Best Picture Noms of 1962 vs. 2010

I was listening to a recent All Things Considered episode on NPR the other night about basically how shitty this year’s Oscar nominees are (agreed, especially considering it’s 5 more than the usual) compared to 1962’s Oscars, a year that SHOULD have had 10 nominees. And no I haven’t, nor do I EVER plan on seeing The Blind Side, but I can’t help but think that despite how amazing Sandra Bullock’s performance might have been (totally doubtful), the bottom line is, she’s nominated and these films WERE NOT. Dig:

1962 Oscar noms:

* Lawrence of Arabia (winner)
* The Longest Day
* The Music Man
* Mutiny on the Bounty
* To Kill a Mockingbird

Other Films of Note in ‘62 (NOT NOMINATED):

* The Manchurian Candidate (Sinatra!)
* Birdman of Alcatraz
* Dr. No (k not quite Oscar-worthy but it’s the first ever Bond film!)
* Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
* Divorce, Italian Style (Marcello Mastroianni!)
* The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford/Wayne/Stewart/Marvin!!!)
* Last Year at Marienbad (Resnais!)
* Long Day’s Journey into Night (Lumet!)
* Vivre sa vie (Godard!)
* Jules et Jim (Truffaut!!)
* Lolita (Kubrick!!!)
* Advise and Consent (Preminger) (Totally biased sidenote: Saul Bass’ titles and poster work alone should be Oscar-worthy)
* Cape Fear (not really Oscar-worthy compared to the other films, but still, I consider this a classic and I really dug District 9 and all, but classic you are not)

Hate to be all “get off my lawn” old-timey movie person here, but seriously. OTTO PREMINGER, STANLEY KUBRICK, ALAIN RESNAIS, JOHN FORD, FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT, JOHN FRANKENHEIMER, SIDNEY LUMET, all these dudes…not even nominated in ‘62.

Just. Saying.

(via Waxin‘ and Milkin‘)