Thursday, February 8, 2024

1986 Alternate Oscars

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled program ...

I had Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters down as the best picture of the year pretty much from the day I first saw it thirty-eight years ago. But now I'm not so sure. It's still a pretty good movie with great performances by Michael Caine and Dianne Wiest, and I think of one line — "I don't sell my art by the yard!" — every time I walk into an art gallery and cough up for another painting.

But, well, it just doesn't stick to my ribs the way it used to. Times change. Tastes change.

You're still free to vote for it, of course.

Me, I'm going with A Room with a View, a romantic-comedy about stuffy Brits who fall in love during a vacation in Florence, Italy. Katie-bar-the-door and I saw it during a vacation in, yes, Florence, Italy, at the Cinema Astro across the street from the best gelato joint in town. Fun times. Good movie.

But as always, the final choice is yours.

My choices are noted with a ★. A tie is indicated with a ✪. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔. Best foreign-language picture winners are noted with an ƒ. A historical winner who won in a different category is noted with a ✱.