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  1. My predictions are the same except for: Original Screenplay - Get Out (Agree, it seems close) Foreign Film - The Square (second guessing it now) Best Song - This is Me FX - Blade Runner 2049 (again, agreed) Docs: Icarus, Heroine(e) I like how the BP seems to be a toss-up with some predicting an upset (maybe Get Out? my personal favorite). The acting categories seem to be all locks, though.
  2. Only Janet Gaynor was nominated for multiple films for Best Actress that year. Gloria Swanson and Louise Dresser were nominated for one film each. The real mystery for anyone who has seen it is how Dresser, in what amounts to an unmemorable supporting role, was nominated for A Ship Comes In. Boardman would've been more than a worthy replacement for Dresser.
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    Oscars the Academy Should Take Back

    Agree to disagree, re Love, that is. With that dialogue, I wanted to slap everyone in the cast, and Love's character's sob-fest and martyrdom were particularly irritating.
  4. I'd vote for George C. Scott, as the more dominant of the two excellent nominated performances from The Hustler. Gleason is a pleasure to watch playing pool, though. Someone already mentioned the coattails effect of how George Chakiris won. And enough has been said of Montgomery Clift and the blurred distinction between life and art. Plus, I don't think his performance particularly stands out enough among such a star-studded cast.
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    Your Choice For 1940 Best Actor Oscar

    Henry Fonda, easily - probably the most moving performance of his career. Chaplin plays dual roles, and there are some especially funny gags of him as the Hitler type, but otherwise he's basically a preachy version of the Tramp. He's no better here than in City Lights, Modern Times, Monsieur Verdoux, etc. Not even the best Lincoln. I haven't seen Rebecca in years. Sometimes I forget Laurence Olivier was in it. James Stewart wasn't even the best actor in The Philadelphia Story, and, I agree, Stewart was better in The Shop Around the Corner.
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    Oscars the Academy Should Take Back

    Moonlight is OK. I'll take its acting, story and plot over that of the bloated and dated Cimarron any day. As for worst BP winner, I'd go with The Broadway Melody. There were some of the last great films of the silent era, and the Academy decided, instead, to honor the talkies in all their poorly-written and poorly-acted stage-bound ineptitude.
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    Oscars the Academy Should Take Back

