The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Meine Damen und Herren... mesdames et messieurs...ladies and gentlemen... allow me to present to you, the undisputed "King of the Oscars"... The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Now, I’m not saying The Return of the King is the greatest Oscar winning film of all time. But no film in the 89 … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King



During the span of Academy Awards from 1958 through 1968 there were five movie musicals that won best picture. Gigi (1958) West Side Story (1961) My Fair Lady (1964) The Sound of Music (1965) Oliver! (1968) In the few years after Oliver! there were a couple of other film that were nominated*. Hello Dolly! (1969) … Continue reading Chicago


Let me tell you about the first time I watched Titanic. I was 25 years old, visiting my family for Christmas. The word was already out about Titanic which was released December 19, 1997. So we all headed down to the local megaplex and settled in for a three hour epic that we all knew … Continue reading Titanic

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

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Jack Nicholson is one of the greatest actors to ever grace the silver screen. There’s no question about it. He’s done so much great work for so long it’s sometimes hard to believe one actor could be that impressive so frequently. So what was his greatest role of his legendary career? You could argue J.J. … Continue reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The Godfather

The Oscar Project has reached the exact halfway point. There were 44 best picture winners before The Godfather and there have been 44 best picture winners since The Godfather. I couldn't be more pleased that this film currently sits at the center of Oscar history. There have been countless books and articles written, and documentaries … Continue reading The Godfather

Going My Way

The theme of the world war and its major players had been central to several best picture nominees over the previous 4 years. The Great Dictator Sergeant York Miniver The Invaders Wake Island Casablanca In Which We Serve Watch on the Rhine By 1944 World War II was winding down. After the Allies’ victory at … Continue reading Going My Way


Like Gone With the Wind this is a film that has long been highly esteemed. For many it is among the greatest films ever made. For some there is none better. I have long been a fan of Casablanca. When my wife and I were married more than 20 years ago one of the first … Continue reading Casablanca

The Oscar Project 1942: Mrs. Miniver

Smack dab in the middle of World War II this film tells a tight and focused story of the Minivers, a British family in London struggling to survive the first months of the war. It might be one of the best films you’ve never heard of. The character of Mrs. Miniver originated in 1937 in … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1942: Mrs. Miniver

The Oscar Project 1941: How Green Was My Valley

The first thing I wrote when taking notes during this film was... “OK movie... let’s see what you’ve got” For at least 50 years How Green Was My Valley has been the legendary “HUH?” of best picture winners for one reason and one reason only...the other nominees. Of the 10 films nominated for best picture … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1941: How Green Was My Valley