February 11, 2018 - Leave a Response

The Best Director award was originally split into  “Comedy” and “Dramatic” categories.  This lasted only one year.  Of the 89 films that have won Best Picture, 63 of them have also won the Best Director category.

The Asphalt Jungle


Oscar Nominations

Best Director (John Huston)

Best Supporting ActorSam Jaffe as “Doc” Edwin Ridenschneider

Best ScreenplayBen Maddow and John Huston

Best CinematographyHarold Rosson

Small time crooks try to plan an elaborate jewel heist.  Emphasis on try.

Shanghai Express


Oscar Winner

Best CinematographyLee Garmes

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Josef von Sternberg)

Best Picture (Adolph Zukor)

It took more than one man to change Marlene Dietrich into “Shanghai Lily.”



Oscar Winners

Best Original ScreenplayLamar Trotti

Best Sound Recording-E.H. Hansen

Best Art Direction, ColorWiard Inhen (Art Direction); Thomas Little (Set Decoration)

Best Color Cinematography-Leon Shamroy

Best Film EditingBarbara McLean

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Henry King)

Best PictureDarryl F. Zanuck

Best ActorAlexander Knox as Woodrow Wilson

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureAlfred Newman

Best Special Effects-Fred Sersen and Roger Heman, Sr.

A biopic of the 28th President of the United States.  Darryl F. Zanuck’s baby.

National Velvet


Oscar Winners

Best Supporting Actress-Anne Revere as Mrs. Araminty (?!) Brown

Best Film Editing-Robert J. Kern

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Clarence Brown)

Best Art Direction, Color-Cedric Gibbons and Urie McCleary (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis and Mildred Griffiths

Best Color Cinematography-Leonard Smith

Fun fact:  Elizabeth Taylor got to keep the horse she rode for this movie!

The Third Man


Oscar Winner

Best B&W Cinematography-Robert Krasker

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Carol Reed)

Best Film Editing-Oswald Hafenrichter

A guy finds out his recently deceased buddy had a dark side.

In Cold Blood


Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Richard Brooks)

Best Adapted Screenplay-Richard Brooks

Best Original Music ScoreQuincy Jones

Best Cinematography-Conrad Hall

Fun fact: Scott Wilson, who played one of the murderers, is Herschel on The Walking Dead.

The Grapes of Wrath


Oscar Winners

Best Director (John Ford)

Best Supporting ActressJane Darwell as Ma Joad

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Darryl F. Zanuck and Nunnally Johnson)

Best ActorHenry Fonda as Tom Joad

Best ScreenplayNunnally Johnson

Best Sound Recording-E.H. Hansen

Best Film Editing-Robert L. Simpson

Oklahoma farmers seek a better life in California.  Henry Fonda would not be nominated again until he won in 1981.

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town


Oscar Winner

Best Director (Frank Capra)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Frank Capra)

Best ActorGary Cooper as Longfellow Deeds

Best AdaptationRobert Riskin

Best Sound RecordingJohn Livadary

A small-town poet inherits a fortune and moves to the big city.

The Awful Truth


Oscar Winner

Best Director (Leo McCarey)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Leo McCarey and Everett Riskin)

Best ActressIrene Dunne as Lucy Warriner

Best Supporting ActorRalph Bellamy as Dan Leeson

Best AdaptationVina Delmar

Best Film EditingAl Clark

Leo McCarey thought he was awarded for the wrong movie. He also directed Make Way for Tomorrow in 1937.  If you watch it, bring Kleenex.



Oscar Winner

Best Director (Norman Taurog)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Adolph Zukor)

Best Actor-Jackie Cooper as Skippy Skinner

Best Adaptation-Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Sam Mintz

Norman Taurog held the record for youngest Best Director win until Damien Chazelle won for La La Land.

Two Arabian Knights


Oscar Winner

Best Director, Comedy Picture (Lewis Milestone)

Two WWI American soldiers fight to escape the Germans.  It’s a comedy.



February 11, 2018 - Leave a Response

The Best Art Direction category was changed to Best Production Design in 2012.  Cedric Gibbons had 39 nominations winning 11.

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm


Oscar Winner

Best Color Costume DesignMary Wills

Oscar Nominations

Best Art Direction, Color-George W. Davis and Edward Carfagno (Art Direction); Henry Grace and Dick Pefferle (Set Decoration)


Best Color Cinematography-Paul C. Vogel

Best Adaptation or Treatment ScoreLeigh Harline

A sort-of biopic about the writers of the most famous fairy-tales with three reenactments of their stories.

Little Women


Oscar Winner

Best Art Direction-Cedric Gibbons and Paul Groesse (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis and Jack D. Moore (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nomination

Best Color CinematographyRobert Planck and Charles Schoenbaum

The second major adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic.

Knights of the Round Table


Oscar Nominations

Best Art Direction, Color-Alfred Junge and Hans Peters (Art Direction); John Jarvis (Set Decoration)

Best SoundA.W. Watkins

An adaptation of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights.

The Red Shoes


Oscar Winners

Best Art Direction, Color-Hein Heckroth (Art Direction) and Arthur Lawson (Set Decoration)

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureBrian Easdale

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)

Best Motion Picture StoryEmeric Pressburger

Best Film EditingReginald Mills

A ballerina must choose between her art and love.

America, America


Oscar Winner

Best B&W Art Direction-Gene Callahan

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Elia Kazan)

Best Director (Elia Kazan)

Best Original Screenplay-Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan’s account of his uncle’s immigration to America.

Moulin Rogue


Oscar Winners

Best Art Direction, Color-Paul Sheriff (Art Direction) and Marcel Vertes (Set Decoration)

Best Costume Design, ColorMarcel Vertes

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (John Huston)

Best Director (John Huston)

Best ActorJose Ferrer as Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

Best Supporting ActressColette Marchand as Marie Charlet

Best Film Editing-Ralph Kemplen

This is not the Nicole Kidman/Ewan MacGregor version.

Julius Caesar


Oscar Winner

Best B&W Art Direction-Cedric Gibbons and Edward Carfagno (Art Direction); Edwin B. Wills and Hugh Hunt (Set Decoration)


Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (John Houseman)

Best ActorMarlon Brando as Marc Antony

Best Dramatic or Comedy ScoreMiklos Rozsa

Best B&W CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg

Shakespeare with Marlon Brando.

Barry Lyndon


Oscar Winners

Best Art Direction-Ken Adam (Art Direction); Roy Walker and Vernon Dixon (Set Decoration)

Best Original Score Score or Adaptation ScoreLeonard Rosenman

Best Costume DesignMilena Canonero and Ulla-Britt Soderlund

Best CinematographyJohn Alcott

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Stanley Kubrick)

Best Director (Stanley Kubrick)

Best Adapted ScreenplayStanley Kubrick

A man tries to cheat his way to the top.



Oscar Winners

Best Art Direction-John Truscott (Art Direction); Edward Carrere and John W. Brown (Set Decoration)

Best Original Song Score or Adaptation ScoreAlfred Newman and Ken Darby

Best Costume Design-John Truscott

Oscar Nominations

Best CinematographyRichard H. Kline

Best Sound-Warner Bros. Seven Arts Studio Sound Department

The last film produced by Jack Warner.



February 9, 2018 - Leave a Response

The Best Costume Design Oscar was first given out in 1948.  At first, there were separate categories for black-and-white and color films.  Edith Head had the most nominations with 35!  She won 8, also a record.

Seven Samurai


Oscar Nominations

Best Costume Design-Kohei Ezaki

Best B&W Cinematography-Takashi Matsuyama

Villagers hire seven samurai to protect them.

Nicholas and Alexandra


Oscar Winners

Best Costume Design-Yvonne Blake and Antonio Castillo

Best Art Direction-Ernest Archer, John Box, Jack Maxsted, and Gil Parrondo (Art Direction); Vernon Dixon (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Sam Spiegel)

Best ActressJanet Suzman as Empress Alexandra

Best Original Dramatic ScoreRichard Rodney Bennett

Best CinematographyFreddie Young

The story of the fall of the last Tsar of Russia.

The Facts of Life


Oscar Winner

Best Costume Design-Edith Head and Edward Stevenson

Oscar Nominations

Best B&W Art DirectionJoseph McMillan Johnson and Kenneth A. Reid (Art Direction); Ross Dowd (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyCharles Lang, Jr.

Best Song“The Facts of Life” by Johnny Mercer

Best Original ScreenplayMelvin Frank and Norman Panama

Two people are tempted to commit adultery.

Travels with My Aunt


Oscar Winner

Best Costume Design-Anthony Powell

Oscar Nominations

Best ActressMaggie Smith as Augusta Bertram

Best Art DirectionJohn Box, Robert W. Laing, and Gil Parrondo

Best CinematographyDouglas Slocombe

A young man gets caught-up in his aunt’s schemes.



