Save the Tiger
    Dustin Hoffman-Papillion
    Robert Shaw-The Sting
    Max Von Sydow-The Exorcist
    This was the only category where I struggled a bit to pick five nominees. There was good work but some of it, the two lead Scarcrow for instance, had parts which could be seen as co-leads which tightened the choices. Such was the case with DeNiro and Hoffman but on review Moriarty and McQueen I think are the leads with the others in support. So with all that De Niro's work in Drum is so moving he was an easy choice.

    Supporting Actress:
    Valentina Cortese-Day for Night-Winner
    Joan Hackett-The Last of Sheila
    Madeline Kahn-Paper Moon
    Kari Sylvan-Cries and Whispers
    Raquel Welch-The Three Musketeers
    Raquel, a spotty actress, was never better than she is in Musketeers and Madeline touching in Paper Moon although she only gets one scene to shine. As I said I love Last of Sheila and a big reason is Joan Hackett, a very distinctive actress, her slowly rising hysteria is perfectly modulated and perfect for the picture. Dyan Cannon is equally sensational and I hated to leave her out but choices have to be made. I appreciated Cries & Whispers more than liked it, although the celebrated color scheme made me feel like I spent an hour and a half inside a tomato, but I loved Kari Sylvan's work as the compassionate maid, the only real human being in the film. As wonderful as those four women were I still had to go with Valentina Cortese. As Ingrid Bergman said when she won the Oscar over her and then practically handed it to Valentina, she gave the most beautiful performance of what the backstage life of an actress can actually be.

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    1. Ha, I like that we both give De Niro the win, albeit for different performances. Cortese is my runner-up, and it's nice to see Kari Sylvan get a nomination. She almost made my top 5. Also, I'm glad someone else leaves out Linda Blair, whose performance is lackluster for the first part of The Exorcist and relies too heavily on Mercedes McCambridge's voice work in the latter part.

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