Saturday, April 01, 2006



First, a salute to the best picture winners that managed to get through the entire contest without a single vote cast against them. The fortunate seven, in chronological order are:

1927/28: Wings

1929/30: All Quiet on the Western Front

1934: It Happened One Night

1935: Mutiny on the Bounty

1943: Casablanca

1946: The Best Years of Our Lives

1962: Lawrence of Arabia

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"Mutiny on the Bounty" just missed my cut...
Do you think WINGS missed showing up on anybody's ballot because nobody's seen it?
I've seen it, and it's definitely the weakest of these seven in my opinion. But I didn't think for a second about voting for it in this poll, not with dozens of worse pictures to choose from.
I would expect Wings, Cimarron, and Cavalcade to be the least-seen of all Best Picture winners, and the latter two have the reputation for being dogs.

I'm glad to see a sort of consensus for the Best Best Picture Winners; I'm just surprised that neither Godfather movie made the cut.
I haven't seen Wings, but the rest do range from solid-to-great.

Except I have this thing with Casablanca about it being so painfully overrated that I almost wish it got a few points in this case - even though it's technically much closer (but still nowhere near) to the 10 best BP winners than the 10 worst.

I'm only saying this in the spirit of venting at the Academy. I realise it won't make me popular with anyone.
Wings is too middling to make a top ten/bottom ten list. Five of the other six are in my personal top 100, so I'm glad to see that nobody voted against them.
If some had voted for Lawrence Of Arabia, I woulda.....well... I would did something!
I saw Wings theatrically about twenty years ago. Good but not great. Lawrence of Arabia gets kind of dull but it's marginally better than the films I listed.
It's only fair that the 1935 version of "Mutiny on the Bounty" is untouched: just compare the sooo flat shooting of the scene ship leaving Porstmouth on the 1960 version with the electrifying scene of the 1935 movie: maybe Lewis Milestone thought that Technicolor and Panavision made editing superfluous?

Also, It had Charles Laughton and NOT Mel Gibson.
" If some had voted for Lawrence Of Arabia, I woulda.....well... I would did something! "

Count me in your kill.
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