Thursday, March 24, 2011

Best in Film

ABC News and People Magazine recently teamed up to name exactly what the title says-- name the best in film. The results were aired on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 on ABC. America voted on the favorites in 15 different categories; the movies on the lists were chosen by an panel of actors, producers, directors, critics, and others in the film industry. The poll was open from November 2010 to January 2011 and over 500,00 votes were cast. Only ten of the fifteen categories were released on television while the other five (along with the rest of the results) were put online. The nominees were all extremely well-known, as well as extremely well-done. Some of my favorite movies were nominated and a few even won.

The categories were: best film, best comedy, best sci-fi, best animated film, best musical, best suspense/thrill, best action film, most romantic screen couple, greatest film character, greatest line, best horror film, best western film, best chick flick, best political/historical film, and greatest on screen kiss. Each category had four runners-up.    Many of these movies, if not all, are classics. Now, I personally cannot watch horror or suspense films due to a weak stomach and because I'm a chicken. However, I highly recommend watching these movies. If a movie is chosen by all of America, it must be good.

Best Film: Gone With the Wind (1939)
An all-time classic, Gone With the Wind took home several wins. If you've never seen it, I highly recommend that you do. It's extremely long (three total hours; after the first hour and 15 minutes there is a short intermission) but it is so worth it.
2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
3. The Godfather (1972)
4. Casablanca (1942)
5. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Greatest Character: Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump, 1994)
It's no surprise that this lovable, yet dim-witted character is the greatest character; he shows what hard work and a heart full of love can really get you in life.
2. James Bond (James Bond Films)
3. Scarlett O'Hara (Gone With the Wind, 1939)
4. Dr. Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)
5. Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones Films)

Greatest On-Screen Kiss: Gone With the Wind (1939)
Every girl wants to find her Rhett Butler, so she can be "kissed often, and by someone who knows how." Except Scarlett O'Hara. At least at first. This kiss makes it seem like Rhett finally won his girl over, but the battle isn't over yet.
2. From Here to Eternity (1953)
3. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
4. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
5. Casablanca (1942)

I've already told you that there are many more categories. Check out the rest for yourself at!

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