Sunday, December 16, 2018

1963 Alternate Oscars

My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔. Best foreign-language picture winners are noted with an ƒ.

In case you've forgotten who Ray Harryhausen was, here's a clip from Jason and the Argonauts:

That's all stop-motion, dude — took Harryhausen four months to create what amounted to about three minutes of film. But it's his Mona Lisa.

The Academy named Tom Jones the best picture of 1963 and it was a popular choice. But it hasn't aged well in my opinion. Director Tony Richardson turned Henry Fielding's 18th century novel into one of those "wacky" Sixties comedies that in retrospect aren't particularly funny.

In fact, come to think of it, Tom Jones might have been the start of all that zany wackiness. You've got a lot to answer for, laddybuck.

On the other hand, I find the pure slapstick of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World very funny, so who knows. Maybe because slapstick is fundamentally sincere while wacky is inherently smug.

The Monkey hates smug.

Note: Patricia Neal's performance in Hud is really a supporting one, but she fits better at lead actress so I'm leaving her where the Academy put her.

And P.S.: Katie-Bar-The-Door and I are celebrating our anniversary today. 29 years. Shall we try for thirty?


Erik Beck said...

You killed me on this one. You didn't include my #1 for Picture, Actor (Winter Light for both), Supporting Actor or Supporting Actress (Hugh Griffith and Edith Evans, both for Tom Jones).

But congrats on 29 years. I'm only up to 16 myself.

DKoren said...

Congrats on 29 years!!! Woo!

That last special category... I just sat there thinking how could you do this to me? I could make a case for every one of those! :-D

Anonymous said...

My three favorites of the year, The Leopard, High and Low and Winter Light, weren’t mention in any category...

And congrats for today and I wish you both that the best is yet to come!

Joe Morani

mister muleboy said...

Jesus, did you screw up this year.

Where, exactly, is the best supporting actress from The Great Escape?

Mythical Monkey said...

Where, exactly, is the best supporting actress from The Great Escape?

I got similiar complaints about the lack of supporting actors in The Women. Blame it on the blindness of white male privilege.