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February 27, 2007

The Morning After - My last Oscar Links for this Year


Best Supporting Actress of 1958 Miyoshi Umeki with Alfred Hitchcock

Even before the most recent Academy Awards were handed out, at least one person has already decided to predict next year's nominated films. The last time I tried predicting the Oscars one year ahead of time when back in 1967 when I assured a friend that Charge of the Light Brigade, by Oscar winning Tony Richardson, with an all-star cast, was a certain bet. One thing I've learned is that when it comes to movies, "pedigree" is for dogs and horses. Last year we were told that All the Kings Men would be a contender. If past performance was a guarantee of anything, than World Trade Center, directed by an Oscar winner and starring an Oscar winner, would have been in the slot occupied by Little Miss Sunshine. To anyone silly enough to predict next years nominees, I say wait to see what's actually on the screen.

Neil over at Bleeding Tree and K at Cinebeats are among the many who were glad to see Ennio Morricone receive an honorary Oscar for his music scores. We also think Morricone's most interesting work is to be heard in the spaghetti westerns and gialli he scored, rather than his nominated work. Tim Lucas thinks a major oversight was not mentioning Morricone's music for Once Upon a Time . . . in the West.

While I missed the show because if wasn't available where I live, Andy Horbal chose to watch Terminator 2 instead. I followed a couple of the liveblogs, adding comments at That Little Round-Headed Boy's site. The other liveblog, at Huffington Post was done by someone not too well informed - regarding William Monahan's mention of Thelma, the blogger was unaware that Thelma was Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese's long-time editor, and not the writer's nineteen year-old mistress.

If you haven't checked it out, Ross over at Greenbriar Picture Show has examined the selling of Psycho. Hitchcock's nominated film still influences horror films more than forty-five years after its initial release in the summer of 1960. I was too young to see the film then, but I remember seeing the posters at a theater in Detroit.

I hope to write some more serious stuff in the days ahead. I will also be preparing for my return to the US on April 1.

Posted by peter at February 27, 2007 03:15 AM


I also attempted a coffee-fuelled live blog in Istanbul. I'd appreciate any comments that you might have: http://cerebralmastication.blogspot.com/2007/02/oscar-oscar.html.

Posted by: Ali Arikan at February 27, 2007 05:59 AM