I've gone Oscar crazy this week. First I had to update my predictions (ongoing discussion) then, well --next week, less 2008 Oscar chatter. I promise. It's not truly time yet.
BUT... as you may remember I'm launching a new Best Picture History series this coming Wednesday the 18th. The motivation behind the launch is a selfish one: to fill in gaps in my movie history knowledge and refresh memories of things I haven't seen since I watched them on TV as a kid. The new series was created in tandem with Goatdog's Movies and Nick's Flick Picks. We joked about calling it Like a Dagger Pointed at the Heart of Oliver! as we're aiming straight for that hungry orphan. You see, we'll be looking at every Best Picture winner but we're not counting backwards or forwards, we're counting toward the middle. We start on Wednesday night with the first and the latest: Wings (1927/28) and No Country For Old Men (2007). Some fun and truly odd showdowns are in store.
To get myself psyched for the series, I started working on a decade by decade feature for my site, starting with 2000-2007. But this is not part of the new series. I live to confuse you! Click on that link for a brief rundown of the Best Picture races from 2000 through 2007, all ranked and graded. There's also polls for you to vote in.
Enjoy and comment to your gold grubbing content.