Oscar Retro

IF JOHN NOMINATED BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (1970-2019): PART IV

By John H. Foote A notoriously difficult category for many reasons, but like supporting actor, stars are born from this one. Many of the winners or nominees go on to Best Actress nominations or wins, yet just as many are nominated once, even win once and then never are in the Oscar race again. The…

IF JOHN NOMINATED BEST ACTRESS (1970-2019): PART II

By John H. Foote Again, no Academy, just me. What gives me the audacity and background to make these decisions? Thirty years as a critic and historian, hundreds on interviews with actors learning about their craft, I studied and taught Method Acting, and have directed 40 plus plays using the Method in each one. I…

25 UNDESERVING BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

By John H. Foote When the Academy Award nominees for film excellence in 1967 were announced, there were some audible gasps when the Best Picture category was read. As expected Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate and In the Heat of the Night were nominated, all richly deserved. But also among the five was Guess Who’s…