Silver Linings Playbook was one of the best movies of 2012. It’s just a shame I didn’t get a chance to see it early enough to include it in my final 2012 movie rankings. Regardless, there is already a place reserved for the Blu Ray when it’s released. Right next to the movies mentioned below. Emotional dramas. Character driven stories. Human tales. Highly entertaining movies that blend romance with personal growth seamlessly.
Movies that won the critical praise of fans and the Academy. Silver Linings Playbook is nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture. Combined the 10 films below share 52 Oscar Nominations and 15 wins. 7 out of 10 were nominated for Best Picture.
Odds are, one or two of your personal favorites are among these films if you loved Silver Linings Playbook. Basically what I’m trying to say is… It’s one of my favorite shelves.
HONORABLE MENTION: The Pursuit of Happyness, Juno, Stranger Than Fiction, The Blind Side
Equal parts funny and tragic. This true story is full of moments that touch your heart.
The 71st Academy Awards:
Nominated for: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score
Cameron Crowe made a career out of making movies like Silver Linings Playbook. They aren’t all mega hits but there are two that I adore and Almost Famous is one of them.
The 73rd Academy Awards:
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (x2), Best Film Editing
From a screenwriting perspective, this movie really hit home when I saw it. I love the tone of the film and the way it’s paced. I’ve been developing a script for a little less than a year I describe as ‘my Garden State’. Seems a bit odd to call it that on a list full of Oscar winners but I loved this movie.
Another man who makes his living writing movies like Silver Linings Playbook is Alexander Payne.
The 84th Academy Awards:
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Editing
Alexander Payne again.
“I am NOT drinking any f@$king merlot!”
XTRA | All Time Best: ‘Why so angry’ movie moment
The 77th Academy Awards:
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress
LOST IN TRANSLATION
A charming tale from Sophia Coppola.
The 76th Academy Awards:
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
One of Jack Nicholson’s finest performances also happens to be one of Helen Hunt’s as well. Both come together in a brilliant story about love and the inspiration it ignites.
The 70th Academy Awards:
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay
Cameron Crowe again. When it comes to writing great characters, Mr. Crowe has the quan.
The 69th Academy Awards:
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay
Easily one of the best dramas of all time. Forrest Gump simultaneously captures your imagination and your heart as you follow him on an unbelievable journey.
The 67th Academy Awards:
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Film Editing
- Best Visual Effects
- Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor, Art Direction, Cinematography, Makeup, Original Music Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing
GOOD WILL HUNTING
Gus Van Sant. Another phenomenal director who creates fantastic dramas. Good Will Hunting continually inspires the screenwriter in me whenever I see it. (Which is at least twice a year. At least.)
XTRA | Movies That Changed Everything: Good Will Hunting
The 70th Academy Awards:
- Best Supporting Actor
- Best Original Screenplay
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Song
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