Directed by Tom McCarthy
Written By Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and Bryan d’Arcy James
In 1976, All The President’s Men competed for Best Picture with Network, Taxi Driver and Bound for Glory and of that group, Bound For Glory is the one I’d argue isn’t a suitable Best Picture winner. Sure, it’s got the period look, and seems to capture the flavor of the time and place, but ultimately it’s missing that indefinable something a Best Picture winner should have.
The other three films thought – All The President’s Men, Network, Taxi Driver – are completely timeless and any of the three could have, and should have, won. No surprise, they all lost to the flagship of the Rocky franchise, a film some people consider a ‘classic’, but is one I just don’t get.
Well, while All The President’s Men didn’t win, but at least it can take solace in the fact that 40 years after it’s loss, it’s most direct offspring, Spotlight, scooped the big prize.
Directed by Elia Kazan
Screenplay by Moss Hart, from the novel by Laura Z. Hobson
Starring Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Anne Revere and Celeste Holm
Throughout the long and winding road I’ve traveled for the Best Picture Project, I’ve learned more than a few things. Most prominent amongst those lessons, oh my brothers and only friends, is there is no predictability about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At least not in the traditional sense of predictability. Continue reading
Directed by Hugh Hudson
Screenplay by Colin Welland
Starring Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Ian Holm, Alice Krige
After I watched Chariots of Fire I didn’t know how to approach it for this project. Should I trash it? Should I love it? Should I go sideways and talk about some aspect of the movie that leads me down another path onto another topic and ignore the movie altogether, which seems to be exactly what I’m doing now? Even as I’m writing this, I’m still not quite sure how to approach it. Continue reading
Directed by William Wyler
Screenplay by George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West and Arthur Wimperis
Starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright and Richard Ney
Who would have thought William Wyler, three-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Director, 12-time nominee in the same category, who would make the mammoth and always entertaining western The Big Country and who would win his last directing Oscar for the biblical behemoth Ben-Hur – which gave the world the phrase Academy Award Winner Charlton Heston – would win his first Oscar for the much less ambitious and almost terminally dull war-pic, Mrs. Miniver? Considering the films he was nominated for previously, including the film that made Laurence Olivier a star, Wuthering Heights, it’s almost unthinkable. But cest la vie. Some things cannot be changed.