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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The 70’s provided a wealth of memorable Best Actress winners to choose from. The game includes the likes of Jane Fonda and Sally Field who also won in other decades. But I also wanted to include two actresses who won for movies that really represent the decade. In the mid-70’s, Faye Dunaway’s career peaked with her Oscar win for the social satire, Network. The following year, Diane Keaton helped shape fashion trends and romantic comedy tropes in Annie Hall. Both actresses can claim multiple nominations, but only a single victory.
In addition to the usual interviews with Hollywood types, Movieline magazine would sometimes poll certain groups for their thoughts on a specific subject. In the June 1990 issue, Stephen Farber rounded up twenty prominent screenwriters and asked them to name their favorite screenplay.