Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Inaugural Post

Many years ago when I first started my Netflix account, I found myself overwhelmed by the thousands of choices. I'd always meant to see Brazil, but if I was going to watch a Gilliam film maybe I should start with The Fisher King. I'd heard Charles Laughton was the greatest actor of his time, but which of his scores of movies should I put at the top of my queue? Are any of the Police Academy movies worth watching? Lost in a sea of choices and swimming in the free time afforded by college, I decided to try to see every film ever nominated for an Oscar in every single category. While this goal was perhaps more than a bit insane, and while something more attainable probably would have been a better idea, I made a spreadsheet of every nominated film I had not yet seen along with the number of wins and nominations it had received. Since that time, I have dutifully removed every nominated film upon viewing it.

This task is sisyphean for a number of reasons: many of the earliest films are considered "lost," as no remaining prints of the film exist; many of the short films are virtually impossible to find; and many of the nominated films have never been released to consumers. While I don't expect to ever finish this task, it's an adventure that has exposed me to countless films I would have otherwise never seen. Since the Academy often misses nominating some truly great films, I still see lots of movies that aren't part of this project, and I sometimes go several weeks or even months without crossing a film off my list. I'm hoping that this blog will encourage me to keep the project progressing, expose myself to excellent movies I would have otherwise missed, and give me the enjoyment of writing about the movies I've seen.

1 comment:

  1. I've had this idea in the back of my mind for a while: "Wouldn't it be cool to watch every Oscar winner in history and blog about it ?!" So I eventually got around to Googling to see if anyone else had the same bright idea, and sure enough, here you are -- and you've even been brazen enough to take on every nominee in every category! Well, my hat is off to you, sir, and I wish you the best of luck. It looks as though 2013 was a mega year for you compared to previous two years, so cheers to that.

    The urge is still in me, however, so I may eventually get around to doing something similar, but perhaps only aiming for a lesser goal of Best Picture nominees, or only winners for certain categories, etc.

    Again, best of luck in your viewing and your blogging in 2014. I will stay tuned in!