A few days ago I said I was going to limit my award-giving only to those years from which I’d seen 40 movies or more. But it turns out there aren’t very many years like that prior to the mid-1980s, and limiting myself to recent years like that would be a lot less fun for me. So I’m modifying the requirement to 30 movies and adding a new category, Best Unseen Picture, to give a little recognition to the films I haven’t gotten to yet (the winner is the film I think I’ll think is the Best). Eligibility is determined by imdb date. Nominees are listed in alphabetical order and the winners are bolded. So, skipping ahead from 1932 to 1964, the Endy goes to. . .

Best Picture:

1. Dr. Strangelove
2. I Am Cuba
3. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
4. Yearning
5. Zulu

Best Director:

1. Satyajit Ray, Mahanagar
2. Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove
3. Mikhail Kalatozov, I Am Cuba
4. Jacques Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
5. Mikio Naruse, Yearning

Best Actor:

1. Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove
2. Clint Eastwood, A Fistful of Dollars
3. Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady
4. Burt Lancaster, The Train
5. Stanley Baker, Zulu

Best Actress:

1. Madhabi Mukherjee, Charulata
2. Nina Pens Rode, Gertrud
3. Paula Prentiss, Man’s Favorite Sport?
4. Constance Towers, The Naked Kiss
5. Hideko Takemine, Yearning

A lot of great actresses this year. Very tough to leave out Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Anna Karina in Band of Outsiders, Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins, Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Tippi Hedrin in Marnie, Macha Méril in A Married Woman and Jitsuko Yoshimura in Onibaba.

Supporting Actor:

1. George C. Scott, Dr. Strangelove
2. Stanley Holloway, My Fair Lady
3. Paul Scofield, The Train
4. Michael Caine, Zulu
5. Nigel Green, Zulu

Supporting Actress:

1. Nobuko Otowa, Onibaba
2. Jeanne Moreau, The Train
3. Anne Vernon, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
4. Tippy Walker, The World of Henry Orient
5. Mitsuko Kusabue, Yearning

As great as the actress category was, I struggled to come up with five Supporting Actresses. Maybe I’m missing someone obvious. . . .

Original Screenplay:

1. Peter Watkins, Culloden
2. Enrique Pineda Barnet & Yevgeni Yevtushenko, I Am Cuba
3. Samuel Fuller, The Naked Kiss
4. Jacques Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
5. Mikio Naruse & Zenzo Matsuyama, Yearning

Adapted Screenplay:

1. Jean-Luc Godard, Band of Outsiders
2. Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern & Peter George, Dr. Strangelove
3. Carl Theodor Dreyer, Gertrud
4. Satyajit Ray, Mahanagar
5. Cy Endfield & John Prebble, Zulu

Non-English Language Film:

1. Gertrud
2. I Am Cuba
3. Mahanagar
4. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
5. Yearning

Unseen Film:

1. Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Buñuel)
2. The Gospel According to St. Mathew (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
3. Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi)
4. Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni)
5. The Soft Skin (François Truffaut)

Film Editing:

1. I Am Cuba
2. Culloden
3. A Hard Day’s Night
4. Yearning
5. Zulu

Cinematography:

1. Dick Bush, Culloden
2. Sergei Urusevsky, I Am Cuba
3. Harry Stradling, My Fair Lady
4. Jean Rabier, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
5. Hiroshi Segawa, Woman in the Dunes

Original Score:

1. A Fistful of Dollars
2. Mary Poppins
3. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
4. Woman in the Dunes
5. Yearning

Soundtrack:

1. A Fistful of Dollars
2. A Hard Day’s Night
3. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
4. Mary Poppins
5. My Fair Lady

Original Song:

1. “Goldfinger”, Goldfinger
2. “A Hard Day’s Night”, A Hard Day’s Night
3. “And I Love Her”, A Hard Day’s Night
4. “If I Fell”, A Hard Day’s Night
5. “My Kind of Town”, Robin and the 7 Hoods

A lot of great music in the movies from this year, and figuring out what counts as original and what is adapted is difficult. The Academy put A Hard Day’s Night and Mary Poppins in the “Score – Adaptation or Treatment” category rather than “Original Score”, but as far as I can tell, the music and songs were written for the film in both cases. Of course, the Academy also didn’t see fit to nominate any of the A Hard Day’s Night songs, so what do they know.

Art Direction:

1. Dr. Strangelove
2. Masque of the Red Death
3. My Fair Lady
4. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
5. Woman in the Dunes

Costume Design:

1. Mary Poppins
2. Masque of the Red Death
3. My Fair Lady
4. Onibaba
5. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Make-up:

1. My Fair Lady
2. Onibaba
3. Zulu

Sound Mixing:

1. Culloden
2. A Hard Day’s Night
3. My Fair Lady
4. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
5. Zulu

Sound Editing:

1. Culloden
2. Dr. Strangelove
3. Goldfinger
4. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
5. Zulu

Visual Effects:

1. Goldfinger
2. I Am Cuba
3. Mary Poppins
4. Masque of the Red Death
5. Onibaba

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