Oscar night is one of my favorite nights of the year. Sadly, I’m not super jazzed about this Sunday’s ceremony when I look at the year’s nominees for Best Picture. I will say that The Artist is one of the best films I’ve seen in recent history and I’m pulling for it to take home the big prize on Oscar night. But my lack of enthusiasm about the other nominees (and my rage over certain omissions) definitely makes me reminisce about the years when I’ve been really passionate about certain films and thus elated when those films were named Best Picture. So this year instead of wasting time making Oscar picks I really don’t care about, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and list my favorite Best Picture winners of all time. In addition, I’ll throw in five films that I believe SHOULD have been named Best Picture. Here we go!
Z’s 15 Favorite Best Picture Winners
An American in Paris (1951)
The Apartment (1960)
The Godfather (1972)
The Sting (1973)
The Godfather, Part II (1974)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Annie Hall (1977)
American Beauty (1999)
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The Departed (2006)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
Z’s Top 5 Best Picture Nominees that SHOULD Have Been Winners
Citizen Kane (1941) Actual winner - How Green Was My Valley
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Actual winner - Ben-Hur
Goodfellas (1990) Actual winner - Dances with Wolves
Fargo (1996) Actual winner - The English Patient
The Social Network (2010) Actual winner - The King’s Speech
Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro on set of the eight films the two have made together.
Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino, Mean Streets, Raging Bull, New York New York, and The King of Comedy
Clint Eastwood to act again in Trouble With The Curve
We weren’t expecting to tell you about new projects starring Clint Eastwood anytime soon, given that the all-rounder announced his retirement from acting following Gran Torino.
Eastwood decided to focus his talents on directing instead, so it’s great to be able to report that he will return in front of the camera in Trouble With The Curve.
It sounds like a plum role for Eastwood too, with a premise that reads like a warning to bring a hankie or two with you to the cinema.
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David Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo gets a full trailer
A full-length trailer for David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has arrived online.
After the spiky, strobing teaser, this longer promo gives the uninitiated a much better idea of what to expect in terms of plot.
Considering its more measured pace, the trailer does a fine job of cranking up the tension while establishing the main characters: Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara).
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