The Best Oscar-Nominated Films of All Time, According To Us
As we gear up for the 87th Academy Awards this evening, we're taking a quick trip back in time to commemorate some of the best Oscar-nominated films. Last week, we asked around the office to see just which movies are worthy of such a list, and today's slideshow is the result. Scroll down to see our favorites, and don't forget to leave yours in the comments below!
"From the opening shot of Scarlett Johansson’s pink panties to the incredible soundtrack to Bill Murray’s amazingness (just overall), this movie will always be near and dear to my heart. It came out in 2003 when I was living in New York City at working at ELLE, which was a particularly exciting time in my life, and I always associate the film with that part of my career." - Hillary Kerr, Co-Founder
"This is one of my favorite movies of all time, period. I honestly can't even estimate how many times I've seen it. The traditional Japanese wedding scene? Sigh. Alongside some very noisy contenders for Best Picture (eh hem, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), I love that such a quiet, introspective film was nominated. Bill Murray forever has my heart. (And, side note, has any film's whispered dialogue ever inspired such mystery? I mean, what did Bob (Bill Murray) whisper to Scarlett Johannson's Charlotte, really?!" - Dana Covit, Domaine Market Editor
"Whenever someone asks me to name my favorite film of all time, the struggle is (as they say) very real. The art of filmmaking is something I take very seriously, and I have many favorite films that I love equally. It's like asking me to pick a favorite child! But for this quest to find a favorite Oscar-nominated film, my choice is a fairly clear (if bold) one: Birdman. It might seem risky to pick such a recent film as my absolute favorite, and I would agree; there are many brilliant films that have received Oscar nods over the years that I also love. But there's something about Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest effort that I can't seem to pry away from my mind--from the moment the opening credits started, I knew I was in for a cinematic experience unlike any I had had before, and I was right. There aren't very many Oscar-nominated films that can truly be called instant classics, and most of those nominated for even the Best Picture category are forgotten almost as soon as they win (or lose). But Birdman, with its single-shot illusion, its philosophical overtones, and its percussive score, is truly a film for the ages. It deserves every award coming its away--and especially my vote for favorite Oscar-nominated film of all time." - Meghan Blalock, Who What Wear Managing Editor
"Melanie Griffith in Working Girl was a revelation. Many think this movie is a chick-flick, but if you look beyond the hairspray and Joan Cusack's double-frosted eyeshadow, you'll find a truly inspiring film about a woman who fights for the career she wants, and makes it happen. Harrison Ford wasn't a shabby prize, either." - Nairi Najarian, Branded Content Senior Manager
"Aside from Diane Keaton being absolutely adorable and having one of the best wardrobes ever, the dialogue is probably my favorite thing. Love can be ridiculous; it can cause a lot of happiness, a lot of pain, and help you discover who you are as a person. And I really admire how Woody Allen was able to capture that—and such a genuine relationship—on screen." - Caitie Schlisserman, Branded Content Editor
"Amazing cast: Tobey Maguire, Beau Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, William H. Macy, Chris Cooper and Popcorn Deelites who played Seabiscuit
Amazing movie: True story of believing in underdogs and not giving up or giving in - "you don't just throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little." It makes you laugh, cry and believe a little more in the resilience of the human spirit—and horse racing." - Stacy Macklin, Director of Advertising Sales
"I chose this movie fifty percent because of my undying love for Colin Firth (if The Importance of Being Earnest was nominated for an Oscar I may have just had to choose that), and fifty percent because I loved that the story was about battling with a speech impediment, which, as far as film goes, is an issue that is not widely discussed, nor is it often brought to light. " - Nicole Akhtarzad, Associate Style Editor
"Favorite Quote from the movie: 'The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.'
Why it's my favorite: The movie is beautifully shot, has an amazing soundtrack, gorgeous costumes and a ridiculous set. The movie is a blast, it's like being trapped at the best party ever for two hours." - Sean Williams, Campaign Planning and Execution Senior Manager
"I love this adaptation of Jane Austen's classic. The scene where Kiera Knightly as Elizabeth Bennet is arguing with Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy outside is just... so good. Finally he can't take it anymore and bursts out that he loves her—sigh, I could watch it on repeat." - Liz Lynch, Domaine Senior Editor
"Almost Famous, which actually did win for best screenplay in 2000, is probably my all-time favorite film--it not only has an amazing cast and the most memorable writing, but it actually taught me things about life that have stayed with me. Phillip Seymour Hoffman assuring Patrick Fugit that being uncool pays off in the end is forever lodged in my brain, and I wouldn't want it any other way!" - Jessica Schiffer, Who What Wear Fashion Features Editor
"Two words: Kevin. Spacey." - Jessica Baker, Entertainment Editor
"Everything from the on-point score to my weird old man crush on Kevin Spacey, makes American Beauty my favorite Oscar-winning film. Portraits of suburban malaise and midlife crises has been done countless times, but somehow American Beauty stands apart." - Kat Collings, Who What Wear Editorial Director
"It was nominated for sound and won for visual effects. My favorite scene was when Will Smith punches the alien in the face and says 'Welcome to Earth'". - Katie Macias, Senior Developer
"I took a Scandinavian Literature & Film class as an undergrad, and The Red Shoes was based on a Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name. It's dark and gorgeous, and the use of color is bewitching. " - Nairi Najarian, Branded Content Senior Manager
What's your favorite Oscar-nominated film of all time? Share in the comments!