Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Also-Ran’s Project – Hacksaw Ridge (Best Picture Also-Ran 2016)

Hacksaw Ridge poster.pngDirected by Mel Gibson

Written by Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight

Starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracy, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths

Mel Gibson is apparently a despicable person for having spouted off the kind of intensely-virulent things you’re lately hearing out of the jags in Alt-Right.  That is, the kinds of things you wouldn’t think people would say out loud, even if that’s what’s in their hearts.  He’s said to regularly use derogatory terms for Jews, threatened to have a girlfriend killed, used various epithets for all peoples whose skin is not white, and has been fairly insensitive to gay people. Continue reading

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The Also-Rans Project — 42nd Street (Best Picture Also-Ran 1932/1933)

Forty-second-street-1933.jpgDirected by Lloyd Bacon

Written by Rian James and James Seymour, based upon the novel by Bradford Ropes

Starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Una Merkel, Ruby Keeler, Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks and Dick Powell

Fact #1: My daughter is a student at my alma mater, Michigan State University.[1]  She lives on-campus and during her freshmen year she had no car, which meant if she wanted to come home, my wife or I had to go get her.  You get no prize for correctly guessing what my wife and I did every other weekend last year.[2]

Fact #2: I am a runner.  I run four times a week, at least 7 miles each of those days, and make my longest run on Sunday’s.  Typically, the Sunday run is in the 11-12 mile range, though as I’m training for a 34-mile trail run in April, the Sunday run has lately been closer to 20-22 miles.  Either way, on Sunday’s I run a lot and this means I’m always hungry. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project — Moonlight (2016) Dir. By Barry Jenkins

Moonlight (2016 film).pngDirected By Barry Jenkins 2016)

Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney, based upon the unproduced play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”

Starring Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Janelle Monae, Ashton Sanders, Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali.

In 1993 Marissa Tomei was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her broad, yet smart, take on a goomba’s-girlfriend in My Cousin Vinny.  It was a bit of a left-field nom, to be sure, given the film was basically comedy built on cliché, a type of film the Academy rarely has time for,[1] and she didn’t even manage a Golden Globe nom for the role.  Plus, her opposition was the type of nominees, in the types of films, that normally got academy affection – Judy Davis in Husbands and Wives, Joan Plowright in Enchanted April, Vanessa Redgrave in Howard’s End and Miranda Richardson in Damage.  No surprise that the race shaped up with Davis and Redgrave as front-runners.  Come Oscar night, though, when Jack Palance opened the envelope and read Tomei’s name as the winner, it was a literal twist-ending. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project/The Also-Rans Project Crossover — Sunrise:  A Song of Two Humans (Dir. By F.W. Murnau, Best Picture Winner/Also-Ran 1927/1928)

Sunrise vintage.jpgDirected by F. W. Murnau

Written by Carl Mayer, based upon “The Excursion to Tilsit” by Hermann Sudermann

Starring George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, and Margaret Livingston

Welcome, loyal readers, to the greatest day in Best Picture Project and Also-Rans Project history.  You should stop whatever it is you’re doing right now and mark down this date on a calendar because you, dear reader, are bearing witness to a once-in-a-lifetime event.  And in the future, when your grandchildren look at you and say, “Grandpa/Grandma, what was it like when The Best Picture Project, and The Also-Rans Project, crossed-over?”, you can tell them exactly where you were when it happened, and exactly what it was like. Continue reading

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