Prior to 1994, Gary Sinese was viewed primarily as a theater guy. Just when he was getting frustrated with the lack of movie roles, he landed parts in two very successful projects; the TV miniseries based on Stephen King’s The Stand and the Oscar-winning ode to baby boomers, Forrest Gump. Movieline editor Virginia Campbell interviewed Sinese for the June ’95 issue.
This set of Best Picture winners from the 1990s is a step up in my estimation from the previous decade, with two examples of outright great filmmaking and most of the rest of the winners at least doing a reasonable impression. By this point in my life I was finally old enough to see all of the nominated movies and to stay up late enough to see the whole ceremony. In fact, I’m pretty sure I attended a party on the night each of these films got crowned. I’ve slowed down in recent years in that respect. Staying up late on Sunday night is bad enough when you do it at home. Having to get in your car and drive home afterward would make rising and shining for work the next day even more difficult.
In case I haven’t explained how this series is going to work appropriately, let me detail it here. Once you guys have ranked the Best Picture winners of each decade, I’ll be presenting the top 20 vote-getters overall for you to rank against one another in two groups. Based on the results of that poll, I’ll be posting the final official list of our top 20 Best Picture winners of all time! I figure this approach should do the job of spreading the wealth through the decades while also pushing the films of certain eras up the ladder if they really deserve it.
For now, it’s time to consider the Best Picture winners of the ’90s!
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There have been some truly legendary and some sadly under appreciated performers to be named Best Actor at the yearly Oscars party. Which is which? With the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony approaching later this month, we here at LeBlog decided to have another of our popular bracket contests to throw a little attention at some of these great performances. There are only 16 available slots in these things, while there have been 86 Best Actor designees so far, leaving 70 acting greats on the outside looking in from the beginning. That’s some pretty brutal math. I tried to represent the entire history of the award by including at least two actors from each of the last eight decades and pairing those up in the first round. That will almost certainly result in some stunning early exits, but that’s how the cookie crumbles.
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He’s a two-time Oscar winner and one of the most well-liked and respected actors in Hollywood. Tom Hanks has long been compared favorably to the legendary Jimmy Stewart. He’s an actor audiences almost inherently relate to and cheer for. He started off as a goofball in drag and somehow managed to change course in his career to be taken seriously as a dramatic actor.