Oscar Winners

Best Costume Design-Anthony Powell

Best Art DirectionPierre Guffroy and Jack Stephens

Best Cinematography-Geoffrey Unsworth (posthumous) and Ghislain Cloquet

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Claude Berri and Timothy Burrill)

Best Director (Roman Polanski)

Best Original ScorePhillipe Sarde

A farm girl goes through hell when she is shipped off to work for a wealthy family.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?


Oscar Winner

Best B&W Costume Design-Norma Koch

Oscar Nominations

Best ActressBette Davis as Jane Hudson

Best Supporting ActorVictor Buono as Edwin Flagg

Best B&W CinematographyErnest Haller

Best Sound Recording-Joseph D. Kelly

Has anyone seen the FX series Feud?

A Room with a View


Oscar Winners

Best Costume Design-Jenny Beavan and John Bright

Best Adapted ScreenplayRuth Prawler Jhabvala

Best Art DirectionGianni Quaranta and Brian Ackland-Snow (Art Direction); Brian Savegar and Elio Altramura (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Ismail Merchant)

Best Director (James Ivory)

Best Supporting ActorDenholm Elliott as Mr. Emerson

Best Supporting ActressMaggie Smith as Charlotte Bartlett

Best CinematographyTony Pierce-Roberts

A straight-laced young woman vacationing in Florence, Italy has her eyes opened to another side of life.



Oscar Winners

Best B&W Costume Design-Julie Harris

Best ActressJulie Christie as Diana Scott

Best Original ScreenplayFrederic Raphael

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Joseph Janni)

Best Director (John Schlesinger)

A young model drifts through life and relationships.

The Age of Innocence


Oscar Winner

Best Costume Design-Gabriella Pescucci

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActressWinona Ryder as May Welland

Best Adapted ScreenplayMartin Scorsese and Jay Cocks

Best Original ScoreElmer Bernstein

Best Art DirectionDante Ferretti (Art Direction) and Robert J. Franco (Set Decoration)

This movie is the replacement for the TCM premiere of 2013’s The Great Gatsby.

A man falls for his fiancee’s cousin.

Les Girls


Oscar Winner

Best Costume Design-Orry-Kelly

Oscar Nominations

Best Sound Recording-Wesley C. Miller

Best Art Direction-William A. Horning and Gene Allen(Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis and Richard Pefferle (Set Decoration)

One woman from a dance troupe writes a tell-all book and is sued for libel.


February 8, 2018 - Leave a Response

The first Sound award was given in 1930 to Douglas Shearer for The Big House.  He won another four times and was nominated another ten.

Flirtation Walk (1934-6am/5am c)

Oscar Nominations

Best Sound-Warner Bros. Sound Department; Nathan Levinson

Best Picture?! (Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, and Robert LordRobert Lord)

An army private courts a general’s daughter.

This Land is Mine (1943-8am/7am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-RKO Sound Department; Steve Dunn

A schoolteacher tries to prove he’s not a Nazi collaborator.

The North Star (1943-10am/9am c)

Oscar Nominations

Best Sound-Thomas T. Moulton

Best Original ScreenplayLillian Hellman

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureAaron Copland

Best B&W Art Direction-Perry Ferguson (Art Direction) and Howard Bristol (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyJames Wong Howe

Best Special EffectsClarence Slifer, Ray Binger, and Thomas T. Moulton

Villagers try to fight off invading Nazis.

The Snake Pit (1948-noon/11am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Thomas T. Moulton

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Anatole Litvak and Robert Bassler)

Best ActressOlivia De Havilland as Virginia Stuart Cunningham

Best Screenplay-Frank Partos and Millen Brand

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureAlfred Newman

A woman fights to regain her sanity.

The Big House (1930-2pm/1pm c)

Oscar Winners

Best Sound-Douglas Shearer

Best WritingFrances Marion

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Irving Thalberg)

Best ActorWallace Beery as Butch

Douglas Shearer won the first award for Best Sound.  Take a listen to his work.

The Great Caruso (1951-3:45pm/2:45pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Douglas Shearer

Oscar Nominations

Best Scoring of a Musical PicturePeter Herman Adler and Johnny Green

Best Costume Design, ColorHelen Rose and Gile Steele (posthumous)

A biopic of opera singer Enrico Caruso.

Strike Up the Band

(1940-5:45pm/4:45pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Douglas Shearer

Oscar Nominations

Best ScoringGeorgie Stoll and Roger Edens

Best Song“Our Love Affair” by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens

Judy and Mickey put on a show, again.

San Francisco (1936-8pm/7pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-once again, Douglas Shearer

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (John Emerson and Bernard H. Hyman)

Best Director (W.S. Van Dyke)

Best ActorSpencer Tracy as Father Tim Mullin

Best Original Story-Robert Hopkins

Best Assistant DirectorJoseph M. Newman

They made a movie about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake 20 years later.

