The Sting- BMP 1974

The 1974 Academy Award for Best Picture was by no means an easy win, against nominees American Graffiti, The Exorcist, A Touch of Glass, and Cries and Whispers.

The Sting, however, blew them all out of the water in this adventure comedy about a pair of 1930s con-men trying to find revenge and fortune in a bigwig card player.  If nothing else, the film stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford (arguably two of the greatest actors since the invention of the camera).  This duo portray Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker, respectively: two drifters who design a faux horse race and entrap Doyle Lonergen (Robert Shaw) into a handsome payout.  Director George Roy Hill uses film effects from the Depression Decade, incorporates anecdotal scenes from real-life gangsters, and flawlessly utilizes 1930s era decor, costumes, and music.  The effect is a 1970s film that brings you straight back to a Nickelodeon rooting for the ‘bad guys.’

The Sting overwhelmed the 46th Oscars, securing 10 nominations and 7 wins.  The movie won awards for best score, editing, costume design, set decoration, writing, directing, and Best Picture.

Queen B loved this film and thinks it deserves a spot in the Top 10 Best Picture Winners of all time.

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