TL;DR – And we’re not talking about La La Land or Moonlight.
The dust has settled for this year’s Academy Awards. With every award, we can’t please everyone – are you Team La La Land or Team Moonlight? Anyway, while the Oscar might appear to be THE award for movies, I guess there is no better judge than yourself. And in the case of article, me.
Here’s my list of some of the best Academy Award–winning films ever made. Enjoy!
1. West Side Story (1961)
West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Did you also know that it was inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet?
2. Argo (2012)
Argo is a 2012 American historical drama film directed by Ben Affleck. (Yeah, before he was Batman.) The screenplay by Chris Terrio is adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez’s book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah Bearman’s 2007 Wired article “The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.”
I’m a big fan of historical dramas and this is one of my favourites. It actually got me Googling to find out more about the actual event.
3. The Hurt Locker (2009)
The Hurt Locker is a 2009 American war thriller film about an Iraq War Explosive Ordnance Disposal team who are being targeted by insurgents with booby traps, remote control detonations and ambushes. It is also the first Best Picture winner directed by a woman.
4. Rocky (1976)
Rocky needs no introduction. It’s THE show that started Sylvester Stallone’s career. If you ask me, it does feel pretty strange to realise that this show is over 40 years old and yet we still see Stallone in another boxing firm just two years ago with Creed where he reprised the role of Rocky Balboa.
5. It Happened One Night (1934)
The black and white film quality might not be the coolest thing in today’s era of HDTvs but you can’t say you are a fan of romantic comedies until you have watched this father of all rom coms.
6. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
I’m walking here! I’m walking here! I’m walking here! I’m walking here! I’m walking here!
If you have heard or watched American TV that often spoofs this scene, this is where it’s actually from. in fact, it’s so epic that it’s still one of the most memorable improvisation scenes ever. Yup, the scene was totally not planned and the taxi driver was a real taxi driver.
7. The Godfather I and II (1972)
The show with some of the best lines ever.
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”
“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
“I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense”
“Keep your friends close, but enemies closer“
8. Forrest Gump (1994)
This is the show that you will find out who Elvis learned his dance moves from, who actually owns Apple, who’s the creator of the smiley, and many more amazing encounters of a very normal man who leads a very amazing life.
9. Rain Man (1988)
This film tells the story of an abrasive and selfish young wheeler-dealer, Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise), who discovers that his estranged father has died and bequeathed all of his multimillion-dollar estate to his other son, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), an autistic savant, of whose existence Charlie was unaware.
With the increased understanding of autism these days, watching this 1988 movie again did gave me some new perspective.
10. Fight Club (1999)
Nobody talks about…