There was no Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1914, and the first Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t until 1929, so none of our current century films ever had a chance at being so honored. But, what if we were to take a time machine back a century and give awards in those categories? This is one of the plans I have for this blog, to make up awards for the movies, starting in 1914 during “Oscars season” next year.
That means I need to watch as many of the possible candidates as I can in the coming months, and for that I’ll need your help and recommendations. Leave your suggestions for award-worthy movies in the comments. I’ll be updating this page periodically, as we get closer to the nominations.
One thing: since I’ll be doing this with the benefit of 100 years’ perspective, I may not give the awards the way contemporaries would have. One example I like to give: Cabiria (1914) may have had the most extravagant costumes of the year, but surely Charlie Chaplin’s “Little Tramp” costume deserves more recognition, for having become one of the most recognizable outfits in history? I’d be inclined to give him the award for “best costumes” on those grounds.