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Quiz Show (1994)

Director: Robert RedfordScreenwriter: Paul AttanasioAdapted from: Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties by Richard GoodwinCast: John Turturro, Ralph Fiennes, Rob Morrow, David Paymer, Paul Scofield, Hank Azaria, Christopher McDonald, Mira SorvinoNominations: Picture, Director – Robert Redford, Supporting Actor – Paul Scofield, Adapted Screenplay ht The 67th Academy Awards ceremony is often seen as a … Continue reading Quiz Show (1994)

Patton (1970)

Director: Franklin J. SchaffnerScreenwriters: Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. NorthCast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates, Edward Binns, Lawrence DobkinNominations: Picture, Director – Franklin J. Schaffner, Actor – George C. Scott, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Sore (original), Sound, Visual EffectsWins: Picture, Director – Franklin J. Schaffner, Actor – George C. Scott, Original … Continue reading Patton (1970)

Darkest Hour (2017)

Director: Joe WrightScreenwriter: Anthony McCartenCast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, Ben MendelsohnNominations: Picture, Actor – Gary Oldman, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & HairstylingWins: Actor – Gary Oldman, Makeup & Hairstyling When it comes to big-screen depictions of 20th century persons, Winston Churchill is up there among the … Continue reading Darkest Hour (2017)

The White Parade (1934)

Director: Irving CummingsScreenwriters: Rian James, Jesse Lasky Jr., Sonya Levien, Ernest PascalAdapted from: The White Parade by Rian JamesCast: Loretta Young, John Boles, Dorothy Wilson, Muriel Kirkland, Astrid Allwyn, Frank Conroy, Jane DarwellNominations: Picture, Sound Today’s film is the first of two that are not available for immediate public consumption.  The only known existing print … Continue reading The White Parade (1934)

The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Director: Herbert RossScreenwriter: Neil SimonCast: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict, Barbara RhoadesNominations: Picture, Actor – Richard Dreyfuss, Actress – Marsha Mason, Supporting Actress – Quinn Cummings, Original ScreenplayWin: Actor – Richard Dreyfuss It goes without saying that Neil Simon is one of the best comedy writers of the 20th century, from his … Continue reading The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Director: Quentin TarantinoScreenwriter: Quentin TarantinoCast: Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl, Til Schweiger, Jacky Ido, B.J. Novak, August DiehlNominations: Picture, Director – Quentin Tarantino, Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound EditingWin: Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz The gloriousness of Inglourious Basterds … Continue reading Inglourious Basterds (2009)

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Director: Lowell ShermanScreenwriters: Mae West, Harvey F. Thew, John BrightAdapted from: Diamon Lil by Mae WestCast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Noah Beery, Gilbert Roland, David Landau, Rafaela Ottiano, Dewey RobinsonNomination: Picture Too often, controversial films from the 1930s come off as incredibly tame for modern audiences.  It can be amusing to think there … Continue reading She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Cleopatra (1934)

Director: Cecil B. DeMilleScreenwriters: Waldemar Young, Vincent LawrenceAdapted from: Adaptation of historical material by Bartlett CormackCast: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Irving Pichel, Ian Keith, Gertrude Michael, Leonard MudieNominations: Picture, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Assistant DirectorWin: Cinematography There used to be a more haphazard approach to bringing historical stories to the screen.  Facts would get … Continue reading Cleopatra (1934)

Out of Africa (1985)

Director: Sydney PollackScreenwriter: Kurt LuedtkeAdapted from: Out of Africa and other writings by Isak Dinesen, Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Story Teller by Judith Thurman, Silence Will Speak by Errol TrzebinskiCast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Malick Bowens, Suzanna Hamilton, Michael Gough, Joseph ThiakaNominations: Picture, Director – Sydney Pollack, Actress … Continue reading Out of Africa (1985)

An Unmarried Woman (1978)

Director: Paul MazurskyScreenwriter: Paul MazurskyCast: Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Muphy, Lisa Lucas, Cliff Gorman, Kelly Bishop, Linda Miller, Pat QuinnNominations: Picture, Actress – Jill Clayburgh, Original Screenplay For anyone who’s been in a long-term relationship—especially, and maybe specifically, a marriage—it can be strange and difficult to separate yourself from being a part of a … Continue reading An Unmarried Woman (1978)

