First, I want to share how I decided to start this blog. I recently finished watching every Academy Award Best Picture winner in chronological order. I like to watch long series of otherwise-unrelated films in chronological order such as the Walt Disney Animated movies and the Studio Ghibli anime films. The next "series" I am attempting is enormous in scope. I want to watch every Best Picture nominee in chronological order. Here, I will document my journey, from 7th Heaven (1927) to whichever the latest batch of Best Picture nominees will be. The goal here is to determine what I think the Best Picture was in a particular year. I will ultimately compare the "losers" with the winner, but I want to look at each nominee on its own merit.
I intend my format to include some background on the Best Picture races, a short plot summary (one-line), and my review. When I have finished watching all nominees for a given year, I will make a summarized post that compares each movie and declare my winner. I will also watch movies that won one of the five major awards (the four others being Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Writing [Adapted, Original, and Story]) if they did not get nominated for Best Picture. I call these Exclusive Winners as they won a major award exclusive from being nominated for Best Picture. I might comment on if these should have been nominated but will not include them in my personalized Best Picture race.
Now for some background on me. I recently graduated from college with a degree in Accounting. I go to the theater a couple of times a month, sometimes more. As noted earlier, I like to watch long series of seemingly unconnected films and I go see the Number 1 box office film from each weekend in theaters. I've done this since January of 2010 and have seen a lot of great and not so great movies in this process. The most important things for me in movies include pace and editing, acting, how the score compliments the acting, and writing (including dialogue). I am open to almost any plot and don't mind if the writing overshadows the plot, such as Clerks. (1994) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). To give you an idea of the movies I enjoy the most, I hastily ranked my Top 20 Favorite Movies of All Time. Note, I make the distinction that these are my favorite and not the 20 I think are best. In some cases these are completely subjective. For example, my favorite Star Wars movie is Episode VI, but I think Episode V is the 'best' of the series. Although film is inherently subjective, I will be much more objective when I do the Best Picture nominee trek.
My Top 20, ranked 12/24/2013:
1. Christmas Vacation
2. It's a Wonderful Life
3. Back to the Future
5. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
7. Pulp Fiction
8. Toy Story
10. The Deer Hunter
11. Beauty and the Beast
12. The Prestige
13. The Shawshank Redemption
14. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
15. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
18. Mary Poppins
19. Castle in the Sky
20. Gone With the Wind
Hopefully, this doesn't scare you away. I hope to get the ball rolling shortly. Happy watching!