Friday, February 16, 2007



33rd Academy Awards

Nominated With:
The Alamo
Elmer Gantry
Sons and Lovers
The Sundowners

Directed By:
Billy Wilder

Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, Willard Waterman, David White

C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) has his future mapped out -- all he needs to do is cozy up to the top feeders in the corporate food chain. But his fast track to the executive suite gets short-circuited when he falls for one of the bosses' girlfriends. The Apartment features top-notch performances from Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning five, including Best Picture.

Why this is a great choice:
Maybe not the beloved classic of some of the great Billy Wilder’s films (such as Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd, or Some Like It Hot), but to me The Apartment rates in the class of my personal favorite Wilder film (though I admit Double Indemnity and Sunset Blvd would top that list!). Wilder won three Oscars that year (Best Picture; Best Director- his 2nd; and Best Screenplay- his 3rd and final win in that category). The Apartment is sweet and romantic, and of course when Wilder’s writing, it is usually going to be hilarious. He almost always ended the film at its peak moment, often with a punch-line, and few were more unforgettable then this… “shut up and deal.”
12 Memorable Best Picture Winners -- previous enteries:
- Casablanca (1942)


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