Oscar Week Number 4! This week we’re featuring films from the 1970’s. Some took Oscar gold, while others will go down in infamy for going home empty.
Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece is one of three sequels to ever win Best Picture in the history of the Academy Awards. There is no questioning its legitimacy. Powerful in its approach and clear in its purpose, Part II is one of the few films that I’ve seen where the dialogue never felt like dialogue, and the acting never felt like acting. Ah yes, it is a cinematic offer that the Academy and the movie-watching world could not refuse.
Wild. Crazy. Cuckoo. Milos Forman’s Best Picture winning drama is as funny as it is heart-wrenching. A revealing look into American mental asylums, Cuckoo’s Nest reminds us that we may all be different in some way, but we are human. It is that common bond that drives this story to greatness.
Star Wars, 1977
Ousted from Best Picture victory by Woody Allen and Annie Hall, this intergalactic story of good and evil speaks for itself. Now one of the most well-known and valuable American film franchises, it is easy to forget just how simple and effective the original story was. Shot for a mere $10 million dollars, this was a film no one expected to succeed. Save for Spielberg.
A great disturbance in the Force!
(Ok, let’s be honest. Though not available to rent online, it’s a safe bet that you know someone who owns it.)