Here it is, my top five Best Picture Oscar winners this century.
Every year I read hundreds of articles in anticipation for movie’s night of all nights, and although it’s still many months away, I couldn’t help but reminisce on what has already been an incredible century of movies so far. So
The Artist (2011)
The Artist (more like Throwback Thursday, am I right?) was such a joy to watch. A lot of people I know – including myself – were apprehensive to watch this one, after all a silent, black & white film doesn’t really appeal to what our generations fast-paced mindset is used to, but boy was I wrong. I was hooked the whole way through. The screen presence of Jean Dujardin (George Valentin) and Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller) was outstanding and the sound track was beautifully nostalgic. A must watch!
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Slumdog Millionaire really does transport you to another reality. It delves into the universe of a poverty stricken boy growing up in India who, by little more than chance winds up in a position to win 20 million rupees. I mean how doesn’t that sound awesome. Slumdog Millionaire stands up for the little guy, and I love that about this film.
Crash rips me apart every time I see it, and what’s more, it becomes increasingly relevant every day. It tackles social issues of police brutality and racism head-on, and even has a part for Ludacris, who’s surely due in for an Oscar nomination sometime soon. I haven’t seen many movies that have flawlessly interwoven multiple storylines to converge at a single conclusion, which is a real testament to screenplay writers Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco. Crash will make you feel every emotion you have in you, so please, go out and watch this movie.
The roaring twenties was all the rage when it came to corruption and dishonesty… Ah the good old days. Chicago takes us through Roxie Hart’s (Renée Zellweger) rise to fame as she battles murder charges and the cut-throat nature of the entertainment industry. Now I’m not usually one for musicals, considering I find it easier to speak my mind rather than sing and dance it, but this film really got me up and about. Stunning performances from Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones helped the movie reach its full potential, making it a real joy to watch.
Birdman (or the unexpected virtue of ignorance) (2014)
Just thinking about this one gets me so pumped up. Birdman (or the rest of the title is unnecessary) is, well, really cool to watch. I guess you don’t need to say much more than that. The choreography, the camerawork, the fact that the movie was filmed in only a couple of shots, makes for an all round neat experience. Seeing Michael Keaton take centre stage was a pleasant break from the usual suspects (Leo), and watching Director Iñárritu and Cinematographer Lubezki navigate a small New York theatre was magical. Visually, I’d say this was the most impressive film of the century (huge call).
So there it is, what movies would make your top five?