Here are some of my personal favorites. Some would be real longshots for an Oscar, but in my perfect world, a few of the honorees would be…
The Wizard of Oz. AKA the most watchable movie ever made. Best Picture.
The Shawshank Redemption. A masterpiece of emotional restraint, storytelling, and acting by the entire cast. If you can keep from floating away on a raft of tears in the end, you’re made of stone.
Harold and Maude. My favorite screen romance, and surely the winner for Best Soundtrack and Best Song.
Last of the Mohicans. Okay, I lied. This is my favorite screen romance. Best Score by a mile. So much better than the novel, you’ll forget there ever was a novel.
Lady Jane. Best tragic romance, with Cary Elwes looking so handsome you’ll melt on the floor. Best costumes, for sure.
Terminator. Second-best tragic romance, and Michael Biehn will own your soul.
Breaking Away. This is one of those movies I can’t help but watch every time it shows up on TV–a classic story of a young man figuring out who he is and where he belongs. Bonus points for the opera score.
Blazing Saddles. What can I say? I’m in charge here. This movie is so stupidly funny it deserves something.
Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing take the prize for Best Collaboration by a Now-Divorced Couple–Kenneth Branagh and the incomparable Emma Thompson.
Hoop Dreams. A movie every person in America should see, along with Apollo 13.
Sense and Sensibility. The only feature film that does justice to Jane Austen.
Amadeus. This probably won an Oscar for something, surely. A flawless depiction of genius and passion.
So there you are. Just a few overlooked faves. How about you?