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The 1972 Retro Hollmann Awards, Part Two

Our final day of looking at the films of 1972. With three (performance-based) wins for 1776 yesterday, three for Cabaret, and one apiece The Poseidon Adventure and Super Fly (in its only nomination), here are the remainder of the 1972 Retro Hollmann Awards winners. As always, re-familiarize yourself with the Top Ten and nominees, then come back here to witness:

Best Cinematography
1. 1776
Harry Stradling, Jr.
2. Across 110th Street
Jack Priestley
3. Cabaret
Geoffrey Unsworth
4. The Godfather
Gordon Willis
5. Lake of Dracula
RokurĂ´ Nishigaki

The remaining eight awards, after the jump...

Best Actress
Dorothy Tutin as Sophie Brzeska
Savage Messiah
2. Liza Minnelli in Cabaret; 3. Joanne Woodward in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds; 4. Barbra Streisand in What's Up, Doc?; 5. Diana Sands in Georgia, Georgia

Three Ken Russell actresses in a row for me - Glenda Jackson in Women in Love, 1970; Vanessa Redgrave in The Devils, 1971; now Dorothy Tutin in Savage Messiah. He knows how to pick 'em! Tutin's performance is pure energy, unbridled passion, often overbearing in its insistence on artistic purity, hostile to most, completely devoted to those she is devoted to. Her Czech folk song is apparently completely improvised, too!

Best Costume Design

Pink Flamingos
Van Smith
2. Travels with My Aunt; 3. Cabaret; 4. 1776; 5. The Ruling Class

When trying to judge costume and production design, I'm trying to look not just at the quality of the work, but how those elements contribute to a film's overall "thing." Pink Flamingos' credited designer worked on Divine's wardrobe, and gosh, every piece is iconic, white trash glamor at its finest!

Best Production Design

Ken Adam, production design
Peter Lamont, art direction
John Jarvis, set decoration
2. Savage Messiah; 3. Four Times That Night; 4. Silence; 5. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

A country manorhouse overstuffed with antiques, racist novelties, games new and old and international; a garden maze outside; a cozy bedroom/bathroom; a basement with costumes, sets, and coal; a study filled with more tricks and traps. It's Andrew Wyke's world, a monument to his own genius, masturbation by way of home decor.

Best Supporting Actress
Minnie Gentry as Mrs. Alberta Anderson
Georgia, Georgia
2. Eileen Heckart in Butterflies Are Free; 3. Madeline Kahn in What's Up, Doc?; 4. Lucille Benson in Private Parts; 5. Edith Massey in Pink Flamingos

I don't know how else to convince you to see this movie than to tell you that this performance is my favorite of 1972. She starts as the typical protective auntie role we've seen in many a film, a chaperone concerned with her charge's well-being, warm, somewhat indulgent. Then Gentry shows you the resentment and hatred of the white society that's destroyed her people. And she's so polite, so motherly, that it's a shock when that venom comes out. She embodies the ruthlessness of the obsessively principled.

Best Sound
The Poseidon Adventure
John A. Bonner, sound supervisor
Herman Lewis, production mixer
Theodore Soderberg, re-recording mixer
Don Hall, supervising sound editor
2. Cabaret; 3. The Candidate; 4. 1776; 5. Deliverance

Rushing water, explosions above and below the surface, creaks and groans of a ship, tap-tap-tapping against the hull, musical numbers, screams, Williams' score perfectly mixed throughout. 

Best Original Screenplay
Prime Cut
Robert Dillon
2. The King of Marvin Gardens; 3. Murmur of the Heart; 4. Georgia, Georgia; 5. Private Parts

I love the way the whole thing is set up with as little muss or fuss as possible - a factory line of sausages taken over by human remains, a simple conversation between mobsters and Lee Marvin in a bar, then almost immediately the first meeting between hero and villain amid the meat market both legal and illegal. From there on, it's a marathon of inventive setpieces, dark humor, weird character beats (the wrassling scene between Mary Ann and Weenie), and straightforward crime plotting that's less about twists and surprises than it is about nailing a specific place and its people.

Best Score
1. The Godfather
Nino Rota
2. A Bay of Blood
Stelvio Cipriani
3. The Poseidon Adventure
John Williams
4. The Ruling Class
John Cameron
5. Buck and the Preacher
Benny Carter

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Jack L. Warner, producer
2. Cabaret; 3. Prime Cut; 4. Savage Messiah; 5. The Godfather
6. Private Parts; 7. Pink Flamingos; 8. The Ruling Class; 9. A Bay of Blood; 10. Georgia, Georgia

I meant it when I said I think Cabaret is a perfect movie, the quintessential stage-to-screen movie musical, the adaptation that sets the standard. And I think I acknowledged that in awarding it Adapted Screenplay, Editing, and Director. As far as my favorite movie of the year, though, 1776 got to me in a way I just wasn't expecting, full of complex conversations and profound songs.

Five Hollmann Awards for 1776, three for Cabaret, two for The Poseidon Adventure, and one each for A Bay of BloodGeorgia, GeorgiaThe Godfather, Pink FlamingosPrime CutSavage Messiah, Sleuth, and Super Fly.

Just a week to breathe, then starting June 6th - a retrospective of the films of 1985!

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