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Nov 23 2016

'If Ever I Would Leave You,' List-Making...It wouldn't be in November

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1859Billy the Kid,future legendary outlaw,is born.He's been played in movies and TV by actors like Buster Crabbe,Hugh O'Brian,Paul Newman,Clu Galager,Val Kilmer,and perhaps most famously by Kris Kristofferson,BAFTA nominated forPat Garret and Billy the Kid(1973)
1887Boris Karloff,villainous movie icon (Frankenstein,The Mask of Fu Manchu,Scarface,etcetera) is born
1888Harpo Marx is born

1892Design genius Erté is born (as Romain de Tirtoff) in St Petersburg.He influenced fashion,movies,interior design and more and worked with two cats by his side and lived (and worked!) until his 90s.Why doesn't he have a biopic,preferrably one by areallyvisually fanciful director.Imagine what they could do for eye candy?!?
1907Famous producer Run Run Shaw of Shaw Studios fame who launched countless stars and produced over 300 movies is born in Shanghai.Later in life he even producedBlade Runner.Though neither of the original Shaw brothers are still alive,their company recently appointed a new chairman who isintent on returning the studio to its former glory.
1916Michael Gough,the only "Alfred"for us in Batman films is born in London
1924Happy 92nd birthday to multi-award winning Filipino actress Anita Linda

1925Famous singer/songwriter Johnny Mandell is born.Wins the Oscar 40 years later for "The Shadow of Your Smile"fromThe Sandpiper(1965) with Natalie Wood presenting!It beat "What's New Pussycat"and a song fromUmbrellas of Cherbourg!
1934Oscar winning screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown,Greystoke,Shampoo,etcetera) is born in Los Angeles
1936Life Magazine rebooted as a hugely successful photo magazine - so many great Hollywood centric photos in their archives
1940Womanizing director David Lean marries his second of six wives,actress Kay Walsh

1941Franco Nero,Italian movie idol and on-and-off man of Vanessa Redgrave (since 1966 when they met as Lancelot & Guinever onCamelotthough they weren't married until 2006!) is born.
1943Future blaxploitation star Jeannie Bell is born
1944"I used to love doggie chow!"Infamous R rated trashy screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct,Showgirls,Flashdance) is born in Hungary
1948Flamboyant celebrity and frequent Oscar joke writer Bruce Vilanch is born

1959Maxwell Caulfied,La Pfeiffer's future "Cool Rider,"is born in London
1966Happy 50th birthday to French superstar Vincent Kassel.
1970Actor Oded Fehr (The MummyandResident Evilfranchises and various TV series) is born in Tel Aviv
1984Supergirlis the big Thanksgiving weekend release in movie theaters.It flops.Too early for the superhero movie craze it was
1990The Thanksgiving weekend really heats up that year's Oscar race withDances With Wolves,the future winner,going very successfully wide while its Best Picture competitionGhoststill holds on to the top ten in its 20th week of release (!) and future Best Actor winner Jeremy Irons debuts inReversal of Fortune.What did you make of that year's Best Picture list and what do you wish had been there instead?

  • Awakenings (3 noms)
  • Dances with Wolves (12 noms,7 wins)
  • Ghost (5 noms,2 wins)
  • Godfather Pt III (7 noms)
  • Goodfellas (6 noms,1 win)

1991Werner Herzog's combative crazy muse Klaus Kinski dies ending a glorious movie partnership
1992Miley Cyrus is born in Nashville,presumably with tongue stuck out.Sings,acts,is highly underrated,etcetera.Remember that perfect perfect moment last year when Anne Hathaway did her "Wrecking Ball"on Lip Synch Battle?
2007Amy Adams tops the box office for this Thanksgiving weekend with her most delightful comic performance inEnchanted.She loses the Comedy/Musical globe to Marion Cotillard whose performance is neither comic nor musical (since she was lipsynching in the tragic biopicLa Vie En Rose)

2012The biopicHitchcockopens delighting few and mostly squandering its opportunities with a great subject.Somehow (we still can't figure it) both Helen Mirren and the makeup job on Anthony Hopkins manage fairly successful awards runs.We did have a great timeinterviewing its costume designer Julie Weiss,though.
2016Moanaopens in theaters.It's extremely traditional but it's so beautifully animated.Great theme song,too.

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1990 Best Picture

The Grifters
Reversal Of Fortune
Longime Companion

November 23,2016 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordon

The Grifters!!!Uff to think we got Godfather III instead?!

November 23,2016 | Unregistered CommenterNathanielR

I'd say the '90 lineup was pretty weak.Even though I'm not the biggest fan of it only Goodfellas really is nomination worthy.

My lineup would go like this:
Edward Scissorhands
The Grifters
Longtime Companion
Tie Me Up!Tie Me Down!
with Scissorhands as the winner.

I love "The Shadow of Your Smile"but that list of nominees for '65 Best Song are all good ones.

Natalie Wood looks fabulous,the dress is fun and that necklace is awesome.

November 23,2016 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

Jack Buetel played Billy the Kid in Howard Hawk's infamous"The Outlaw"(1943)....the problem I had with the Hitchcock movie is that it gave way too much credit to Mrs Hitchcock.

November 23,2016 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Man,that Best Picture list from 1990 exists in some netherworld between the big prestige productions of the 80's and the indie darlings of the 90's.What an odd time.

Think mine would have been:

The Field
Longtime Companion
Miller's Crossing
White Hunter,Black Heart (this is like the only Eastwood film I like)

November 23,2016 | Unregistered CommenterRobert A

A lot of Longtime Companion fans,time for a revisit Nat,have you seen it?

November 23,2016 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordon

Lordy,I hated Dances With Wolves at the time.Still do I think though I've never been able to revisit it.The only thing I remember liking about it is the music.

Klaus Kinski has been gone for 25 years?!

November 23,2016 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Hollywood

1990 is one of my favourite Oscar years.Lots of films I like.My Best Picture nominees would be:

Dances With Wolves
Dick Tracy
The Godfather Part III
Reversal of Fortune
The Sheltering Sky

but I would put in Best Foreign Language Film nominee Porte aperte (Open Doors) in place of Dick Tracy if it was eligible.

November 23,2016 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

mark -- yes,it was in my top ten that year.my BP nominees were

can't remember.

November 23,2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

A yuppie melodrama that is the poster child for both the racist Magical Negro and Puerto Rican Thug tropes.Ghost's popularity and box office stamina are the only explanations for its Best Picture nod and (egads!) Screenplay win.The only consolation: at least Whoopi has an Oscar.

My BP pics:

The Grifters
Longtime Companion
To Sleep With Anger

November 23,2016 | Unregistered CommenterNewMoonSon

edward scissorhands
the grifters
longtime companion
miller's crossing
paris is burning

November 24,2016 | Unregistered Commenterpar

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