Billy Wilder, the writer/director

What a week! 15 Billy Wilder films, not a single bad one (just some less great). I’ve had a blast. I can thank the post somewhere online that put Sunset Boulevard as a film about dementia (for last week’s theme), thus kickstarting a week of Wilder instead, as I didn’t find it fitting among the likes of Iris and Away From Her. But now, my brain is a scramble, so I’ll keep it short…

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Excellent!
Winner of Best Writing-Story and Screenplay, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Black-and-White) and Best Music-Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture in 1951. Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Holden), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Gloria Swanson), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Erich von Stroheim), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Nancy Olson), Best Director, Best Cinematography (Black-and-White), Best Film Editing and Best Picture.

The Apartment (1960)
Excellent!
Winner of Best Picture, Best Director Best Writing-Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Black-and-White) and Best Film Editing in 1961. Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Lemmon), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Shirley MacLaine), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Kruschen), Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) and Best Sound.

The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Great!
Winner of Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Walter Matthau) in 1967. Nominated for Best Writing-Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Black-and-White).

Stalag 17 (1953)
Great!
Winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Holden) in 1954. Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert Strauss) and Best Director.

Ace in the Hole (1951)
Good!
Nominated for Best Writing-Story and Screenplay in 1952.

Irma la Douce (1963)
Excellent!
Winner of Best Music-Scoring of Music-Adaptation or Treatment in 1964. Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Shirley MacLaine) and Best Cinematography (Color).

One, Two, Three (1961)
Great!
Nominated for Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) in 1962.

Double Indemnity (1944)
Great!
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Barbara Stanwyck), Best Director, Best Writing-Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Black-and-White), Best Sound-Recording, Best Music-Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture in 1945.

Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Great!
Nominated for Best Cinematography (Black-and-White), Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration (Black-and-White) and Best Film Editing in 1944.

Some Like It Hot (1959)
Excellent!
Winner of Best Costume Design (Black-and-White) in 1960. Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Lemmon), Best Director, Best Writing-Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Black-and-White).

The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Good!
Nominated for Best Costume Design (Color) and Best Music-Scoring of a Musical Picture in 1949.

Sabrina (1954)
Great!
Winner of Best Costume Design (Black-and-White) in 1955. Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Audrey Hepburn), Best Director, Best Writing-Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Black-and-White).

A Foreign Affair (1948)
Goodish!
Nominated for Best Writing-Screenplay and Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) in 1949.

The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
Great!
Nominated for Best Effects-Special Effects in 1958.

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Excellent!
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Charles Laughton), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Elsa Lanchester), Best Director, Best Sound-Recording and Best Film Editing in 1958.

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