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Forthcoming 90s; Past 70s

If you follow me on Twitter, perhaps you saw the conversation between Andrew and I about our next trip down Oscar Memory Lane: the year 1993. That is, the year Steven Spielberg finally got his Oscar, for a film AFI twice considered to be among the Ten Greatest Films of All Time, and a Best Picture winner that even Nick Davis had to call "For the Ages". And I've never even seen Schindler's List! I'm saving it to be among the last I see, both to savor it, and because, who's in a hurry to watch a Holocaust film?

The festivities begin on August 19th, when I take a look at the Academy Award nominees for Best Song. But first, we must give due to my funny little tradition: the Top Ten List! Yes, back when I did 1973, I refrained from unveiling my preferential ballot, merely naming 15 semi-finalists, whittled to 5 nominees, whittled to one winner -- The Exorcist. Well -- now we can see what made the cut!

1. The Exorcist
dir: William Friedkin
scr: William Peter Blatty, from his novel
cin: Owen Roizman
Winner: Picture, Director (William Friedkin), Actor (Jason Miller), Supporting Actor (Max von Sydow), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Makeup, Visual Effects
Nominee: Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Supporting Actress (Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge), Production Design,  Ensemble

The undisputed juggernaut. With more wins than any previous film in Hollmann Awards history, it's a near-sweep that would be excessive if it weren't so deserved.

2. Goodbye Uncle Tom
dir/scr: Gualtiero Jacopetti/Franco Prosperi
cin: Claudio Cirillo/Antonio Climati/Benito Frattari
Winner: Original Screenplay, Song
Nominee: Picture, Director, Score, Editing

3. Jesus Christ Superstar
dir: Norman Jewison
scr: Melvyn Bragg/Norman Jewison, from the musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber
cin: Douglas Slocombe
Nominee: Picture, Actor, Costume Design, Sound, Ensemble

4. Trick Baby
dir: Larry Yust
scr: A. Neuberg/T. Raewyn/Larry Yust, from the novel by Iceberg Slim
cin: Isidore Mankofsky
Nominee: Picture, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Ensemble

5. Electra Glide in Blue
dir: James William Guercio
scr: Robert Boris
cin: Conrad Hall
Nominee: Picture, Director, Actor, Original Screenplay

6. American Graffiti
dir: George Lucas
scr: Willard Huyck/Gloria Katz/George Lucas
cin: Jan D'Alquen/Ron Eveslage
Winner: Supporting Actress
Nominee: Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Editing, Sound

7. Cries and Whispers
dir/scr: Ingmar Bergman
cin: Sven Nykvist
Winner: Costume Design, Ensemble
Nominee: Director, Actress, Original Screenplay, Production Design, Sound

8. The Day of the Dolphin
dir: Mike Nichols
scr: Buck Henry, from Un Animal doue du raison by Robert Merle
cin: William A. Fraker
Winner: Score
Nominee: Sound

9. The Long Goodbye
dir: Robert Altman
scr: Leigh Brackett, from the novel by Raymond Chandler
cin: Vilmos Zsigmond
Nominee: Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay

10. The Last of Sheila
dir: Herbert Ross
scr: Anthony Perkins/Stephen Sondheim
cin: Gerry Turpin
Nominee: Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Costume Design

Honorable Mentions: 11. Mean Streets, 12. The Last Detail, 13. Scarecrow, 14. The Day of the Jackal, 15. Wattstax

I loved 1973, and so far 1993 is turning out to be a banner year. The first week, I'll be looking at the following Oscar-nominated flicks, so queue yourself up and join in the fun:

Beethoven's 2nd (Song)
Philadelphia (Song)
Poetic Justice (Song)
Sleepless in Seattle (Song)
The Age of Innocence (Adapted Screenplay)
In the Name of the Father (Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Director)
The Remains of the Day (Adapted Screenplay, Director)
Schindler's List (Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Supporting Actor, Director)
Shadowlands (Adapted Screenplay)
Farewell My Concubine (Cinematography)
The Fugitive (Cinematography, Supporting Actor)
The Piano (Cinematography, Director)
Searching for Bobby Fischer (Cinematography)
In the Line of Fire (Supporting Actor)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (Supporting Actor)
Short Cuts (Director)

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