Saturday, November 26, 2022

Alternate Oscars: 2003 (Re-Do)

So Elf is playing for 24 consecutive hours on TBS today which pretty much makes it the most successful Christmas movie since A Christmas Story and puts it on a list with such classics as It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street (1947) as an indispensable holiday movie. Thus the complete re-think.

And if you haven't voted in my Best Actress of 1953 poll, click here. (There's also the alternate Oscars for 2016 here and a bunch of best supporting actor polls here.)

My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔. Best animated feature winners are noted with an @.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Alternate Oscars: 1953 Actress (Re-Do)

Nothing particularly wrong with the 1953 actress vote the first time around. But since then, the Argentine classic El Vampiro Negro has been rescued and restored and has recently made its TCM debut on Eddie Muller's Noir Alley. And if you can't change your mind in light of new information, well then, you're like a lot of people these days ...
A loose remake of Fritz Lang's classic M, El Vampiro Negro (The Black Vampire to you English-speakers) stars Olga Zubarry as a nightclub singer who is the only person to have seen the face of a serial killer preying on local children. It's a very good movie and Zubarry is very good in it. Thus, her nomination here for best actress.

Four of the other nominees remain the same. For those of you scoring at home, three of them — Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr and Marilyn Monroe — have won alternate Oscars for other movies.
Which is not why I'm voting for Jane Russell, but it doesn't hurt. She's terrific in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes — if you know the movie and the behind-the-scenes story, you know she's the reason this is such a great film — and I happen to think it's the best performance by a lead actress in 1953. That she had a career worth a little recognition is just icing on the cake.

Not that I'm trying to influence you, but if you can't twist a friend's arm, then what are arms for?

Have at it.

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

Friday, November 11, 2022

Alternate Oscars: 2016

A year ago I asked you to decide who the nominees for the 2016 alternate Oscars should be. With one exception (it's my blog!), I abided by your picks. A lot of solid choices for best picture without any of them being the obvious winner. No Casablanca's here.

Some of the best picture nominees have become regular staples of basic cable — Deadpool, Rogue One, Hidden Figures. Others like Moonlight never will.

It's up to you to decide what you think a best picture is.

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 ✱.