Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The Best Pictures 2016 Update

It's been a while since I last wrote about my quest to see every single film nominated for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) Best Picture award, and I've made a lot of progress since that last update.

1920s/1930s
66 of 103 nominees: 64%

Missing
Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
The Crowd
Alibi
The Hollywood Revue of 1929
The Patriot (lost film, so I'll never really finish this list)
All Quiet on the Western Front
Disraeli
East Lynne
The Front Page
Trader Horn
One Hour with You
A Farewell to Arms
Smilin' Through
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Flirtation Walk
Imitation of Love
One Night of Love
The White Parade
Alice Adams
Broadway Melody of 1936
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Les Miserables (1935)
Naughty Marietta
The Great Ziegfield
Romeo and Juliet (1936)
The Story of Louis Pasteur
A Tale of Two Cities
Three Smart Girls
Dead End
One Hundred Men and a Girl
A Star is Born
Alexander's Ragtime Band
The Citadel
Four Daughters
Jezebel
Test Pilot
Love Affair

1940s
41 of 70 nominees: 59%

Missing
The Letter
Blossoms in the Dust
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Hold Back the Dawn
One Foot in Heaven
Kings Row
The Pied Piper
Random Harvest
The Talk of the Town
Wake Island
The Human Comedy
Madame Curie
The More the Merrier
The Song of Bernadette
Watch on the Rhine
Since You Went Away
Wilson
Anchors Aweigh
Mildred Pierce
The Best Years of Our Lives
Henry V
The Razor's Edge
The Yearling
The Bishop's Wife
Johnny Belinda
The Red Shoes
The Snake Pit
The Heiress
Twelve O'Clock High

1950s
35 of 50 nominees: 70%

Missing
Born Yesterday
Decision before Dawn
Quo Vadis
Ivanhoe
Moulin Rouge (1952)
Julius Caesar
The Country Girl
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
Friendly Persuasion
The King and I
Peyton Place
Gigi
Auntie Mame
Separate Tables
Anatomy of a Murder

1960s
38 of 50 nominees: 76%

Missing
Sons and Lovers
Fanny
The Hustler
America America
Cleopatra (1963)
Lilies of the Field
My Fair Lady
Becket
Zorba the Greek
Darling
Ship of Fools
A Thousand Clowns
The Sand Pebbles

1970s
45 of 50 nominees: 90%

Missing
Love Story
The Godfather Part II
Nashville
Bound for Glory
The Goodbye Girl

1980s
42 of 50 nominees: 84%

Missing
Reds
The Color Purple
Prizzi's Honor
The Mission
The Last Emperor
Broadcast News
Hope and Glory
Moonstruck

1990s
47 of 50 nominees: 94%

Missing
Dances with Wolves
The Godfather Part III
Braveheart

2000s
50 of 55 nominees: 91%

Missing
Gosford Park
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Finding Neverland
Goodnight, and Good Luck
Munich

2010s (so far)
62 of 62 nominees: 100%

Total
425 of 540 nominees: 78.7%

115 films to go!

So far this year I've watched 35 Best Picture nominees. Of those, my favourite is the deservedly acclaimed French masterpiece La Grande Illusion (Grand Illusion, 1937), a World War I drama by Jean Renoir; the most forgettable may be Here Comes the Navy (Lloyd Bacon, 1934), a pretty standard romantic comedy set, somewhat chillingly knowing its eventual fate, aboard the USS Arizona.

As you can see, most of the gaps I have to fill come in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1980s. Still, I have most of the missing films on Blu-Ray, DVD, or my PVR (thanks, Turner Classic Movies)! I'm betting I can finish this list (excepting, of course, lost nominee The Patriot) by the end of the 20teens.



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