That Hamilton Woman

(1941-10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Jack Whitney

Oscar Nominations

Best B&W Art DirectionVincent Korda (Art Direction) and Julia Heron (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyRudolph Mate

Best Special EffectsLawrence W. Butler and William H. Wilmarth

Winston Churchill’s favorite movie.  He claimed to have seen it 83 times.

The Alamo (1960-12:30am/11:30pm)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Gordon E. Sawyer and Fred Hynes

Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (John Wayne)

Best Supporting ActorChill Willis as Beekeeper

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureDimitri Tiomkin

Best Song-“The Green Leaves of Summer” by Dimitri Tiomkin (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics)

Best Cinematography, ColorWilliam H. Clothier

Best Film EditingStuart Gilmore

Spoiler alert: everyone dies.

The Sound Barrier (1952-4:15am/3:15am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-London Films Sound Department

Oscar Nominations

Best ScreenplayTerence Ratigan

A pilot marries into an aviation family.


February 8, 2018 - Leave a Response

The Special Effects award finally became a category in 1939, although, on occasion, the Academy chose to honor one film rather than nominate other films.


Blithe Spirit (1945-6:15am/5:15am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Special Effects-Thomas Howard

Newlyweds are haunted by the groom’s first wife

One Million B.C. (1940-8am/7am c)

Oscar Nominations

Best Special EffectsRoy Seawright and Elmer A. Raguse

Best Original ScoreWerner Heymann

Life in caveman times.

Mighty Joe Young (1949-9:30am/8:30am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Special EffectsArko Production

The bond between an orphan girl and a giant ape.

The Time Machine

(1960-11:15am/10:15am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Special Effects-Gene Warren and Tim Barr

The Spirit of St. Louis

(1957-1:15pm/12:15pm c)

Oscar Nomination

Best Special Effects-Louis Lichtenfield

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

(1944-3:45pm/2:45 c)

Oscar Winner

Best Special Effects-A. Arnold Gillespie, Donald Jaharus, Warren Newcombe, and Douglas Shearer

Oscar Nomination

Best B&W CinematographyRobert Surtees and Harold Rosson

Around 16 B-25’s take on an undercover raid in Tokyo and Yokohama on April 18, 1942.  The last surviving Doolittle raider, Col. Richard E. Cole is 102.

The Enemy Below (1957-6:15pm/5:15pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Special Effects-Walter Rossi

WWII American destroyer vs. German U-Boat.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968-8pm/7pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Special Effects-Stanley Kubrick

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Stanley Kubrick)

Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenStanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke

Best Art DirectionAnthony Masters, Harry Lange, and Ernie Archer

Would you believe this the only Oscar Kubrick would ever win?

Cocoon (1985-10:45pm/9:45pm c)

Oscar Winners

Best Special Effects-Ken Ralston, Ralph McQuarrie, Scott Farrar, and David Berry

Best Supporting ActorDon Ameche as Arthur Selwyn

Florida retirees find a fountain of youth.

Logan’s Run (1975-1am/midnight c)

Oscar Winner

Special Achievement for Special Effects-L.B. Abbott, Glen Robinson, and Matthew Yurich

Oscar Nominations

Best CinematographyErnest Laszlo

Best Art DirectionDale Hennesy (Art Direction) and Robert De Vestel (Set Decoration)

The Poseidon Adventure

(1972-3:15am/2:15am c)

Oscar Winners

Special Achievement for Best Special Effects-L.B. Abbott and A.D. Flowers

Best Song“The Morning After” by Joel Hirschhorn and Al Kasha

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActressShelley Winters as Belle Rosen

Best Original ScoreJohn Williams

Best Costume DesignPaul Zastupnevich

Best Sound-Herman Lewis and Theodore Soderberg

Best Art DirectionWilliam Creber (Art Direction) and Raphael Bretton (Set Decoration)

Best Cinematography-Harold E. Stine

Best Film Editing-Harold F. Kress

The movie where the boat tips over.


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The award was first given in 1934.   Around two-thirds of the Best Editing Oscar winners have also won Best Picture.

The Great Waltz (1938-7am/6am c)

Oscar Winner

Best CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg

Oscar Nominations

Best Film Editing-Tom Held

Best Supporting ActressMiliza Korjus as Carla Donner

A biopic of Johann Strauss, the Viennese “waltz king.”

