and comment on that discussion there.
Since those conversations are rarely about the Oscar field but just the winners, I thought I'd share a few quick words on 1990 and 1945 right here. I've noticed in my own lists over the years that the further back in time I go the more I agree with Oscar's choices. I'm guessing this is not a case of Oscar once having better taste (i.e. mine - haha) but simple math. I've seen more films from the modern era so the chance of disagreeing grows. For instance, Oscar's best picture field for 1990 was composed of...
- Dances With Wolves
- The Godfather Part III
- Edward Scissorhands *winner*
- The Grifters
- Longtime Companion
- Postcards From the Edge
My decrepit ancient copy of Inside Oscar is filled with color markings -- I once used the book to track my film viewing. Certain years have highlight markings all over the film titles. The 40s are my weakest decade but strangely 1945 is all marked up. I'd rank the Best Picture nominees like so
- Mildred Pierce (Such a goodie. Watch it before the Kate Winslet remake arrives)
- Anchors Aweigh
- The Lost Weekend
- The Bells of St. Marys (the first sequel nominated for Best Picture and the only BP nominee from '45 that I haven't seen. But I didn't really care for Going My Way so I'm in no rush)
Now, read our boozy bender with Kevin Costner over at Nick's Flick Picks.