Sunday, June 16, 2019

1989 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔.

I had to look up the last time I failed to nominate a movie that the Academy chose as the best picture of the year — Around the World in 80 Days back in 1956.

So, no Driving Miss Daisy, but I will leave you with this classic song that first appeared in Spike Lee's anti-Miss Daisy masterpiece, Do the Right Thing:

Sunday, June 2, 2019

1987 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. A tie is indicated with a ✪. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔. Best foreign-language picture winners are noted with an ƒ. A historical winner who won in a different category is noted with a ✱.

What a deep year for movies. The movies I didn't nominate — Au Revoir Les Enfants, Babette's Feast, The Dead, Full Metal Jacket, House of Games, Predator, Radio Days, Raising Arizona, RoboCop, Withnail & I, among others — would make a credible top ten in most any other year.

Some years are so thin, it's hard to find a winner, much less ten solid nominees. Other years, one's cup overfloweth. Oh, well. That's the life of an alternate Oscar junkie.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

1986 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔.

I think you know how much I love Paul Newman. I've nominated him for seven alternate Oscars — a ton in my universe — and had him winning for The Hustler in 1961. But even at the time, I felt like the Academy gave him the Oscar for The Color of Money to make up for nearly three decades worth of snubs rather than because it was a stand-out performance. I mean, personally, I wouldn't put it in his top ten. So I'm skipping over him so I can recognize some other fine actors who gave more dynamic performances in 1986.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

1985 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. A tie is indicated with a ✪. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔. Best foreign-language picture winners are noted with an ƒ. A historical winner who won in a different category is noted with a ✱.

For a long time, I had Akira Kurosawa's Ran down as the best picture of 1985, and it's a beautiful, beautifully-made movie. But Filmsite.org defines classic movies as "renowned films of first rank, reference points in film mythology, or films that have become a part of American cultural folklore."

That sure sounds like Back to the Future to me so that's what I'm going with. But you decide.


Note: William Hurt won the Oscar for best actor in 1985, but to me, it was such a joint effort with Raul Julia that to split them apart would be like trying to assess Laurel without Hardy or Curly without Moe. They win together or don't win at all.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

1984 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔.

The Academy Awards for 1984 are remembered now mostly for Sally Field's "You like me! You really, really like me!" speech — followed by the fastest case of buyers remorse in Oscar history. I've already recognized Field for her work in Norma Rae so I'm going to skip over her in favor of some very good actresses who never received the accolades they deserved.