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by The Original BJ
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Original Story 1934
Replies: 10
Views: 168

Re: Best Original Story 1934

It's also on YouTube. Didn't I say that in my original post? Yes, but when I went to look for it then, it had disappeared from YouTube. I kept checking back, but couldn't find it. Then, when Reza posted, I was able to find it quickly, so it must have reappeared for some reason. What's interesting, ...
by The Original BJ
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Original Story 1934
Replies: 10
Views: 168

Re: Best Original Story 1934

Big Magilla wrote:By the way, The Richest Girl in the World releases from Warner Archive next Tuesday.


Thanks for the heads-up -- this had been on my "unavailable" list, and now I see I can easily rent it from Classic Flix next week!
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay 1945
Replies: 9
Views: 666

Re: Best Screenplay 1945

Time to tackle the Adapted category. (I haven't seen one of the Original nominees in that tough-to-track-down slate.) Pride of the Marines is a movie that sort of gets increasingly better as it goes along. I thought it started as a fairly grisly lightweight romance, became a mostly generic war movie...
by The Original BJ
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Screenplays 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: Best Screenplays 2016

Original doesn't have a bum nominee in the batch, although I still prefer Jackie to all. I voted for Manchester by the Sea, and smiled along with Matt Damon on Oscar night. Adapted has a lot more filler -- the only two scripts I'd consider would be Arrival and Moonlight, and in both cases, I found t...
by The Original BJ
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Picture & Director 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 199

Re: Best Picture & Director 2016

In the interest of getting this done with and moving on... Had it been an option, Jackie in both categories. Of the actual nominees, I'll say Manchester by the Sea moved me the most, and give it my vote in Best Picture. Under Director, I'll go with Damien Chazelle for his imaginative vision (though ...
by The Original BJ
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay 1934
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: Best Screenplay 1934

Ben Hecht was obviously a writer of note, and given most of the frivolity on display in the Best Picture lineup, it's understandable why Viva Villa was one of the top-category nominees to place here: it at least feels like it's about something (and someone) important. Still, it's not a terribly exci...
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 99
Views: 1790

Re: Trivia

I would say Streetcar, with Virginia Woolf nearly its equal. For me, these are the two film adaptations of American plays that are genuinely special. Part of this is due to the lightning-in-a-bottle quality of the performances (the clash of acting styles between Leigh and Brando, the real-life charg...
by The Original BJ
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Other Oscar Discussions
Topic: The 18th Annual Who'll Be Back?
Replies: 26
Views: 595

Re: The 18th Annual Who'll Be Back?

Since this post was written, it was announced that Meryl Streep would be teaming with Tom Hanks in a Spielberg-directed film about the Pentagon Papers, and Deadline announced today that the plan is to shoot the movie this spring and have it ready for the end of this year. I'm never one to assume a m...
by The Original BJ
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Supporting Actress 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 262

Re: Best Supporting Actress 2016

My fringe alternate: Riley Keough in American Honey, the year's most memorable villain. Spencer was dry and funny as usual, but the part isn't much of a stretch beyond her typical wheelhouse. Kidman showed a warmer side than we generally see from the often chilly actress, and then delivered one knoc...
by The Original BJ
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Robert Osborne
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: R.I.P. Robert Osborne

You could tell he just LOVED movies so much. When I started watching TCM as a teenager -- the point when I started to really get into watching older films -- I looked at him almost like the grandfather I never knew, sharing movies that he adored like they were gifts he was passing on to the next gen...
by The Original BJ
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay 1935
Replies: 2
Views: 740

Re: Best Screenplay 1935

So few nominees makes coming up with alternates pretty easy -- The 39 Steps, A Night at the Opera, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Ruggles of Red Gap are all worthy writer-centric movies from this year. The Lives of a Bengal Lancer is the nominee I'd rule out immediately. It's actually the kind of ac...
by The Original BJ
Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: 2017
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 602

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2017

Oscar Prospects: Oscar has never been kind to the X-Men franchise, not even in the technical categories. Though this deserves Sound Editing and Makeup & Hairstyling nods. I heard the studio is gonna try and Mad Max: Fury Road this. James Mangold is no George Miller though. I'm going to say that...
by The Original BJ
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Screenplay 1936
Replies: 3
Views: 951

Re: Best Screenplay 1936

Among alternates, I agree that Libeled Lady merited inclusion. As did Modern Times, which I assumed was eligible only here, because it doesn't have a separate writer credited for story... ...but neither does The Story of Louis Pasteur! The same two guys won BOTH the Original Story prize and the Scre...
by The Original BJ
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Supporting Actor 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: Best Supporting Actor 2016

Tons of strong candidates this year, but I probably most wish that some of the other Moonlight guys -- André Holland and Trevante Rhodes -- had gotten some attention somewhere. Shannon was best in show among the Nocturnal Animals cast, so if someone had to be nominated from that vile thing, better i...
by The Original BJ
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: 89th Oscars: General & Ceremony Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 1433

Re: 89th Oscars: General & Ceremony Discussion

Greg wrote:What does everyone think the odds are that when they announce Best Picture next year, they will make a comedic attempt to show how they are taking great pains not to screw up this time?


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