Best Film Scores #60-41

Thursdays in June I’m giving my picks for the greatest movies scores of all time. Two weeks ago, I listed #100-81 and last week #80-61. Now, here is the list for #60-41. Listen to all scores from #100-41 here.


60. John Debney, Elf (2003)

59. David Amram, The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

58. Franz Waxman, My Cousin Rachel (1952)

57. David Raskin, Laura (1944)

56. Charles Chaplin, Limelight (1952)

55. Elmer Bernstein, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

54.  Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven (1992)

53. Alfonso Vilallonga, Blancanieves (2012)

52. Luis Bacalov, Il Postino (1994)

51. Ennio Morricone, Cinema Paradiso (1988)

50. Quincy Jones, The Color Purple (1985)

49. John Powell & Henry Gregson-Williams, Chicken Run (2000)

48. Victor Young, Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

47. Nino Rota, Amarcord (1974)

46. Alex North, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

45. Michael Giacchino, Ratatouille (2007)

44. Erich Wolgang Korngold, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

43. Bill Conti, The Right Stuff (1983)

42. Burt Bacharach, Casino Royale (1967)

41. Maurice Jarre, A Walk in the Clouds (1995)


Cannes Film Festival 1965-1982

Here’s week two of my spotlight on the Cannes Film Festivals. I’m ranking all the films I’ve seen that screened in competition each year of the festival and give grades to each. This week, it’s those that the festival showed between 1965 and 1982.


1. The Knack…And How to Get It (UK) C+ Palm d’Or Winner



1. Doctor Zhivago (USA) C+

Palm d’Or: TIE between The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians (Italy) and A Man and a Woman (France)



1. Blow-Up (UK) B- Palm d’Or Winner


1969 (No festival in 1968)



2. My Night at Maud’s (France) A

1. Easy Rider (UK) A+

Palm d’Or: If… (UK)



1. M*A*S*H (USA) C+ Palm d’Or Winner



1. Death in Venice (Italy) D

Palm d’Or: The Go-Between (UK)





2. Jeremiah Johnson (USA) A-

1. The Ruling Class (UK) A+

Palm d’Or: TIE between The Martei Affair (Italy) and The Working Class Go to Heaven (Italy)



1. Godspell (USA) C-

Palm d’Or: TIE between The Hireling (UK) and Scarecrow (USA)





2. The Sugarland Express (USA) C-

1. The Conversation (USA) A Palm d’Or Winner



Palm d’Or: Chronicle of the Years of Fire (Algeria)




2. Bugsy Malone (USA) B+

1. Taxi Driver (USA) A- Palm d’Or Winner



2. Car Wash (USA) C

1. Bound for Glory (USA) B-

Palm d’Or: Padre Padrone (Italy)




1. Coming Home (USA) A+

Palm d’Or: The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Italy)





4. Norma Rae (USA) C

3. Days of Heaven (USA) C+

2. The China Syndrome (USA) A-

1. Apocalypse Now (USA) A+

Palm d’Or: TIE between Apocalypse Now (USA) and The Tin Drum (West Germany)



1. Breaker Morant (Australia) B+

Palm d’Or: TIE between All that Jazz (USA) and Kagemusha (Japan)



1. Chariots of Fire (UK) F

Palm d’Or: Man of Iron (Poland)



1. Missing (Greece) D+

Palm d’Or: TIE between Missing (Greece) and The Way (Turkey)

First 50 Masterpieces

Yesterday, I published my fiftieth review of a classic movie. Here is a list of links to all of the first 50. They’re listed in order of premier date.

Intolerance: Love’s Struggle throughout the Ages (1916)

The Gold Rush (1925)

Frankenstein (1931)

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Rebecca (1940)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Saboteur (1942)

Casablanca (1942)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Gaslight (1944)

Rome, Open City (1945)

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Monsieur Vincent (1947)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The Snake Pit (1948)

Rashomon (1950)

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

All about Eve (1950)

A Place in the Sun (1951)

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Stalag 17 (1953)

River of No Return (1954)

On the Waterfront (1954)

A Star Is Born (1954)

Rebel without a Cause (1955)

Guys and Dolls (1955)

The Killing (1956)

The Bad Seed (1956)

