Did They Get it Right? – Best Director – Oscars 1975

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Robert Altman (Nashville)
Federico Fellini (Amarcord)
Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
Stanley Kubrick (Barry Lyndon)
Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon)

Biggest Snub:

Steven Spielberg – Jaws

My Overall Thoughts:

This was a year where one film was clearly the best of the lot and none of the other nominees could come even a close second to try and top it.

My Rankings:


5. Stanley Kubrick 
4. Robert Altman
3. Federico Fellini 
2. Sidney Lumet
1. Milos Forman 


5. NashvilleNot the biggest fan of Altman’s kind of film-making technique despite recognizing the uniqueness of it. Found many of the characters uninteresting and was waiting to see some kind of coherent plot…which never appears. The movie dragged in certain scenes and was distracting despite it being created like life just like that.
4. AmarcordVery fun and eclectic coming of age story that works well despite the craziness of it all. The characters are all quite unique and we get a clear sense of the kind of life the character lives in pre-war Fascist Italy. The story and characters seem quite genuine despite the fact that some of their actions are quite far fetched along the way.  The fact that this is possibly based on events from Fellini’s own adolescenthood help make things feel even more very personal for us to see what possibly transpired during his early life.
3. Barry LyndonLoved how the story was told because it is an epic tale of someone who isn’t really important in the big picture but who aspires to be. O’Neal is fun to watch and its nice to see him as the focus of this movie. The film gets a bit long towards the end and could have been cut down slightly because it feels too long.
2. Dog Day AfternoonGreat story that works most of the time. Pacino, Cazale and Durning are all amazing here. Loved the way the story moves along at a great pace despite the fact that it all takes place in once location. Director Lumet does a wonderful job keeping things interesting and exciting the entire time. The issues brought up are still somewhat relevant and this is a great example of something that is done for the right reasons despite it being wrong no matter how you look at it. The fact that this is based on a true story makes it even more powerful.
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Great movie about who is really considered crazy and how society needs to be flexible and not always just have everyone conform to the established rules. Excellent cast. 

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  Forman does an amazing job with this film which is so much better than any of the other nominees

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

3 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Director – Oscars 1975

  1. Absolutely agree on Forman’s win (with a close 2nd to Lumet) and on Spielberg’s unconscionable omission. Question: Had Spielberg been nominated (no matter whose place he took…) – should healso have won? I say yes.


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