LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1975 and 1976

Posted by · 7:00 pm · September 15th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. These two years offer two of the best slates of Best Picture nominees ever in my opinion. ’75 of course belonging to the second ever winner of the top five awards, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” I’ve got no qualms with that particular film, but […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1973 and 1974

Posted by · 9:44 pm · September 8th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. “The Sting” swept the 1973 awards and it remains one of the breeziest films to win top honors. The combination of Newman and Redford, working at the top of their game and re-teaming with “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” director George Roy Hill proved irresistible. […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1971 and 1972

Posted by · 7:07 pm · September 1st, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. Kubrick gets robbed again as his visionary, “A Clockwork Orange” loses out to a well-executed genre flick in 1971. The Oscars like nothing more than a slightly better version of the crap that Hollywood continually churns out. It’s almost as if one film doing it really […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1969 and 1970

Posted by · 6:29 pm · August 25th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. As the 60’s came to a close, Oscar decided to embrace its dirty side and give X-rated “Oliver!” makes it quite a juxtaposition and the film remains one of the most interesting picks by the Academy, particularly as it triumphed in the “Year of the Western.” […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1967 and 1968

Posted by · 11:25 pm · August 18th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. The civil rights struggle raged through America in the late 60’s and the issue found its way to Oscar’s front door in 1967 with “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Neither has the lasting impact of fellow nominees “Bonnie and Clyde” but we can’t expect the Academy […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1965 and 1966

Posted by · 4:54 pm · August 11th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. I’m back guys. Sorry for taking a week off but my older brother got hitched and I had a drunken Best Man speech that needed attending to. I trust you spent the week watching all the wonderful movies being highlighted in this column. We’re halfway through […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1963 and 1964

Posted by · 4:42 pm · July 28th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. The Beatles weren’t the only British invasion happening around 1963 as “Tom Jones” took the big prize at the Academy Awards and British talent racked up no less than 9 of the 20 acting nominations. It also became one of the few comedies to win, slaying […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1961 and 1962

Posted by · 2:28 pm · July 21st, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. I know it’s a fool’s game to do any kind of post that doesn’t mention “Inception,” but I just did so I guess it’s all good. Back at the Oscars, a big film swept the proceedings for the third year in a row with “West Side […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1959 and 1960

Posted by · 2:40 pm · July 14th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. The epics kept rolling at the turn of the decade with “Ben-Hur” taking the 1959 Best Picture prize, picking up a record 11 wins in the process, yet to be eclipsed but matched twice by “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1957 and 1958

Posted by · 5:49 pm · July 7th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. The Academy was knee-deep in blacklisting around 1957 and Best Adapted Screenplay was given to novelist Pierre Boulle for “Sweet Smell of Success,” “A Face in the Crowd” all received no love and could easily be featured in this column. 1958 saw “Touch of Evil” is […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1955 and 1956

Posted by · 7:54 pm · June 30th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1955. The year my father was born and the year the Oscars threw the biggest curveball in their short history. A tiny, 91 minute romantic comedy that made no money at the box office and was initially just meant to be a TV movie won the […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1953 and 1954

Posted by · 8:07 pm · June 23rd, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. Did you guys see that USA-Algeria game today? I mean, talk about a life without Oscar. How can anyone think of movies while the World Cup is going on? Can we start a petition to give Landon Donovan the Jean Hersholt award this year? I suppose […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1951 and 1952

Posted by · 2:45 pm · June 16th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. So sorry to have neglected this column for two weeks but life got in the way. A life without Oscar, you could even say. 1951 saw some major shakeups in Oscar-land, with producers taking the Best Picture award rather than the studio for the first time […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1949 and 1950

Posted by · 7:33 pm · May 26th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. “All the King’s Men” won the Best Picture prize in 1949, appropriately closing the book on the decade of socially conscious dramas hogging all of the attention. Somewhere, an eight year old Mike Medavoy sat in a dark theater watching and said, “I’m gonna grow up […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1947 and 1948

Posted by · 3:56 pm · May 19th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1947 kept the preachy, socially conscious train rolling at the Oscars with “Gentleman’s Agreement” taking the top prize. Anything exposing anti-Semitism was going to be hard to beat in the post-World War II period and the fact that it was actually well-made didn’t hurt either. More […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1945 and 1946

Posted by · 4:30 pm · May 12th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. World War II was winding down and the nation was ready to be happy again. So, naturally the Best Picture award went to “The Lost Weekend.” Perhaps it was a show of unity with war partners France, as it would be the first film to win […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1943 and 1944

Posted by · 2:36 pm · May 5th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. The Academy and America were in the thick of World War II and patriotism or sentimentality were the order of the day. “Casablanca” and “Going My Way” were the two big winners in the history books and while I can hardly argue with the former, the […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1941 and 1942

Posted by · 6:12 pm · April 27th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1941 is already famous for an Academy oversight with “Citizen Kane” losing the Best Picture race to “How Green Was My Valley.” At least Welles’s masterpiece got a handful of nominations and a screenplay win, unlike all of the films highlighted in this series. Still, to […]

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