Superfluous Oscar Countdown, Day One: 1983

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.

Bill Murray.

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!

love amb

11 thoughts on “Superfluous Oscar Countdown, Day One: 1983

  1. Toostie was loads of fun, but my vote has to go to E.T.
    … a story of love, loyalty, fighting against all odds ( and so darn cute)

  2. Oh my goodness this post was so much fun! I’m very excited to follow your Oscar countdown! I too would have to go with E.T. I just loved that movie and still do…It’s true, E.T is just adorable…one of my favorite scenes is when Gert dresses him up as a woman! 😀

    • Aw, yeah! He looked so cute as a blonde! I love when they take him trick or treating, too. So stinkin adorable!

      So glad you’re looking forward to the Countdown xo.

  3. How fun! I’m with you…and the others….how to pick between Tootsie and E.T. ..which reminds me, I have to watch E.T. with my son…he has not seen it! xo

    • Oh man, that’s going to be so much fun for the two of you! I hope you have a blast … how can you not, with that little guy along for the ride? Have a fabulous weekend my friend! xo

  4. I love E.T. I took my niece to see it at the pictures and she cried so much when she thought the alien was dead that I had to take her outside! By the time she had calmed down and we went back inside, he was alive again! Oh the miracles of the silver screen 😀

    • Oh my gosh, that is so cute and SO captures the emotional wallop of that movie! That was always the worst part for me too, when he and Elliot are separated and getting sicker by the minute I get SO anxious! Every time!

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