The Oscars come and go each year and every year the average person wonders, “What the hell are these movies?” Because a lot of the time the movies are the type that get shown in one fancy theater in Manhattan or Silverlake for two weeks. They’re rarely what we actually watch but hey, at least ‘Black Panther’ got the recognition it deserved with a nomination that one year, but we’re not here to talk about the countless nominees, no – we’re focusing on the ones that took home the coveted award. Whether they were people or animated favorites, these are the ones that make my Oscar winner crush list.
Those who were 10-13 when ‘Titanic’ came out need to be studied because our obsession and attachment to this damn movie are insane. With that said, I fucking love this movie. Leonardo DiCaprio was a – no pun intended – dreamboat, the love story was enthralling, and the hand print on the foggy glass window after some intense lovemaking seconds before one of the wildest disasters in modern history? That is cinema, people!
Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All At Once
In case you forgot, I’m a ride-or-die for anything revolving around ‘The Goonies.’ So to see Ke Huy Quan get all this praise for ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ made my heart smile. I was even happier after seeing the movie that it wasn’t all for show or overhyped. He did deliver a stunning performance from the second he had divorce papers in hand at the start of the film.
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Considering my favorite movies tend to lean towards ‘Drop Dead Fred,’ it’s safe to say that ‘Blue Jasmine’ was not on my radar. However, it wound up having a lot in common with my #1 movie. A woman having a breakdown and in financial distress, I wound up connecting with Cate Blanchett in this role. And while it’s been years since I’ve popped it back on, it’s still one of those performances I’ll never forget.
“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Dirty Dancing
Watching ‘Dirty Dancing’ as an adult, it’s a bit much but I still love it but over the years it’s the soundtrack I’ve come to enjoy more and more, and it’s in part to this Oscar-winning song.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
A brown mom and Black dad who happens to be a cop? Right away I was taken by the family dynamic, as it mirrored my own. Minus the fact that my parents didn’t stay together. That teamed with absolutely stunning animation that finally gave us a break from the bug-eyed ways of Disney, made this a top-tier Best Animated Picture winner for me.
This isn’t in my personal top 10, but I’d argue it is one of the top 10 movies ever made.
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained & Inglourious Basterds
If Christoph Waltz is talking on screen and I’m near, there is a chance I’m giggling like a little schoolgirl.
Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball
Whenever I need to cry, I look up Halle Berry’s historical win and just let it out.
“Under the Sea,” The Little Mermaid
‘The Little Mermaid’ was the turning point for Disney. It ushered in the Renaissance Era, the chapter in Disney’s history where the music was Broadway-inspired and everything felt grand. It, along with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ were why I couldn’t wait for new releases as a kid. All of that said, I don’t think any Disney character has ever made me more thrilled to sing along to a song than Sebastian because of “Under the Sea.” He goes…OFF.
Toy Story 3
I truly hope when I’m on my deathbed, one of the last things I say is, “Toy Story 3 should’ve won Best Picture.”
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