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1945. I'm all in for Oscar rewarding The Lost Weekend this year. Sure, it's not my pick, but it's an astonishing film that really feels just as strong now as it most likely did upon it's release. What a powerful film, indeed.
That being said, I like a few films even more.
1945 had so much variety to offer that I can't help but feel overjoyed with how these awards came together. I was in a place where I just wanted to discover something new, and since 1945 was a year I had seen very little (before starting to dig into the year, I had only seen around five films) it was ripe for discovery. It was also a year that had no clear frontrunner for me, since the two masterpieces from the year that everyone seems to point to (Brief Encounter and Children of Paradise) were both ineligible since they competed in the 1946 Fisti Awards due to the Oscar rule (when a foreign film competes in a specific Oscar year, that is the year it competes for the Fistis).
Well, I had no frontrunner until I saw a certain film that completely ruined me and felt as though it was pretty much made for me and then it was over.
Oh my bleeding heart.
Another weird little stat regarding this year is that my Best Picture winner does not snag a directing nom, and while this has happened before (here in 2011) what makes this extra weird is that my directing winner does not snag a Best Picture nom. My winner created something that is so technically profound and yet the film itself, while I truly am astounded by it, is not a film I'd say I...love. Still, rewarding him for what he accomplished was necessary.
With that said, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1945!