day zero: my academy award for best picture list

Task #17 on my Day Zero list requires me to watch all movies that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. This is one of those tasks that I want to be able to say I have done, but I'm not all that excited to actually get down and do it. I think that's mostly because some of the Academy's choices over the years have sometimes been, as we all know, a bit flawed.

All that having been said, I'm determined to jump into this task along with all the others. So here's the list; movies I've already seen have been struck through. Just like with last week's list, I've decided to only count the movies I've seen in the last fifteen years. I have a hazy memory of watching Mutiny on the Bounty with my parents when I was about ten... but there's no way that counts.

  1. 1928 - Wings
  2. 1929 - The Broadway Melody
  3. 1930 - All Quiet on the Western Front
  4. 1931 - Cimarron
  5. 1932 - Grand Hotel
  6. 1933 - Cavalcade
  7. 1934 - It Happened One Night
  8. 1935 - Mutiny on the Bounty
  9. 1936 - The Great Ziegfeld
  10. 1937 - The Life of Emile Zola
  11. 1938 - You Can't Take It With You
  12. 1939 - Gone with the Wind
  13. 1940 - Rebecca
  14. 1941 - How Green Was My Valley
  15. 1942 - Mrs. Miniver
  16. 1943 - Casablanca
  17. 1944 - Going My Way
  18. 1945 - The Lost Weekend
  19. 1946 - The Best Years of Our Lives
  20. 1947 - Gentleman's Agreement
  21. 1948 - Hamlet
  22. 1949 - All the King's Men
  23. 1950 - All About Eve
  24. 1951 - An American in Paris
  25. 1952 - The Greatest Show on Earth
  26. 1953 - From Here to Eternity
  27. 1954 - On the Waterfront
  28. 1955 - Marty
  29. 1956 - Around The World in 80 Days
  30. 1957 - The Bridge on the River Kwai
  31. 1958 - Gigi
  32. 1959 - Ben-Hur
  33. 1960 - The Apartment
  34. 1961 - West Side Story
  35. 1962 - Lawrence of Arabia
  36. 1963 - Tom Jones
  37. 1964 - My Fair Lady
  38. 1965 - The Sound of Music
  39. 1966 - A Man for All Seasons
  40. 1967 - In the Heat of the Night
  41. 1968 - Oliver!
  42. 1969 - Midnight Cowboy
  43. 1970 - Patton
  44. 1971 - The French Connection
  45. 1972 - The Godfather
  46. 1973 - The Sting
  47. 1974 - The Godfather Part II
  48. 1975 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  49. 1976 - Rocky
  50. 1977 - Annie Hall
  51. 1978 - The Deer Hunter
  52. 1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer
  53. 1980 - Ordinary People
  54. 1981 - Chariots of Fire
  55. 1982 - Gandhi
  56. 1983 - Terms of Endearment
  57. 1984 - Amadeus
  58. 1985 - Out of Africa
  59. 1986 - Platoon - watched 11/20/10
  60. 1987 - The Last Emperor
  61. 1988 - Rain Man
  62. 1989 - Driving Miss Daisy
  63. 1990 - Dances With Wolves
  64. 1991 - The Silence of the Lambs
  65. 1992 - Unforgiven
  66. 1993 - Schindler's List
  67. 1994 - Forrest Gump
  68. 1995 - Braveheart
  69. 1996 - The English Patient
  70. 1997 - Titanic
  71. 1998 - Shakespeare in Love
  72. 1999 - American Beauty
  73. 2000 - Gladiator
  74. 2001 - A Beautiful Mind
  75. 2002 - Chicago
  76. 2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  77. 2004 - Million Dollar Baby
  78. 2005 - Crash
  79. 2006 - The Departed
  80. 2007 - No Country for Old Men
  81. 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire
  82. 2009 - The Hurt Locker

As you can see, I've done OK in recent years, but I've got a lot of catching up to do. I've got 42/82 so far. How many have you seen?
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4 Response to "day zero: my academy award for best picture list"

  1. Jess says:
    November 17, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    I'm not much ahead, I've seen 48. I have Silence of the Lambs in my DVR waiting for a bright sunny day to be watched. GO get Out of Africa. It's Streep and Redford at their bests. Gorgeous scenery - I've been to the club where she gets married at the beginning (it looks the same, but with a parking lot). In the Heat of the Night is terrific too, but isn't quite the cultural touchstone it was 30 years ago.

  2. valis says:
    November 18, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    I am at 33 only! Many of the rest are in my Netflix queue, but some of these I don't think I'll ever watch. Chicago is one of the few movies that I thought was so bad that I turned it off after 15 minutes.

  3. Mr. Nayana says:
    November 18, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    I have you all beat, I've managed to avoid 65/82. Of course that means I've only seen 17.

  4. Nayana Anthony says:
    November 18, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Jess... I've got it on my queue!

    Valis... I actually loved Chicago. Got the soundtrack. ;-)

    Mr. N, we'll have to remedy that.

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