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.
Writer/Director Woody Allen (Casino Royale) earned his first Oscar love for 1977’s Annie Hall starring him and Diane Keaton (The Godfather Part III). It also went on to define a “Woody Allen movie” for the next forty or so years. This film is responsible for romantic comedies, New York stories starring curmudgeons like Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm, and a brief fashion trend in the late 1970s which Diane Keaton continues to rock these days.
Holy cow! They really made interesting movies back in 1931! Cimarron, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture that year, is really something to see. Wild, unbelievably racist, hilarious in all the wrong ways, this is one to revisit.
On almost every list of the greatest American films of all time, at the top of the list, is a film from 1941 called Citizen Kane. Orson Welles' American classic continues to dazzle and impress more than 70 years later. Well, back in 1941 they felt differently. How Green Was My Valley ate Kane's lunch and forced Welles to try to be satisfied with an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. What a chump.
You may not realize it upon first listening but both Mike and Danny really enjoy 1971's Academy Award winning Best Picture, The French Connection. The verisimilitude, the gritty look at 1970s New York, and the legendary car chase give this movie real gravitas. But there is just. so. much. going. on. What is up with this movie!??!
The last film to take home "the big five awards" at the Academy Awards - Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay (Adapted), remains as resonant and thrilling today as when it was honored for being the best picture in 1991. The Silence of the Lambs is a chilling, taut, and fully-realized thriller featuring great, award-winning performances from Jodie Foster (Somersby, The Beaver) and Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Mask of Zorro, Transformers: The Last Knight). Jonathan Demme's (Married to the Mob) direction gives the film a dreamy, musical quality and Ted Tally's (The Juror) screenplay masterfully adapts Thomas Harris' novel. This one will stick with you for days and is worth revisiting.
Writer/Director Paul Haggis tells us that we are all terrible, flawed, selfish, racist humans in his 2005 Academy Award winner Crash. Nominated for 6 Oscars, it won 3 including Film Editing and Best Original Screenplay for Haggis.
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?!
Milos Foreman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) won his second Best Director Oscar and guided a second film to win the Best Picture Academy Award with 1984's Amadeus. Starring Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham, the music of Mozart, and an opera horse that poops linked sausage, the film took home 8 Academy Awards.
Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Casino) finally got his Oscar love in 2006 with The Departed. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, this thriller packs more BAH-stan accents than you can shake a stick at.
The Best Picture Choosing Machine has served up the winner from 1999 - American Beauty starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening. This film won Best Picture, Director, Actor, Original Screenplay, and Cinematography. Listen to the podcast and hear the guys vehemently disagree about this picture and its place in the Oscar winners history books.
Director Frank Capra's It Happened One Night became one of the only comedies to win the Best Picture Academy Award back in 1934. Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, who both came home Oscar winners, this comedy set the standard for road trip movies for decades to come. Check out what the guys thought and sound off in the comments.
Marlon Brando took home his first Best Actor Oscar (after four straight nominations) in 1955's Best Picture winner On The Waterfront. The film won 7 additional Academy Awards and was nominate for an additional four. The film holds up very well and Brando radiates with brooding rage. Worth your time.
1987 was a bonkers-good year for movies! Take a listen to the episode and hear a list of SO many good movies released that year. The Last Emperor was also released that year. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and, somehow, won every single one for which it was nominated. Somehow.
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.
Alfred Hitchcock's first American-produced film, Rebecca, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 1940. It won two, for Best Picture and Best Cinematography. Hitchcock himself was nominated for Best Director, an honor which would elude him throughout his career. Sir Laurence Olivier stars as a haunted widower and Joan Fontaine his new wife, both living in the shadow of Rebecca.
1930's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, All Quiet on the Western Front, is a surprisingly effective, haunting, and daring examination of the horrors of war. This film, nearly 90 years old, is a powerful and disturbing indictment of the first World War and all of the conflicts which followed it. Check out the episode to hear more about what the guys thought of it.
Well...this happened in 1998. Shakespeare in Love was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won 7 including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. The fact that it took Best Picture away from Saving Private Ryan continues to rankle Danny while Mike has come to peace with it. Hear the guys' other thoughts on this one and see if it stands up nearly 20 years later.