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The Best Picture Project – The Apartment (1960)

Directed by Billy Wilder

Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond

Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley Maclaine, Ray Walston and Fred MacMurray

There’s a terrible habit with the Academy to bestow awards on actors and filmmakers for the wrong film, making up for past slights or losses. Bette Davis took the award for Dangerous the year after she wasn’t even nominated for Of Human Bondage and lost as a write-in candidate.  Henry Fonda couldn’t win with Tom Joad or even get a nomination as Frank, in Once Upon a Time In The West, but could go home victorious for dreck like On Golden Pond.  Paul Newman couldn’t get love for Fast Eddie Felson until 20 years too late, with the lesser film The Color of Money.  Martin Scorcese could lose for four strong films that would be the crown-jewel of any other career  – Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Aviator – and yet win somehow he won Best Picture and Best Director for the good, yet lesser, The Departed. Continue reading

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