81 Days With Oscar And Me

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

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Tom Jones

September 24th, 2009 · No Comments · 1963, Adaptation, Color, Comedy, Henry Fielding, Hugh Griffith, Not Released In United States, Tom Jones, United Artists

After the grandeur of Lawrence of Arabia, Tom Jones looks like the work of a film-school student who didn’t graduate. This is sloppy, virtually unwatchable stuff. In fact, this may hold the distinction of being the worst Oscar-winning movie ever made. (To this point, at least.)
The direction and cinematography are amateurish and off-putting. The [...]

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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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Cavalcade

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments · 1932-1933, Adaptation, Black and White, Cavalcade, Drama, Fox Film Corporation, Frank Lloyd, Herbert Mundin, Mordaunt Hall, Not Released In United States, War

I didn’t think I was going to be able to watch this movie today.
Cavalcade is one of only two Oscar-winning movies (the other being the 1927 silent film Wings) that has not been released on DVD in the United States. So don’t look for it in your local Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, FYE, or [...]

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Wings

August 20th, 2009 · 7 Comments · 1927-1928, Black and White, Clara Bow, Gary Cooper, Not Released In United States, Original Screenplay, Paramount Studios, Silent Film, The 1920s, War, Wings

FADE IN:
Popcorn. Movie candy. A darkened room. A wide-screen TV.
I could say “Lights! Camera! Action!” But I won’t.
What I will say (er, write) echos the beginning of Charles Dicken’s classic book, A Christmas Carol:
There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I [...]

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