rebecca4 I’m using this series as a motivation to take a look at all of the Best Picture winners from the past 86 Academy Awards. This may take awhile… Rebecca was nominated for 11 Academy awards but only won two, the most important being Best Picture of course. It’s not only Alfred Hitchcock’s first American production but his lone film to take home the honor of Best Picture, making it a somewhat divisive win.

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sch1I’m using this series as a motivation to take a look at all of the Best Picture winners from the past 86 Academy Awards. This may take awhile… This Oscar winning drama is known as not only one of the most moving depictions of the Holocaust put to film, but one of Steven Spielberg’s best films ever made. It won 7 out of its 12 nominations, making it the overwhelming victor at the 66th Academy Awards.

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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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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.

My first musical Best Picture winner is Chicago, and spoiler alert: I really love this film. It was the first musical to win since Oliver! in 1968 and will likely be the last one for quite some time (maybe the last ever?!?). Okay, let’s take a look at why this took home top honors.