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1955. Guess what...I kind of LOVE Marty. I was baffled when I first saw it that it was a film that has accumulated so much backlash over the years. I mean, what did you want to win? That lineup is absolute crap outside of Marty, if we're going to be honest. Mister Roberts was one of the dullest times I've ever spent in front of my television, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing is so trashy-dull (yes, DULL) and Picnic is, once again, DULL. Like, what was AMPAS smoking? There is nothing worth adoring about these films at all. The Rose Tattoo is pretty good, and contains a GREAT performance from Magnani (who won the Oscar), but the whole Lancaster perf is so silly and the character is so ridiculous that I can't say the film is great or anything and certainly not Best Picture worthy.
Marty, amidst these contenders, stands out as something special. It's intimate and heartfelt and leaves a lasting impression, and Borgnine's performance is just so richly complex.
And yet, it's not on my ballot.
Yes, the year as a whole is rather incredible. So many brilliant films with such range of genre, style, substance and impression. From rich melodrama, horror, suspense, romance, comedy and the recreation of the film noir, 1955 is everything I ever wanted it to be, and more. So, with that said, I now present to you the Fisti Awards of 1955!
The Night of the Hunter
All That Heaven Allows
Kiss Me Deadly
This Island Earth
The Man with the Golden Arm
Smiles of a Summer Night
The Virgin Queen