Friday, August 19, 2011
If you wanna win an Oscar for best picture, you have to do a movie in New York, during the World War II. At least, that is what Oscar history tells us.
New York was the location for 15 best picture winners, more than other city in the world: THE BROADWAY MELODY, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, THE LOST WEEKEND, GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, ALL ABOUT EVE, ON THE WATERFRONT, MARTY, THE APARTMENT, WEST SIDE STORY, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE GODFATHER, THE GODFATHER PART II, ANNIE HALL, KRAMER VS. KRAMER. But not since 1979 a movie set in NY wins best picture...
Curious fact: only one movie set in LA won best picture: CRASH.
After USA, England is the country with the most best picture locations. Middle Earth from THE LORD OF THE RINGS is the only "fake" location.
World War II is the main theme in the best picture Oscars- 8: MRS. MINIVER, CASABLANCA, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, THE BRIDGE OVER RIVER KWAI, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, PATTON, SCHINDLER'S LIST, THE ENGLISH PATIENT. We can even add to about the begining and the consequences of WWII: THE KING'S SPEECH and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES.
WWI only gets three best picture: WINGS, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. American Civil War gets two: GONE WITH THE WIND and DANCES WITH WOLVES. The Old West gets two: CIMARRON and UNFORGIVEN. Vietname war gets two: THE DEER HUNTER and PLATOON.