District 9 (2009)

Director: Neill BlomkampScreenwriters: Neill Blomkamp, Terri TatchellAdapted from: Alive in JoburgCast: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Vaness Haywood, Mandla Gaduka, Eugene Wanangwa Khumbanyiwa, Louis MinnaarNominations: Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Visual Effects The first time I saw District 9 I thought it was an important and powerful film.  I was disappointed, however, that it failed … Continue reading District 9 (2009)

Goodfellas (1990)

Director: Martin ScorseseScreenwriters: Nicholas Pileggi, Martin ScorseseAdapted from: Wiseguy by Nicholas PileggiCast: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Gina Mastrogiacomo, Debi Mazar, Frank VincentNominations: Picture, Director – Martin Scorsese, Supporting Actor – Joe Pesci, Supporting Actress – Lorraine Bracco, Adapted Screenplay, EditingWin: Supporting Actor – Joe Pesci Martin Scorsese is … Continue reading Goodfellas (1990)

12 Angry Men (1957)

Director: Sidney LumetScreenwriter: Reginald RoseAdapted from: 12 Angry Men by Reginald RoseCast: Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, Robert WebberNominations: Picture, Director – Sidney Lumet, Adapted Screenplay The greatness of 12 Angry Men cannot be overstated.  It is, … Continue reading 12 Angry Men (1957)

Lady for a Day (1933)

Director: Frank CapraScreenwriters: Robert RiskinAdapted from: “Madame La Gimp” by Damon RunyonCast: May Robson, Warren William, Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell, Ned Sparks, Nat Pendleton, Jean Parker, Walter ConnollyNominations: Picture, Director – Frank Capra, Actress – May Robson, Adapted Screenplay Lady for a Day is a film that is truly of and for its time.  Coming … Continue reading Lady for a Day (1933)

Rain Man (1988)

Director: Barry LevinsonScreenwriters: Ronald Bass, Barry MorrowCast: Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino, Jerry MolenNominations: Picture, Director – Barry Levinson, Actor – Dustin Hoffman, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, ScoreWins: Picture, Director – Barry Levinson, Actor – Dustin Hoffman, Original Screenplay Dustin Hoffman gets the showier role of the two leads in Rain Man, … Continue reading Rain Man (1988)

JFK (1991)

Director: Oliver StoneScreenwriters: Oliver Stone, Zachary SklarAdapted from: On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim MarrsCast: Kevin Costner, Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, Jay O. Sanders, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Rooker, Donald Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Gary OldmanNominations: Picture, Director – Oliver Stone, Supporting … Continue reading JFK (1991)

Tess (1979)

Director: Roman PolanskiScreenwriters: Gerard Brach, John Brownjohn, Roman PolanskiAdapted from: Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas hardyCast: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin, Rosemary Martin, Carolyn Pickles, Suzanna HamiltonNominations: Picture, Director – Roman Polanski, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, ScoreWins: Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design Discussing any film directed by Roman Polanski can … Continue reading Tess (1979)

The Artist (2011)

Director: Michel HazanaviciusScreenwriter: Michel HazanaviciusCast: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle, Penelope Ann MillerNominations: Picture, Director – Michel Hazanavicius, Actor – Jean Dujardin, Supporting Actress – Berenice Bejo, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, ScoreWins: Picture, Director – Michel Hazanavicius, Actor – Jean Dujardin, Costume Design, Score Excluding the … Continue reading The Artist (2011)

An Education (2009)

Director: Lone ScherfigScreenwriter: Nick HornbyAdapted from: An Education by Lynn BarberCast: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, Olivia Williams, Emma ThompsonNominations: Picture, Actress – Carey Mulligan, Adapted Screenplay Being a teenager is easily one of the more difficult phases we go through in life.  No longer a child, not … Continue reading An Education (2009)

Inception (2010)

Director: Christopher NolanScreenwriter: Christopher NolanCast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine, Pete PostlethwaiteNominations: Picture, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual EffectsWins: Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects A prominent theme in many of Christopher Nolan’s … Continue reading Inception (2010)

1917 (2019)

