Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1969


dtgirbp-1969Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Anne of the Thousand Days
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Hello Dolly
Midnight Cowboy
Z

Biggest Snub:

The Wild Bunch

My Overall Thoughts:

A nice year for nominees because of the diversity of the choices.

Only the second time (of 9 times, so far) that one of the films was not an English language film.  That film is actually the best of the lot of choices this year, but it was too early for a non-English language film to win the top award (apparently, that still rings true 47 years later).

My Rankings:

Movies

  • 5. – Midnight Cowboy – Hoffman and Voight are pretty good here as street hustlers in NYC, but the story just isn’t as good as it could have been.  Granted, it was groundbreaking for it’s day, but doesn’t age well enough.
  • 4. – Hello, Dolly! – Streisand is pretty good here as a matchmaker trying to get Matthau to fall in love with her. Nice choreography and songs helps make this memorable.
  • 3. – Anne of the Thousand Days – Burton and Bujold work quite well together and give a great portrayal of the king and queen.  Film is slightly too long but the dialogue makes it fun and engaging the whole time.
  • 2. – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Newman and Redford together for the first time shows their chemistry and their ability to make a film so engrossing and fun to watch at the same time.  Such a a classic!
  • 1. – Z – Great political thriller that is still quite relevant in it’s message even today, nearly 50 years after it was made.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all!  All 4 of the other films are better than MC IMHO.  I think Z could have won had it been done in English because the story was so relevant to the day (and even now), but only being the second non-English language film to be nominated, it didn’t have much of a chance of winning unfortunately.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

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