Best Cinematography- 1962

Actual Nominations: BW:  The Longest Day – Jean Bourgoin and Walter Wottit. Birdman of Alcatraz – Burnett Guffey. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – Ernest Hall. To Kill a Mockingbird – Russell Harlan. Two for the Seesaw – Ted McCord

Colour: Lawrence of Arabia – Freddie YoungHatari! – Russell HarlanGypsy – Harry Stradling. Mutiny on the Bounty – Robert L. Surtees. The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm – Paul C. Vogel.

The actual winners this year are The Longest Day and I and I agree with both!

My Nominations: The 300 Spartans. Cape Fear. Dr.No. Lawrence Of Arabia. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner. The Longest Day. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Mutiny On The Bounty. Sanjuro.

Lots of wonderful looking films this year with epic visions taking the fore. Leading the pack though is Lawrence Of Arabia which gets my vote.

My Winner: Lawrence Of Arabia

Best Art Direction- 1962

Actual Nominations: Once again we have separate awards for colour and black and white, but I’ll stick them together for my own awards

BW: To Kill a Mockingbird – Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen and Henry Bumstead; Set Decoration: Oliver Emert.       Period of Adjustment – Art Direction: George Davis and Edward Carfagno; Set Decoration: Henry Grace and Dick Pefferle.    The Longest Day – Art Direction: Ted Haworth, Leon Barsacq and Vincent Korda; Set Decoration: Gabriel Bechir.    The Pigeon That Took Rome – Art Direction: Hal Pereira and Roland Anderson; Set Decoration: Sam Comer and Frank R. McKelvy.       Days of Wine and Roses – Art Direction: Joseph C. Wright; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins

Actual Winner: To Kill A Mockingbird

My Winner:  The Longest Day.

Colour: Lawrence of Arabia – Art Direction: John Box and John Stoll; Set Decoration: Dario Simoni.            The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm – Art Direction: George Davis and Edward Carfagno; Set Decoration: Henry Grace and Dick Pefferle.               That Touch of Mink – Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen and Robert Clatworthy; Set Decoration: George Milo.       The Music Man – Art Direction: Paul Groesse; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins.         Mutiny on the Bounty – Art Direction and Set Decoration: Hugh Hunt

Actual Winner: Lawrence Of Arabia

My Winner:  The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm

My Nominations: Dr. No. Lawrence Of Arabia. Brothers Grimm. The Longest Day. Mutiny On The Bouny.

Bond films are known for their elaborate sets as well as luxurious locations and costumes which bring the world of high class espionage as globe trotting evil to life. Syd Cain, Freda Pearson, and of course, Ken Adam are largely responsible for the look of Bond films to come, setting the tone in the original and they deserve much credit.

My Winner: Dr. No.

Lawrence Of Arabia: Lots of things to look at, but Nothing to see

Laurence Of Arabia is a film about an Englishman who decides to become a camel trader in Egypt. He gets involve in Wars, falls in love, and rides his camels. Camels are his one true love and they seem to understand him equally. Laurence is played by Robert Redford, and the best thing about the movie is how great Redford looks riding across the Mohave Desert dressed all in white. It was like watching a ghost movie set in the desert in daylight. Unfortunately, although the film looks pretty, it is far too long and nothing really happens. I like my films to be packed full of excitements, but in the 360 minutes of watching here, there was only one fight scene, one camel chase, and the side of one boob. Very disappointing. Somehow this went on to become one of the most award-winning films of all times, picking up 30 Oscars. If you want a better film about life in the desert, watch Damnation Alley with Jan-Michael-Vincent. It has so much more excitement and has giant scorpions too! I won’t be watching this again and I don’t think you should too. Boring, long, and boring too.

Best Scene: When one man is looking off into the sunset and sees something approaching like a mirage. It takes 6 minutes (one continuous shot) for the thing to come into focus, and the director (who would go on to make The Shining) creates a palpable sense of tension. Is it going to be a monster? A Bad guy? Laurence? In the end it turns out to be the film’s most startling scene- Ronnie Wood wearing the skin of Marianne Faithful, which the costume department stole while she was sleeping and painted orange.

Not Fade Away
Not Fade Away