Director: Sam MendesScreenwriters: Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-CairnsCast: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Mark Strong, Claire Duburcq, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard MaddenNominations: Picture, Director – Sam Mendes, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects, Makeup & HairstylingWins: Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects Despite a twenty-year head start, World War … Continue reading 1917 (2019)

Wilson (1944)

Director: Henry KingScreenwriter: Lamar TrottiCast: Alexander Knox, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Charles Coburn, Thomas Mitchell, Cedric Hardwicke, Ruth Nelson,Nominations: Picture, Director – Henry King, Actor – Alexander Knox, Original Screenplay, Cinematography (color), Editing, Art Direction (color), Score (drama/comedy), Sound, Special EffectsWins: Original Screenplay, Cinematography (color), Editing, Art Direction (color), Sound I noticed that I have a tell … Continue reading Wilson (1944)

Romeo and Juliet (1936)

Director: George CukorScreenwriter: Talbot JenningsAdapted from: Romeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareCast: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, Edna May OliverNominations: Picture, Actress – Norma Shearer, Supporting Actor – Basil Rathbone, Art Direction For the longest time, MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer resisted adapting the works of Shakespeare for the screen.  This … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet (1936)

Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

Director: Roy Del RuthScreenwriters: Harry W. Conn, Moss Hart, Jack McGowan, Sid SilversCast: Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor, June Knight, Una Merkel, Sid Silvers, Buddy EbsenNominations: Picture, Original Story, Dance DirectionWin: Dance Direction It would be wrong to say Broadway Melody of 1936 isn’t a good film, because it is.  It’s fun and engaging, … Continue reading Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Director: Norman JewisonScreenwriters: Joseph SteinAdapted from: Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry BockCast: Topol, Norma Crane, Rosalind Harris, Leonard Frey, Michele Marsh, Paul Michael Glaser, Neva Small, Louis ZorichNominations: Picture, Director – Norman Jewison, Actor – Topol, Supporting Actor – Leonard Frey, Cinematography, Art Direction, Score (adaptation/song score), SoundWins: Cinematography, Score … Continue reading Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Director: Paul Thomas AndersonScreenwriter: Paul Thomas AndersonAdapted from: Oil! by Upton SinclairCast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Dillon Freasier, Ciaran Hinds, Kevin J. O’Connor, Russell HarvardNominations: Picture, Director – Paul Thomas Anderson, Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Sound EditingWins: Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Cinematography The opening shot of There Will Be … Continue reading There Will Be Blood (2007)

Funny Girl (1968)

Director: William WylerScreenwriter: Isobel LennartAdapted from: Funny Girl by Isobel Lennart, Jule Styne, Bob MerrillCast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Walter Pidgeon, Lee Allen, Anne FrancisNominations: Picture, Actress – Barbra Streisand, Supporting Actress – Kay Medford, Cinematography, Editing, Score (musical), Song – “Funny Girl,” SoundWins: Actress – Barbra Streisand The last few years have … Continue reading Funny Girl (1968)

Going My Way (1944)

Director: Leo McCareyScreenwriters: Frank Butler, Frank Cavett, Leo McCareyCast: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, Jean Heather, Rise Stevens, James Brown, Stanley Clements, Gene LockhartNominations: Picture, Director – Leo McCarey, Actor – Bing Crosby, Actor – Barry Fitzgerald, Supporting Actor – Barry Fitzgerald, Screenplay, Cinematography (b/w), Editing, Song – “Swinging on a Star,” Motion Picture … Continue reading Going My Way (1944)

Terms of Endearment (1983)

Director: James L. BrooksScreenwriter: James L. BrooksAdapted from: Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtryCast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jeff Daniels, Jack Nicholson, John Lithgow, Lisa Hart Carroll, Danny DeVitoNominations: Picture, Director – James L. Brooks, Actress – Shirley MacLaine, Actress – Debra Winger, Supporting Actor – John Lithgow, Supporting Actor – Jack Nicholson, Adapted Screenplay, … Continue reading Terms of Endearment (1983)

Up in the Air (2009)

