It’s a commonly held belief that when it comes to the Academy Awards, comedies get no respect. There’s an element of truth to that. When it comes to Best Picture, comedies are infrequently nominated and almost never win.
When the nominations for the 73rd Academy Awards were announced, it was by no means a sure thing that Steven Soderbergh would pull off his double-nod hat trick. Only one nomination was really a lock and that was Julia Roberts for Best Actress.
While Soderbergh continues his long goodbye from the film business and with one of his (possibly) last films, Contagion, premiering September 9, it seems like a good time to look back at arguably his finest year, 2000.
If I were forced to pick just one movie from 1975 as my favorite, it would have to be Robert Altman’s Nashville. It aims high, weaving 24 characters into a beautiful tapestry that forms a microcosm of America, and hits the mark.
After the success of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, Stanley Kubrick turned his complete attention to a mammoth epic based on the life of Napoleon. In his notes, he modestly claimed it would be “the best movie ever made”.