I’ve been alive forever. (And I wrote the very first song. I put the words and the melody together; I am Music, and I write the songs!)
Oops! Wrong column! My apologies to Barry Manilow and Bruce Johnston.
I’ve been alive almost forever. The first time I voted in a national election was 1980. I was disappointed with Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan scared the shit out of me, so I threw away my vote on a largely forgotten, third-party candidate named John Anderson. I am not making this up. For years afterwards (beside regretting that first decision) my vote was the kiss of death: if I voted for you, forget your chances, Bub.
You should vote too. It’s fun. You get stickers.
Then, once you’ve voted (Did I mention that this is something you should do?) you can return to this column and vote again. No, I haven’t forgotten this is a movie website. Your reward for voting is the four videos below I recently found on the YouTubes machine while falling down a cinematic rabbit hole. Two separate mischievous bastards edited together comprehensive montages of Oscar winners in the Best Picture category and RANKED THEM. It’s a hoot. Notice in both cases, a strong critical voice is at work in these crazy rankings.here.
Ready? Here are the “ranking” videos. Tighten your seatbelts:
“Awful to Awesome – Best Picture Winners Ranked”:
“Ranking All 93 Best Picture Winners of All Time (1927/28-2021)”:
And now, here are the “Deserver” Videos. These are even more fun!
“Academy Awards for Best Actor | Deservers (1927-2013)”:
“Academy Award for Best Actress | Deservers (1927-2012)”:
Now, it’s your turn to vote again! In the comments below, vote for your favorite Best Picture Winner and your least favorite. Then, comment on any particular actor or actress snub you find particularly egregious. Feel free to be petty and spiteful! My favorite snub is Jack Lemmon, who lost Best Actor in 1960 to Charlton Heston in Ben Hur. Lemmon starred in a little film you may have heard of called Some Like It Hot.