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I’ve been fortunate to have an opportunity to write about this year’s Oscar race in a series of essays for the news agency Thomson Reuters. In the final installment, I try to place the heat of the current race into perspective by discussing the Academy’s hits and misses in years gone by. There’s nothing like a little distance—be it one year or several decades—to see things in a different light. You can read my observations HERE

I will also be boldly going where I’ve never set foot before by “live blogging” for Thomson Reuters during the Oscar broadcast this Sunday. Stay tuned! 

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Jim Reinecke

Clicked the link immediately and read your article with great interest, Leonard. As I believe that you and I are the only people on the planet who didn't drink the FORREST GUMP kool-aid, I'm sure that you'll agree that I'm still shaking my head about that one copping the Best Picture prize over Tarantino's extraordinary and audacious PULP FICTION. But, to me, that's part of the fun of the Oscars. . .not just watching them and catching up with the honored films, but ultimately (and, as you point out, sometimes one must allow posterity to prove you right or wrong) to disagree with the Academy's choices. I found something else in your subsequent essay that piqued my interest, however. The "Sight and Sound" voters now prefer VERTIGO as the all-time greatest film to CITIZEN KANE, huh? Although I'm on record as a definite Hitchcock admirer, there are those who would say that VERTIGO, masterwork that it is, wasn't even the best film of 1958. The choice of those nay-sayers? That would be TOUCH OF EVIL. . .and, oh yeah, who was the guy who directed that? No, I'm afraid that KANE is still the all-time champ and Mr. Welles remains the saddest example of a great talent that Hollywood simply trashed (right up there with Buster Keaton and Preston Sturges).

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