Friday, February 6, 2009

13 People Who Should Have Won an Oscar (Or At Least Been Nominated) Meme

With another frenzied Oscar season upon us, I've come up with a meme inspired, in part, by Danny Peary's Alternate Oscars.  

*The idea is to choose 13 people (performers, directors, cinematographers, writers, editors, composers, etc.) who have never won a competitive Academy Award, that you believe should have been properly recognized by the Academy with a statuette or, at the very least, a nomination.  You may still include figures who have been bestowed with an honorary award (e.g. Cary Grant).  If you want to restrict your list only to those who have never received any recognition from the Academy, that's fine.  Same goes for inactive v. active, living v. dead.

*I know everyone's lists could go on infinitely, but 13's always been my lucky number so this meme goes to 13. 

*Along with the name and picture of your picks, you should mention if they received any nominations or honorary/posthumous awards.  

*Include the categories your picks are/were eligible for.

*List up to five films, per pick, that represent her or his most significant work.

*Make a point to include a mix of people across different categories (don't have a list of only actors or only directors).  

*Tag 5 other people to participate in this meme.

*Link back to the blog that tagged you.

*(Please) link back to this page.

I'm tagging:
1. J.D. at Radiator Heaven
2. Jeremy at Moon in the Gutter
3. Steve at Last Picture Show
4. Pam at Scarlett Cinema
5. Keith at The Dino Lounge

My boiled-down-to 13 list, containing both living and dead, those with nominations and/or honorary awards, and those without, in no particular order:

Joan Blondell, Supporting Actress, 1 Nomination, Highlights: Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade, Bullets or Ballots, The Blue Veil, Opening Night

Ennio Morricone, Composer, 5 Nominations, 1 Honorary Award, Highlights: Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The Mission, The Untouchables

Peter Lorre, Supporting Actor/Leading Actor, 0 Nominations, Highlights: M, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Arsenic and Old Lace, Crime and Punishment

Nicholas Ray, Director/Writer, 1 Nomination, Highlights: Rebel Without a Cause, In a Lonely Place, Bigger Than Life, Johnny Guitar, On Dangerous Ground

Montgomery Clift, Leading Actor, 4 Nominations, Highlights: From Here to Eternity, Wild River, A Place in the Sun, Red River, The Young Lions

Robert Aldrich, Director/Writer/Producer, 0 Nominations, Highlights: Kiss Me Deadly, The Dirty Dozen, Ulzana's Raid, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Emperor of the North

Barbara Stanwyck, Leading Actress, 4 Nominations, 1 Honorary Award, Highlights: Baby Face, The Lady Eve, Ball of Fire, The Furies, Stella Dallas

Paul Schrader, Writer/Director, 0 Nominations, Highlights: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Blue Collar, Mishima, The Last Temptation of Christ

Sergio Leone, Director/Writer/Producer, 0 Nominations, Highlights: Once Upon a Time in the West, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in America, Duck, You Sucker, For a Few Dollars More

Ernst Lubitsch, Director/Writer/Producer, 3 Nominations, 1 Honorary Award, Highlights: Trouble in Paradise, The Shop Around the Corner, Ninotchka, To Be or Not to Be, The Smiling Lieutenant

Edward G. Robinson, Leading Actor/Supporting Actor, 0 Nominations, 1 Honorary Award, Highlights: Little Caesar, Dr. Ehrlich's Magic BulletThe Sea Wolf, Two Seconds, Scarlet Street

Michael Chapman, Cinematographer/Director, 2 Nominations, Highlights: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Fugitive, The Wanderers, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (78)

Dede Allen, Editor, 3 Nominations, Highlights: Dog Day Afternoon, Bonnie and Clyde, The Hustler, Night Moves, Serpico


Keith said...

Now I see why you emailed me this particular link. You tagged me. lol Great list by the way. I agree with you. I'll have to give this some thought over the next few days because I'm not quite sure who I would post about. I'll try to do this one. Have a good weekend. Cheers!

Ned Merrill said...

:-) Look forward to it, Keith!

Nostalgia Kinky said...

Awesome list and thanks so much for tagging me. I will try and get this one done soon.

Also, I just awarded you the Dardos award and ifo can be found at Moon in the Gutter. Keep up the great work.

Ned Merrill said...

Thanks so much for the tribute, Jeremy! Look forward to seeing your Oscar list!