When I was young and stupid, I respected the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the final authority on a movie’s greatness. If the academy bestowed an Oscar on a movie or a performance, surely it must be the best and the brightest.
With that in mind, I decided to watch every Oscar-winning acting performance as well as every best picture. I didn’t understand the purpose of directors – did I mention I was young and stupid? — and added best director winners to my must-see list later. So, I pulled out the encyclopedia and scribbled the titles and names onto notebook paper and underlined the ones I had seen. I still have the original lists, which I amend after every Oscar telecast. Continue reading