Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscars Countdown!

One of my personal goals has been to watch every Best Picture winner (if you look below, you can see the complete list with ones I've seen bolded.) I don't think that winning that prize actually means it's the best film of the year-there is so much politicking behind the scenes but then I do sometimes think the Academy gets it right (huge soft spot for Gigi to be honest). Which ones do I need to make it a priority to see?

As part of my preparations, I've been watching TCM's Oscars month and have recorded four to add to my list, two of which I've watched already. On my DVR is "Marty" and "Gentleman's Agreement."  But the two I just saw were "Cimarron" and "Patton." 

For me, Cimarron is a "how did this win?" film. I found it terribly boring though please note that I don't tend to like westerns or Irene Dunne much. It actually reminded me of the (superior) "Cavalcade" as it follows a family through growing pains. My favorite part was the portrait of Theodore Roosevelt that flashed when Oklahoma became a state.

Patton was actually pretty decent though, like most war films, short on female characters to my dismay. My favorite part of it was his beginning speech with the immortal line, "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." My grandfather actually fought in Patton's army and hated him; the film shows very clearly why that would be the case.

As for tonight, the race for the big one seems to be between "Boyhood" and "Birdman." I haven't seen either (I did see "Selma," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "The Imitation Game") but I'm personally rooting for the latter because I'd rather watch it. Right now, I'm enjoying the red carpet though I want to see more dresses! It seems like all the guys have arrived but the ladies are making us wait. Happy viewing!
 
20s
1928-Wings
1929-The Broadway Melody

30s

1930-All Quiet on the Western Front
1931-Cimarron
1932-Grand Hotel
1933-Cavalcade
1934-It Happened One Night
1935-Mutiny on the Bounty
1936-The Great Ziegfeld
1937-The Life of Emile Zola
1938-You Can't Take It With You
1939-Gone with the Wind

40s
1940-Rebecca
1941-How Green Was My Valley
1942-Mrs. Miniver
1943-Casablanca
1944-Going My Way
1945-The Lost Weekend
1946-The Best Years of Our Lives
1947-Gentleman's Agreement
1948-Hamlet
1949-All the King's Men

50s
1950-All About Eve
1951-An American in Paris
1952-The Greatest Show on Earth
1953-From Here to Eternity
1954-On the Waterfront
1955-Marty
1956-Around the World in 80 Days
1957-The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958-Gigi
1959-Ben-Hur

60s
1960-The Apartment
1961-West Side Story
1962-Lawrence of Arabia
1963-Tom Jones
1964-My Fair Lady
1965-The Sound of Music
1966-A Man For All Seasons
1967-In the Heat of the Night
1968-Oliver!
1969-Midnight Cowboy

70s
1970-Patton
1971-The French Connection
1972-The Godfather
1973-The Sting
1974-The Godfather Part II
1975-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
1976-Rocky
1977-Annie Hall
1978-The Deer Hunter
1979-Kramer vs. Kramer

80s
1980-Ordinary People
1981-Chariots of Fire
1982-Gandhi
1983-Terms of Endearment
1984-Amadeus
1985-Out of Africa
1986-Platoon
1987-The Last Emperor
1988-Rain Man
1989-Driving Miss Daisy

90s
1990-Dances with Wolves
1991-The Silence of the Lambs
1992-Unforgiven
1993-Schindler's List
1994-Forrest Gump
1995-Braveheart
1996-The English Patient
1997-Titanic
1998-Shakespeare in Love
1999-American Beauty

00s
2000-Gladiator
2001-A Beautiful Mind
2002-Chicago
2003-LOTR:ROTK
2004-Million Dollar Baby
2005-Crash
2006-The Departed
2007-No Country for Old Men
2008-Slumdog Millionaire
2009-The Hurt Locker

10s
2010-The King's Speech
2011-The Artist
2012-Argo
2013-12 Years a Slave
2014-?

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