The Long Voyage Home (1940-9am/8am c)

Oscar Nominations

Best Film Editing-Sherman Todd

Best Picture (John Ford)

Best ScreenplayDudley Nichols

Best Original ScoreRichard Hageman

Best B&W CinematographyGregg Toland

Best Special Effects-R.T. Layton, Ray Binger, and Thomas T. Moulton

A crew tries to survive the loneliness of the sea.  Featuring John Wayne with a Swedish accent.

The Black Stallion (1979-11am/10am c)

Oscar Nominations

Best Film Editing-Robert Dalva

Best Supporting ActorMickey Rooney as Henry Dailey

An American boy and a horse are marooned together on an island.

Doctor Doolittle (1967-1pm/noon c)

Oscar Winners

Best Song“Talk to the Animals” by Leslie Bricusse (music and lyrics)

Best Special Visual EffectsL.B. Abbott

Oscar Nominations

Best Film Editing-Samuel E. Beetley and Marjorie Fowler

Best Picture (Arthur P. Jacobs)

Best Original Music ScoreLeslie Bricusse

Best Original Song Score or Adaptation ScoreLionel Newman and Alexander Courage

Best Art DirectionMario Chiari (Art Direction), Jack Martin Smith (Art Direction), and Ed Graves (Art Direction); Walter M. Scott (Set Decoration) and Stuart A. Reiss (Set Decoration)

Best CinematographyRobert  Surtees

Best Sound-20th Century Fox Sound Department

I’ll just let The Simpsons sum up my feelings about this film.


Z (1969-3:45pm/2:45pm c)

Oscar Winners

Best Film Editing-Francoise Bonnot

Best Foreign Language Film

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Jacques Perrin and Ahmed Rachedi)

Best Director (Costa-Gavras)

Best Adapted ScreenplayJorge Semprun and Costa-Gavras

Bullitt (1968-5pm/4pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Film Editing-Frank P. Keller

Oscar Nomination

Best Sound-Warner Bros. Sound Department

Steve McQueen drives a car around San Francisco.

Air Force (1943-8pm/7pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Film Editing-George Amy


Oscar Nominations

Best B&W CinematographyJames Wong Howe, Elmer Dyer, and Charles A. Marshall

Best Special EffectsHans F. Koenekamp, Rex Wimpy, and Nathan Levinson

Best Original ScreenplayDudley Nichols

Howard Hawks’ story about a B-17 bomber which survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

(1938-10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Oscar Winners

Best Film Editing-Ralph Dawson

Best Art Direction-Carl J. Wey

Best Original ScoreErich Wolfgang Korngold

Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke)

Composer Korngold later said, “My life was saved by Robin Hood.”  Hitler had invaded his home country of Austria and his entire family moved to the U.S.

How the West was Won

(1962-12:15am/11:15pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Film Editing-Harold F. Kress

Best SoundFranklin Milton

Best ScreenplayJames R. Webb

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Bernard Smith)

Best Original ScoreAlfred Newman and Ken Darby

Best  Art Direction, Color-George Davis (Art Direction), William Ferrari (Art Direction-posthumously), and Addison Hehr (Art Direction); Henry Grace, Don Greenwood Jr., and Jack Mills (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels, Milton Krasner, Charles Lang, Jr., and Joseph LaSalle

Best Costume Design, ColorWalter Plunkett

The story of a family who settles in the early days of the American West.


Grand Prix (1966-3:15am/2:15am c)

Oscar Winners

Best Film Editing-Frederic Steinkamp, Henry Berman, Stewart Linder, and Frank Santillo

Best Sound Effects-Gordon Daniel

Best SoundFranklin Milton

The story of four Formula One drivers during a racing season.



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The Best Documentary award was first given in 1941.

The Sorrow and the Pity

(1969-6:45am/5:45am c)

Marcel Ophuls harrowing documentary about the collaboration between the Vichy government and Nazi Germany during WWII.

The Battle of Midway

(1942-11:15am/10:15am c)

Director John Ford shot this on the aircraft carrier Hornet during battle.

The Sea Around Us (1953-noon/11am c)

On the Bowery (1957-1:15pm/12:15pm c)

The life of men on Skid Row.

Freedom on my Mind

(1994-3:45pm/2:45pm c)

The story of the drive to register African-American voters in early 1960s Mississippi.

Four Days in November

(1964-5:45pm/4:45pm c)

The immediate aftermath of the JFK assassination.

An Inconvenient Truth (2005-8pm/7pm c)

Al Gore’s commitment to exposing the myths and misconceptions of climate change.


The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

(1984-9:45pm/8:45pm c)

The story of Harvey Milk, the first LGBT to win public office in California.

