Schindler’s List

Let me tell you about the first time I watched Schindler’s List. I was 21 years old and home for Christmas with my parents. My family, which is of Jewish decent on my mother’s side, all went to see the movie. I don’t recall but it might have been for my father’s birthday which falls … Continue reading Schindler’s List

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The Last Emperor

I’ve now officially seen every best picture ever. The Last Emperor was the final best picture winner on my list that I had never seen before. I was surprised and impressed with this movie. It was nothing like what I was expecting. The Last Emperor is a gorgeous masterpiece of cinematic art. The film has … Continue reading The Last Emperor

The Oscar Project 1939: Gone With the Wind

This film is the stuff of legends. Everyone knows this movie even if they’ve never seen it. It has become ingrained in our pop cultural collective consciousness. We all know the famous lines. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” – Rhett Butler “After all, tomorrow is another day!” – Scarlett O’Hara “You can’t … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1939: Gone With the Wind

The Oscar Project 1938: You Can’t Take it With You

I’ve seen You Can’t Take it With You both on the stage and the screen. The stage version actually featured my brother-in-law Donavan as Donald, a volunteer handyman for the Sycamores. It’s a quirky original that influenced many a film over the years, quite a few by Wes Anderson. What makes this film pop is … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1938: You Can’t Take it With You

The Oscar Project 1932: Grand Hotel

Five years into The Oscar Project and it feels like I’m starting to see a shift. The first 4 celebrated grandeur and spectacle, whether than was with visual wonder or, in the case of The Broadway Melody, the wonder of a movie musical. Grand Hotel doesn’t rely on either of those as the entire film … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1932: Grand Hotel

The Oscar Project 1928: Wings

I didn’t know anything about Wings except it was the first best picture winner in 1928. I didn’t even know it was a silent film until I started watching it. I’ve seen silent films before so it wasn’t alarming but the silent films I’d seen were much older than Wings. Not only was it the … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1928: Wings

2016 Prediction: Best Picture

Mein Damen und Herren! Mesdames et Messieurs! Ladies and Gentlemen! Without further ado I am pleased to present this year’s best picture nominees and my bold prediction for who will take home the biggest prize of the night. You might be surprised!* *(No you won’t. You won’t be surprised at all but just read it … Continue reading 2016 Prediction: Best Picture

2016 Oscar Prediction: Best Director

The directing category is often the most difficult to evaluate. How much credit does the director get for what goes on the screen? How much is their vision and how much is the talent of the actors, writers, cinematographers, editors, and so on and so on. How much credit does a coach get for the … Continue reading 2016 Oscar Prediction: Best Director

Nomination Surprises

I ended up going 38 for 44 on my predictions. Apparently I missed the memo from the Writers Guild determining that Moonlight wasn’t eligible for original screenplay and put it in the adapted category instead. Besides that there were three main surprises in today’s nominations. First: Viggo Mortensen – Best Actor I wasn’t terribly impressed … Continue reading Nomination Surprises

Oscar Diversity

The 2015 Oscars have come and gone. Congratulations to all the winners. DiCaprio finally got his Oscar. We had a back-to-back Best Director winner for the first time since 1950. And Spotlight became the first Best Picture winner to take home fewer than 3 total Oscars since 1952’s The Greatest Show on Earth. I went … Continue reading Oscar Diversity