Oscar Nominees (2015)

PopGap #02: Oscar Nominees

By dorrk, February 1st 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.



The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher