Because I absolutely love them! I love to watch them, talk about them, analyze them, and – hopefully, one day – write them.
I couldn’t think of a better way to immerse myself in movies than to choose the best movies Hollywood has to offer, from the very first one in 1927 (Wings) to the most recent one in 2008 (Slumdog Millionaire).
I want to know everything I can possibly know about Oscar-winning movies, within the time frame I set out for myself. What kinds of things do I want to know? Things like this:
1. What are the trends (if any) over the years and decades?
2. Which genres (comedy, drama, mystery, thriller, musical) have won the most times?
3. Which studios have won the most Oscars?
4. Which directors have won the most Oscars?
5. Which actors have won the most Oscars?
6. Do the movies hold up? Can they be watched repeatedly?
7. What is the soundtrack like – contemporary songs? Original music? A combination?
8. How is the acting? The direction? The cinematography?
And, because I’m learning the craft of screenwriting..
9. How has screenwriting changed since the first Oscar-winning movie?
10 How have scenes changed?
11. How has dialog changed?
12. How has scene length changed?
13. Which screenwriters have won the most Oscars?
And, because I want to place these movies in historical context…
14. How much of what was going on in society at the time is evident in the movies?
15. What social trends/mores are depicted in the movies?
16. When did movies begin “swearing”?
17. When did movies begin “sexing”? (You know what I’m talkin’ about.)
18. Who were the actors in these movies? What were their lives like?
19. What was Hollywood like at the time of each movie?
And, because my mind works in really, really mysterious ways…
20. What is the average number of words in each title?
21. How many movies are titled with just one word? Two words?
22. Which movie title is the longest?
23. Do any of the movies break the fourth wall? If so, how many?
Because I could tumble down the rabbit hole and get totally lost exploring my questions, I decided to create three simple rules to limit me:
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