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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Oscar History for Best Picture, Directing, and Editing Categories.

I feel that the last few years that the Academy Awards never agree on Best Picture,Director, and Editing categories. It seems to me that Directing and Picture usually go hand in hand. So I decided to break down how many times The Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing have been for the same or different films in Oscar history. It was a great undertaking, but here is the results of the last 89 Academy Awards.

*Note* The first 10 years of the Oscars were a shit show, so a lot of strange things from the 30's. The first Oscars had two Best Picture categories Outstanding and Artistic and 2 Best Director categories Comedy and Dramatic, and neither of the Best Picture winners director's were nominated. The Academy ignores the fact that Sunrise is a Best Picture winner, but I'm going to include it. Therefore with my list there are 90 Best Picture Winners, not 89. Also the Best Editing category didn't come along until 1935.

64 times Best Picture and Best Director have been for the same film
26 times Best Picture and Best Director have been different.
29 times has the same film won for Best Picture,Director, and Editing.
They are in order: Gone With The Wind, The Best Years Of Our Lives, From Here To Eternity, On The Waterfront, The Bridge On The River Kwai, Gigi, Ben Hur,The Apartment,West Side Story, Lawrence Of Arabia, The Sound Of Music, Patton, The French Connection, The Sting, Rocky, The Deer Hunter, Gandhi, Platoon, The Last Emperor, Dances With Wolves, Unforgiven, Schindler's List, Forrest Gump, The English Patient, Titanic, Return Of The King, The Departed, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Hurt Locker.
The longest run was 6 years in a row 1958-1963. The decade with the most is the '90's with 6.
6 times Editing and Director were for the same film, but Best Picture was different.
They are in order: A Place In The Sun, Cabaret, Born On The Fourth Of July, Saving Private Ryan, Traffic, and Gravity.
4 times Editing and Best Picture were the same, but different Director won.
They are in order: Around The World In 80 Days, Chicago, Crash, and Argo. Three of these films are in my top 10 worst films to ever win Best Picture.
5 Directors have not been nominated for Best Director and their films went on to win Best Picture.
Two are from the first Oscar ceremony, which was the most unorthodox in Awards history.
They are in order: William Wellman for Wings, F.W.Murnau for Sunrise, Edmund Goulding for Grand Hotel, Bruce Beresford for Driving Miss Daisy, and Ben Affleck for Argo.
Breakdown by decade:
1927-39: 8 times Best Picture and Director winners were different.
1940-49: 2 times Best Picture and Director winners were different..
1950-59: 4 times Best Picture and Director winners were different.
1960-69: 1 times Best Picture and Director winners were different.
1970-79: 1 times Best Picture and Director winners were different.
1980-89: 1 times Best Picture and Director winners were different.
1990-99: 2 times Best Picture and Director winners were different..
2000-09: 3 times Best Picture and Director winners were different.
2010-17: 4 times Best Picture and Director winners were different.

The winner for Best Picture and Best Director have been different 7 times since 2000, and only 5 times from 1960- 1999. So it seems this is going to be a new trend.

Friday, February 24, 2017

2017 Oscar Predictions

With Trump turning the world upside down I think we are still a year or two away from deep serious political films sweeping the Academy Awards. The Oscars this year will be political on stage and traditional upbeat with the award wins, these are the last of the Obama movies. This is what I think will win, not what I want to win.

BEST PICTURE- La La Land. The backlash for this film the last month has been odd and unfounded. Ohhh they can't sing, ahhh a white man saved Jazz, geee the story is so simple. La La Land is bold, risky, and the hardest film to make this year. It's a very well made charming throwback musical, and if you feel nothing at the end you are dead inside.
Ignored: Jackie (Get used to this)

BEST ACTOR- Casey Affleck. Nobody beat his performance this year, and only the Gos came close.
Ignored: Colin Farrell-The Lobster.

BEST ACTRESS- Emma Stone. Huppert may steal it from her, but the singing and dancing may give Emma the edge. I'm really rooting for Natalie Portman for Jackie, but that won't happen.
Ignored: Viola Davis-Fences

SUPPORTING ACTRESS- Viola Davis. The Academy needs to get their shit strait and set some rules. Viola is in as much of Fences as Denzel, and now she has an unfair advantage over the other nominees. I'm rooting for Michelle Williams for Manchester, but 90 minutes of screen time beats 10 minutes.
Ignored: Angeliki Papoulia- "The Heartless Women" from The Lobster.

SUPPORTING ACTOR- Mahershala Ali. Great category again this year, but Ali gives a star making performance.
Ignored: I have a few.Ben Whishaw- The Lobster. Trevante Rhodes "The grown up Chiron"-Moonlight. Ben Foster- Hell or High Water

DIRECTING- Damien Chazelle. The guy took a big risk for his second film and hit it out of the park. No sophomore slump for D.C.
Ignored: Pablo Larrain-Jackie and Yorgos Lanthimos- The Lobster

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY- Manchester By The Sea. One of my two La La losses for the night, Lonergan deserves this one.
Ignored: Noah Oppenheim-Jackie. Now this is weird, the guy was a TV producer for The Today Show and some reality programs. Then he decides to become a screenwriter and adapts The Maze Runner and Allegiant, two terrible movies. Then he writes an unconventional script about Jackie Kennedy and Boom! I don't get it.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY- Moonlight. I was really happy that Manchester and Moonlight didn't have to go against each other. Justice is usually served in the writing categories.
Ignored: Sarah Waters-The Handmaiden

CINEMATOGRAPHY- Linus Sandgren-La La Land.
Ignored: Stephane Fontaine-Jackie. Shot on Super 16 and flawless combination of new and old footage. Jarin Blaschke-The Witch

ANIMATED- Kubo and the Two Strings. Stop motion is just too impressive.

FOREIGN- Toni Erdmann. The last two years I have been really bad at seeing Foreign films. I blame my move from NYC.
Ignored: The Handmaiden

DOCUMENTARY- OJ: Made In America. This is what I'm rooting for the most out of all the films nominated this year. I know one of the editors and the film is phenomenal.
Ignored: DePalma. Just a joy to watch.

Ignored: Jackie and Manchester By The Sea

SCORE- La La Land.The three best scores the last few years were all nominated. La La, Jackie, and my favorite score Moonlight. I will do a back-flip if Britell wins for Moonlight.
Ignored: David Wingo-Midnight Special

SONG- City Of Stars-La La Land. It's a shame that "The Audition" got nominated over "A Lovely Night" and "Another Day in the Sun". It's a pinnacle song, but it's too long and weak compared to the other two.




1) La La Land
2) Manchester By The Sea
3) Jackie
4) OJ: Made In America
5) Moonlight
6) The Nice Guys
7) The Lobster
8) DePalma
9) Deadpool (Sorry, but this film is fun.)
10) The Handmaiden

It was a terrible year for films until the November rolled around, then it became a really good year.