I do enjoy a good film list now and then. Especially one that gets your head nodding in sublime agreement while also offering head scratching amazement at what you’ve read. Such was case with yesterday’s piece over at Deadline Hollywood by Peter Hammond. Specifically, the register by the BBC Culture released last week; one Peter remarked ignored a significant number of Best Picture Winners by the vaunted Academy.
“Gone With The Wind, considered the benchmark of all Oscar winning Best Pictures, barely made the list at number 97, just one notch above Heaven’s Gate, the 1980 western that was a notorious disaster at the time but is clearly getting a second look. Ouch. Interestingly Michael Cimino’s one and only Best Picture winner, The Deer Hunter was AWOL, so take this all with a grain of salt, Academy. Perhaps it is choices like that one that have made this list the subject of much controversy and venom in the last few days.”
Offered a fine comparison of the BBC list to the record of the Academy with time-honored cinema when it comes to “the greatest” of American film. For instance, while I think Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological sex-melodrama Marnie (1964) an entertaining hoot, it rating above Notorious (1946) — let alone Hitch’s first with Tippi, The Birds (1963), unlisted — made me wonder what the Brits were smoking when they came up with this.
Still, a thought-provoking, maybe even teeth-clenching, examination I very much recommend reading.