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1962. You already know how I feel about this year. What more can I say; it's just incredible. As you saw from that Top Twenty, Oscar's Best Picture winner did not appear there. I am in the minority when I say this, but Lawrence of Arabia is one of those Best Picture winners I just don't get. I find it vapid and empty and void of any real impact, outside of the exquisite visuals. In fact, as you'll notice below, it snags a mere four noms (and hate to break it to you, but it loses all four).
But enough about Oscar, let's talk Fistis!
There is a sweeper here, a film that is just so good it snags seven wins, and in all honesty it's my #2 favorite film of all time...but I'm not joking when I say that nearly every film in my Top Twelve could compete for a spot in my Top 100 of All Time. Narrowing down these ballots was so hard to do, to the point where I made a decision. Rules are made to be broken, and so for 1962 I'm breaking my '5 nominees per ballot' rule and extending it to 6, for the acting categories only. Yes, there were just so many incredible performances this year that keeping it at 5 was just too hard, and there are still a bounty of snubs. In fact, I could have nominated any combination of my Top Twelve in pretty much every category and been happy with the result, this year is THAT rich. But there is another reason why I decided to extend my acting ballots to 6 this year. This is the only year that in Fisti history (so far) where there was an acting pair (two actors from the same film) competing for a spot on my ballot in every category. Yes, two Supporting Actors from the same film, Supporting Actresses from the same film, Lead Actors from the same film and Lead Actresses from the same film, and so I decided to extend my ballots in order to nominate both in every category. This is Fisti history here, as I highly doubt this will ever happen again.