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Dec 15 2018

New to the National Film Registry: Brokeback Mountain,Hud, etc...

by Nathaniel R

Each year in the thick of precursor awards season we are momentarily (and pleasantly!) asked to think about the entire history of motion pictures.Each December the Library of Congress adds 25 new movies to their list of American titles worthy of preservation.The criteria is "cultural,historic and aesthetic importance to the nation's film heritage."

The most recent inductee this year is Ang Lee's neo western gay classicBrokeback Mountain(2005) which is about as deserving as titles get for this honor.And we're personally thrilled to see the best movie of 1963,Hud,added.Here's the whole list chronologically...

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Aug 09 2017

Best Supporting Actor 1963: Melvyn Douglas in "Hud"

The Film Experience is taking a brief trip to 1963 for the forthcoming亚博主页Smackdown.That year's supporting Actor winner was Melvyn Douglas inHud...

by John Guerin

Paul Newman as Hud makes me forget everything else.All my attention is funneled into those blue-grey eyes,the nucleus of Newman's swaggering energy.Hud emerges from this drowsy Midwestern tapestry like a geyser springing up from a desert.Why look anywhere else?The film hardly forfeits narrative or photographic attention from Hud,but he's not the only performer doing expert work in Martin Ritt's 1963 masterwork.There's Patricia Neal's Alma,an iconic intersection of Southern exhaustion and eroticism.There's also Melvyn Douglas' Homer,which,to my constant surprise,remains perhaps the films best performance...

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Feb 23 2017

3 Days Until Oscar -- multiple wins without a Best Picture Nod

With the seismic shift of the expanded best picture field in 2009,certain forms of Oscar trivia seem dead or at least on life support.Foxcatcherproved you could still be a "lone director"nominee for a non Best Picture player,andCarolproved you could still get a big swath of nominations but miss out on placing in the top category.But nearly all the records involving films thatweren'tnominated for Best Picture will not be broken now;when Oscar notices you in a big way these days,you're also likely to achieve that highest distinction of being a Best Picture nominee.

But with3being the magic number today,let's take a look back at the rare cases of films thatwon3 or more Oscars that were亚博主页notnominated for Best Picture.The only film that could theoretically join this list this year isJackie(the most nominated film that isn't up forBest Picture) but it would have to win all three of its bids!

The 18 Biggest Oscar Winners That Were NOT
Nominated for Best Picture

(current titles for categories used in this list though some have changed)

01 Five Oscar wins from six nominations
The Bad and the Beautiful(1952) Supporting Actress,Original Screenplay,Cinematography,Production Design,Costume Design.It lost only Best Actor but mysteriously wasn't nominated for Picture or Director despite obvious widespread love for it.But then,1952 was among the very strangest of Oscar years for multiple reasons.

Curiously Kirk Douglas also leads one of the three films tied for runner up in this particular list...

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Feb 23 2016

Paul Newman "is"...

We're reviving "Curio"but with a twist.It won't just be arts & crafts any more but any curiousity so here's one about movie vernacular,taglines,and advertisements.- Editor.

Fifty years ago todayHarper(1966) hit movie theaters.We only mention this because it gives us (another) excuse to post Paul Newman photos and to talk about a favorite movie poster quirk.Joe Reid recently wondered aloud why we say "Actor 'in' Name of Movie"versus"Actor 'on' Name of TV Show"which is true and curious.Why is that the language?

And why do some advertising campaigns say Movie Star IS...rather than Movie Star IN...or Movie Star AS?With Paul Newman it was "is"more often than not.Here's some proof...

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Sep 18 2015

The Alluring Patricia Neal in Hud

Continuing our celebration of 1963 here'sMurtadaon that year's Best Actress.

Patricia Neal is first introduced 8 minutes intoHud.She walks into the center of the frame and takes hold of it as she gazes at Paul Newman parking his car.

He parked right on my flower bed".

The way she is framed ensures the audience knows she's important to the story.The way Neal tosses off that line,we know Alma's not to be messed with.[More...]

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Feb 02 2015

Beauty vs Beast: Winter Is (Still) Coming

Jason fromMNPPhere with another round of "Beauty vs Beast"-- this week we're headed to Gobbler's Knob (I still can't believe that's a real name of a real place) in the little town called Punxsutawney,Pennsylvania,about an hour and a half outside of Pittsburgh,where the fate of our Winter lay in the balance.Welllaidin the balance,that is - it'salready been reportedthis morning that the world's furriest prognisicator this side of Sam Champion,the eternal Punxsutawney Phil,has seen his shadow and laid six more weeks of Winter upon us.Boo,Phil.Seeing as how I awoke to several fresh inches of slush this morning,I'm not terribly surprised by the forecast,but still.Boo,Phil.

Which brings me to what is maybe the greatest comedy ever made about the maybe dumbest holiday on the calendar: Harold Ramis' also-eternal 1993 Bill Murray comedyGroundhog Day,and this week's Battle of the Phils!

You've got one week - or one-sixth of the Winter that oh-so-wise woodchuck just dropped on us - to vote,so don't forget your booties it's cold outside and get to work.

PREVIOUSLYTwo weeks back in the comments oftheBlue VelvetcontestTFE-readerMurtadapointed out that no actor had ever beaten an actress in any of these polls;well it's finally happened!It was close,but Paul Newman'sHudmanaged to shimmy his slim-hipsto a six-percent win over Patricia Neal's Alma.Yeah he was a bastard,but...well,he was Paul Newman as a bastard,so it goes.SaidSan FranCinema:

"Newman,a great beauty no one took seriously until he surprised them all by becoming a great actor,always gets my vote."