Since last night was Oscar night, with only Django Unchained representing our favorite genre, I thought I”d sing the praises of the mighty movie western for a bit. But I need your help. While there have been many westerns given an Oscar nomination, did you know only three have actually won Best Picture honors? Can you name them?
Based on the Edna Ferber book of the same name. It tells the story of the opening of the Oklahoma territory.
Starring (and directed by) Kevin Costner, this was the first western to actually use Native American actors in Native American roles.
Clint Eastwood”s gritty, violent film. Eastwood also won Best Director honors and co-star Gene Hackman received the golden statue for Best Supporting Actor.
Now, I don”t know about you, but none of these make my top-ten list of favorite westerns–although I love the recreation of the Oklahoma land rush in Cimarron. So I searched for Oscar-nominated films and found all those movies I watch
time and time again:
The Ox-Box Incident (1943)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
True Grit (1969 & 2010)
The Shootist (1976)
3:10 to Yuma
There are many, many more; movies starring Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, Clint Eastwood…far too many to list. And I haven”t even started on the list of musicals like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Oklahoma (1955), Paint Your Wagon (1969)…
I”ll stop now.
What about you? Is your favorite movie on my list? Was one of last night”s hopefuls a must-see movie? Or do you have a movie that I just have to try, that you know is bound to become another favorite. Western or not, I”m willing to give it a try.