Woodstock: The Director’s Cut

(1970-11:30pm/10:30pm c)

The events occurring during the music festival.

Hearts and Minds (1974-3:30am/2:30am c)

The American involvement in Vietnam.

The Secret Land (1948-5:30am/4:30am c)

Director Robert Byrd explores Antartica.


February 5, 2018 - Leave a Response

Oh, I am behind.

Million Dollar Mermaid (1952-8am/7am c)

Oscar Nomination

Color Cinematography-George J. Folsey

A biography of swimmer Annette Kellerman who caused a stir by wearing a one-piece bathing suit.

The Thief of Bagdad (1940-10am/9am c)

Oscar Winners

Color Cinematography-Georges Perinal

Best Art Direction, ColorVincent Korda

Best Special EffectsLawrence W. Butler and Jack Whitney


Oscar Nomination

Best Original ScoreMiklos Rozsa

Somebody Up There Likes Me

(1956-noon/11am c)

Oscar Winners

B&W Cinematography-Joseph Ruttenberg

Best Art Direction, B&WCedric Gibbons (Art Direction) and Malcolm F. Brown (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis (Set Decoration) and F. Keogh Gleason (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nomination

Best Film EditingAlbert Akst

A biography of boxer Rocky Graziano.  Paul Newman inherited the role after the death of James Dean.

Ice Station Zebra (1968-2:15pm/1:15pm c)

Oscar Nominations

Best Cinematography-Daniel L. Fapp

Best Special Visual Effects-Hal Milar and J. McMillian Johnson

Spies and submarines.  I wonder why Howard Hughes watched this over 100 times.

The Great Race (1965-5pm/4pm c)

Oscar Winners

Best Sound Effects-Treg Brown

Oscar Nominations

Best Color Cinematography-Russell Harlan

Best SoundGeorge Groves

Best Film Editing-Ralph E. Winters

Best Song-“The Sweetheart Tree” by Henry Mancini (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics)

A romp around the world with the largest pie fight ever.

Black Narcissus (1947-8pm/7pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Color Cinematography-Jack Cardiff

Best Art Direction, Color-Alfred Junge (Art Direction and Set Decoration)

A movie about the sexual thoughts of nuns.   It’s better than it sounds.  This shot still scares me.

Zorba the Greek (1964-10pm/9pm c)

Oscar Winners

Best B&W Cinematography-Walter Lassally

Best Supporting ActressLila Kedrova as Madame Hortense

Best Art Direction, B&W-Vassilis Fotopoulos

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Michael Cacoyannis)

Best Director (Michael Cacoyannis)

Best ActorAnthony Quinn as Alexis Zorba

Best Adapted ScreenplayMichael Cacoyannis

A writer is befriended by a larger-than-life Greek laborer.

The Song of Bernadette

(1943-12:30am/11:30pm c)

Oscar Winners

Best B&W Cinematography-Arthur C. Miller

Best ActressJennifer Jones as St. Bernadette Soubirous

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureAlfred Newman

Best Art Direction, B&WJames Basevi (Art Direction) and  William S. Darling (Art Direction); Thomas Little (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best  Picture (William Perlberg)

Best Director (Henry King)

Best Supporting ActorCharles Bickford as Abbe Dominique Peyramale

Best Supporting ActressGladys Cooper as Marie Therese Vazou and Anne Revere as Louise Casterot Soubirous

Best ScreenplayGeorge Seaton

Best Sound Recording-E.H. Hansen

Best Film EditingBarbara McLean

The story of a peasant girl who saw the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France.

The Naked City (1948-3:15am/2:15am c)

Oscar Winners

B&W Cinematography-William H. Daniels

Best Film EditingPaul Weatherwax

Oscar Nomination

Best Motion Picture StoryMalvin Wald

Two detectives chase a murderer around New York City.

A Farewell to Arms (1932-5am/4am c)

Oscar Winners

Best Cinematography-Charles Bryant Lang, Jr.

Best Sound RecordingFranklin Hansen

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Adolph Zukor)

Best Art DirectionHans Dreier and Roland Anderson

Ernest Hemingway didn’t like the adaptation of this film, but he became buds with Gary Cooper.


February 3, 2018 - Leave a Response

A correction-I forgot to put in James Mason’s Best Actor nomination for A Star is Born.

The Best Cinematography award has been given since the first Oscars.  At first, the award was not tied to a specific film.  From 1939 to 1967 (with the exception of 1957) there were separate awards for black-and-white and color cinematography.  The cinematography award is making the headlines this year because they have nominated the first female cinematographer for this award, EVER.  Until this year, Best Cinematography was the last category to not have a female nominee.


