Years In Which I've Seen All The Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees
- And Years In Which I Come Close...
- 1950 (Need to see: King Solomon's Mines)
- 1967 (Need to see: Doctor Dolittle)
- 1968 (Need to see: Rachel, Rachel)
- 1973 (Need to see: A Touch of Class)
- 1974 (Need to see: The Towering Inferno)
- 1976 (Need to see: Bound for Glory)
- 1979 (Need to see: Norma Rae)
- 1982 (Need to see: Missing)
- 1996 (Need to see: Shine)
- 1999 (Need to see: The Cider House Rules)
- 2001 (Need to see: In the Bedroom)
I'm going by the year the films were released, not the year in which the Oscar ceremony took place.
Generally the level of modern-day critical acclaim greatly affects whether or not I'll see a movie, but aside from the past 15 years where I've made an attempt to become familiar with the Oscar contenders, whether or not it was nominated for Best Picture has very little impact on my desire to see it. Therefore, I think the years that fare best here are a pretty good barometer for some combination of (1) the best years for cinema and (2) the years when the Academy had the best taste in cinema. Unsurprisingly, cinema and the Academy both do best in the 70s. I mean, just look at the nominees for 1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon, Jaws, and Nashville. All still regarded as classics today. All terrific films.
Despite the "need to see"s above, I don't ever have any intention of seeing all the films I'm missing from all years of the Academy's history. I'll probably see some of them though.