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1961. My GOD do I love this year. This is one of those years where every category for me was so rich and so full of viable contenders that narrowing my fields down was really, really hard. I'm kicking myself for missing the opportunity to see The Mark when it aired on TCM. I didn't realize that it was impossible to find on DVD. I'm not sure how the film would have worked into my already really tight ballots, but I love me some Rod Steiger (seriously, one of the greatest actors of any generation) and so I really want to see the film.
Anyways, this year, for Oscar anyways, was all about West Side Story, and it's easy to see why! The movie won TEN Oscars, which is, like, incredible. It doesn't win ten Fistis, but I love the movie. I do have a film that does kind of sweep for me this year though, winning seven awards. But, that doesn't mean that they rest of the year is that much lower than it. This is one of my favorite collective ballots, with my Best Picture and Lead Actress ballots especially being two of my favorite collective ballots of all time, and my Lead Actor winner is my all time favorite performance, period. I also have one person who was nominated three times in the same category (I'll let you find that one) and just a whole bunch of awesomeness going on.
Also, the Italians were strong this year; like REALLY strong.
Alright, here we go; the Fisti Awards for 1961!
Rocco and His Brothers
The Absent-Minded Professor
Pocketful of Miracles
A Raisin in the Sun
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
West Side Story