HERE.) Which will the case be this year? As of now I've only seen 4 of the BP noms, but I'm hoping to make it 6/9 by Sunday. So far, it seems to be somewhat of a weak field, but I have hope that the Academy will choose the strongest film in the end. To celebrate the field, I decided to list in chronological order 15 of my all-time favorite Best Picture Winners since the dawn of Oscar. Unfortunately I haven't seen all, so if there's any offense at something being kept off the list (like for example Lawrence of Arabia... it might simply be because I haven't seen it in its entirety.) Since I'm including more on my list than usual, I'll try and keep each entry short.
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1929/1930) - I wrote recently my feelings on this film HERE. This film is beautiful and quite amazingly ahead of its time in both sentiment and terms of filmmaking. For lovers of film history and history, in general, this film is a must.
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) - The epic of epics. This film was the biggest of all time (adjusted for inflation of course) and there's certainly a reason for it. It's hard for an audience not to admire how it succeeds in all its ambition. And its spectacle was surely one that must have been amazing to witness on a big screen. More thoughts on GWTW HERE
CASABLANCA (1943) - I just rewatched this film this month and I gotta say, it's pretty dang solid. It has become an icon, but it stands the test of time. It would be hard not to with such great performances, story, and dialogue. More thoughts HERE and HERE.
ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) - Let's be honest. Bette Davis was a boss. This story of a sycophantic understudy who ultimately tries to become the great Bette is supremely captivating and deserving of its respect in film history. Plus it features one of the best lines Ms. Davis ever uttered.
MARTY (1955) - This is a very simple story, but a very sincerely important one about two people who find they can have happiness in one another despite the expectations of everyone else. Ernest Borgnine gives a surprisingly..well earnest performance as the main character Marty and the film certainly wouldn't be what it is without it.
WEST SIDE STORY (1961) - The musical telling of Romeo & Juliet stands apart from almost every musical before and after it. The music, the style, and the choreography make it unforgettable and easily one of the best of its genre. It is truly a wonderful take on this well-worn story.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975) - The performances by all involved in this film (particularly Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher) are top notch and keep you captivated throughout.
ANNIE HALL (1977) - Not that I think it necessarily should have won over Star Wars, but I must admit it was one of my favorite BP winners that stood out to me as I looked at them all. This is one of Woody Allen's best films and its commentary on love and relationships is spot on. Plus the dialogue is some of the sharpest to be found in an Allen film and that says a lot. More HERE
THE DEPARTED (2007) - I finally got to see this film last year and I must say it was one of the most thrilling and captivating films I have seen in some time. Once it was over I honestly felt a rush of adrenalin. The cat and mouse game between Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon is almost indescribably tense and really what the joy of witnessing a story bigger than you is all about. It's incredible.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Godfather II, The Apartment, Rebecca, Amadeus, Gladiator.
Well, that's all. Did I miss any of your favorites? You can check out the full list of winners all-time HERE