Well, hello there! Welcome to our very first episode of the Superfluous Oscar Countdown. I’m so glad you’re here!
We’re kicking things off by taking a look at the 55th Academy Awards, which may or may not just so happen to have taken place during the same year that a certain pocket-sized blogger came in to the world. *ahem* But listen, you guys, this isn’t about me.
This is a serious debate about the artistic merits of film.
This is about aliens and a cross-dressing actor. Really.
Here are the nominees for Best Picture in 1983:
- “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
- “Gandhi” Richard Attenborough, Producer
- “Missing” Edward Lewis and Mildred Lewis, Producers
- “Tootsie” Sydney Pollack and Dick Richards, Producers
- “The Verdict” Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, Producers
Any guesses on who took home the trophy? It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the Oscar was awarded to Gandhi. Sure, it’s a sweeping epic based on the incredible accomplishments of a civil rights icon, and ok, fine, it ends with a truly memorable and inspiring quote:
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always.
*sniffle, sniffle. amb wipes her eyes, looks around.* What were we talking about? Right. Aliens. Cross-dressers. As I was saying, “Gandhi” is wonderful, but there’s no denying that it’s lacking in certain … lighter elements. Which is why I’m happy to announce that
The Superfluous Oscar Goes To: Tootsie!
This was a really tough decision for me, guys. Forced to decide between “Tootsie” and “E.T.” … it was like my own “Sophie’s Choice!” (For which, by the way, Meryl Streep was awarded her Oscar in 1983. Co-incidence? I think not!). But in the end, it all came down to two little words.
Words cannot adequately express the depth of my love for this man. Don’t even get me started on “What About Bob?” I can’t even talk about it.
So I’m going to leave you with this clip of Bill, in “Tootsie”, in all his glory. Enjoy!
What do you think about the 1983 Oscar selections? What movie do you think should have won Best Picture? Tell me all about it in the Comments!