Hooray for Hollywood

2 Mar
So…The Oscars are this Sunday and guess who not going to be at work that day? This moi! I have always enjoyed watching the awards but this time it’s different, this time it’s 4 hours of Alec Baldwin (and Steve Martin)!!! I know, I know, Steve’s done it before but come on, look at the ad, who’s going to give you a better time? Not Steve.
Most people watch the awards now to see who’s wearing what. Fashions have certainly changed in the 82 years. Here’s a little tasty taste of how things have gone down hill and crashed into a manure truck. (Yes I just made a Biff reference in my Oscar blog!)
Mary Pickford with her fur draped in the background.
Loretta Young and her HUGE dress
I see crazy people. At least Bette Davis wore a neat little bejeweled cap to cover her bald head (shaved for a role) and look how classy Grace Kelly looks with her gloves(too bad she was a skank. It’s true Mom.) and how unfat Marlon Brando was. Ahhh, those were the days!
Audry Hepburn and Julia Andrews playing it safe
And here we go, overly tanned, sweaty but HUGE diamonds make up for everything.
Let’s take a closer look

OK, that makes up for how crappy the 70’s were. Thank you Liz Taylor.
Could you imagine having to sit behind that head dress? You might as well have stayed home because the view would be better on TV.
Uh oh, someone was drunk when they got dressed. Well, at least you know she’s havin’ a goooood time!

Some people actually watch the show to see if their favorite movie will win any awards. This year they have 10 movies nominated in the Best Film category instead of 5. They made more nominees because there are just TOO many good movies out now a days. Really? There are more good movies made now than in 1939? Here are some theatrical masterpieces from 2009: Paul Blart Mall Cop, Ace Ventura 3, Fired Up, Lesbian Vampire Killers,GI Joe, All About Steve, and Jennifer’s Body. All modern day classics I’m sure.

The only movies nominated for the big one that I’ve seen are Up and Inglorious Bastards. Now, you really can’t go wrong with killin’ Nazis but Up was really, really good. I don’t think it will win Best Picture but will for sure win Best Animated Film.

Below is a list of all the Best Picture Winners, if I’ve seen them and if I thought they were any good. (And that’s right, I didn’t like Casablanca!) That’s one thing I like about the movies, people get very heated about their favorite films and why they love them and why your favorites suck.

Anyway, see how many you’ve seen.

YEAR/ MOVIE TITLE                                           SEEN                                  Any Good?

1928 (1st) Wings, Sunrise

1929 (2nd) The Broadway Melody
1930 (3rd) All Quiet on the Western Front

1931 (4th) Grand Hotel, Cimarron

1932 (5th) Grand Hotel

1933 (6th) Cavalcade

1934 (7th) It Happened One Night                         X                                             X

1935 (8th) Mutiny on the Bounty

1936 (9th) The Great Ziegfeld
1937 (10th) The Life of Émile Zola

1938 (11th) You Can’t Take It With You

1939 (12th) Gone with the Wind                            X                                               MY FAVORITE

1940 (13th) Rebecca

1941 (14th) How Green Was My Valley

1942 (15th) Mrs. Miniver                                        X                                               OK

1943 (16th) Casablanca                                          X
1944 (17th) Going My Way

1945 (18th) The Lost Weekend

1946 (19th) The Best Years of Our Lives               X                                                OK

1947 (20th) Gentleman’s Agreement

1948 (21st) Hamlet

1949 (22nd) All the King’s Men

1950 (23rd) All about Eve                                    X                                                     X

1951 (24th) An American in Paris                         X                                                     OK

1952 (25th) The Greatest Show on Earth

1953 (26th) From Here to Eternity                         X

1954 (27th) On the Waterfront

1955 (28th) Marty

1956 (29th) Around the World in 80 Days

1957 (30th) The Bridge on the River Kwai               X                                                        OK

1958 (31st) Gigi                                                       X                                                          X

1959 (32nd) Ben-Hur

1960 (33rd) The Apartment

1961 (34th) West Side Story                                   X

1962 (35th) Lawrence of Arabia                              X

1963 (36th) Tom Jones

1964 (37th) My Fair Lady                                        X                                                            X

1965 (38th) The Sound of Music                               X                                                            X

1966 (39th) A Man for All Seasons

1967 (40th) In the Heat of the Night

1968 (41st) Oliver!

1969 (42nd) Midnight Cowboy

1970 (43rd) Patton

1971 (44th) The French Connection

1972 (45th) The Godfather                                        X                                                          X

1973 (46th) The Sting

1974 (47th) The Godfather Part II                            X                                                            X

1975 (48th) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest         X

1976 (49th) Rocky                                                     X

1977 (50th) Annie Hall

1978 (51st) The Deer Hunter

1979 (52nd) Kramer vs. Kramer                                  X                                                            X

1980 (53rd) Ordinary People

1981 (54th) Chariots of Fire

1982 (55th) Gandhi

1983 (56th) Terms of Endearment

1984 (57th) Amadeus

1985 (58th) Out of Africa                                         X                                                                 X

1986 (59th) Platoon

1987 (60th) The Last Emperor

1988 (61st) Rain Man                                                X                                             DEFINATELY 21

1989 (62nd) Driving Miss Daisy                                 X                                                               X

1990 (63rd) Dances With Wolves

1991 (64th) The Silence of the Lambs

1992 (65th)  Unforgiven                                               X                                                               X

1993 (66th) Schindler’s List

1994 (67th) Forrest Gump                                            X                                                                X

1995 (68th) Braveheart                                                X                                                                 X

1996 (69th) The English Patient

1997 (70th) Titanic                                                      X                                                                  X

1998 (71st) Shakespeare in Love                               X                                                                    X

1999 (72nd) American Beauty                                    X                                                                    X

2000 (73rd) Gladiator                                                X                                                                      X

2001 (74th) A Beautiful Mind

2002 (75th) Chicago                                                   X

2003 (76th) The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King        X

2004 (77th) Million Dollar Baby

2005 (78th) Crash

2006 (79th) The Departed                                                  X                                                            X

2007 (80th) No Country for Old Men

2008 (81th) Slumdog Millionaire

To futher get you in the mood here is some music from the Golden Age of Hollywood (when they actually made good films) on an organ, similar to one that would have played in an old movie house.

That old timer playing the organ is pretty bad ass….I think I’m the only person that thinks organ playing is bad ass.


5 Responses to “Hooray for Hollywood”

  1. MAYBELLINE March 2, 2010 at 3:55 PM #

    >Now I feel like going roller skating or to a baseball game.Try You Can't Take It With You.

  2. MAYBELLINE March 4, 2010 at 4:41 AM #

    >I may have had a swim cap like Bette's in 1970. The only difference was mine had a chin strap and was water proof.

  3. Michael March 5, 2010 at 6:18 AM #

    >"Mutiny on the Bounty" is a must see.Captain Bligh, an awesome keelhauling, several floggings, AND Clark Gable without his mustache.

  4. MAYBELLINE March 9, 2010 at 4:18 AM #

    >The show stunk.

  5. L March 9, 2010 at 10:07 AM #

    >Gable is nothing without his 'stache.

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