January 25, 2017

It's Oscar Season, Or My 6 Favorite Best Picture Winners



On February 26, 2017, a bunch of celebrities will gather together to pontificate on current events and pat themselves gratuitously on the back for making millions of dollars providing us all entertainment.

That can only mean one thing. 

It is time for the 89th Academy Awards!

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Now, I must admit I skipped many of the 2017 nominated films. I know, I KNOW. I tried, friends. But, BUT, five minutes into La La Land and I wanted to find Ralphie and borrow his Red Rider BB Gun. If I want to watch ridiculously silly singing and dancing, well, you know the drill.

When in doubt, Whedon it out.

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But truly, I digress.

This year, there are so many deserving performances and a diverse list of nominees, it will be interesting to see who picks up the most coveted award in Hollywood. Do you have any Oscar predictions of your own?

Since the awards are quickly approaching, I thought I would highlight my favorite winners for best picture. Did I ever mention to you all that a member of my family won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress? Her name was Teresa Wright and the film, which also won an award for Best Picture in 1942, was Mrs. Miniver.

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Wasn't she lovely? 

Anyhoo, here are my 6 Favorite Best Picture Winners

Rebecca (1940), 13th Academy Awards

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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock (who was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director), Rebecca is a beautiful film, both haunting and suspenseful. Producer David O. Selznick kept the adaptation faithful to the book by Daphne du Maurier. The film has many plot twists and turns that will keep you guessing and Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier are brilliantly cast.

Alfred Hitchcock is one of my favorite directors of all time and Rebecca is a true classic. If you enjoy Gothic romance and mystery, you should definitely see this film (and also read the book)!

A Man For All Seasons (1966), 39th Academy Awards

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A Man For All Seasons is the story of Thomas More, the man who bravely stood up against King Henry VIII when he rejected the Catholic Church and named himself Supreme Head of the Church in order to obtain a divorce. More's fervent devotion to his faith and his morals eventually lead to his execution. Paul Scofield's performance as More is brilliant. In a world where the craft has taken a back seat to social media popularity, this film stands out in my mind as some of the finest acting in cinematic history. Not to mention, the costuming was on point.

I remember watching this in middle school and enjoying it so much. I also realized how much I enjoyed history. It should have come as no surprise I would end up with a Master's in History.

Gone With The Wind (1939), 12th Academy Awards

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I know, I KNOW. It is tediously lengthy and it is, well, a little fiddle dee dee over the top. But, BUT, time and time again, I have found myself on a rainy Sunday watching Gone With The Wind on the Turner Classic Movie Network. It starred two of Hollywood's most beautiful, Clark Gable (what a hunk!) and Vivian Leigh. And Gable was able to deliver some of my most favorite movie quotes like:

You're like the thief who isn't the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he is going to jail.

Any mother, even a bad one, is better for a child than none.

You go into the arena alone. The lions are hungry for you.

It should be noted that this was a tough year at the Oscars. Gone With The Wind was up against my beloved Wizard of Oz, and I do feel Oz was robbed in a few categories. 

The Silence Of the Lambs (1991), 64th Academy Awards

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If you know me, you know that I am a tiny bit obsessed with Hannibal Lector. He was even one of my Top 5 Fictional Villains I Sympathized WithSilence Of The Lambs won five Oscars at the 64th Academy Awards and was deserving of every single one. It is the movie that really made me want to work for the FBI, and was and always will be unforgettable in my movie watching history. There is a grainy, art house feel to the movie that makes it both chilling and suspenseful. Silence Of The Lambs is a film really in a class all by itself. They just do not make films this excellent anymore!

If you have only seen the movies, I implore you to read the books by Thomas Harris. They are just as interesting and provide more to the story that you should enjoy. You can even hear an excerpt of Hannibal read by Thomas Harris if you click here: Audio Special: Thomas Harris.

The Departed (2006), 79th Academy Awards

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I must be honest, I only first watched The Departed after I met Military Husband. Once I did, I realized why it won the Oscar for Best Picture. This is Scorsese at his best, with standout performances by Martin Sheen, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Of course, Jack Nicholson is just brilliant and DiCaprio should have thrown a toddler temper tantrum over not winning an Oscar. He was robbed. I will not spoil it for you, but I cried at the end. He was just that compelling.

Now that I live in Boston, I have a different appreciation for this movie than I did at first glance. If you have never seen this movie, please do so immediately. You will not regret it!

No Country For Old Men (2007), 80th Academy Awards

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This film really captures the essence of rural Texas and delivers a modern western tale. Tommy Lee Jones is perfect as Sheriff Ed Bell, using horseback as a vehicle to protect and serve. Javier Bardem is a standout villain and Josh Brolin is at his best. And the theme - that the world has changed, it is not the same place as it was before and is "no country for old men" is one that resonates with all of us over a certain age.

Of course, there are many other films over the years that the Academy has honored that I enjoy equally as much as these six. These are just six of my all time favorites, and I hope to add many new films to that list in the future.

What are your favorite Best Picture Winners of all time? Will you be watching the Oscars this year? Any predictions on the winners? Let me know in the comments below!

