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About Selk

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  1. I see the Oscars this way: You have to go year by year, each film won for reasons that came from that year alone. Maybe politics, maybe good campaigning, maybe artistic merit, but they all won the Oscar for reasons that were immediate to that time. Looking back over the years, the film will probably lose something as trends grow, technology changes, attitudes turn and the film may not be the time capsule it should be. I can complain that It's a Wonderful Life or Singin' in the Rain didn't win the Oscar for Best Picture but in 1946 and 1952 these films weren't major hits, they became clas
  2. Make sure you get the 10 Anniversary edition that goes through 1994. That's the one with the blue cover. Then there's an addendum edition, "Inside Oscar 2", which goes from 1995 through 2000.
  3. See those are the kinds of stories I like, "Inside Oscar" has tons of those. Like this little nugget of Oscar history from 1937: Alice Brady was not able to attend The 10 Annual Academy Awards in which she won Best Supporting Actress for In Old Chicago (1937). During the ceremony an unidentified man walked up to the podium and accepted the award on her behalf. When she called The Academy to say that she had not received her Oscar, it was revealed that the man was had been an impostor who had crashed the party, accepted her award and walked off with it. Brady passed away before the acad
  4. This is the only book about the Academy Awards that gives a thorough history. Every other book becomes dated within six months and until about six years ago they were good about keeping it updated. Was Plazza's book like that?
  5. Did anyone ever read "Inside Oscar", the great book by Mason Wiley and Damien Bona about the history of the academy awards?
  6. I just saw a great one, Scarlet Street, directed by Fritz Lang and written by Dudley Nichols. It stars Edward G. Robinson in a very good performance as a milquetoast who falls in love with the wrong girl (wonderfully played by Joan Bennett). She dupes him into painting her picture and then sells it under his nose but the results are . . . well if you know noir.
  7. Yeah but the music was great. That year I would have picked Far From Heaven
  8. You know, it's funny. I found that I only agreed with the academy six times for Best Picture. I think in 80 years that had to get it right sooner or later.
  9. Personal opinon. If I picked the Best Picture Winners this would be it. I am not swayed by popular opinion, these are the films I would have chosen for every year. 1927-28 They Picked: Wings I would have Picked: Metropolis 1928-29 They Picked: The Broadway Melody I would have Picked: The Wind 1929-30 They Picked: All Quiet on the Western Front I agree 1930-31 They Picked: Cimarron I would have Picked: City Lights 1931-32 They Picked: Grand Hotel I would have Picked: Scarface: Shame of a Nation 1932-33 They Picked: Cavalcade I would have Picked: King Ko
  10. 1967 They Picked: In the Heat of the Night I would have Picked: Bonnie and Clyde 1968 They Picked: Oliver! I would have Picked: 2001: A Space Odyssey 1969 They Picked: Midnight Cowboy I would have Picked: Easy Rider 1970 They Picked: Patton I would have Picked: MASH 1971 They Picked: The French Connection I would have Picked: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1972 They Picked: The Godfather I agree 1973 They Picked: The Sting I would have Picked: American Graffiti 1974 They Picked: The Godfather Part II I would have Picked: Chinatown
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