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Oscar’s 10 Best “Best Picture” Winners

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve done a fair amount of second-guessing with regards to the Academy Awards — revisiting the worst films they’ve nominated, the best films they didn’t nominate, and the great filmmakers they ignored. But, in all fairness, the little gold guy sometimes manages to hand over the statue to the film that most deserves it. So, in the interest of hoping for the best come Sunday night, join us for a look back at ten times when Oscar got it right.

It Happened One Night (1934)

The Academy’s reluctance to recognize film comedy was not quite in place at the time of their seventh annual awards; not only did they nominate the elegant comedy/mystery The Thin Man and the Fred-and-Ginger musical The Gay Divorcee for Best Picture, but they gave the big award to Frank Capra’s road comedy/romance, It Happened One Night. They also recognized it for Best Actor, and Best Actress, and Best Director, and Best Screenplay — all five of the categories it was nominated for. It was, in fact, the first film to sweep the so-called “Big Five” (and only the third to date to pull off that neat little trick). And for good reason — this screwball masterpiece is fast, funny, charming, and utterly unforgettable.

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  1. [...] We’ll start the big liveblog around 8pm EST, when the ceremony kicks off, maybe a little earlier, if our party guests decide not to take forever straggling in like a bunch of hoboes. In the meantime, line up your bottles and shotglasses and check out Flavorpill’s Official 2011 Oscars Drinking Game ™, and come up with your own predictions for the night’s biggest surprises. While you’re at it, how’s about brushing up on some of the Oscar stuff we worked so very hard to bring you over the last month or so? I mean, seriously, would that kill you? We had a spirited discussion about the nominees, lamented the worst nominees of all time, named the best directors who never won “best director,” remembered some of the most game-changing documentaries, questioned the Academy’s worst “best picture” snubs of the lasts decade, recalled the biggest Oscar upsets of the last twenty years, and selected our ten favorite “best picture” winners. [...]

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