After reading DC’s entire continuity (or just about) and watching every theatrically released Disney animated film, I was in need of a new project. A friend and I were talking one day and both mentioned how many “classic” films neither of us had ever seen. Given the fact that I’ve seen nearly every Mary Crawford movie ever made (hilariously bad movies are my Saturday night jam) I figured this needed to be remedied immediately. After a brief talk over a few
bottles glasses of wine, we decided to start watching all of these well-known classics, but found we didn’t know where to start. I’m sure you’ve been there. Overwhelmed with choices and possibilities, how do you narrow down a movie selection to just one?
To prevent this from happening, we added a little structure to our goal. Why not watch every single Oscar “Best Picture” winner from the beginning? It’s a great way to get a crash course in all of the classics, plus the list we found notes all of the nominees as well, allowing us to branch out if we want and watch other well-known films whose names might pop up.
We were excited and ready to start. Then we looked more closely at the list…the Oscars started in 1929.
That’s 87 years worth of “Best Picture” winners to get through.
Obviously we couldn’t back down now, not when we had come so far already (and by “come so far”, I mean “made a decision that we clearly can’t back down from now…for some reason”). We decided to move ahead with our plan. It’s a slow process, only watching maybe one long-ass movie each week (seriously, the earliest winners are all well over 2 hours each), but it’s also fun and interesting to see examples of great films from earlier generations.
Below are links to each post corresponding to the film we’ve watched.
*Note: Dates shown refer to the year of the film’s release, not the year it won the award.
- Wings (1927)
- The Broadway Melody (1929)
- All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
- Cimarron (1931)
- Grand Hotel (1932)
- Cavalcade (1933)
- It Happened One Night (1934)
- Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)