Ben-Hur (1959)

Psycho (1960)

A View from the Bridge (1962)

David and Lisa (1962)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

On Golden Pond (1981)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

The Right Stuff (1983)

The Color Purple (1985)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Home for the Holidays (1995)

Fargo (1996)

Joyeux Noel (2005)

The Yacoubian Building (2006)

Cannes Film Festival 1939-1964

With the Cannes Film Festival later this month, my lists throughout May will all be dedicated to this prestigious event. The early years of the festival were not consistent. They began in 1939 and didn’t hold their second until 1946. Not until 1951 did it become an annual event. My lists will rank the movies I’ve seen for each that were screened in competition for each year along with a grade for each and an acknowledgement for the top prize winner (known as the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film from 1939-1954 and the  Palm d’Or since) if I haven’t seen it. I’ll begin with the first 18 festivals



2. Goodbye Mr. Chips (UK) C

1. The Wizard of Oz (USA) A+

Grand Prix: Union Pacific (USA)




8. Anna and the King of Siam (UK) B+

7. Rhapsody in Blue (USA) B+

6. Beauty and the Beast (France) A

5. Gaslight (USA) A+

4. The Lost Weekend (USA) A+

3. Gilda (USA) A+

2. Rome, Open City (Italy) A+

1. Notorious (USA) A+

Grand Prix: 11 films were awarded including The Lost Weekend and Rome, Open City, among 45 nominees




2. Boomerang (USA) B

1. Dumbo (USA) A+

No Gran Prix chosen in 1947




1. The Third Man (UK) A+ Grand Prix Winner



"All About Eve" Thelma Ritter, Anne Baxter 1950 20th Century Fox ** I.V.

2. A Place in the Sun (USA) A+

1. All about Eve (USA) A+

Grand Prix: TIE, Miracle in Milan (Italy) & Miss Jule (Sweden)




3. Indiscretion of an American Wife (Italy) C

2. Peter Pan (USA) B-

1. Lili (USA) A+

Grand Prix: The Wages of Fear (France)





2. From Here to Eternity (USA) D

1. Gate of Hell (Japan) B+ Grand Prix Winner




5. Bad Day at Black Rock (USA) C-

4. The Country Girl (USA) C+

3. Marty (USA) A- Palm d’Or Winner

2. East of Eden (USA) A+

1. Carmen Jones (USA) A+




3. The Harder They Fall (USA) C

2. The Man Who Knew Too Much (USA) C+

1. I’ll Cry Tomorrow (USA) A-

Palm d’Or: The Silent World (France)



1. Funny Face (USA) D+

Palm d’or: Friendly Persuasion (USA)



Palm d’or: The Cranes Are Flying (USSR)




2. Black Orpheus (France) B- Palm d’Or Winner

1. The 400 Blows (France) A




2. La dolce vita (Italy) Palm d’Or Winner

1. Never on Sunday (Greece) A-




1. A Raisin in the Sun (USA) A+

Palm d’Or: TIE, The Long Absence (France) & Viridiana (Mexico)



Palm d’Or: The Given Promise (Brazil)




1. To Kill a Mockingbird (USA)

Palm d’Or: The Leopard (Italy)





2. The World of Henry Orient (USA) A

1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (France) A+ Palm d’Or Winner

Star Wars (1977)


Whenever I watch Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, of course I love every second of it and am just as thrilled as the first time I saw it. But there’s a sense of wonder and even sadness beneath that, regretting that I was born too late to know what it was like to experience it in 1977. I grew up knowing all the Star Wars lingo, the characters, and the music before I even saw any of the movies. I have no idea what it’s like to watch the first movie as it was before it became known as A New Hope.

What was it like to see the words scrolling down the screen for the first time and hear the most spectacular music written since the 1800s? I think about what I might have thought watching those scrolling words. What in the world is a death star? Who is this Empire, and what’s kind of rebellion has formed against it? To go into the movie not knowing the answers to these questions must have been like Dorothy telling Toto “we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

What would it have been like to see the opening dialogue between droids, one speaking in a language we can’t understand, having to rely on the other to interpret? Sure the world had seen Robbie the Robot in Forbidden Planet and other robotic characters, but never without any human activity alongside them. And then we have an abrupt transition from this charming and utterly unique relationship between R2-D2 and C3PO into a dark, violent, and terrifying scene where we meet Darth Vader for the first time. How shocking must that have been for people who didn’t know about Darth Vader?

And what would it have been like to see the first unmasked human character revealed in the film? An otherwise attractive young woman with hair that looks like a cross between a 7-year-old girl and a goat! And then not too long a while later, we’re expected to believe she’s a princess? Would I have been so quick to accept that if I didn’t already know about Princee Leia?

What would it have been like to see a light saber in action for the first time? Would I have wondered how a glowing stick can sever a man’s legs, or would I have just accepted it as I did since I already knew about the Force?

I’m not going to attempt any traditional type of review for Star Wars: A New Hope because we all already know it’s a masterpiece. But it’s become such a part of the fabric of the culture, at least in the U.S., that a new movie in the franchise is welcomed and loved without the sense of awe and wonder that George Lucas must have intended. Each movie in the original trilogy (alongside 2015’s The Force Awakens) are all wonderful, and I will probably write about them at some point on this blog. But as far as the original movie, I just want to ponder how original, how audacious, and how awesome (in the truest sense of the word) the first Star Wars film must have been before anybody knew the significance behind the veiled conversations about Luke’s father or that it would be impossible for Luke’s romantic feelings toward Leia to be returned. George Lucas took the world into a completely different world in 1977, and (I apologize if what I am about to say seems melodramatic or hyperbolic, but I do believe it) made the real world a better place because of it.

And the Oscar Should Have Gone to: Best Cinematography

Continuing with lists related to the Oscars, this week I picked an Oscar category at random to list all the movies that one and what I think should have one. The first category for this type of list is Best Cinematography. For the Oscar winner, I’ll give a grade based only on the film’s cinematography, not the overall merit of the movie, and then place my choice for what should have won that year. For several years, the Oscars separated cinematography into black & white and color categories; I will only include one for those years. My rule for eligibility is based on the year of each film’s American theatrical release, and this is not always consistent with the Oscars.


1927/28 Sunrise (A+); my pick: Wings

1929 White Shadows in the South Sea (Unseen); my pick: The Passion of Joan of Arc

1930 With Byrd at the South Pole (Unseen); my pick: All Quiet on the Western Front

1931 Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (A+); my pick: Little Caesar

1932  Shanghai Express (Unseen); my pick: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

1933 A Farewell to Arms (Unseen); my pick: M

1934 Cleopatra (A+); I agree

1935 A Midsummer Night’s Dream (A+); I agree

1936 B&W Anthony Adverse (Unseen); COLOR The Garden of Allah (Unseen); my pick: Modern Times

1937 B&W The Good Earth (B+); COLOR A Star Is Born (B); my pick: Captains Courageous

1938 B&W The Great Waltz (Unseen); COLOR Sweethearts (Unseen); my pick: The Adventures of Robin Hood

1939 B&W Wuthering Heights (A+); COLOR Gone with the Wind (A+); my pick: Gone with the Wind

1940 B&W Rebecca (A+); COLOR The Thief of Bagdad (Unseen); my pick: Rebecca

1941 B&W How Green Was My Valley (A+); COLOR Blood and Sand (Unseen); my pick: Citizen Kane

1942 B&W Mrs. Miniver (A+); COLOR The Black Swan (A-); my pick: Casablanca

1943 B&W The Song of Burnadette (A-); COLOR Phantom of the Opera (Unseen); my pick: The Ox-Bow Incident

1944 B&W Laura (A+); COLOR Wilson (Unseen); my pick: Gaslight

1945 B&W The Picture of Dorian Gray (Unseen); COLOR Leave Her to Heaven; my pick: The Lost Weekend

1946 B&W Anna and the King of Siam (A); COLOR The Yearling (B-); my pick: Notorious

1947 B&W Great Expectations (Unseen); COLOR Black Narcissus (A+); my pick: Black Narcissus

1948 B&W The Naked City (A-); COLOR Joan of Arc (Unseen); my pick: Red River

1949 B&W Battleground (Unseen); COLOR She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (A+); my pick: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

