Friday, February 27, 2009

Oscar Meme- A La Me

Middle Aged Woman at Unmitigated has a post that covers the years 1981-2009.  Go check it out.  Our dates overlap because I give the year the award was given not the year of release.  Just because that was the way IMDB had it.

Movies are, I think, the quintessential American art form.  And in honor of the Oscar's that I didn't watch, let's take a look down memory lane. 
I begin with 1940.  I chose this year for two films: The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind.  The films prior to this awards year, while good, are old enough that most people have no idea what they are. Besides, I think you can argue the GWTW and The Wizard of Oz have had a lasting impact on American culture.  Winners are listed first.  Bold face are the ones I've seen.

1940- Gone With The Wind, Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights

1941- Rebecca, All This and Heaven Too, The Foreign Correspondent, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Dictator, Kitty Foyle, The Letter, The Long Voyage Home, Our Town, The Philadelphia Story

1942- How Green Was My Valley, Blossom in the Dust, Citizen Kane, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, The Little Foxes, The Maltese Falcon, One Foot in Heaven, Sergeant York, Suspicion

1943- Mrs. Miniver , 49th Parallel,  Kings Row, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Pied Piper, The Pride of the Yankees, Random Harvest, The Talk of the Town, Wake Island, Yankee Doodle Dandy

1944- Casablanca, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Heaven Can Wait, The Human Comedy, In Which We Serve, Madame Curie, The More the Merrier, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Song of Bernadette, Watch on the Rhine

1945- Going My Way, Double Indemnity, Gaslight, Since You Went Away, Wilson

1946- The Lost Weekend, Anchors Aweigh, The Bells of St. Mary's, Mildred Pierce, Spellbound

1947- The Best Years of Our Lives, The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France, It's a Wonderful Life, The Razor's Edge, The Yearling

1948- Gentleman's Agreement, The Bishop's Wife, Crossfire, Great Expectations, Miracle on 34th Street

1949- Hamlet, Johnny Belinda, The Red Shoes, The Snake Pit, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1950- All the King's Men, Battleground, The Heiress, A Letter to Three Wives, Twelve O'Clock High

1951- All About Eve, Born Yesterday, Father of the Bride, King Solomon's Mines
Sunset Blvd

1952- An American in Paris, Decision Before Dawn, A Place in the Sun, Quo Vadis, A Streetcar Named Desire

1953- The Greatest Show on Earth, High Noon, Ivanhoe, Moulin Rouge, The Quiet Man

1954- From Here to Eternity, Julius Caesar, The Robe, Roman Holiday, Shane

1955- On the Waterfront, The Caine Mutiny, The Country Girl, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Three Coins in the Fountain

1956- Marty, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Mister Roberts, Picnic, The Rose Tattoo

1957- Around the World in Eighty Days, Friendly Persuasion, Giant, The King and I, The Ten Commandments

1958- The Bridge on the River Kwai, 12 Angry Men, Peyton Place, Sayonara, Witness for the Prosecution

1959- Gigi, Auntie Mame, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones, Separate Tables

1960- Ben-Hur, Anatomy of a Murder, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Nun's Story, Room at the Top

1961- The Apartment, The Alamo, Elmer Gantry, Sons and Lovers, The Sundowners

1962- West Side Story, Fanny, The Guns of Navarone, The Hustler, Judgment at Nuremberg

1963- Lawrence of Arabia, The Longest Day, The Music Man, Mutiny on the Bounty, To Kill a Mockingbird

1964- Tom Jones, America, America, Cleopatra, How the West Was Won, Lilies of the Field

1965- My Fair Lady, Alexis Zorbas, Becket, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Mary Poppins

1966- The Sound of Music, Darling, Doctor Zhivago , Ship of Fools, A Thousand Clowns

1967- A Man for All Seasons, Alfie, The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming, The Sand Pebbles, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1968- In the Heat of the Night, Bonnie and Clyde, Doctor Dolittle, The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

1969- Oliver!, Funny Girl, The Lion in Winter,  Rachel, Rachel, Romeo and Juliet

1970- Midnight Cowboy, Anne of the Thousand Days, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Hello, Dolly! , Z

1971- Patton, Airport, Five Easy Pieces, Love Story, MASH

1972- The French Connection, A Clockwork Orange, Fiddler on the Roof, The Last Picture Show, Nicholas and Alexandra

1973- The Godfather, Cabaret, Deliverance, Sounder, Utvandrarna

1974- The Sting, American Graffiti, The Exorcist, A Touch of Class, Viskningar och rop

1975- The Godfather: Part II, Chinatown, The Conversation, Lenny, The Towering Inferno

1976- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon, Jaws, Nashville

1977- Rocky, All The President's Men, Bound for Glory, Network, Taxi Driver

1978- (Otherwise known as the year that shall live in infamy)
Annie Hall, The Goodbye Girl, Julia, Star Wars, The Turning Point

1979- The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Heaven Can Wait, Midnight, An Unmarried Woman

1980- Kramer vs. Kramer, All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, Norma Rae

1 comment:

skyewriter said...

Love, love, love this list.

Makes me want to go out and rent some of the greatest.

I also love, love, love the new look!

Very cool. And inviting. And uses space well.