Of course there has been lots of attention paid toward the nine nominees for Best Picture of 2011 too, but how many of them will we be talking about and still watching on big or little screens 50 years from now? Will they manage to have the same staying power and influence that Oscar’s crop of best picture nominees from the Academy’s 34th year?
Consider the nominees.
West Side Story, Judgment At Nuremberg, The Hustler, The Guns Of Navarone, Fanny.
And if there were nine nominees as there are this year, the list almost certainly would have included Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Splendor In The Grass, El Cid and La Dolce Vita.
In 2062 what will we be saying about The Artist, The Descendants, Moneyball, Hugo, Midnight In Paris, The Tree Of Life, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, War Horse and The Help? Will there be major restorations, elaborate boxed home entertainment sets, hand and footprint ceremonies at Grauman’s Chinese, special evenings at the Academy, new books devoted to their dissection, Broadway adaptations? Well those are exactly some of the ways the industry has been remembering the Oscar-laden class of ’61. (more…)