Lassie Come Home (1943-6am/5am c)

Oscar Nomination

Color Cinematography-Leonard Smith

The first Lassie film. In this film and others, Lassie is played by a boy!  Elizabeth Taylor’s breakthrough role.

Strangers on a Train

(1951-7:30am/6:30am c)

Oscar Nomination

B&W Cinematography-Robert Burks

Really, this only got one nomination?!!

Show Boat (1951-9:30am/8:30am c)

Oscar Nominations

Color Cinematography-Charles Rosher

Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture-Conrad Salinger and Adolph Deutsch

Fun fact: Charles Rosher won the first Best Cinematography award.

 Four Feathers

(1939-11:30am/10:30am c)

Oscar Nomination

Color Cinematography-Georges Perinal and Osmond Borradaile

The best-known adaptation of  A.E.W. Mason’s classic.

Blood and Sand (1941-1:45pm/12:45pm c)

Oscar Winner

Color Cinematography-Ernest Palmer and Ray Rennahan

Oscar Nomination

Best Art Direction, ColorRichard Day (Art Direction) and Joseph C. Wright (Art Direction); Thomas Little (Set Decoration)

Rita Hayworth’s first movie in Technicolor.

King Solomon’s Mines (1950-4pm/3pm c)

Oscar Winners

Color Cinematography-Robert L. Surtees

Best Film EditingRalph E. Winters and Conrad A. Nervig

Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Sam Zimbalist)

The first film shot in Africa since 1931.

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

(1949-6pm/5pm c)

Oscar Winner

Color Cinematography-Winton Hoch

Part of John Ford’s calvary trilogy (number 2).

A River Runs Through It

(1992-8pm/7pm c)

Oscar Winner

Philippe Rousselot

Oscar Nominations

Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (WHEW!)Richard Friedenberg

Best Original ScoreMark Isham

A family saga about fly fishing.

Bound for Glory (1976-10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Oscar Winners


Haskell Wexler

Best  Original Song Score or Adaptation ScoreLeonard Rosenman 

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Robert F. Blumofe and Harold Leventhal)

Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumRobert Getchell

Best Costume DesignWilliam Ware Theiss

Best Film EditingRobert C. Jones and Pembroke J. Herring

A biography of singer Arlo Guthrie.

The Hustler (1961)-1am/midnight c)

Oscar Winners

B&W Cinematography-Eugen Schufftan

Best Art Direction, B&WHarry Horner (Art Direction); Gene Callahan (Set Decorator)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Robert Rossen)

Best ActorPaul Newman as Eddie Felson

Best ActressPiper Laurie as Sarah Packard

Best Director (Robert Rossen)

Best Supporting ActorsJackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats and George C. Scott as Bert Gordon

Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumRobert Rossen and Sidney Carroll

Fun fact: Jackie Gleason was a real pool shark.  Paul Newman once challenged Gleason to a match.  After Newman broke, Gleason took his turn and sank all fifteen shots.  Newman never challenged him again.

Battleground (1949-3:30am/2:30am c)

Oscar Winners

B&W Cinematography-Paul C. Vogel

Best Story and ScreenplayRobert Pirosh

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Dore Schary)

Best Director (William A. Wellman)

Best Supporting ActorJames Whitmore as Sgt. Kinnie

Best Film EditingJohn Dunning

One of the first films to show soldiers as human beings.  They get scared, they gripe about the weather, etc.

Captains of the Clouds (5:45am/4:45am c)

Oscar Nominations

Color Cinematography-Sol Polito

Best Art Direction, Color-Ted Smith (Art Direction); Casey Roberts (Set Decoration)

James Cagney’s first Technicolor film about Canadian flyers.


February 2, 2018 - Leave a Response

The Best Original Score was first awarded in 1935.  The category was originally called Best Scoring and was a mix of original scores and adaptations of pre-existing material.  Later the category was split into Best Music Score of a Dramatic Picture and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.  There are so many name changes I can hardly keep up!

Our Town (1940-6am/5am c)

Oscar Nominations

 Aaron Copland

Best ScoringAaron Copland

Best Picture (Sol Lesser)

Best ActressMartha Scott as Emily Webb

Best SoundThomas T. Moulton

Best Art Direction-Lewis J. Rachmil


An adaptation of Thorton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about small-town life in the early 20th century.  Isn’t it weird that Aaron Copland was nominated for Score and Scoring?

