Smell of Popcorn

film reviews & musings by Max Lalanne

Today is the 85th anniversary of Wings

Posted by Max Lalanne on August 12, 2012

…The first and last silent film to have won Best Picture at the Oscars. It kept that historic legacy until The Artist, which really shouldn’t be considered a “silent” film by all accounts, trotted away like cute little Uggie the dog with the statuette last year. 

To be more precise, in 1929, when the first ever Academy Awards were held, Best Picture as we know it now was split into two different categories and a different Oscar was given out for each. F.W Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans was the “Most Artistic Quality of Production,” and Wings was the “Most Outstanding Production.” 

Interesting stuff. If the Best Picture category would be split again for the first time this year, which two films do you think would triumph? I’d say The Master, Life of Pi, or Beasts of the Southern Wild for “Most Artistic Quality of Production” and…I don’t know. Les Miserables or Lincoln for “Most Outstanding Production”? The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyHave at it in the comments below. 

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3 Responses to “Today is the 85th anniversary of Wings…”

  1. I like having the split, then the artistic movies would actually get a shot at something.

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