I gave the award for best actor in a comedy to both Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory for their work in My Dinner with Andre. I've given collective awards to obvious comedy teams before—the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges, Hope & Crosby, Abbott & Costello, Monty Python—but never to two guys who happened to be in a movie together.
Still, it makes sense to me, if not to you. Aside from a waiter, Shawn and Gregory are the only two guys in the film, and the movie only works if they're both on their game, in this case, one talking and one listening. I mean, you wouldn't give the Grammy for best songwriter to Lennon or McCartney, you'd give it to Lennon and McCartney. (Actually, the senile old goats at the Grammys would give it to Englebert Humperdinck, but that's beside the point.) (You know, somebody ought to do an "alternate Grammys" blog, handing out annual awards for best male/female/group performers, best album and best song. Maybe somebody already does.)
Anyway, my blog, my rules. The point is to say something about the history of movies rather than hand out awards strictly according to Hoyle.
PICTURE (Drama) winner:Reds (prod. Warren Beatty)
PICTURE (Comedy/Musical) winner:Raiders of the Lost Ark (prod. Frank Marshall)
Named for Katie-Bar-The-Door, the Katies are "alternate Oscars"—who should have been nominated, who should have won—but really they're just an excuse to write a history of the movies from the Silent Era to the present day.
To see a list of nominees and winners as well as links to my essays about them, click here.
Remember: There are no wrong answers, only movies you haven't seen yet.
The Silent Oscars
And don't forget to check out the Silent Oscars—my year-by-year choices for best picture, director and all four acting categories for the pre-Oscar years, 1902-1927.
Look at me—Joe College, with a touch of arthritis. Are my eyes really brown? Uh, no, they're green. Would we have the nerve to dive into the icy water and save a person from drowning? That's a key question. I, of course, can't swim, so I never have to face it. Say, haven't you anything better to do than to keep popping in here early every morning and asking a lot of fool questions?