Director Cecil B. DeMille (The Ten Commandments) delivers a divisive Best Picture Winner with The Greatest Show on Earth. Starring Charlton Heston (True Lies) and Jimmy Stewart (Airpot ‘77), the film tracks a traveling circus on their season around the country delighting and bewildering suit-wearing audiences who haven’t learned how to eat ice cream without getting it all over themselves.
1933’s Cavalcade packs in decades of drama, melodrama, intrigue, war, love, drama, more melodrama, overacting, Stiff Upper Lips, and a pinch of drama. It’s a lot.
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/Academy Awards Magnet Frank Capra (It Happened One Night) picked up his second Best Picture and third (!) Best Director Oscar at the 11th Academy Awards back in 1939 for 1938’s You Can’t Take It With You. Starring a young Jimmy Stewart (Vertigo) and an impressive cast of misfits and anarchists this screwball comedy is full of energy for about two thirds of its running time. Check out the episode and hear what the guys thought of this classic film.
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.
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.