Winner '69:
First Saw It:
Midnight Cowboy
June 18, 2001, on DVD
Bridesmaids: Anne of the Thousand Days, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Hello, Dolly!, Z
My Vote: I could decide in less time than it takes to write the title: Z
Overlooked: Shame, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Night of the Living Dead, Chimes at Midnight

Midnight Cowboy
First screened in June 2001 / Most recently screened in January 2013
Director: John Schlesinger. Cast: Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Brenda Vaccaro, Sylvia Miles, Barnard Hughes, Bob Balaban, John McGiver, Gary Owens, T. Tom Marlow, Ruth White, Gilman Rankin, Jennifer Salt, George Eppersen, Viva, Ultra Violet, Paul Morrissey, Paul Jabara, Taylor Mead. Screenplay: Waldo Salt (based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy).

Twitter Capsule: Impossible to see often enough, because it compels while it unspools and because I tend to forget 90% of it after.

VOR:   So eager to be au courant that stakes and construction sometimes suffer. Still, a major leap in where and how studios told stories, and an attempt to link with underground movements.

Photo © 1969 United Artists/Jerome Hellman Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: John Schlesinger
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman
Best Actor: Jon Voight
Best Supporting Actress: Sylvia Miles
Best Adapted Screenplay: Waldo Salt
Best Film Editing: Hugh A. Robertson

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: John Schlesinger
Best Actor (Drama): Dustin Hoffman
Best Actor (Drama): Jon Voight
Best Supporting Actress: Brenda Vaccaro
Best Screenplay: Waldo Salt
Most Promising Newcomer (Male): Jon Voight

Other Awards:
Berlin Film Festival: OCIC Award
Directors Guild of America: Best Director
Writers Guild of America: Best Adapted Screenplay (Drama)
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Voight)
National Society of Film Critics: Best Actor (Voight)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Hoffman; also cited for John and Mary); Best Screenplay; Best Film Editing; Most Promising Newcomer (Voight)

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