81 Days With Oscar And Me

Every Academy Award-Winning Movie, Back to Back, Starting With the First

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Rocky

October 7th, 2009 · No Comments · 1976, Burgess Meredith, Color, Drama, Inciting Incident, Mid-Point, Original Screenplay, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Rocky, Screenplay Structure, Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, United Artists

Yo, Adrian! I’m going to make a bold statement, here: I like Rocky.
I realize some folks think Rocky is pure fluff, hardly Best-Picture material.
But I think the people who don’t like Rocky are misanthropes who are afraid to experience humanity’s joys and sorrows. Rocky is a sweet movie about a down-but-not-out boxer named Rocky [...]

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Apartment, The

September 21st, 2009 · No Comments · 1960, Apartment, Billy Wilder, Black and White, Comedy, Inciting Incident, Jack Lemmon, M-G-M Studios, Mid-Point, Original Screenplay, Panavision (Widescreen), Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, Shirley MacLaine, Swearing

Ah, Billy Wilder. After the length, depth, and heaviness of Ben-Hur a good Billy Wilder film is just what the doctor ordered.
As nuts as I am about Gene Kelly, I’m equally as passionate about Billy Wilder, a writer/director I’ve come to respect above all others.
Hallmarks of a Billy Wilder film include incredibly clever writing, [...]

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Marty

September 16th, 2009 · No Comments · 1955, Adaptation, Black and White, Comedy, Ernest Borgnine, Inciting Incident, Jerry Paris, Marty, Mid-Point, Paddy Chayefsky, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, United Artists

What a sweet, kind-hearted movie!
Marty is the story of an overweight, average-looking, 34-year-old man who lives with his Italian mother, a lady who means well but who constantly harps on Marty to meet a girl and get married. Even Marty’s customers (he’s a butcher) tell him he should be married.
Inciting Incident: At around 14 [...]

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From Here To Eternity

September 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment · 1953, Adaptation, Black and White, Columbia Pictures, Composer: George Duning, Drama, From Here to Eternity, Inciting Incident, Mid-Point, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, War

Hollywood returns to form for this, the 17th adaptation out of 26 Best-Picture films. With From Here to Eternity, Hollywood has chosen as Best Picture movies based on novels, short stories, plays (or characters in one of the three) 65% of the time.
A plot summary written by Ed Sutton on the Internet Movie Database [...]

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All About Eve

September 11th, 2009 · No Comments · 1950, Adaptation, All About Eve, Bette Davis, Black and White, Composer: Alfred Newman, Drama, Inciting Incident, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Marilyn Monroe, Mid-Point, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, Smoking, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Before I perused the listing for this film on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), I had no idea that Marilyn Monroe is one of the stars in it. Her part can’t be very big, though. This was 1950. And she wasn’t yet the legendary blonde bombshell that she would quickly become. So it’ll be [...]

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Gentleman’s Agreement

September 8th, 2009 · No Comments · 1947, Adaptation, Anti-Semitism, Black and White, Composer: Alfred Newman, Dean Stockwell, Drama, Elia Kazan, Gentleman's Agreement, Inciting Incident, Marriage and Divorce, Mid-Point, Not Released In United States, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, Smoking, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

And the winner is…another adaptation! What a surprise.
This makes three adaptations (a movie based on a novel, short story, or play) in a row. And a total of 13 adaptations out of 20 Oscar-winning films, which is a whopping 65%.
Gentleman’s Agreement, the movie, is based on the novel of the same name, written by [...]

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