1950 B&W The Third Man (A+); COLOR King Solomon’s Mines; my pick: The Third Man

1951 B&W A Place in the Sun; COLOR An American in Paris; my pick: Strangers on a Train

1952 B&W The Bad and the Beautiful (Unseen); COLOR The Quiet Man (A+); my pick: The Quiet Man

1953 B&W From Here to Eternity (B-); COLOR Shane (A+); my pick: Shane

1954 B&W On the Waterfront (A+); COLOR Three Coins in the Fountain (Unseen); my pick: On the Waterfront

1955 B&W The Rose Tattoo (B-); COLOR To Catch a Thief (B+); my pick: Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

1956 B&W Somebody up There Likes Me (A); COLOR Around the World in 80 Days (A+); my pick: The Searchers

1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai (A-); my pick: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

1958 B&W The Defiant Ones (A-); COLOR Gigi (B+); my pick: Vertigo

1959 B&W Ben-Hur (A+); COLOR The Diary of Anne Frank (Unseen); my pick: Ben-Hur

1960 B&W Sons and Lovers (Unseen); COLOR Spartacus (A+); my pick: Psycho

1961 B&W The Hustler (B); COLOR West Side Story (D); my pick: Pit and the Pendulum

1962 B&W The Longest Day (Unseen); COLOR Lawrence of Arabia (A+); my pick: Lawrence of Arabia

1963 B&W Hud (B-); COLOR Cleopatra (Unseen); my pick: How the West Was Won

1964 B&W Zorba the Greek (A-); COLOR My Fair Lady (B); my pick: Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

1965 B&W Ship of Fools (A); COLOR Doctor Zhivago (A+); my pick: Doctor Zhivago

1966 B&W Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (A+); COLOR A Man for All Seasons (C); my pick: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1967 Bonnie and Clyde (A+); my pick: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

1968 Romeo and Juliet (A); my pick: 2001: A Space Odyssey

1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (A); my pick: Easy Rider

1970 Ryan’s Daughter (Unseen); my pick: Patton

1971 Fiddler on the Roof (A+); I agree

1972 Cabaret (A+); I agree

1973 Cries and Whispers (Unseen); my pick: Badlands

1974 The Towering Inferno (Unseen); my pick: The Conversation

1975 Barry Lyndon (A+); I agree

1976 Bound for Glory (Unseen); my pick: Taxi Driver

1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (A+); I agree

1978 Days of Heaven (A+); I agree

1979 Apocalypse Now (A+); my pick: The Black Stallion

1980 Tess (Unseen); my pick: Raging Bull

1981 Reds (A); my pick: On Golden Pond

1982 Gandhi (A); my pick: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

1983 Fanny and Alexander (Unseen); my pick: The Right Stuff

1984 The Killing Fields (Unseen); my pick: Amadeus

1985 Out of Africa (A+); my pick: Ran

1986 The Mission (Unseen); my pick: Platoon

1987 The Last Emperor (A+); my pick: Lethal Weapon

1988 Mississippi Burning (A); my pick: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

1989 Glory (A); my pick: The Adventures of Milo and Otis

1990 Dances with Wolves (A); my pick: Goodfellas

1991 JFK (C-); my pick: Backdraft

1992 A River Runs through It (B); my pick: Unforgiven

1993 Schindler’s List (A+); I agree

1994 Legends of the Fall (Unseen); my pick: Ed Wood

1995 Braveheart (B); my pick: Babe

1996 The English Patient (A-); my pick: Fargo

1997 Titanic (C+); my pick: The Sweet Hereafter

1998 Saving Private Ryan (A); my pick: A Simple Plan

1999 American Beauty (A); my pick: Snow Falling on Cedars

2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (A+); I agree

2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (A+); my pick: Moulin Rouge

2002 Road to Perdition (Unseen); my pick: Far from Heaven

2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Unseen); my pick: Mystic River

2004 The Aviator (A); my pick: Hero

2005 Memoirs of a Geisha (A); my pick: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

2006 Pan’s Labyrinth (Unseen); my pick: The Illusionist

2007 There Will Be Blood (A+); I agree

2008 Slumdog Millionaire (A); my pick: Man on Wire

2009 Avatar (A); my pick: Nine

2010 Inception (C); my pick: True Grit

2011 Hugo (A+); my pick: The Tree of Life

2012 Life of Pi (C-); my pick: Zero Dark Thirty

2013 Gravity (A+); I agree

2014 Birdman: Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (A); my pick: Ida

2015 The Revenant (A); my pick: Room

And the Oscar Should Have Gone to: 1975

After this year’s announcement of Oscar nominations, I will begin a new type of list for Thursdays. I will do one every week from now through the Thursday after the Oscars are held. After that, I will continue these lists sporadically because I love the Oscars. I hardly ever agree with them, but I love them because they have formed a lot of my decisions of what movies to watch over the years. So these lists will include all the awards from a given year or the winners of a particular award. Either a year or a category will be chosen randomly, and the first year that popped up from randomizing an Excel spreadsheet was 1975. The Academy has many rules that I will not try to align with. The only prominent rule for my own lists will be that a movie has to have received an American release in the year covered in order to be eligible. For 1975, Fellini’s Amarcord was nominated for several Oscars. It’s one of my favorite movies, but it had its American release in 1974 so it’s not eligible for this list. For each award, I will list the real Oscar nominees followed by my picks. The picture for each category is related to my choice for the winner. So, here’s the list.


Best Picture 


Oscar Best Picture Nominees:

Barry Lyndon

Dog Day Afternoon



One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Academy award winners are in bold)

My Picks:

10. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

9. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

8. Tommy

7. Smile

6.One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

5. The Fortune

4. Love and Death

3. The Magic Flute

2. Barry Lyndon

1. Dog Day Afternoon


Best Director


Oscar Nominees:

Robert Altman, Nashville

Federico Fellini, Amarcord (N/A; American release in 1974)

Milos Forman, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

Stanley Kubrick, Barry Lyndon

Sidney Lumet, Dog Day Afternoon


My Picks:

5. Woody Allen, Love and Death

4. Milos Forman, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

3. Stanley Kubrick, Barry Lyndon

2. Ingmar Bergman, The Magic Flute

1. Sidney Lumet, Dog Day Afternoon


Best Actress in a Leading Role


Oscar Nominees:

Isabelle Adjani, The Story of Adele H (Unseen)

Louise Fletcher, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

Ann-Margaret, Tommy (N/A, supporting)

Glenda Jackson, Hedda (Unseen)

Carol Kane, Hester Street (Unseen)


My Picks

5. Irma Urilla, The Magic Flute

4. Susan Sarandon, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

3. Diane Keaton, Love and Death

2. Stockard Channing, The Fortune

1. Louise Fletcher, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Best Actor in a Leading Role


Oscar Nominees:

Walter Matthau, The Sunshine Boys

Jack Nicholson, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon

Maximilian Schell, The Man in the Golden Booth (Unseen)

James Whitmore, Give ’em Hell Harry (Unseen)


My Picks:

5. Warren Beatty, The Fortune

4. Tim Curry, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

3. Ryan O’Neal, Barry Lyndon

2. Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon

1. Jack Nicholson, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Best Actor in a Supporting Role


Oscar Nominees:

George Burns, The Sunshine Boys 

Brad Dourif, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Burgess Meredith, The Day of the Locust (Unseen)

Chris Sarandon, Dog Day Afternoon

Jack Warden, Shampoo (Unseen)

My Picks:

5. Danny DeVito, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

4. Christopher Lloyd, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

3. Charles Durning, Dog Day Afternoon

2. John Cazale, Dog Day Afternoon

1. Brad Dourif, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Best Actress in a Supporting Role


Oscar Nominees:

Ronee Blakely, Nashville

Lee Grant, Shampoo (Unseen)

Silvia Miles, Farewell, My Lovely (Unseen)

Lily Tomlin, Nashville

Brenda Vacccaro, Once Is Not Enough (Unseen)

My Picks:

5. Elizabeth Erikson, The Magic Flute

4. Ann-Margaret, Tommy

3. Barbara Feldon, Smile

2. Patricia Quinn, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

1. Marisa Berenson, Barry Lyndon


Best Original Screenplay


Oscar Nominees

Amarcord (N/A; released in the USA in 1974)

And Now My Love

Dog Day Afternoon (N/A; Based on a magazine article by P.F. Kluge)

