Winter Movie Project

Currently, there are a lot of movies I want to catch up with. I have spent hours the last couple of weeks just flipping around on the old Netflix queue just trying to make a decision. So I have been thinking about a project that would narrow my focus and force me to watch some movies that I have missed.

Then while I was watching the Golden Globes on Sunday and discussing  awards season, an interesting idea occurred to me. Every year at this time, I try to scramble to see all the important movies that I can. I’m sure I will do that again this year, but I thought it might be fun to try and catch up with best picture winners from the past that I may have missed. So I picked four Best Picture winners from the past 35 years that I have never seen, and before Oscar night I am going to try to watch them all.

Here is the tentative list:

Ordinary People 1980

I am interested in this one because I feel it is always being held up as an example of an ill awarded Oscar. Is it better than Raging Bull? I don’t know, but unless I see it I can’t really say.

Platoon 1986

The one surprise on the list. I knew it was a big hole in my viewing history, but didn’t know it was an Oscar winner.

The English Patient 1996

The length of this one always kept me away, but this will force me to decide if I am with team Bennis or team Petermann.

The Artist 2012

This one has been on my Netflix queue forever, and before that it was a forgotten red envelope on my dvd player. The weird thing is that I have watched silent movies in that time span, but never sat down and watched this award winner.

Here is a list of the other Oscar winners I haven’t seen.

Chariots of Fire

Out of Africa

Last Emperor



So I have seen 75% of best pictures in my lifetime. I wonder how normal that is with other people. I really have no idea. Kind of interesting though. Might go back and check the all time list.

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