Dear Oscar, Here’s How It’s Done . . .

I plan to watch the Academy Awards show tomorrow, even though I’m largely disiniterested in the results, given the lame slate of films competing this year. As much of an epic jerk as director Lars Von Trier is, the Academy voters’ collective decision to leave his Melancholia (and its star, Kirsten Dunst) out of the running is a mind-boggling creative snub to me, since I consider it not only the best movie of 2011, but also one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Here’s my updated faves list (in alphabetical order), which I will mull and ponder while watching lesser fare feted on the idiot box tomorrow. Feh.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
Black Swan (2010)
Blade Runner (1982)
Brazil (1985)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Dead Man (1995)
Do the Right Thing (1989)

Don’t Look Now (1973)
Eraserhead (1977)
The Fountain (2006)
The Great Dictator (1940)
Melancholia (2011)

Mulholland Drive (2001)
Network (1976)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
The Piano Teacher (2002)
The Princess Bride (1987)

Seconds (1966)
WALL-E (2008)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
When We Were Kings (1996)
A Zed and Two Noughts (1986)