Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a pretty lackluster year and all 5 nominees are just ok. Any could have won because there really wasn’t one who stands out among them as being the very best.
5. Vincente Minnelli
4. Stanley Kramer
3. Robert Wise
2. Mark Robson
1. Richard Brooks
5. Gigi – Very boring and not entertaining at all, still don’t understand how it won 9 Oscars.
4. The Defiant Ones – Groundbreaking movie for its time that just didn’t resonate enough for me now. Curtis and Poitier were great working off one another but too much seemed strained in their acting. I liked the Quantum Leap episode that used this idea much better and was more effective for me.
3. I Want to Live! – Interesting idea that works quite well especially given the time frame when this takes place. Hayward is amazing in this role and was quite deserving of an Oscar for Best Actress that year even if there was very strong competition with Russell for her performance in Auntie Mame (1958). The film gives a unique perspective on the events presented and we get a clear picture of her side of the story even if there is still some doubt as to the veracity of it all.
2. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness – Interesting premise that works as an inspirational biography of a woman who made such a difference. Bergman is great in the lead and manage to show the persistence of her character in achieving all that she can. Robson does a great job directing this film and was a deserving nominee for best Director at the Oscars for his work on this film. As with most Hollywood biographies, they take many liberties with the true aspects of the story yet still manage to retain the overall essence of the kind of inspirational and education soul that Aylward truly was.
1. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Amazing dialogue-driven film that keeps us entranced from beginning to end. Excellent performances by Newman, Ives and Taylor. Loved the way that they were still able to convey what they were not allowed to say because of the HPC. The conversation by the characters seem quite genuine and you actually can imagine them as being so real.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all! I can understand how the Academy can be enthralled by a musical, but this one isn’t even close to being among the best. Any of the other 5 nominees would have been a better choice even if none give us such an aspiring work this year.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!