drivingI’m using this series as a motivation to take a look at all of the Best Picture winners from the past 84 Academy Awards. This may take awhile… This Oscar winning comedic drama was adapted to screen from Alfred Uhry’s play. Most notable for Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman’s performances, this film is a period piece during civil rights era Atlanta. It managed to score 4 Oscars but looking back it doesn’t have the best reputation amongst other winners.

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parisI’m using this series as a motivation to take a look at all of the Best Picture winners from the past 84 Academy Awards. This may take awhile… This Oscar winning musical was directed by Vincente Minnelli, choreographed by and starring Gene Kelly, featuring memorable music written by George Gershwin. It managed to score 6 Oscars, beating several dramas to become the big winner of 1951.

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emperorThis edition of the Best Picture Series features the first winner from the 80′s, not that it really speaks to the decade at all. The Last Emperor is a biopic taking place in the first half of the century. It is expansive, but I was still not impressed. Let’s take a look.

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gentleman1 Since I’ve been going through the Best Picture winners I have been a little too stuck in the past two decades. The first edition of the series was on All About Eve which took home the 1950 Oscar, but since then I haven’t gone back to another black and white film. To remedy this problem I went back three years before that to watch Gentleman’s Agreement, a film with timeless themes and moving performances.

shakespeare This Oscar season I’ve heard the Shakespeare in Love upset brought up a lot, mostly by Silver Linings Playbook hopefuls. Back in 1998 Saving Private Ryan seemed like the shoe in win–much like Spielberg’s Lincoln appears to be this year. As much as I hate to admit it, I don’t think SLP has much chance against Lincoln (I’m holding out for Argo in this case) but I’d like to see the film that actually broke through the expectations. I’ve heard it’s one of the worst winners while others defend the film’s charm.