Eating bonbons and drinking champagne in tribute to Hollywood's best films, I am,


45 comments:

  1. Mrs. Miniver was such an amazing movie!!! How awesome that Theresa Wright is a family member of yours. Also, Gone With The Wind is my favorite movie of all time, my Mom found me in the living room when I was 4 years old watching it and I have been captivated by it ever since.

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    1. Oh yes, it's definitely an honor!
      And I love it too!!

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  2. Great choices! Gone With The Wind is one of my momma's 2 favorite movies. And she luvs Rebecca too (but luvs da book even more).

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  3. We're gonna have to agree to disagree about La La Land - I loved it! It made me happy :)! Great picks - my favorite is Sound of Music - shocker, given that I loved La La Land.

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    1. I did not like it all! Sound of Music is ok. When it comes to musicals, give me Rent, A Chorus Line, Cats, Phantom, Les Mis, Legally Blonde!! Haha

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  4. I love Rebecca - the book and the movie. Maybe I need to re-read it again...! I love Ryan Gosling so I was going to watch La La Land, but the fact that it's a musical slightly turns me off!

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    1. LaLa Land is stupid!
      Rebecca is amazing!! Haha I knew we were besties for the right reasons.

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  5. A Man fur all Seasons is one of Mum most favouritists films...'This silence of yours is bellowing up and down Europe' Not being political but it do sound like our Mrs May keeping thingys secret to herself!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  6. I hardly ever see the best movie winners. I mean I saw Titanic..

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  7. Great pics. Some I have not seen so I will have to watch them. I am with you on La La Land. I try to love musicals but I just can't ;) LOL

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  8. I love what you chose. Such great movies there! Even back in my 20s, when I saw a TON of movies, I often found myself having not seen most of the Oscar-nominated films. No Country for Old Men is one I saw because someone I was with wanted to see it. I was so glad I did--it was a great movie and I never would have watched it otherwise!

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  9. I haven't seen Rebecca but now I'm interested. The Departed - GAHHH I love that movie. No Country For Old Men was fabulous too. So La La No Land for that? I was contemplating trying it out but that's a lot of money for a bust. And honestly...musicals? No.

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    1. LaLa land sucks!!! Don't waste the money!!

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  10. It is rather funny that most winners are movies most people never see originally

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  11. The Departed was such a crazy good movie!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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    1. Yes and now I live here in Boston! I hear those accents daily haha!!

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  12. Interesting take on these! I like your examples as they were so varied. I STILL can't figure out if I like "No Country for Old Men" and I've seen it a lot. I could easily argue that it's a really well done film (it totally is), but do I like it? Without trying to post a spoiler, it's still so jarring to me that we're following one person the whole time and then in an instant, that person is no longer the person we're following. I love TLJ in pretty much anything though. I haven't watched "Gone With The Wind" in about 10 years I think! But I need to again! Silence of the Lambs is definitely still a fave (when I want to be terrified) and The Departed is always great. The casting director for that one had lady's in mind for sure. :)

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    1. Oh definitely! I totally agree with that lol.

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  13. Oh my, I have only seen one of those movies...Silence of the Lambs. One day I would like to watch Oscar nominated movies, but I never like them.....

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  14. Oh my gosh. So, first of all, I'm stealing this post idea because I love it and I don't know why I've never done it before.

    Second, Hell to the YES about all of these that I have seen. I haven't seen Rebecca or A Man for All Seasons yet, but they are both on my list. Oh, who am I kidding. ALL of the Best Picture winners are on my list.

    It really was a shame DiCaprio won for The Revenant and not for The Departed. He was SO GOOD in The Departed.

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  15. I love Gone with the Wind too! Such a great movie. Long, yes, but I love it. I just love when Scarlett doesn't get her way at the end.

    I also love Silence of the Lambs. I watched all those movies, plus the TV show when it came out. So creepy.

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  16. Gone With the Wind and Silence of the Lambs also are in my top five, but my tastes in current movies are never "Academy Worthy"..I mean sheesh, where are Deadpool and Captain America:Civil War???? ;-)

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  17. We haven't been to many movies this year either. I have no idea who should win and probably won't watch because of all the anticipated political controversy. My money is on LaLa Land because it has won so many other awards.

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  18. I haven't seen any movies this year. So shameful. I also haven't seen Gone With the Wind despite having a Scarlett O'hare Barbie. 😜 I did see No Country for Old Men and The Departed. Loved them both.

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  19. Rebecca was one of my all time favorite books....I will have to check out the movie! Who knew!

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  20. Okay, now I need a movie marathon. With champagne and bon bons, OBVIOUSLY.

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  21. I'm not a big fan of the Oscars or Baftas, I much prefer awards that are voted by fans.

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  22. I don't know how I forgot about Chicago winning in 2003. I'm glad to see it on the list of Best Picture winners.
    Others: Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, American Beauty, Forrest Gump, Rain Man, Amadeus

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    1. Unless ABC is kind enough to livestream the Oscars everywhere, I won't be watching. Even so, I haven't seen the best picture nominees anyway.

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    2. Oh Melissa, you must see the nominee Lion. It's the most beautiful film. You will laugh, cheer and cry. Put it on your list to do!!

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