All the King's Men (1949)
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later.
14-disc set of 11 Best Picture Oscar winning films in an attractive, collectible, black fiber cover with slipcase. The pages within will have film synopsis, details on the Oscar win for each film, and art from key scenes. This set features Columbia Pictures' Best Picture Oscar winners spanning the years from 1934 to 1982 and include the following films:
1934 It Happened One Night
1938 You Can't Take It with You
1949 All the King's Men
1953 From Here to Eternity
1954 On the Waterfront
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1966 A Man for All Seasons
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
Bonus extras include:
Ben Kingsley talks about Gandhi
Lord Attenborough Audio Commentary
From the Director's Chair
In Search of Gandhi
Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad
Only 48 votes separated the two Academy Award winning pictures after the first round of votes were tabulated, in order to find the best Oscar- winning movie in the past 64 years of Academy Awards.
This means that 'Slumdog Millionaire' earning 3,058 votes has moved on to the next round of voting on Feb 9.
In total, 32 films will advance to the second round.
Other films in the second round include 'Argo', 'The Kings Speech', 'Titanic' and 'All the King's Men'..
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