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A lot of what we have been hearing about Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast is about honoring Oscar’s history, with tributes planned for the movie-musical genre and the James Bond series, which celebrates 50 years. In keeping with that tradition, a Vimeo user spliced together a moving tribute of the previous Best Picture winners, from 1928’s Wings to 2011’s The Artist. Here’s 85 years of Oscar history in a four-minute span:



The clip is edited by Nelson Carvajal, and it’s amusing to see what brief, brief clips he chose to represent each movie. Like, the rose petals streaming out of Mena Suvari’s cheerleader outfit is a fantastic shot for American Beauty, and is far more effective than, say, a floating plastic bag. And with Rocky, you have to have Sylvester Stallone standing on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But how does one isolate a single scene to capture Lawrence of Arabia or Gandhi? That’s a challenge.

As for this year’s nominees, Carvajal asks, “Next?” followed by snippets of the nine Best Picture nominees for this year’s competition, from Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Ben Affleck’s Argo to Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty … all three of which were deemed frontrunners at various stages of the lengthy annual Oscar race. I will say that this is the first year that I can remember where we haven’t had a clear-cut winner heading into Sunday – the way that, say, The Artist dominated the competition last year. Right now, I’d say it’s a coin toss between Lincoln and Argo to see which movie will be added to the end of Carvajal’s montage. Which one would you like to see added?
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