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Friday, February 20, 2009

And the Winner is...

[This essay was originally posted to a blog on Weebly. In transferring it I have updated and made corrections where necessary.]

It's OSCARS time. It seems this year's nominees are heavy on "meaning." Best Picture nominees are:

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • The Reader
  • Slumdog Millionaire

Lila and I will do a moviethon this weekend and try to catch up on most of the nominees. We've seen The Reader, and she couldn't find Milk when she went to the DVD town this week. But we'll try to slog through the other three.

Meanwhile, a few questions for those of you who have seen them all (or at least most of them):

  1. Which of these films had the most meaning for you? Why?
  2. What other films of 2008 (not on this list) were particularly significant for you? Why?
  3. If you were to establish an award for "Most Meaningful Picture of 2008," whether on this list or not, what would it be? Why?
  4. If you were to establish an award for "Most Meaningful Picture of All Time," from this or any year, what would it be? Why?


Please limit your answers to films you have actually seen!




The winners are now posted. See them all on wikipedia at

I'll be commenting on some of the films later this week.

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