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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 15, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Revisiting the Oscars — 20 years later

Sorry, that was kind of an abrupt departure last week; the Oscars burned me out and I slipped away for a three-day weekend (mostly spent watching the entire third season of “Mad Men” on DVD for an upcoming story, so it was sort of a busman’s holiday, but never mind). Anyway, if you’re in the Seattle area and not Oscar’d out, there’s an interesting event tonight (Monday) at Central Cinema: The 20/20 Awards, in which members of the local film community will examine the Oscars of 20 years ago (i.e. the films of 1989) to determine which have stood the test of time, and which should be re-awarded.
It’s an interesting exercise, and sure to provoke discussion. For example, the 1989 Oscar nominees for best picture were “Born on the Fourth of July,” “My Left Foot,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Field of Dreams” and (the winner) “Driving MIss Daisy.” The 20/20 Awards instead offer an entirely different slate of nominees, all from the same year: “Cinema Paradiso,” “Crimes & Misdemeanors,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Drugstore Cowboy,” “Jesus of Montreal,” “When Harry Met Sally.” (And I’d add “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” but that’s just me.) Even twenty years ago, I’m not sure many agreed with the Academy that “Driving Miss Daisy,” pleasant as it was, deserved to be named the year’s best film. But surely that film, along with “Dead Poets Society” (nominated for several Oscars), has faded; while we’re still watching and pondering, among others, “Do the Right Thing” and “When Harry Met Sally.”
The 20/20 Awards are voted on by a syndicate that includes local actors, writers and filmmakers, and will be presented tonight at Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave., Seattle) at 7 p.m. For more information, see www.2020awards.org.

Has it really been 20 years since Harry met Sally? Here’s Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, in a film we’re still watching two decades later.

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