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The Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: Repeat offender R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) enters a mental institution and clashes with Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) as he shakes up the status quo and tries to inspire his fellow patients to live instead of just existing.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Cuckoo’s Nest won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Director at the Academy Awards – the first time a film had won the “big five” since It Happened One Night did it in 1934. It’s a tremendous movie, full of heady themes and iconic performances. It’s the kind of movie that reminds you just how incredible the American film scene was in the 1970s.
But here’s my hot take: Louise Fletcher’s tight and controlled performance is unassailable, but Nurse Ratched absolutely does not deserve to be considered one of the all-time movie villains. Read More »
What makes a monster? That’s what Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson are seeking to find out with the upcoming Netflix series Ratched. Murphy’s prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest stars Paulson as a younger Nurse Ratched, chronicling how she came to be one of cinema’s most notorious villains. The series has been long in the making, with the Emmy Award-winning showrunner spending a year securing the rights to the character before the project finally got going in 2017. The series is set to finally premiere this September, and Netflix has released the first images from Ratched to drum up interest. See the Ratched first look images below.
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Sad news arrived late last night with word that Oscar-winning director Milos Forman, the man behind the Best Picture winners One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, had passed away at age 86.
We remember the life and legacy of the filmmaker below. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 by Fred Topel
Ryan Murphy was on a Television Critics Association panel for his latest FX series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. But after the panel he spoke with reporters further about one of his other shows. One in the works at Netflix is Ratched, a series following the character Nurse Ratched (played by Louise Fletcher) from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and some new details about the series have been revealed.
We know Ryan Murphy’s regular collaborator Sarah Paulson will play Nurse Ratched, and now the executive producer has confirmed Jack Nicholson’s character Randle Patrick McMurphy will be featured too. Find out more about the Nurse Ratched TV series below. Read More »
Netflix is about to get Ratched.
The streaming service has picked up Ryan Murphy‘s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel about the infamously cruel nurse who ruled with an iron cap over the inmates of the mental institution. The series, titled Ratched, will follow a younger Nurse Ratched, presumably before and during her time working at that unnamed Oregon psychiatric hospital, and will focus on how she came to be one of cinema’s most notorious villains.
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Who Votes? As of 2007, 5,830 industry professionals accounted for the voting membership. Actors make up the largest voting block, with a membership total of 1,311.
I want to join! Academy membership can only be obtained by a competitive nomination or a member nomination.
It’s not an Oscar! The official name of the golden statue is the Academy Award of Merit.
Then Why is it called an Oscar? Bette Davis claims she named the statuette after her first husband, bandleader Harmon Oscar Nelson.
What is that thing? The statuette depicts an Art Deco stylized knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of 35mm film with five spokes, which is supposed to signify the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers and Technicians.
You can’t buy an Oscar! Since 1950 the statuettes have been “legally encumbered” by the requirement that neither winners nor their heirs may sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for $1. If an Academy Award winner refuses to agree to this stipulation, then the Academy keeps the statuette. Academy Awards earned prior to this agreement have been sold in public auctions for six figure price-tags.
Does my film qualify? A movie has to open in the previous calendar year (from midnight at the start of January 1 to midnight at the end of December 31) in Los Angeles, California.
Most Nominated: Walt Disney holds the record with 22 wins, and 4 honorary. He was nominated for 64 Academy Awards in all. Composers John Williams and Alfred Newman have 45 nominations each.
Oldest: 80-year-old Jessica Tandy won for Driving Miss Daisy. 87-year-old Gloria Stuart was nominated for Titanic.
Youngest: 10-year-old Tatum O’Neal won for Paper Moon. 8-year-old Justin Henry was nominated for Kramer vs. Kramer.
Longest Standing Ovation: Charlie Chaplin in 1972.
Movie studios are strictly prohibited from advertising movies during the broadcast. Isn’t that ironic?
In 1981, the Academy Awards were delayed for one day, due to the shooting of President Ronald Reagan.
Citizen Kane was nominated for nine Oscars but only won one (Best Original Screenplay).
James Dean was killed in a traffic accident in 1955, but was nominated in 1956 for East of Eden and in 1957 for Giant.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the only Fantasy film to win Best Picture.
Movies that won all 5 top awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay): It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Silence of the Lambs.
Bad Best Pictures: The following Best Picture winners have a rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes: The Greatest Show on Earth (38%), Cimarron (36%), The Broadway Melody (42%), and Cavalcade (55%).