Apparently it’s Oscar week on the bloggity blog…
In no particular order, my top ten favorite winners of the big prize, Best Picture.
- Shakespeare in Love | While I don’t think it deserved to win that year when it was up against both Saving Private Ryan and Life Is Beautiful, but I really did like it; like a lot.
- Titanic | One of the few movies I’ve ever seen multiple times in the theater (if not the only one); and every time I cried, weepy sad tears when the ship sank and you saw all the other people dying or preparing to die. So sad and that it was a true story, even sadder.
- A Beautiful Mind | The amazingly told story based on the life of economics prodigy John Nash; it would have to be good if I used amazing and economics in the same sentence.
- Lord of the Rings: Return of the King | Well-deserved for the astronomical feat of bringing the trilogy to life in such an excellent way. I feel bad for two other deserving nominees from that year – Mystic River and Lost in Translation.
- The Fighter | oh wait, The King’s Speech was last years’ winner, not The Fighter (though it should have been, I feel like at least half of the other nominees should have won over The King’s Speech, for sure.) But I LOVED The Fighter, against my expectations, it was brilliantly acted and so well packaged.
- The Silence of the Lambs | I have seen this movie so many times; back in middle school this was a fall-back movie with my BFF, which is quite surprising because it is not at all the type of movie I would normally like and now, when I’ve seen it, I find it totally creepy.
- Schindler’s List | Just amazing and sad and beautiful and utterly depressing and yet hopeful to find someone so willing to risk everything for others.
- Out of Africa | For the scenery alone, I like this movie (that and the hair-washing scene.)
- Forrest Gump | Jheeeennnnyyy! Run Forrest, run! Life is like a box of chocolates… Bubba Gump Shrimp. How can you not love Forrest Gump, and it has a killer soundtrack.
- Gladiator | The second Russell Crowe movie on my list, must be I like Australians; true but that has nothing to do with it, just another great movie. 😉
And just for fun, I’d like to note that I saw 9 out of ten winners in the 1990s and only 4 out of ten in the 2000s – pre-kids and post-kids, sad and true. And from this year’s ten nominees, I only saw The Help and Midnight in Paris (try as I may, I couldn’t get Simon to see The Descendants at date night this past weekend, instead we saw This Means War, which was hilarious and I highly recommend it for date night). Also, doesn’t ten nominees seem like a bit of overkill?
This post is linked to Oh Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday.