I watched more of the Academy Awards Sunday night than I have ever watched. (Yes, I'm aware that most pundits maligned it as one of the worst Oscars ever.) Of the movies that were up for anything, I had only seen Juno, which I thought was a good little film. Of course, Best Picture honors went to No Country for Old Men. I haven't seen it, largely because I don't see many movies when they're current. Rather, I wait for them to come out on DVD. Ain't Netflix great?
There was an interesting segment (I think they do it every year) where all "Best Pictures" were shown. Here's a list of all the Oscar winners for Best Picture. I have seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rocky, Chariots of Fire, Terms of Endearment, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Silence of the Lambs, Schindler's List, Forrest Gump, Titanic, American Beauty, Gladiator, Million Dollar Baby, Crash, and The Departed. (Wow, that's more than I thought I had seen!)
I have seen portions of Gone with the Wind, Ben-Hur, The Sound of Music, Patton, The Godfather, The Sting, and A Beautiful Mind.
Those are all good movies, to be sure. All of them are worth watching a second, third, or fourth time. But my favorite three of them would have to be:
1. Crash (moving, superbly acted, beautiful film)
2. Terms of Endearment (looking for a good cry? here it is on a silver platter...)
3. American Beauty (mid-life crisis anyone? kevin spacey, chris cooper, thora birch...all excellent)
What's your favorite "Best Picture"? Vote to the right --->>