Ten Most Wanted: Oscar's Best Pictures
Biopics: The Great Ziegfeld '36, The Life of Émile Zola '37, and Gandhi '82
Bloated Epics: Around the World in 80 Days '56 and Ben-Hur '59, plus the plus-sized Ziegfeld and Gandhi
Musicals That Aren't Really Musicals: The Broadway Melody '29 and The Great Ziegfeld (again!)
1960s Musicals Minus Barbra or Julie: Oliver! '68
Movies Starring Charlton Heston: Ben-Hur and The Greatest Show on Earth '52
Ocean's Twelve-Style Movies Where Famous People Fuck Around Without Really Acting: Around the World in 80 Days, and arguably The Broadway Melody and The Greatest Show on Earth
The classed-up star vehicles Mutiny on the Bounty '35 and Mrs. Miniver '42 probably inspire the most confidence at this point, though Ben-Hur is probably the best-known classic of the bunch. I'm hoping by the end of the year, I'll see them all—hell, after Cavalcade '33, Going My Way '44, and most of the mid-to-late 1980s (Africa, Rain Man, Miss Daisy, oh my!), I can take anything. Soon, I'll be posting a link to my entire ranked list of all the Best Picture winners, plus a complementary digest of all the nominees that were good enough to have deserved a statue.
But meanwhile, which of the ten I have left do you think I should start with? Any recommendations, warnings, wild guesses? What are you favorite and least favorite Best Picture winners?
(Okay, back to my dissertation...)