90 Years of Academy Awards

In 1929, the venerable Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the 1st Academy Awards, a ceremony that quickly grew to become the global standard for measuring artistic and technical excellence in film industry. Throughout the decades that followed, the Awards have been accused of many things, from favoring almost exclusively the most commercial or sentimental films to ignoring diversity. The fact remains, however, that nearly every title bestowed with the most desired Best Picture award went on to become a classic, or at least an indispensable part of film history.

To honor ninety years of this prestigious tradition we present a series of fifteen titles spread over seven decades, all beautiful 35mm film prints from our own collection, all winners of at least three and up to eleven different Academy Awards. Our series ranges from Cimarron (1931), the fourth ever Best Picture and one of the very few westerns to win that top Oscar, to Schindler’s List (1993), Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece and arguably one of Academy’s finest moments in recent history.

If you are wondering why certain obvious, unmissable Best Pictures didn’t make our list—such as Wings (1927), The Broadway Melody (1929), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), It Happened One Night (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Rebecca (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Casablanca (1943), All the King’s Men (1949), An American in Paris (1951), Marty (1955), The Bridge on River Kwai (1957), West Side Story (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Sound of Music (1965), The French Connection (1971), One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Rocky (1976), Amadeus (1984), or Dances with Wolves (1990)—all of these are titles that have screened at the Dryden in the past three or four years as parts of our various other series, so we trust they are still firmly embedded in your memory. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of celluloid glory left to keep you warm in the coldest two winter months and the countdown to March 4, when hopefully the best film wins again.

Date:
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. Voted the outstanding production (Best Picture) for 1930/1931, Cimarron stampeded its way to the podium like Ben-Hur’s chariots rolling over the competition in 1959, and Titanic swamping every other picture in 1997.
Date:
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. William Powell stars as Florenz Ziegfeld in MGM’s extravagant salute to the equally extravagant Broadway producer. His life and loves (Best Actress winner Luise Rainer as Anna Held; favorite screen partner Myrna Loy as Billie Burke) are chronicled by the shows produced and the fortunes Ziegfeld made and lost.
Date:
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. “Fasten your seatbelts—it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Jealousy, manipulation, and betrayal unfold in this tour de force drama of an ambitious wannabe (Anne Baxter) who sets her sights on stealing the spotlight from legendary stage actor Margo Channing (Bette Davis).
Date:
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90 | New 35mm Print. Winner of ten Academy Awards, Gone With the Wind was David O. Selznick’s personal triumph over multitudinous production problems including budget overruns, script changes, director replacements, censor objections, and his inability to find a Scarlett O’Hara.
Date:
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. “Fasten your seatbelts—it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Jealousy, manipulation, and betrayal unfold in this tour de force drama of an ambitious wannabe (Anne Baxter) who sets her sights on stealing the spotlight from legendary stage actor Margo Channing (Bette Davis).
Date:
Friday, January 12, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. The massive James Jones novel is brought forth in a powerful portrait of pre-WWII enlisted men, the women they loved, and the destiny that overtook them in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Date:
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90 | Free Member Film. Marlon Brando gives a spectacular performance as an ex-prizefighter who faces off against a corrupt union boss in this dynamite drama about the deplorable working conditions on the New York docks.
Date:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. Eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, went to this sword-and-sandal epic. Charlton Heston is larger-than-life as a Jewish patrician driven into servitude by the ambitious Roman Tribune Messala (Stephen Boyd). Follow Ben-Hur from galley slave to Roman glory and, finally, spiritual redemption.
Date:
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. The massive James Jones novel is brought forth in a powerful portrait of pre-WWII enlisted men, the women they loved, and the destiny that overtook them in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Date:
Friday, January 26, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. Born a bastard in the English countryside, young Tom Jones (Albert Finney) grows to be a freespirited playboy whose cross-country promiscuity can’t disguise a deep love for hometown lass Sophie Western (Susannah York).
Date:
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. The late Paul Scofield re-creates his stage role as Sir Thomas More in this finely realized retelling of the clash between the spiritually unyielding More and his adulterous king in 16th-century England.
Date:
Friday, February 2, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. In turn-of-the-century Paris, Gaston Lachaille (Louis Jourdan) grows bored with upper-class women and falls in love with a young girl, Gigi (Leslie Caron), who is training to become a courtesan.
Date:
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. One of the biggest box office hits of all time, The Godfather was dubbed “Gone With the Wind of gangster movies.” Based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel, this epic rejuvenated the genre and can be seen as a metaphor for corruption on a larger scale, in both government and corporate America.
Date:
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. Marlon Brando gives a spectacular performance as an ex-prizefighter who faces off against a corrupt union boss in this dynamite drama about the deplorable working conditions on the New York docks.
Date:
Friday, February 9, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90 | Free Member Film. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry, the tearjerker of the 1980s features no fewer than four Hollywood talents at the top of their game: Mary Tyler Moore Show co-creator James L. Brooks, making a remarkably assured big-screen directing debut; veterans Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson, forging the kinds of prickly characters they would continue to play for the rest of their careers; and the remarkably talented Debra Winger, whose rapidly rising star would inexplicably fizzle by decade’s end.
Date:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. There have been sequels, prequels, television series, and too many cheap knock-offs to count, but with the possible exception of Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986), nothing comes close to Jonathan Demme’s take on Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter (played here by Anthony Hopkins): a brilliant psychiatrist who not only gets inside his victims’ heads, he cooks and eats whatever he finds there (served, of course, with fava beans and a nice chianti).
Date:
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. After twenty years toiling behind the camera, Eastwood the director finally achieved the stature of Clint the actor with Unforgiven, a violent, dust-choked western that revitalized a genre everyone took for dead.
Date:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. After twenty years toiling behind the camera, Eastwood the director finally achieved the stature of Clint the actor with Unforgiven, a violent, dust-choked western that revitalized a genre everyone took for dead.
Date:
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Academy Awards at 90. Liam Neeson stars in an Oscar-nominated performance as Oskar Schindler, a gentile entrepreneur seeking to take monetary advantage of the Nazi occupation. As the war drags on and the human costs spiral, Schindler begins a personal journey that slowly transforms his role as exploiter to one of protector.