Lies My Father Told Me


My Picks:

3. Smile

2. The Fortune

1. Love and Death


Best Adapted Screenplay


Oscar Nominees:

Barry Lyndon (A+)

The Man Who Would Be King (Unseen)

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (A-)

Scent of a Woman (Unseen)

The Sunshine Boys (C-)

My Picks:

5. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

4. Tommy

3. The Magic Flute

2. Barry Lyndon

1. Dog Day Afternoon


Best Original Song (My picks for music awards are based on the songs & scores I’ve heard whether I’ve seen the movie or not)


Oscar Nominees

“Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” Mahogany

“How Lucky Can You Get” Funny Lady

“I’m Easy” Nashville 

“Now that We’re in Love” Whiffs

“Richard’s Window” The Other Side of the Mountain

My Picks:

5. “What about the Boy?” Tommy

4. “I’ll Make You a Man” The Rocky Horror Picture Show

3. “Camelot Song (Knights of the Round Table)” Monty Python and the Holy Grail

2. “How Lucky Can You Get?” Funny Lady

1. “Sir Robin’s Song” Monty Python and the Holy Grail


Best Original Film Score


Oscar Nominees:

Gerald Fried, Birds Do It, Bees Do It (Unseen/unheard)

Jack Nietzsche, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Alex North, Bite the Bullet

John Williams, Jaws 

Jerry Goldsmith, The Wind and the Lion

My Picks:

5. John Barry, Love among the Ruins

4. Maurice Jarre, The Man Who Would Be King

3. Levi Ryu, The Story of Adele H

2. Jerry Goldsmith, The Wind and the Lion

1. John Williams, Jaws


Best Adapted or Song Score


Oscar nominees:

Peter Matz, Funny Lady

Leonard Rosenman, Barry Lyndon

Pete Townsend, Tommy

My picks:

5. Neill Innes, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

4. Richard O’Brien & Keith Grant, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

3. Pete Townsend, Tommy

2. Leonard Rosenman, Barry Lyndon

1. Eric Ericson, The Magic Flute


Best Film Editing


Oscar nominees:

Dog Day Afternoon


The Man Who Would Be King (Unseen)

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Three Days of the Condor (Unseen)

My picks:

5. Love and Death

4. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

3. Jaws

2. Tommy

1. Dog Day Afternoon


Best Cinematography


Oscar nominees:

Barry Lyndon

The Day of the Locust (Unseen)

Funny Lady

The Hindenburg (Unseen)

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

My picks:

5. Dog Day Afternoon

4. Jaws

3. Tommy

2. Love and Death

1. Barry Lyndon


Best Production Design


Oscar nominees:

Barry Lyndon

The Hindenburg (Unseen)

The Man Who Would Be King (Unseen)

Shampoo (Unseen)

The Sunshine Boys

My picks:

5. Love and Death

4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

3. Tommy

2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

1. Barry Lyndon


Best Sound


Bite the Bullet (Unseen)

Funny Lady

The Hindenburg (Unseen)


The Wind and the Lion (Unseen)

My Picks

5. Barry Lyndon

4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

3. Jaws

2. The Magic Flute

1. Tommy


Best Special Effects (Visual & Sound Effects)



Not a competitive category yet for the 1975 Academy Awards. A special achievement award was given to the visual and sound effects artists who worked on The Hindenburg, which I have not seen.

My picks:

3. Tommy

2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

1. Jaws


Best Costume Design


Oscar nominees:

Barry Lyndon

The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge (Unseen)

Funny Lady

The Magic Flute

The Man Who Would Be King (Unseen)

My picks:

5. Love and Death

4. Tommy

3. The Magic Flute

2. Barry Lyndon

1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show


Best Makeup & Hair Styling



Not an official category until 1980.

My picks:

3. The Magic Flute

2. Tommy

1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show


Best Ensemble Cast



This has never been an Oscar category, but I think it should be so I will include it with every “And the Oscar should have gone to” post.

My picks:

5. Love and Death

4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

3. Smile

2. Dog Day Afternoon

1. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest


I have not yet seen any of the nominated foreign language, documentary, or short films from 1975 so I am not including them but you can find the full list of 1975 movies that were nominated for the real Academy Awards here.