Monday, February 11, 2013


The Oscar nominations were recently announced, officially marking the opening of Oscar season! Of course I have gripes and grievances about the individuals the Academy gave shine to this year, as well as the individuals they gave shiners to (Ben Affleck!!). But the controversies contribute so much to the conversation that I suppose Oscar watching wouldn’t be as exhilarating if everything predictably fell into place.

I wish every day began with Oscar nominations, but the obvious reality is that Oscar season will come and go. And while there is nothing I can do to maintain fall weather year round or extend Christmas beyond December, there is something I can do to stretch Oscar season beyond February, which is why I decided to create this blog called “The Best Picture Project.”

Essentially, “The Best Picture Project” entails watching and writing about every film that has won the Oscar for Best Picture. Originally, I thought I would watch every film ever nominated for Best Picture, but then I realized that amounts to over 500 films. So I decided to scale it down to a more manageable size.

This whole endeavor may prove to be a total waste of time, while exposing the depths of my amateur abilities as a writer. And who knows, this idea may have already been done to death and far better than this attempt. But whether this cinematic journey is disappointing or not, I know I’ll be able to look back and say that I saw some pretty great films along the way. And for me, there are few things in life that make me happier than seeing a truly great film. 


  1. You have just inspired me to watch right along with you! This is going to be quite the adventure! Love your sisters blog and I'm sure I will love your space as well.

  2. Nice blog, my friend. My partner and I have a similar project going; check us out. I'm jealous- I wish we kept up with our's with the pace you keep. Now I'm going to look at your entries for movies we've both watched. Expect mean comments if I diagree with what you've said about them.

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment. Also thanks for the warning about expecting mean comments. I more than welcome your thoughts, especially the snarky ones. I wish I kept up the pace that I used to keep when I first started this thing. I'm afraid I've completely let up. Good luck with your screenings. I will definitely read your reviews and share my thoughts, especially the mean ones.