My Overall Thoughts:
(As of now, I have seen each and every Oscar nominated film from 1946 thru the present. Starting with 1945’s nominees, there are movies that I have yet to see, so I will only rank the films that I’ve seen so far and will update as I see the missing films.)
- 12. – Alice Adams
- 11. – David Copperfield
- 10.- The Lives of Bengal Lancer
- 9.- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- 8.- Naughty Marietta
- 7. – Broadway Melody 1936 – Film that fits in well with the screwball comedies of the time that mixed romance and music, but the story itself isn’t so great. I’m a bit surprised that this film got nominated for Best Picture. Nice to see Ebsen and Benny in this.
- 6. – Mutiny on the Bounty – Later productions were much better and I found this depiction a bit boring even with Laughton and Gable on board.
- 5. – Top Hat – Fun screwball comedy of the 30’s that includes some great song and dance scenes. The connection with The Green Mile (1999) has always made me think of the main song here from an emotional perspective instead of the fun loving one it elicits here. Fred and Ginger are great together and I actually can’t believe that this was the first time I actually saw one of their movies as opposed to just seeing a short clip or hearing about their partnership. Amazing choreography and the song and dance numbers are very fun to watch. The story here is pretty standard when dealing with a mistaken identity, but it isn’t at all meant to be a powerful one which makes me question how and why it got a nomination for Best Picture at the Oscars that year.
- 4. – Captain Blood – Flynn does a wonderful job as the famed pirate. The action is handled beautifully here and is amazing based on the fact that this was made in the 30’s. Great supporting cast helps make this film quite entertaining to watch.
- 3. – Ruggles of Red Gap – Excellent concept that works so well on numerous levels. Loved the way it looks at class structure and while seeming go make a mockery of it all, it has some very clever points about it. Laughton is great in the title role and is both funny and witty the whole way through.
- 2. – The Informer – Great look into the motives of people when they must do things when feel they have no other choice. The pacing is great and Ford does a great job getting the emotional impact of the story from numerous perspectives.
- 1. – Les Miserables – Excellent adaptation of this classic story that works so well as a drama without the need of the music. Amazing cast with two former Oscar winners at the helm. Such a powerful story with such a great message which is brought to life so easily here clearly making this film a must watch for fans of the story or for those who shy away from musicals but still enjoy the drama here.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? –
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!