I'd never really looked at it like that, but yeah, the 50s and 60s were pretty weak, in terms of Oscars at least. Cecil B DeMille has a lot to answer for
But there were a lot of great directors in that period that won few oscars if any: you already mentioned Wilder and Kazan, I'd add Hitchcock to that for sure, and in the sixties Kubrick, just to name a few. Can't see too many directors today making movies better than those guys made. I'm also more of a David Lean fan than you apparently are. I loved Lawrence of Arabia, and thought Bridge over the River Kwai was pretty good as well.
Oh I like early Lean's movies, actually
And who doesn't like Holden and Sir Alec, seriously I like BOTRK too.
Just that I think for the movie of 1962, I prefer
Long Day’s Journey into Night or The Manchurian Candidate
than the winner Lawrence of Arabia.
For 1957, as I've said, I prefer
Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd or Alexander Mackendrick’s Sweet Smell of Success
than the winner The Bridge on the River Kwai
Those 2 movies weren't nominated for a single category
How about 'Witness for the Prosecution'? That's also one helluva movie.
Last edited by fantic; Jun 28th, 2013 at 08:28 PM.
Re: Movies that should have won the Oscar but didn't
Hollywood is in a bad era right now.
2013: Django unchained > Argo 2005: Walk the line (wasn't even nominated) = Brokeback Mountain > Crash (even though I loved Crash, but forgot it soon too) 2002: Gangs of New York > Chicago 1999: The Thin red line > Shakespeare in love 1994: The Shawshank redemption = Forrest Gump
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