The List - films

Oscars

 

Last week it was the book list. This week, we’re on to films. Below is the list of every movie that has won a Best Picture Oscar and, over the next 12 months, I intend to crack through all of them. The good news (for me) is that I’ve already seen about 25 of them, so just 50-something to go.

 

Aside from actually dedicating the time to watching them all, the challenge here is to find copies without breaking the bank. Netflix has been surprisingly unhelpful, with only Wings, The Deer Hunter and Out of Africa available. I watched Wings last week – my first full, proper, silent movie – and it was quite a revelation. The cinematography is beautiful even after almost 90 years and while the story might not be as sophisticated as more modern fare, it has a sweetness to it that I enjoyed very much.

 

But, back to my DVD hunt – I’ve discovered the joy of the DVD section in charity shops. I’ve already found Crash and The French Connection for two quid each and when I’m done I will be donating them back so that more money can be made from them.

 

In other List news, I have finally learned that ‘specious’ means ‘apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible’ and I have read Leontia Flynn’s poem Bubbles and Sylvia Plath’s Burning the Letters. I have also started learning some basic folds and bases for origami.  

 

Best Picture films:

 

1927/28 – Wings

1928/29 – The Broadway Melody

1929/30 – All Quiet on the Western Front

1930/31 – Cimarron

1931/32 – Grand Hotel

1932/33 – Cavalcade

1934 – It Happened One Night

1935 – Mutiny on the Bounty

1936 – The Great Ziegfeld

1937 – The Life of Emile Zola

1938 – You Can’t Take it with You

1939 – Gone with the Wind

1940 – Rebecca

1941 – How Green is my Valley

1942 – Mrs Miniver

1943 – Casablanca

1944 – Going My Way

1945 – The Lost Weekend

1946 – The Best Years of Our Lives

1947 – Gentleman’s Agreement

1948 – Hamlet

1949 – All the King’s Men

1950 – All About Eve

1951 – An American in Paris

1952 – The Greatest Show on Earth

1953 – From Here to Eternity

1954 – On the Waterfront

1955 – Marty

1956 – Around the World in 80 Days

1957 – The Bridge on the River Kwai

1958 – Gigi

1959 – Ben Hur

1960 – The Apartment

1961 – West Side Story

1962 – Lawrence of Arabia

1963 – Tom Jones

1964 – My Fair Lady

1965 – The Sound of Music

1966 – A Man for all Seasons

1967 – In the Heat of the Night

1968 – Oliver!

1969 – Midnight Cowboy

1970 – Patton

1971 – The French Connection

1972 – The Godfather

1973 – The Sting

1974 – The Godfather Part 2

1975 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

1976 – Rocky

1977 – Annie Hall

1978 – The Deer Hunter

1979 – Kramer Vs Kramer

1980 – Ordinary People

1981 – Chariots of Fire

1982 – Gandhi

1983 – Terms of Endearment

1984 – Amadeus

1985 – Out of Africa

1986 – Platoon

1987 – The Last Emperor

1988 – Rain Man

1989 – Driving Miss Daisy

1990 – Dances with Wolves

1991 – The Silence of the Lambs

1992 – Unforgiven

1993 – Schindler’s List

1994 – Forrest Gump

1995 – Braveheart

1996 – The English Patient

1997 – Titanic

1998 – Shakespeare in Love

1999 – American Beauty

2000 – Gladiator

2001 – A Beautiful Mind

2002 – Chicago

2003 – Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

2004 – Million Dollar Baby

2005 – Crash

2006 – The Departed

2007 – No Country for Old Men

2008 – Slumdog Millionaire

2009 – The Hurt Locker

2010 – The King’s Speech

2011 – The Artist

2012 – Argo

2013 – 12 Years a Slave

2014 – Birdman

 

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