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The Best Picture Project — Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Midnight Cowboy.jpgMidnight Cowboy (1969)

Directed by John Schlesinger

Written by Waldo Salt, based upon the novel by James Leo Herlihy

Starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman

Midnight Cowboy seems an unusual choice to win the Oscar – after all, until it’s win in 1969, no movie with any real, honest-to-goodness grit to it, save for maybe Marty, managed to snag the top prize.  And those that did have a tinge of grit to it – or darkness, if you prefer another word – were about big, important things, e.g. The Best Years of Our Lives.  In other words, if a dark movie, rooted in real life, wanted to win Best Picture, it had to go big and make epic statements about important topics (anti-Semitism, WWII), because, aside from that sweet little film about the lonely butcher – Marty – you couldn’t win.

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The Best Picture Project – The Sting (1973)

The Sting (1973)

Directed by George Roy Hill

Screenplay by David S. Ward

Starring Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw and Charles Durning

Forty years ago George Roy Hill, Robert Redford, and Paul Newman teamed up to make a movie about theft and honor, with a little bit of irreverence and comedy thrown in to cover over the serious bits. Not surprisingly, because it starred one of the world’s biggest stars – and one who would soon in the same company – it became a massive hit and such was its draw that its soundtrack became a hit as well, was feted with a mess of Academy Award nominations, managing to win a good few of them, including Oscars for the music, the script, the director, and best picture.

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