Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Last Best Pictures

As readers may recall, I've been working my way through screening all 549* AMPAS Best Picture nominees. I just noticed that while I still have 82 nominees and winners yet to watch, I have seen nearly all of the winners, barring only seven:

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Gigi (1958)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
The Last Emperor (1987)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Braveheart (1995)

I have all of these films on Blu-ray, so checking them off the list is a simple matter of just making the time to sit down and watch. But how shall I tackle them? Chronological order? Reverse chronological? Should I watch the comedies first? Longest to shortest?

Maybe I'll start with those I actually expect to enjoy: All Quiet, Gigi, My Fair Lady, Godfather II.

*I include the three films nominated for Best Unique and Artistic Picture, a category recognized solely at the first Academy Awards ceremony (1927-28) and presented alongside Outstanding Picture (won by Wings), which eventually became the Best Picture category. The three films are Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (winner), Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness, and The Crowd. Of these three, I've seen Sunrise and The Crowd; both are brilliant. Chang has been very difficult to track down. 

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