Back when I was a movie reviewer and entertainment writer, I followed the Oscar announcements as if the head of the motion picture academy was releasing puffs of either gray or white smoke. They were that important to me. Movies were my religion.
This year’s nominees were announced this morning but I’ve yet to really study the full list. I do have a few thoughts, however.
I’m not going to suggest that “X-Men First Class” or “Captain America” or “Bridesmaids” or any of several movies I saw in 2011 should have been nominated.
But each year when Hollywood is buzzing about the best movies of the year, my mind goes back to 1982. I wrote an article listing my picks for best pics of the year.
But I was too caught up in what I should choose as the best movie of the year rather than what I really thought.
Considering 1982 was a milestone year for movies, guess which of the following I picked as the best of the year:
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”
“My Favorite Year”
“Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip”
“The Year of Living Dangerously”
Yep, that’s right. I picked “Gandhi.”
Undoubtedly a good movie, and an Oscar winner, but one that I’ve never watched a second time.
Since then, I’ve learned to be true to my own tastes.
Between now and the Academy Awards ceremony in February, I’ll no doubt see some more of the nominees. So far, of the nine movies in contention for Best Picture, I’ve seen “Midnight in Paris” and “The Help.” I don’t know that either picture is one for the ages but they were pretty good.
I’m looking forward to “War Horse” and “The Artist” and some of the other nominees.
And I don’t really think I’ll see the makers of “Captain America” leaping up on stage next month.
But I might be wishing they would.