I admit it. I have quite an affection for Oliver!
My terrific cousin and I went to Chicago to have dinner with two friends -- Jay North and Jeanne Russell. There child co-stars when they played Dennis and Margaret in the 1960s CBS series based on the Dennis the Menace comic strip.
We talked, laughed and ate after Jay and Jeanne's appearance at a TV and Film memorabilia convention in a Chicago hotel. In the lobby on my way to my room, I noticed Ron Moody and Shani Wallis. There were also guests at the convention and giving autographs. As we all are, they're older. Moody now walks with a cane. Shani Wallis has the same trim figure, pretty face and charismatic charm. There they were, two friends and former film co-stars, walking arm in arm through the lobby. I politely stopped them and we chatted. They were so sweet and appreciative. She ended our brief chat with a big smile and a cheery, "Remember...Oliver! is now out on Blu-ray."
I loved meeting them last September. And I still love Carol Reed's Oliver!
A few years ago, the Motion Picture Academy revived the pre-1944 practice of allowing 10 nominees for Best Picture. However, we've yet to have a year in which there were indeed 10 nominees as there always were in the Golden Age of Hollywood before the field was reduced to five. We've had 9 nominees, but not 10. Can't Hollywood find that one extra film to be a contender?
With that in mind, here are five films that were eligible but did not get nominated for Best Picture of 1968: Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the original Planet of the Apes, Rosemary's Baby, Bullitt and Mel Brooks' The Producers.
As for Sir Carol Reed, put his films Odd Man Out (1947), The Fallen Idol 1948) and The Third Man (1949) on your must-see list of classics.