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Oscars: How Important is Best Picture?

How meaningful is a Best Picture Oscar in the grand scheme of things? Well, obviously that’s going to depend on the point of view of each individual person considering the question. For the purposes of this article we’re going to assume that it’s a pretty big deal within the context of the awards themselves, but we’re going to have a look at the history of voting patterns in relation to other Oscars given out each year, its importance within the film business, and how these relate to long term relevance.

Let’s see how much I can find to say on this subject, shall we?
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Rank the Oscar Winning Movies: The Last 5 Years

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Time waits for no man. It also won’t speed up or round itself off just for your own convenience. We’ve spent the last 2 1/2 weeks here at LeBlog reviewing the Oscar winners for Best Picture from each decade starting with the 1930s. Participation has been excellent and we’ve had some very well considered and interesting conversations in the comments sections of these articles. Once we’ve gathered up the rankings for each decade, we’ll be throwing the top twenty vote-getters into one final showdown so that a fully articulated ranking of LeBlog’s top 20 Best Picture winners can be posted here before the Ceremony next Sunday.

Today’s installment and vote will be a little different (and will have to be weighted differently when it comes time to figure out where these movies are ranked) because the current decade is only halfway through. We’ll have to see where we are once the decade is over, but I’d say we’ve seen a mild upswing in the overall quality of the last several Best Picture winners despite my ambivalence towards one of them.
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Top 10 Cinematic Depictions Of The 70s.

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The 70’s. Considered by many to be the best decade in cinematic history and its hard to argue with that point of view. It was the decade in which Hollywood became dominated by young mavericks who would change American cinema and the way many people thought about it as well as many foreign ones as well.

Trying to think of what to write for 70’s month, I thought about doing a top ten movies of the 70’s. But that’s cliched, not to mention narrowing it down to 10 is damn near impossible. Then I got to thinking about one of my all-time favorite films, one that was made in the mid-late 90’s but it’s set between 1977 and 1984.  Then an idea came to me: Top Ten Movies Set in the 70’s.

I can’t vouch for how accurate these depictions of the decade are, speaking as one who was born in 1978. But these are the best ones, the ones that stand out.

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Road to Oscar, finally we’re in

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This Sunday my country, Italy, will get to vote. A comic actor might be our next prime minister and no, this is not a Hollywood movie, that’s the sad reality!  No, this is not ant italian comedy. This is not a grotesque Fellini movie, Italy might have a comic actor as his prime minister. Well, the sad choice is between a comic actor, or the same old right-wing and left-wing mummies that led Italy to near bankrupt and to total devastation of italian economy. A sad and hard choice.

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Road to Oscar 4/ BAFTA Awards: Argo keeps momentum, Riva upsets Lawrence/Chastain

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Two weeks to go to Oscar. The last big Oscar precursor, the BAFTA awards, have released its verdicts, with some surprises. Here the list of the winners in top categories.

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The road to Oscar 3/Affleck wins DGA, and now “Lincoln” is the official underdog

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I know that I’m young (24 yo) but I just can’t remember a weirder Oscar campaign. When nominations were disclosed kindest bookies  rated “Argo” chances to win the “Best Picture” at +10 , but now Affleck’s thriller is running ahead over “Lincoln”.

In 65 edition the Directors Guild of America has awarded the winner of the Academy Award 56 times thus being the most reliable predictor for the “Best Director” Oscar. However we’re sure that this year the DGA will not guess, because this year the DGA has awarded Ben Affleck who, as we know, is not even nominated at this year’s Oscar.

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Road to Oscar 2/ “Driving Miss Daisy” 23 years later? PGA and SAG results

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Last week in comments an interesting observation came about chances for “Argo” to upset “Lincoln” in what look as an uphill battle. The last movie to win “Best Picture” without having a nomination for “Best Director” has been “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990. However it looks more and more likely that “Argo” can pull the upset.

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The Road to Oscar: Nomination, Bookies and What Other Awards Told Us

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Editor’s Note: Le Blog is happy to welcome a new contributor, Johnny 88 who has offered to cover the Awards Season for our site.

First presentation: I’m an italian guy who enjoys this wonderful blog since last year. I love movies and I love the award seasons 😉 the reason for my interest on the award season is because the vast majority of movie protagonists of the award season are released in my country lately than in the US. So I use the suggestions  that comes from the most prestigious awards (Oscar; Golden Globe; BAFTA; Critics Choice etc.) to choose what movies deserve my money. Though sometimes I have to disagree with Academy; HFPA etc. I usually find their suggestions good. Since I’m italian i’m hoping you will forgive me in case of grammar mistakes 😀

So the award season is started and 30 days from now we’ll see who the Academy will reward. My intention is to follow a “Road to Oscar” and have a weekly update to bookies quotas and to follow the leading Oscar predictors (BAFTA; SAG; DGA and WGA).   I will also give my impression on it (take into consideration that I’m from Italy and many of these films will be released in my country between now and Oscar night, so I’ll leave my impressions as I see the movies).

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