Someone asked me this question the other day, certifiably the most difficult question there is in the game of movie-going/Oscarwatching. So I thought I'd actually give it a whirl.
Who deserves to win across the board in an "all time Oscars" showcase? Here's what I came up with:
Best Picture: "Citizen Kane"
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola, "Apocalypse Now"
Best Actor: Peter Sellers, "Dr. Strangelove"
Best Actress: Maria Falconetti, "The Passion of Joan of Arc"
Best Supporting Actor: Ralph Fiennes, "Schindler's List"
Best Supporting Actress: Linda Blair, "The Exorcist"
Best Adapted Screenplay: "Double Indemnity" (Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler)
Best Original Screenplay: "Network" (Paddy Chayefsky)
Best Art Direction: "Metropolis" (Otto Hunte, Erich Kettlehut, Karl Vollbrecht)
Best Cinematography: "Apocalypse Now" (Vittorio Storaro)
Best Costume Design: "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor)
Best Film Editing: "JFK" (Joe Hutshing, Pietro Scalia)
Best Makeup: "Dick Tracy" (John Caglione, Jr., Doug Drexler)
Best Music - Original Score: "Once Upon a Time in the West" (Ennio Morricone)
Best Music - Original Song: (next to impossible)
Best Sound Editing: "Robocop"
Best Sound Mixing: "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Best Visual Effects: "Jurassic Park"
Best Animated Feature: "Fantasia"