Last night, C-Money sent an email to a group of us with a link to this years Oscar® nominees:
Good Night, and Good Luck
I have only seen one of these, Good Night, and Good Luck. It's especially surprising given the relatively high quality of the group.
Dr. J said I needed to get busy.
The Animal wrote, "Wow, when's the last time you've only seen one of the nominees?"
I wondered the same thing. I decided to check. Here is my track record for Best Picture for the past five years (* indicates the winner):
|2004||Finding Neverland||Yes||Have no idea why it was nominated.|
|The Aviator||Yes, but after the awards show||It was ok, but far from great.|
|*Million Dollar Baby||Yes||It was pretty good. Not Best Picture good.|
|Ray||No||I don't care to see it, but if someone rented it, I would watch.|
|Sideways||Yes||Dragged my then bf to see it against his will. He loved it, I hated it. Probably the most worthy film in this group. At least it had integrity. Since I despised the main characters, I can't be enthusiastic about it.|
|2003||*The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Yes||It was very loud. A little confusing.|
|Lost in Translation||Yes||This is a good, depressing movie. I'm surprised it was recognized at all. Maybe that's the power of a famous name. Or the universal love for Bill Murray.|
|Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World||No||You've got to be kidding. This was nominated?|
|Mystic River||Yes||I liked it. I thought Kevin Bacon was very good and should have gotten more recognition for his work in this.|
|Seabiscuit||No||Eh. I could be persuaded to see it, but have no plans to.|
|2002||*Chicago||Yes||You know, I like a good musical, probably more than the average person. But Best Picture? C'mon people! This is just sad.|
|Gangs of New York||No||Supposed to be a brilliant failure. Anything by Scorsese is probably at least interesting. Have no burning desire to see it.|
|The Hours||No||I read the book and didn't like it. Soured me on the idea of seeing the movie.|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Yes||Very loud. And pretty confusing. And bizarre imagery.|
|The Pianist||Yes, but after the awards show||I like Polanski and it was a pretty good picture. Probably the best of this group.|
|2001||*A Beautiful Mind||No||No desire to see it. Like we need one more movie about a crazy math guy.|
|Gosford Park||Yes||This is the kind of thing I like, but I didn't love-love it. I'm surprised it's in here, though.|
|In the Bedroom||Yes, but years later||Disturbing, but very good. Anything with Sissy Spacek and Marisa Tomei gets my vote. Probably the best of this group.|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring||Yes||Very loud. Very, very confusing. All the weird perspective stuff gave me a headache.|
|Moulin Rouge||Yes||I like me some musicals. This was fun. Pretty costumes.|
|2000||Chocolat||No||From everything I heard, this was drek. What, not enough American movies this year? Have zero interest in ever seeing it.|
|Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Yes||Loved it. Was it best foreign film year or what?|
|Erin Brockovich||Yes||Great fun, good performances, particularly by Albert Finney. Julia Roberts isn't bad either and has fun parading around in her trampy outfits. My pick.|
|*Gladiator||Yes||Does The Academy love some Russell Crowe or what? I like this one quite a bit, but it was essentially silly.|
|Traffic||Yes||Good, not as deep as it should have been.|
So, when was the last time I'd only seen one of the Best Picture nominees--ever? I checked the records all the way back to 1927, the first year Academy Awards® were given. From 1929/1930 to the present, I've seen at least one of each group of nominated pictures. From 1944 on only five pictures a year were nominated. Of those, I have never seen fewer than three of the five nominated films.
Of course, this is a little silly, because I've seen more than two-thirds of these pictures years after their original release dates--including the ones released after I was born. But the answer to, "when was the last time you've only seen one of the nominees?" is, "never." There are twenty-three years where I've seen all five nominees. Of all 77 years, I've seen 73% of the nominees. Wow. I knew I was a movie buff, but if there is such a thing as proof, I think this may be it.
I was going to show you the data, but it's a bit too tedious. My source was the official Academy database. It's impressive, but, unfortunately, doesn't output the data in a very useful format. Fun stuff, though.
Those of you who didn't think I liked numbers may have to revise that opinion now.
Grateful for: the motion picture.
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