Here, let's look at the nine films currently nominated for Best Picture, and see which ones have already won a Best Film prize:
Call Me By Your Name: LAFCA
Lady Bird: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy), NSFC, NYFCC
The Post: National Board of Review
The Shape of Water: Critics' Choice Awards, PGA Awards
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri: BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes (Drama), SAG Awards (Ensemble, which many consider the Best Picture equivalent at SAG)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Golden Globes (Drama), LAFCA
Gandhi: BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes (Foreign Film - they used to put the Brits in this category and it's bonkers), National Board of Review, NYFCC
Tootsie: Golden Globes (Musical/Comedy), NSFC
It also looks fairly spread out, but Gandhi has the edge, having won over the British Film Academy, the Hollywood Foreign Press, the National Board of Review, and the New York Critics. And of course, what wound up happening Oscar Night?
A different time, but now, as then, people like to make a statement with their vote. Obviously you have to like the film, but as Attenborough and Kingsley averred in their speeches, a vote for Gandhi is a vote for world peace. What is the equivalent in 2017? What film not only represents the best in filmmaking, but the best of intentions? And will that combination result in an Oscar win?
We'll find out March 4th. Until then, let's look at the Best Picture lineup of 1982. After the jump...
Kathleen Kennedy / Steven Spielberg, producers
Richard Attenborough, producer
Edward Lewis / Mildred Lewis, producers
Sydney Pollack / Dick Richards, producers
David Brown / Richard D. Zanuck, producers
Gandhi won, but goodness, I have to join the modern chorus of people who disagree with that pick! My personal vote - and this surprised me, because going into this I was sure I'd be a Gandhi or a Missing fan - goes to.....
SYDNEY POLLACK AND DICK RICHARDS
(And as for the 2017 nominees...
Lady Bird - *****
Phantom Thread - *****
The Post - ****
The Shape of Water - ****
Darkest Hour - ***
Get Out - ***
Call Me By Your Name - **
Dunkirk - **
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri - *)
Next week, my own personal picks for the best of 1982, starting with my Top Ten of 1982 on Monday.