PREDICTIONS: 2018 Oscar Nominations

Tomorrow morning (early on this side of the country) the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced. This is always a fun time for me but especially after last year’s Oscar Project my interest is at an all-time high. Undoubtedly there will be some surprises but after tracking buzz on nearly 140 films … Continue reading PREDICTIONS: 2018 Oscar Nominations

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The 2018 WGA Nominations and What They Mean for the Oscars

About a week ago the Writers Guild of America announced the nominees for their annual WGA Award recognizing excellence in writing. And while the WGA will hand out awards for everything from radio to television to video games to breaking news scripts...I am most interested in the film nominees. But not quite all the nominees … Continue reading The 2018 WGA Nominations and What They Mean for the Oscars

All-Time Best Picture Rankings #6-10

What a stellar lineup of legendary films. This small group includes the first film to sweep the Big Five, the biggest blockbuster of all time, an epic of epic proportions, the film that changed movie acting and a script that manages to strikes a perfect balance between comedy and sadness. These are all older films. Not … Continue reading All-Time Best Picture Rankings #6-10

All-Time Best Picture Rankings #11-19

What a diverse group of films. There are 8 decades represented in these 9 films. No other installment on this list has such a strong representation across all of Oscar history. I think that says a lot about their place in history, especially the older films. I know there are probably three or four (maybe … Continue reading All-Time Best Picture Rankings #11-19

All-Time Best Picture Rankings #20-29

Where else but on an Oscars rankings can you have Ben-Hur, Birdman, The Sound of Music and Midnight Cowboy all show up on the same list? We've really come to the part of the list where every film is just a different shade of remarkable. Some remain the pinnacle of their genre, often imitated but never … Continue reading All-Time Best Picture Rankings #20-29

All-Time Best Picture Rankings #30-39

We are starting to get into some really excellent films in this part of the list. Some of these are enduring classics, some are mostly forgotten brilliant gems and some are modern masterpieces. But all are fantastic films. I know some pundits like to put Crash at the very bottom of any best picture list … Continue reading All-Time Best Picture Rankings #30-39

All-Time Best Picture Rankings #40-49

At this point on the list we've reached some really, really good films. Everything on this list is great but for very different reasons. Innovative scripts. Daring subject matter. Epic undertakings. Commanding performances. Slick storytelling. These films are all of the above. I know there's probably one bit of controversy on this list. I'll leave … Continue reading All-Time Best Picture Rankings #40-49

All-Time Best Picture Rankings #50-59

There is something great about all of these films but they all landed in the bottom half. For some they had spectacular moments but didn't sustain that greatness throughout. Others were consistently great but never elevated to something truly special. Nonetheless they are are all solid films. For almost every film on this list their … Continue reading All-Time Best Picture Rankings #50-59

All-Time Best Picture Rankings #60-69

As we move up the rankings chart we're really out of what I would call the truly bad movies. I'm not saying movies #70-89 are all bad but from this point on there aren't really any more stinkburgers. And while this part of the list is still a bit of a mixed bag, most of … Continue reading All-Time Best Picture Rankings #60-69

All-Time Best Picture Rankings #70-79

We have moved out of the bottom of the barrel but there are still a number of very sub-par movies in this part of the list. Titanic managed to escape being down in the very bottom on the merit of my epiphany about the true nature of the film. I almost feel bad for Tom Jones being … Continue reading All-Time Best Picture Rankings #70-79