We’re gonna start from the top and work down. First, let’s begin with an overview of the category itself:
Best Picture is, quite simply, not quite simple. At first, there was no category. In the 1927-1928 awards ceremony, there were two separate categories for “Production.” The first was “Most Outstaning Production.”
Now MOP, was won by Wings, which is widely considered the first Best Picture winner. It was the Mop. How do you go against the Mop?
However, there was a second award, called “Most Unique and Artistic Production.” That went to Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. I love using the subtitle there. For some reason, the MUAP is not as widely recognized as the MOP. I guess MUAP isn’t as sexy. MUAP is something you get when you have a yeast infection. I’m pretty sure it’s part of the story of Hanukkah.
That first ceremony was very telling about Hollywood and what their priorities are – they separated between artistic storytelling and thrilling, “Hollywood” storytelling. Later on this would just be known as the Oscars. The Oscars are that separation. Usually. I don’t think any of us are still sure what Crash was. (more…)