THE OSCAR PROJECT
The Oscar Project
A quest to watch every Oscar nominated film
It feels a bit weird to say I’ve been looking forward to this week for a while, because it’s possibly the most difficult category on the calendar for the year. Not that it’s difficult to pick a movie, because there are plenty out there in the Controversial Film category, but difficult in that most of these movies are tough ones to watch for whatever reason. That’s what makes them controversial after all.
If you need help finding a movie for this week, check out this list from TimeOut that cover their 50 most controversial movies ever made.
My Selection-Birth of a Nation
This is one of those films that you learn about in just about any class on film. It is probably one of the earliest controversial films, releasing from director D. W. Griffith in 1915. If you’ve never heard of The Birth of a Nation, just know that it takes place during the American Civil War and subsequent Reconstruction Era and is based on a novel called The Clansman. Your assumptions about the film based on that knowledge are probably correct.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?