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PopGap #02: Oscar Nominees

PopGap #02: Oscar Nominees

Written by dorrk
01 February 2015

For our second PopGap project, this month I'm going to look at another Flickchart-generated list. Using their filter of "Academy Award Nominated" movies, I'm going to look at (up to) the Top 20 user-ranked movies from that list that either I haven't seen, or have only seen once too long ago to recall with clarity (in most cases, those viewings took place over 20 years ago).

This filter seems to be collecting movies that have been nominated for at least one of the following: Best Picture, Best Director or Best Foreign Language Film. To get a full 20 using that source, we actually had to expand Flickchart's list to the Top 130.

When I say "(up to) the Top 20," I'm being wishy-washy on purpose. I am having an unexpected 10-day vacation in mid-February, so that could throw off my viewing schedule. There are also a couple of 3 hour-plus running times in there. However, most of the older movies on this list are family-friendly, so I may be able to rope my kids into watching some of these with me during weekend days, opening up more potential viewing windows.

Here's what we'll be watching. We've denoted the movies that we have seen before (but have forgotten) with a (*):

  1. Double Indemnity (1944)(*)
  2. The Third Man (1949)(*)
  3. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  4. Sunset Blvd. (1950)(*)
  5. The Maltese Falcon (1941)(*)
  6. The Philadelphia Story (1940)(*)
  7. Ace in the Hole (1951)
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)(*)
  9. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)(*)
  10. Fanny and Alexander (1982)
  11. Laura (1944)
  12. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  13. Stagecoach (1939)
  14. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)(*)
  15. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
  16. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)(*)
  17. The Green Mile (1999)
  18. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)(*)
  19. The Virgin Spring (1960)(*)
  20. Amélie (2001)

Very excited to finally have motivation to watch Fanny and Alexander. Not so excited about The Green Mile and Amélie, which I've been avoiding on purpose with full-schamltz alert. Check back here or on Twitter @PopGap for updates.

PopGap #02: Oscar Nominees