Director: Jason ReitmanScreenwriters: Jason Reitman, Sheldon TurnerAdapted from: Up in the Air by Walter KirnCast: George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton, Danny McBride, Melanie LynskeyNominations: Picture, Director – Jason Reitman, Actor – George Clooney, Supporting Actress – Vera Farmiga, Supporting Actress – Anna Kendrick, Adapted Screenplay I have seen Up in … Continue reading Up in the Air (2009)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Director: Steven SpielbergScreenwriter: Melissa MathisonCast: Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Peter CoyoteNominations: Picture, Director – Steven Spielberg, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Score (original), Sound, Sound Effects Editing, Visual EffectsWins: Score (original), Sound, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects It has nothing to do with the actual film, but one of my earliest memories … Continue reading E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Director: Ang LeeScreenwriters: Wang Hui-ling, James Schamus, Kuo Jung TsaiAdapted from: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Wang DuluCast: Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Cheng Pei-pei, Sihung LungNominations: Picture, Director – Ang Lee, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Score, Song – “A Love Before Time”, Foreign Language FilmWins: Cinematography, Art … Continue reading Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

The Thin Red Line (1998)

Director: Terrence MalickScreenwriter: Terrence MalickAdapted from: The Thin Red Line by James JonesCast: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, Ben Chaplin, John Cusack, Dash Mihok, Woody Harrelson, Miranda Otto, Adrien BrodyNominations: Picture, Director – Terrence Malick, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Score (drama), Sound What’s this war in the heart of nature? In his … Continue reading The Thin Red Line (1998)

Alfie (1966)

Director: Lewis GilbertScreenwriter: Bill NaughtonAdapted from: Alfie by Bill NaughtonCast: Michael Caine, Julia Foster, Vivien Merchant, Shelley Winters, Jane Asher, Millicent Martin, Graham Stark, Alfie BassNominations: Picture, Actor – Michael Caine, Supporting Actress – Vivien Merchant, Adapted Screenplay, Song – “Alfie” One of the neatest things about watching contemporary films made in the past is … Continue reading Alfie (1966)

One Hour with You (1932)

Director: Ernst LubitschScreenwriters: Samson RaphaelsonAdapted from: Only a Dream by Lothar SchmidtCast: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin, Charles Ruggles, Roland YoungNomination: Picture It seems strange to describe a film that takes infidelity so lightheartedly as charming, but that’s exactly what One Hour with You is: charming.  Having Maurice Chevalier as the main character and … Continue reading One Hour with You (1932)

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Director: Ron HowardScreenwriter: Akiva GoldsmanAdapted from: A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia NasarCast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Ed Harris, Josh Lucas, Christopher PlummerNominations: Picture, Director – Ron Howard, Actor – Russell Crowe, Supporting Actress – Jennifer Connelly, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Score, MakeupWins: Picture, Director – Ron Howard, Supporting Actress – Jennifer Connelly, Adapted Screenplay … Continue reading A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Director: Richard FleischerScreenwriter: Leslie BricusseAdapted from: Doctor Dolittle novels by Hugh LoftingCast: Rex Harrison, Anthony Newley, Samantha Eggar, Richard Attenborough, William DixNominations: Picture, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Score (adaptation/treatment), Score (original), Song – “Talk to the Animals,” Sound, Special EffectsWins: Song – “Talk to the Animals,” Special Effects I take the mindset that every movie, … Continue reading Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Bridge of Spies (2015)

Director: Steven SpielbergScreenwriters: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel CoenCast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda, Austin StowellNominations: Picture, Supporting Actor – Mark Rylance, Original Screenplay, Production Design, Score, Sound MixingWin: Supporting Actor – Mark Rylance Principles are only principles if you stick with them when it would be so … Continue reading Bridge of Spies (2015)

The Favourite (2018)

Director: Yorgos LanthimosScreenwriters: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamaraCast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, James SmithNominations: Picture, Director – Yorgos Lanthimos, Actress – Olivia Colman, Supporting Actress – Emma Stone, Supporting Actress – Rachel Weisz, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume DesignWin: Actress – Olivia Colman It can be tricky when making a … Continue reading The Favourite (2018)

Little Women (1933)

Director: George CukorScreenwriters: Victor Heerman, Sarah Y. MasonAdapted from: Little Women by Louisa May AlcottCast: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Frances Dee, Jean Parker, Spring Byington, Douglass Montgomery, Paul LukasNominations: Picture, Director – George Cukor, ScreenplayWin: Screenplay The relationships among siblings are curious.  They’re antagonistic and protective; they’re supportive and critical; they’re the best and the … Continue reading Little Women (1933)

