41st Academy Awards (1968) – Part I

Oliver!, Carol Reed* Funny Girl, William Wyler The Lion in Winter, Anthony Harvey Rachel, Rachel, Paul Newman Romeo and Juliet, Franco Zeffirelli The Sixties are giving me whiplash, man...swinging recklessly from A Man for All Seasons to In the Heat of the Night to Oliver! to Midnight Cowboy between 1966 and 1969 might be the wildest see-sawing …

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Best Pictures with no Acting Nominees – Part II

(Part I.) Prelude Before I get to the final six Best Pictures with no acting nominations, here's something interesting to think about as we move forward. For the six films discussed in Part I, all but All Quiet on the Western Front failed to win Best Director (and the directors of Wings and Grand Hotel weren't even …

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40th Academy Awards (1967) – Part II

(Part I.) When The Graduate was set to premiere in 1967 after years of development hell, few people in the trade had much hope for the 106-minute film about a nebbishy, awkward twenty-one-year-old spending a few months nebbishly and awkwardly plowing an older, married woman before absconding with her younger, married daughter. No one really …

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40th Academy Awards (1967) – Part I

In the Heat of the Night, Norman Jewison Bonnie and Clyde, Arthur Penn Doctor Dolittle, Richard Fleischer The Graduate, Mike Nichols* Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Stanley Kramer 1967 was a hell of a year for American cinema, where it seemed like Hollywood was finally catching up to Europe. The musical bubble brought on by …

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Best Pictures with no Acting Nominations – Part I

There has been a lot of flipflopping throughout Oscars history about just what it means to be Best Picture. In the beginning, it was common for the winner to score just as many, if not fewer, awards and nominations as its fellow contenders. It was as if Best Picture was a category unto itself that encompassed …

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39th Academy Awards (1966) – Part II

(Part I.) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was the only black-and-white nominee this year, befitting its stark, austere, darkly comic narrative. Not only was it nominated in every eligible category, it also marked the first time in Oscars history that a film's entire credited cast was nominated...and Mike Nichols, in his directorial debut, made sure …

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39th Academy Awards (1966) – Part I

A Man for All Seasons, Fred Zinnemann* Alfie, Lewis Gilbert The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming, Norman Jewison The Sand Pebbles, Robert Wise Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Mike Nichols Always nice to see the Academy rebound from a mediocre year. After 1965, when they seemed to just give up trying to make …

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