I'm linking up with Jenn at Quirky Pickings today for Tuesday Topics. The first prompt is ten favorite Oscar-award winning films. Karen recently did a post like this too about her favorite Best Picture winners so I'm following suit. I have to admit, I've only seen 37 out of 89 winners and hardly any from the '30s, '40s, and '50s, but here are my top ten anyway. And don't get mad at me Jenn, but a lot of them are musicals.
10. West Side Story After Grease, The Wizard of Oz, and Mary Poppins, this was the next musical I was introduced to as a kid. I loved the updated Romeo and Juliet story, the sets/locations, the choreography (it was the first time I saw a dance off!), and the gorgeous Natalie Wood.
9. Moonlight I've talked over and over about how amazing I think this movie is. It was heartbreaking, raw, personal, honest, expertly acted, and beautifully shot. It's an important film that didn't feel like it was shoving it's message down my throat.
8. The Sound of Music I had seen this movie many times and new all the songs from it, but didn't actually watch it all the way through until I was in high school. It's long, but Julie Andrews is perfection and it's very visually appealing. I saw the musical on stage for the first time last year, and gotta say, I like the film adaptation better.
7. Slumdog Millionaire I love a good underdog story! The events in the movie are heartbreaking, but it also has humor and love and color and is upbeat at times. The acting (especially from such a young cast), cinematography, and directing are all on point. And you gotta love the ending and the final dance scene.
6. Forrest Gump I was fifteen when I saw this 142-minute film three times in the movie theater. My best friends and I loved it, instantly started quoting it, and listened to the two-disc soundtrack on repeat for months. It's honestly kind of all over the place and very sad, but also cheesy and fun. Tom Hanks is amazing.
5. Schindler's List Confession: I didn't see this 1993 movie until about five years ago. It's not an easy movie to watch and because it's over three hours long, I couldn't do it in one sitting. What an emotional gut punch! I think the cast is top notch and it's probably Steven Spielberg's best movie to date (besides Jurassic Park, of course 😉).
4. Argo I didn't know much about the Iran hostage crisis before seeing this movie. I'd learned about it, but it didn't really sink in. I was riveted, enthralled, captivated and literally on the edge of my seat. My exact quote at the end was, "Holy high blood pressure, Argo!" I was more impressed by Ben Affleck's direction in this movie than anything he's done before or since.
3. Rain Man My best friend's mom showed us this movie when we were in 9th grade and we instantly loved it. It's got a lot of heart and it's very emotional, but you get through it without crying because there are so many funny parts. Dustin Hoffman is perfection and Tom Cruise holds his own along side him.
2. Chicago There isn't anything to complain about for me on this one. It's gorgeous to watch, the performances are wonderful, the choreography is spectacular, and it's a little dark, but also fun and campy. I love it and I want to go watch it again right now.
1. Titanic My grandma was obsessed with all things Titanic, so my family took her to see the movie opening night. She passed away six months later, so I hold it near and dear to my heart. I remember crying like a baby and my 14-year old brother kept laughing at me, totally ruining the moment. I was 18 and in love and it just hit me. Plus, Leo. I made my boyfriend take me the next week and saw it with friends the week after that, bawling each time. When my parents bought it on VHS, my brother would only watch the second tape, when all the action and destruction occurred, and would turn it off before it got to Rose and Jack again. Haha!
Here's a list of all the winners. Check it out and tell me how many you've seen.
Which ones are your favorites?