directed by: Sidney Lumet

Oscars: Best Actor – Peter Finch; Best Actress – Faye Dunaway; Best Supporting Actress – Beatrice Straight; Best Original Screenplay

Okay, my last “recent” film for a while.  I promise.  Sort of.  Now on first glance, you’re like wow, that’s a lot of Oscars.  Especially a lot of Acting Oscars.  And you’d be right.  In fact, I’d say it’s too many.  1976 must have been a down year for movies. … Hmm, let’s check Best Picture nominees,  ech, All the President’s Men, Taxi Driver, and Rocky won. …So yeah. This makes more sense.  But still, Ned Beatty got a nomination for best Supporting Actor for this movie for playing … Arthur Jensen.  I don’t even remember seeing an Arthur Jensen … I mean he was mentioned.  But maybe it was a little too fast paced for me to realize who everyone was.  Hell, the two main guys looked alike to me.  Not Robert Duvall.  Obviously.  And the chick who won Best Supporting Actress? She was in the movie for maybe like … 5 minutes at best and 2 or 3 scenes.  Had 1 rant.  More on rants later.   Well,  to be fair, Best Supporting Actress is kind of Sham.  Okay a big sham.  Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Hudson, Mo’Nique (I feel dirty just typing that), Octavia Spencer, Angelina Jolie, Tilda Swinton (in Michael Clayton … a terrible film)   … Shudder.    I mean really, Renee Zellweger?

Anyways, where was I? Oh that’s right, I was demonstrating the point of Network.  It’s a film about rants. Basically, Dennis Miller but … not funny at all.  I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed Peter Finch’s rants.  (“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more”)   He was good.  He deserved his award.  However, he wasn’t the main focus of the film.  Rather, it was more about William Holden and Faye Dunaway.  Now, disclaimer, I don’t really care for Faye Dunaway.  She’s got too much Katherine Hepburn and not enough Audrey.  Other notable actresses like this: Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman etc. minus her being American… I think… (confirmed, and oh wow. She’s had some work done).

Anyways, this film is a classic.  I guess.  It’s got its moments with Finch.  And the seeds are there for all current political/news fiction drama movies/TV series.  And I like Robert Duvall (not only because we share a birthday) .  But in the end, it really didn’t do that much for me.

Underrated Actors:  I guess Robert Duvall.


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