    The Academy should take back the Oscar from La La Land for... oh wait, they already did that. But seriously, how about taking back the Best Cinematography Oscar from Avatar? That's not cinematography; it's CGI. Might as well have given the award to a Pixar movie. And, it took 5 years thereafter before the Academy acknowledged a difference between cinematography and CGI, after giving the awards for both to Avatar, then Inception, then Hugo, then Life is Pi and, finally, Gravity. And maybe Blade Runner 2049 will start the trend back up again this year. Or how about taking back a few of the 11 Oscars won by Cedric Gibbons for Production Design? I mean the 11 Oscars he won for taking credit for other peoples' work. Speaking of not earning your Oscar, take back Victor Fleming's Best Director Oscar for Gone with the Wind. That's Menzies and Selznick's picture - not one of the umpteen directors following orders. Maybe take back some of the Oscars handed out due to the Academy's long-standing Anglophilia. I'm sure that not all of the awards given to, e.g., The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love, Chariots of Fire, Oliver! and Tom Jones were deserved. Or take back some of the johnny-come-lately Oscars. E.g. Chicago as BP over The Two Towers, The Pianist, etc. Hey, Academy, the stunning film that reinvigorated the musical genre was last year, and it was called Moulin Rouge! Or the third Lord of the Rings movie winning when we know it wasn't the best one. Or the Oscars where the Academy seems to be trying to make amends for past mistakes. Streep for The Iron Lady instead of for Doubt. Zellweger for something not called Bridget Jones's Diary. Al Pacino for Scent of a Woman. Henry Fonda for On Golden Pond. John Wayne for True Grit. James Stewart for The Philadelphia Story. And, not to be too politically correct, but maybe take back some of the more embarrassing Oscars, such as the BP for Driving Miss Daisy - while Do the Right Thing was conspicuously absent from the nominees. Or waiting until 2017 after public opinion has shifted before awarding a gay-themed movie rather than awarding Brokeback Mountain instead of the inferior choice of Crash 12 years ago.
  8. 1927-1928: Sunrise as the artsy BP & The Jazz Singer as the crowd-pleasing BP 1928-1929: The Wind (unless La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc qualifies) 1929-1930: All Quiet on the Western Front 1930-1931: City Lights 1931-1932: Vampyr (maybe Scarface, if it had to be an American film) 1932-1933: Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (Duck Soup and/or King Kong for U.S. films) 1934: L'Atalante (For U.S., The Thin Man or It Happened One Night) 1935: Top Hat 1936: Modern Times and/or My Man Godfrey 1937: La Grande Illusion (actually nominated the next year - otherwise, maybe that long cartoon) 1938: Bringing Up Baby or La Grande Illusion 1939: Gone with the Wind 1940: The Philadelphia Story 1941: Citizen Kane (in most other years, The Maltese Falcon) 1942: To Be or Not to Be 1943: Casablanca 1944: Double Indemnity 1945: Ivan the Terrible part I 1946: The Big Sleep and It's a Wonderful Life 1947: Out of the Past 1948: Hamlet and/or The Red Shoes 1949: Late Spring (or The Third Man, although it received nominations the next year) 1950: All About Eve and Sunset Blvd. 1951: Rashomon (since it won Best Foreign Film this year) 1952: High Noon, Ikiru or Singin' in the Rain 1953: Tokyo Story (For U.S., maybe Shane) 1954: Rear Window 1955: Ugetsu (1953, but received a nomination this year) 1956: The Searchers and/or Seven Samurai (1954, but it was nominated twice this year) 1957: The Seventh Seal 1958: Vertigo 1959: Some Like It Hot (or Ivan the Terrible part II, if it qualifies) 1960: Peeping Tom or Psycho 1961: Hiroshima mon amour or The Hustler 1962: Last Year at Marienbad or Lawrence of Arabia 1963: 8 1/2 1964: Dr. Strangelove 1965: I haven't seen it yet, but I know it's not The Sound of Music or Doctor Zhivago 1966: Blowup or Persona 1967: Bonnie and Clyde or The Graduate 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey 1969: The Wild Bunch 1970: Patton 1971: A Clockwork Orange 1972: The Godfather 1973: Day for Night or Last Tango in Paris 1974: The Godfather Part II (Chinatown in most other years) 1975: Jaws 1976: Rocky 1977: Annie Hall 1978: The Deer Hunter 1979: Manhattan 1980: Raging Bull 1981: The French Lieutenant's Woman 1982: Blade Runner and Das Boot 1983: Fanny and Alexander 1984: The Terminator 1985: Ran (& replace other BP noms w/Back 2the Future, Brazil, Breakfast Club & Purple Rose of Cairo) 1986: Aliens, Platoon or Hannah and Her Sisters 1987: Broadcast News maybe 1988: Die Hard or Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1989: Do the Right Thing 1990: Goodfellas 1991: JFK 1992: Unforgiven 1993: Schindler's List 1994: Pulp Fiction 1995: Sense and Sensibility or Toy Story 1996: Breaking the Waves 1997: L.A. Confidential 1998: Saving Private Ryan 1999: All About My Mother or The Matrix 2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2001: Moulin Rouge! or Mulholland Drive 2002: LotR: The Two Towers or The Pianist or Spirited Away 2003: City of God or Dogville or The Fog of War 2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2005: Brokeback Mountain 2006: Children of Men 2007: Atonement 2008: Synecdoche, New York 2009: Avatar 2010: Inception 2011: The Artist or The Tree of Life 2012: Zero Dark Thirty 2013: Gravity 2014: Boyhood 2015: Mad Max: Fury Road 2016: La La Land 2017: Get Out or Logan

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