Every year, I get excited for the Academy Awards, even if they do end up disappointing (see James Franco in a dress). The glitz, the fashion, the speeches, rooting for my favorites, it's as close as I get to sports fandom. It's also a great excuse to throw a party. I've gotten into the habit of creating an Oscar night menu full of Best Picture puns and forcing my friends to indulge my pop culture geekiness. It just really comes down to the fact that I love movies. I recently got to wondering about which Best Picture winners take place in the South. Here's what I came up with:
Gone With the Wind, 1940
In the Heat of the Night, 1967
Driving Miss Daisy, 1989
Forrest Gump, 1994
There are, of course, many more nominated films set in the South, but it seems like Oscar could use a little more southern flavor. This year, two Best Picture nominees take place in the South: Quentin Tarantino's rowdy revenge tale, Django Unchained, and the charming, fantastical Beasts of the Southern Wild. I know I'll be staying up late to see what wins.
Are the Oscars a big deal around your house? What movie are you hoping wins Best Picture?
[photo credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]
The Southern C contributor Natalie Broulette, a Savannah native living in New York City, blogs about food, fashion and other fun things at www.thesoho.blogspot.com - short for the southern hostess!