Hello chaps, this is my first time doing this, so be nice. The theme was Oscar Winners from the categories Best Film, Best Foreign film and Best Animated film. So here are my picks. This is the dude/dudette who came up with the idea - http://wanderingthroughtheshelves.blogspot.co.uk/
Pan's Labyrinth is my personal favourite film of all time, and yet it didn't win the Best Foreign Picture for the year 2006. However, I'm not too miffed as the film that won it that year is just as special. As an ex-history student and someone interested in German History, The Lives of Others was always going to appeal to me. Set in the 1980s East Germany, a time where Germany was split into two - East and West. The West prospered and East fell behind the Iron Curtain and into the darkness of the Soviet Union's shadow. This shadow heightened paranoia and suspicion. The film is special and Ulrich Mühe's performance is the epitome of the effectiveness of the understated performance.
Three films have won the five major academy awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay) and these are It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Silence of the Lambs (1991). Silence of the Lambs is best known for Anthony Hopkins' fifteen minute screen time performance that nabbed a deserved Oscar. However, Jodie Foster matches Hopkins where so many other actors or actresses would have been overwhelmed. And the scene in the basement? Urg....that is utterly unbearable with each viewing.
Turns out I made a dreadful error in selecting Princess Mononoke as it did not win the Oscar for best Animated film (the category didn't even exist!) so I pick Toy Story 3 in its place. A film that appealed more to my generation and my parents' more than it could possibly appeal to kids.