So… oops. I should have put this article up 15 days ago. My blog, Hot Saas’s Pop Culture Safari, turned 3 years old on February 7th. That’s crazy. Of course, I haven’t been updating this blog with any sort of regularity these last 2-3 months because I’ve been working pretty intensely on a screenplay. I only today realized that my three year anniversary happened two weeks ago. So, yeah, my bad. And, once again, it’s time to do my yearly list of the best movies, directors, and performances from the past year. I hope readers find something worth watching in this list.

Best Picture: Drama


1. Chinatown

2. The Bicycle Thief

3. Ingmar Bergman’s “Trilogy of Faith” (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence)

4. The Godfather: Part II

5. Glengarry Glen Ross


Best Picture: Comedy


1. Annie Hall

2. Silver Linings Playbook

3. (500) Days of Summer

4. Bringing Up Baby

5. Duck Soup


Best Director:


1. Ingmar Bergman: His “Trilogy of Faith

2. Terrence Malick: To the Wonder

3. Roman Polanski: Chinatown

4. Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather: Part II

5. Werner Herzog: Encounters at the End of the World


Best Actor in a Dramatic Role:


1. Bruno Ganz: Downfall

2. Jack Lemmon: Glengarry Glen Ross

3. Al Pacino: The Godfather: Part II

4. Leonardo DiCaprio: The Departed

5. Joaquin Phoenix: The Master


Best Actress in a Dramatic Role:


1. Glenn Close: Fatal Attraction

2. Glenda Jackson: Sunday Bloody Sunday

3. Emmanuelle Riva: Amour

4. Harriet Andersson: Through a Glass Darkly

5. Faye Dunaway: Chinatown


Best Actor in a Comedic Role:


1. Bradley Cooper: Silver Linings Playbook

2. Billy Bob Thornton: Bad Santa

3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt: (500) Days of Summer

4. Cary Grant: Bringing Up Baby

5. Woody Allen: Annie Hall


Best Actress in a Comedic Role:


1. Jennifer Lawrence: Silver Linings Playbook

2. Diane Keaton: Annie Hall

3. Katharine Hepburn: Bringing Up Baby

4. Zooey Deschanel: (500) Days of Summer

5. Holly Hunter: Raising Arizona


Best Actor in a Supporting Role:


1. Dustin Hoffman: Rain Man

2. Al Pacino: Glengarry Glen Ross

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Master

4. Robert De Niro: Silver Linings Playbook

5. Robin Williams: Good Will Hunting


Best Actress in a Supporting Role:


1. Gunnel Lindblom: The Silence

2. Sally Field: Lincoln

3. Natalie Portman: Leon: The Professional

4. Diane Keaton: The Godfather: Part II

5. Judi Dench: Skyfall


Alright, everybody. That’s what I think was the best movies, directors, and performances that I’ve watched in the last year (and two weeks). I hope you all find something you like, and keep reading. I promise that I’ll be updating the blog with more regularity soon. Enjoy!