It was 1987 and the Best Picture nominees were: Broadcast News, Fatal Attraction, Hope and Glory, Moonstruck and The Last Emperor. Moonstruck had extraordinary writing and performances, Broadcast News was hysterical, insightful, and painful. Hope and Glory was a British film that was unique, funny, and earnest. Fatal Attraction was horrifying, intense, game-changing. The Last Emperor was grand and beautiful. It was also the year I embraced The Oscars.
The Last Emperor went on to win the award for Best Picture.
The Oscars acknowledge the best films and film work of the year, and provide a short list of films and performances that are inspiring. Do all the best films win? Not always. Do all the best films get nominated? Not always. But is there merit to most nominations, Yes. And it is that fact that keeps me coming back year after year.
This year the Best Picture nominees include: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Amour, Django Unchained, Argo. Having seen all the nominated films, they all have merit, and they all have different experiences to offer. The Academy Awards – The Oscars are Sunday on ABC.