The Aviator (2004)

Director: Martin ScorseseScreenwriter: John LoganCast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, John C. Reilly, Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Danny Huston, Matt RossNominations: Picture, Director – Martin Scorsese, Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio, Supporting Actor – Alan Alda, Supporting Actress – Cate Blanchett, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound MixingWins: Supporting Actress – Cate … Continue reading The Aviator (2004)

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Director: Clint EastwoodScreenwriter: Paul HaggisAdapted from: Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner by F.X. TooleCast: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie, Jay Baruchel, Brian F. O’Byrne, Mike ColterNominations: Picture, Director – Clint Eastwood, Actor – Clint Eastwood, Actress – Hilary Swank, Supporting Actor – Morgan Freeman, Adapted Screenplay, EditingWins: Picture, Director – Clint … Continue reading Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Moonlight (2016)

Director: Barry JenkinsScreenwriters: Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraneyAdapted from: In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney (unpublished)Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, Naomiee Harris, Janelle Monae, Mahershala Ali, Andre Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Jaden PinerNominations: Picture, Director – Barry Jenkins, Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, Supporting Actress – Naomi Harris, Adapted Screenplay, … Continue reading Moonlight (2016)

Howards End (1992)

Director: James IvoryScreenwriter: Ruth Prawer JhabvalaAdapted from: Howards End by E.M. ForsterCast: Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins, Adrian Ross Magenty, Vanessa Redgrave, James Wilby, Samuel West, Nicola DuffettNominations: Picture, Director – James Ivory, Actress – Emma Thompson, Supporting Actress – Vanessa Redgrave, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, ScoreWins: Actress – Emma … Continue reading Howards End (1992)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Director: Arthur PennScreenwriters: David Newman, Robert BentonCast: Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle ParsonsNominations: Picture, Director – Arthur Penn, Actor – Warren Beatty, Actress – Faye Dunaway, Supporting Actor – Gene Hackman, Supporting Actor – Michael J. Pollard, Supporting Actress – Estelle Parsons, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume DesignWins: Supporting Actress – … Continue reading Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The Graduate (1967)

Director: Mike NicholsScreenwriters: Calder Willingham, Buck HenryAdapted from: The Graduate by Clifton WebbCast: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth WilsonNominations: Picture, Director – Mike Nichols, Actor – Dustin Hoffman, Actress – Anne Bancroft, Supporting Actress – Katharine Ross, Adapted Screenplay, CinematographyWin: Director – Mike Nichols It was sometime in the … Continue reading The Graduate (1967)

All About Eve (1950)

Director: Joseph L. MankiewiczScreenwriter: Joseph L. MankiewiczAdapted from: “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary OrrCast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma RitterNominations: Picture, Director – Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Actress – Anne Baxter, Actress – Bette Davis, Supporting Actor – George Sanders, Supporting Actress – Celeste Holm, Supporting Actress … Continue reading All About Eve (1950)

Secrets & Lies (1996)

Director: Mike LeighScreenwriter: Mike LeighCast: Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan, Claire RushbrookNominations: Picture, Director – Mike Leigh, Actress – Brenda Blethyn, Supporting Actress – Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Original Screenplay Mike Leigh is an enigma of a filmmaker.  When creating a script, he doesn’t sit at the keyboard and start typing; he doesn’t write … Continue reading Secrets & Lies (1996)

The Blind Side (2009)

Director: John Lee HancockScreenwriter: John Lee HancockAdapted from: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael LewisCast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kathy BatesNominations: Picture, Actress – Sandra BullockWin: Actress – Sandra Bullock While I haven’t previously seen a number of Best Picture nominees, I do have … Continue reading The Blind Side (2009)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Director: Alexander HallScreenwriters: Sidney Buchman, Seton I. MillerAdapted from: Heaven Can Wait by Harry SegallCast: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, James Gleason, Evelyn Keyes, Edward Everett Horton, Rita Johnson, John EmeryNominations: Picture, Director – Alexander Hall, Actor – Robert Montgomery, Supporting Actor – James Gleason, Screenplay, Cinematography (b/w), Original StoryWins: Screenplay, Original Story We heard a … Continue reading Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

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