This is the Army (1943-7:30am/6:30am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureRay Heindorf

Oscar Nomination

Best Sound RecordingNathan Levinson

Best Art Direction, Color-John Hughes (Art Direction), Lt. John Koenig (Art Direction); George J. Hopkins (Set Decoration)

The musical was sung and danced by real American soldiers.  The movie was by Warner Bros. by special arrangement by the War Department to boost morale.

The Old Man and the Sea

(1958-9:45am/8:45am c)

Oscar Winner

Musical Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureDimitri Tiomkin

Oscar Nominations

Best ActorSpencer Tracy as The Old Man

Best Cinematography, ColorJames Wong Howe

Spencer Tracy’s sixth nomination for Best Actor.

A Star is Born (1954-11:15am/10:15am c)

Oscar Nominations

Scoring of a Musical PictureRay Heindorf

Best Actress-Judy Garland as Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester

Best SongThe Man That Got Away” by Harold Arlen (music) and Ira Gershwin (lyrics)

Best Art Direction, Color-Malcolm Bert (Art Direction), Gene Allen (Art Direction), Irene Sharaff (Art Direction); George James Hopkins (Set Decoration)

Best Costume Design, ColorJean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg, and Irene Sharaff

The magnum opus of Judy Garland’s career.  She only lost the Best Actress award for Grace Kelly by six votes.

On the Town (1949-2:15pm/1:15pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureRoger Edens and Lennie Hayton

The first musical to be shot on location.  Three sailors find adventure and love during a 24-hour furlough in New York.


Annie Get Your Gun (1950-4pm/3pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureAdolph Deutsch and Roger Edens

Oscar Nominations

Best Art Direction, ColorCedric Gibbons (Art Direction) and Paul Groesse (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis (Set Direction) and Richard A. Pefferle (Set Direction)

Best Film EditingJames E. Newcom

Best Cinematography, ColorCharles Rosher

Boy, what a troubled production!  First, Judy Garland was fired and replaced by Betty Hutton.  Then leading man Howard Keel broke his leg.  Then, Frank Morgan, who was the first choice to play Buffalo Bill, died.  He was replaced by Louis Calhern.  Then director George Sidney was replaced by George Walters, who found out he was the new director in a gossip column!

Now, Voyager (1942-6pm/5pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureMax Steiner

Oscar Nominations

Best ActressBette Davis as Charlotte Vale

Best Supporting ActressGladys Cooper as Mrs. Windle Vale

I’m surprised this movie only received three Oscar nominations, many considered this to be Bette’s best performance.  This was her fifth consecutive Best Actress nomination.

Limelight (1952-8pm/7pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Original Score (Dramatic)Charles Chaplin, Raymond Rasch, and Larry Russell

This film was nominated and won an Oscar 20 years after it was made.  You see, the movie was never played in a Los Angeles cinema until 1972 which made it eligible for Oscar consideration.

Fiddler on the Roof


Oscar Winners

Best Original Song and Adaptation ScoreJohn Williams

Best Sound-David Hildyard and Gordon McCallum

Best CinematographyOswald Morris

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Norman Jewison)

Best DirectorNorman Jewison

Best ActorChaim Topol as Tevye

Best Supporting ActorLeonard Frey as Motel Kamzoil

Best Art DirectionRobert Boyle (Art Direction) and Michael Stringer (Art Direction); Peter Lamont (Set Direction)

Producer/director was brought into the production because the executives thought he was Jewish because his last name was Jewison.  He has gotten this all of his life.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

(1942-1:45am/12:45am c)

Oscar Winners

Scoring of a Musical PictureRay Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld

Best ActorJames Cagney as George M. Cohan

Best SoundNathan Levinson

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Jack Warner, Hal B. Wallis, and William Cagney)

Best Supporting ActorWalter Huston as Jerry Cohan

Best Original Motion Picture StoryRobert Buckner

Best Film Editing-George Amy

What is this?  Ray Heindorf day?  This is the third movie that he conducted today!  Also, when George Cohan saw the rough cut of the movie, he said, “It was a good movie.  Who was it about?”  The movie had deviated very far from the real Cohan.

Cover Girl (1944-4am/3am)

Oscar Winner

Scoring of a Musical PictureMorris Stoloff & Carmen Dragon

Oscar Nominations

Best Song-“Long Ago and Far Away” by Jerome Kern (music) and Ira Gershwin (lyrics)

Best Art Direction, Color-Lionel Banks (Art Direction) and Cary Odell (Art Direction); Fay Babcock (Interior Decoration)

Best Cinematography, ColorRudolph Mate and Allen M. Davey

Rita Hayworth married Orson Welles during production.  Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen began their fruitful collaboration during this film.