Thursday, September 5, 2019

The 1969 Retro Hollmann Awards, Part Two

And the final day of 1969! I've given you the Top Ten, a full roster of nominees, and nine awards already. The final nine herein, beginning with....

Best Makeup and Hairstyling 

The Damned
Mauro Gavazzi, makeup artist
Luciano Vito, hair stylist

2. Black Lizard; 3. The Comic; 4. They Shoot Horses, Don't They?; 5. Once Upon a Time in the West 

The Damned takes its aristocrats from chic to ghoulish, all in the way they apply their makeup - and how much of it they're using. Martin's drag, Sophie's increasingly painted face, the blood (God the blood) - it's all perfect.

In second, Black Lizard gives you face. In third, The Comic's early cinema pancake and convincing old age. In fourth, the dried makeup and frazzled hair on tired, sticky faces in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. In fifth, the sweat and beards of Once Upon a Time in the West. 

The rest of the show, after the jump....

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The 1969 Retro Hollmann Awards, Part One

Day One of my awards for the best of 1969. For further context, check out the full list of nominees and my Top TenWith the exception of the first category, all are presented in the order they appeared at the corresponding Academy Awards ceremony.

Best Ensemble 
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

2. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; 3. Z; 4. Hello, Dolly!; 5. If....

Difficult to name a best in show for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice - so I won't! The central four are terrific - including one of my favorite performances given by Natalie Wood - perfectly in sync with their characters' shared history, fantasies, morals. The ensemble surrounding them is just as perfect: Dyan Cannon's therapist, perfectly stone-faced, a challenge; Wood's tennis pro, young and handsome and willing and comically nervous; everyone at the retreat in the opening sequence, from guru to attendee, each on the wavelength that makes this film dryly funny without  being condescending.

In second, Miss Brodie and her "gehls" in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In third, Z's political pawns and opponents. In fourth, screwball perfection embodied by Hello, Dolly's ensemble. In fifth, the students and clueless adults of If.....

Score, Supporting Actor, and more, after the jump...