Friday, April 27, 2012

Best Supporting Actress: 1930s

I almost skipped the 1930s because I have not seen very many supporting performances of note. It was tough to come up with winners from what little I've seen. Of course, I'll come back and edit these once I see more performances from this decade.

1930: Marie Dressler, Anna Christie

Monday, April 23, 2012

Oscar Campaign Bust #3: Shutter Island

Since I haven't posted an entry into this series in months, I thought it was time to revive it.

This 2010 psychological thriller from Oscar winner Martin Scorsese had technical prowess and a fantastic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, a three-time Academy Award nominee. It was a stylish throwback to classic movies, and it seemed to be ripe for Oscar notice. But it was supposed to be released in the fall of 2009. Instead, it was moved to a February 2010 theatrical release. Though it would become Scorsese's highest grossing film in the U.S., critics could not reach a consensus, and the film was relatively forgotten when awards season came.

Did it deserve to be nominated? Yes, at least for Best Actor, Best Art Direction, and Best Cinematography.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Best Actor: 2000s

2000: Forest Whitaker, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Oscar winner: Russell Crowe, Gladiator
Was he nominated?: No

Friday, April 13, 2012

Best Actor: 1990s

1990: Alec Baldwin, Miami Blues
Oscar winner: Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune
Was he nominated?: No

Monday, April 9, 2012

If I Could Program TCM for a Day...

I'm totally stealing this idea from The Hollywood Revue, but it was a great idea. I tried to incorporate both foreign classics and Hollywood ones. Every film is, arguably, a popular film in its own right, but I just couldn't help including all of these great films. Though my picks might not be very original, they are some of my very favorites. One thing is for sure: I'd watch TCM all day.

My TCM schedule:

6:00 AM: Three Colors: Blue (1993)
7:50 AM: Black Orpheus (1959)
9:40 AM: The Apartment (1960)
12:00 PM: Persona (1966)
1:30 PM: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
3:30 PM: Notorious (1946)
5:20 PM: Metropolis (1927)
8:00 PM: Dial M for Murder (1954)
10:00 PM: The Philadelphia Story (1940)
12:15 AM: Gaslight (1944)
2:15 AM: The Awful Truth (1937)
4:00 AM: To Have and Have Not (1944)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Best Actor: 1980s

1980: Jack Nicholson, The Shining
Oscar winner: Robert De Niro, Raging Bull
Was he nominated?: No