Peter O’Toole (King Ralph) headlines David Lean’s epic tale Lawrence of Arabia which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1962. Starring Sir Alec Guinness (Murder by Death), Omar Sharif (The 13th Warrior), and Anthony Quinn (Last Action Hero), this film won 7 Oscars. Nearly every scene will take your breath away.
Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, and Joan Crawford headline the movie you’ve all been waiting to hear us discuss! 1932’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Grand Hotel, was nominated for only one award back in 1932 but it was the BIG one!
Albert FInney (Scrooge) stars as Tom Jones in the film adaptation of the novel. This movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards and took home four including Best Picture in 1963. This may be one of the worst films to ever take home the Best Picture honor. Seriously, we take back what we said about Crash.
Director Danny Boyle (127 Hours) took home the Academy Award for Best Director when helming the Best Picture from 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire. The film won 8 Oscars and is the highest domestic box office grossing Best Picture winner since 2003's Lord of The Rings: Return of the King. The film was praised by nearly every film critic alive in 2008 but is probably best known for being the film which won Best Picture instead of The Dark Knight. Check it out.
Director/star Clint Eastwood's early career was defined by Westerns. With 1992's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Unforgiven, Eastwood created the definitive Western. Packed with rich characters played by world-class actors like Gene Hackman (The French Connection) - who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption, most films you've seen) - who should have, Richard Harris (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), and the incomparable Saul Rubinek (Nixon, The Contender). Gorgeously shot, beautifully scored, and tragically sad, Unforgiven is a modern masterpiece. This week's episode features our good friend Danny P.
Well, the poster for West Side Story, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture from 1961, says it "achieves one of the great entertainments in the history of motion pictures." So, you can see what they were going for. This film took home ten Oscars after receiving eleven nominations. Also, what's up with saying anything like that on a movie poster?!
Sir Richard Attenborough's Academy Award winning film Gandhi features a bravura performance by Sir Ben Kingsley. It won 8 Academy Awards back in 1982 and was nominated for an additional three. At three hours and 11 minutes it is a long movie, but not overlong. It is a truly epic story filmed with care by dedicated filmmakers.
Forrest Gump, the inoffensive, scoop of vanilla Best Picture winner from 1994 took that honor from Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and Quiz Show. Think about that while listening to this episode or to Tom Hanks' now-cliche Southern drawl and slow-witted delivery.