Except in terms of their uniform excellence, Jurassic Park and Schindler's List are about as different from each other as any two movies can be. That they were both directed by the same man in the same calendar year—indeed Spielberg was editing the former in the evenings while directing the latter during the day—is extraordinary. Very few directors exhibit that sort of range over the course of a career, much less at the same time.
PICTURE (Drama) winner:Schindler's List (prod. Steven Spielberg, Branko Lustig and Gerald R. Molen)
PICTURE (Comedy/Musical) winner:Groundhog Day (prod. Harold Ramis and Trevor Albert)
PICTURE (Foreign Language) winner:Ba wang bie ji (Farewell My Concubine) (prod. Feng Hsu)
ACTOR (Drama) winner: Liam Neeson (Schindler's List)
ACTOR (Comedy/Musical) winner: Bill Murray (Groundhog Day)
Named for Katie-Bar-The-Door, the Katies are "alternate Oscars"—who should have been nominated, who should have won—but really they're just an excuse to write a history of the movies from the Silent Era to the present day.
To see a list of nominees and winners as well as links to my essays about them, click here.
Remember: There are no wrong answers, only movies you haven't seen yet.
The Silent Oscars
And don't forget to check out the Silent Oscars—my year-by-year choices for best picture, director and all four acting categories for the pre-Oscar years, 1902-1927.
Look at me—Joe College, with a touch of arthritis. Are my eyes really brown? Uh, no, they're green. Would we have the nerve to dive into the icy water and save a person from drowning? That's a key question. I, of course, can't swim, so I never have to face it. Say, haven't you anything better to do than to keep popping in here early every morning and asking a lot of fool questions?