LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1985 and 1986

Posted by · 5:29 pm · October 19th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1985 saw “Out of Africa” win the top prize in another instance where I’ve only seen one of the Best Picture nominees. I don’t know what it is about this period, but hardly any of the films jump out as necessary viewing when looking back on […]

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Going to war with Oscar

Posted by · 12:41 pm · March 2nd, 2010

Over at The Big Picture, Patrick Goldstein spent some time revisiting the three “bona fide” war films to win the Oscar for Best Picture (in the last 40 years): “Patton,” “The Deer Hunter” and “Platoon.” He notes that each of those films, when adjusted for inflation, grossed over $300 million, $280 million and $160 million […]

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THE LISTS: The top 10 Best Picture winners of all time

Posted by · 10:30 am · September 22nd, 2009

With the Oscar season officially here it seemed only logical to dedicate an installment of The Lists to the little golden guy.  And as we push forward past the fests and into the thick of it, I figured the best idea would be a broad assessment of the Academy’s chosen best through the years, a […]

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James Cameron on ‘The Hurt Locker’

Posted by · 2:23 am · July 25th, 2009

With the more gossipy factions of the press trying to conjure up tension between him and his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, it’s great to see that James Cameron is having none of it. In this extract from an interview with David Poland — worth checking out here — Cameron sings the praises of “The Hurt Locker,” […]

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And often, the Academy gets it right…

Posted by · 10:53 am · July 30th, 2008

As much as I rant about some of the bizarre choices made by the Academy, let’s be fair…there are times when they are right on the money. The AMPAS allowed for an embracing of the New American cinema with their awards for Best Picture and Best Director for “Midnight Cowboy” in 1969, and only they […]

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Stone’s ‘W’ could be his ticket back to Oscar

Posted by · 6:10 am · May 16th, 2008

I like the films of Oliver Stone, though I am acutely aware he tends to pound us over the head to get his message across, is known to bully his actors and audiences, and from time to time has bent history to suit himself and the film he is making. That said, it cannot be […]

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The 80s yielded one great Best Pic winner: ‘Platoon’

Posted by · 5:04 pm · May 10th, 2008

Ten awards for Best Picture were handed out throughout the 1980s, one of the worst decades for film in history, and I’d wager that only “Platoon,” the Oscar winning giant of 1986, can lay claim to being a great film. Oh, that is not to say there were not great films made in the 80s; […]

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