About the Project

Alyson-oscarMy name is Alyson, and I love movies.  At age three, my mom took me to see Bambi in theaters.  As a kid, I have fond memories of hiding under blankets in the back of the van so my dad could sneak us kids into the drive-in for free.  I saw Psycho at age seven, my brother got his name from Star Wars and my first job was at the local theater.  I wouldn’t be who I am today without movies.

After many months of fruitless fresh-outta-college job hunting and a need to feel productive again, my husband came up with the idea to start an extensive movie blog.  This brainchild came just weeks after watching Julie & Julia and while watching Moulin Rouge!: watch and review every single movie nominated for Best Picture in Oscar history.  It was like giving myself my dream-job.  Within hours, The Best Picture Project was born.

Over the past six years keeping this blog, I have watched and reviewed nearly every single Best Picture nomination.  However, I realized that while these films are great, they skip over hundreds of other amazing films, some memorable classics.  So I began reviewing other great films as well, I affectionately call them my Oscar Snubbed collection.  I also have a soft spot for animated films and Octobers are dedicated to great and classic horror films.

Throughout the project, I have been a guest contributor on MovieFanfare, nominated for the Lammy’s Brainiac Award, and a guest on the Film School Rejects weekly podcast Reject Radio.  I am also a member of the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Blog Club and Classic Movie Hub.  Each of those honors absolutely floored me.  The only realistic hopes I had in the beginning were a few regular readers, besides my mom.

With the confidence of over 700 posts here, my skills are stronger than ever before.  It feels great and all I want to do is keep going.

Thank you to everyone for making this project a success.

Contact Alyson:

Email-  alysonkrier -(at)- gmail.com

Twitter-  TerribleClaw

20 comments on “About the Project

  1. Hey Alyson! I got inspired by Julie and Julia about a year ago and started a blog very similar to yours. I haven’t seen yours until today! Check mine out: myoscarjourney.tumblr.com

  2. Alyson – I like your work –
    I’m going to add you to my Blogroll so folks who visit my site can click a link and visit yours.
    Keep up the great work.

    JustMeMike
    The Arts

  3. Hi Alyson,

    I met you a few weeks ago, and you suggested I check out your blog. It looks great! I hope to read more and more movie reviews from you. 🙂

    Peggy

  4. Hello Alyson

    I was also inspired by Julie & Julia, and recently ended the project – The Aj/Cinephile Project @ ajshawler.blogspot.com. I’ve got to say that going by the comments, Julie & Julia is a classic for ever inspiring so many.

    Cheers!

  5. Alyson

    I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I am enjoying your blog and how much I envy you! I too wanted to sit down and watch every Best Picture nominee I could but had a hard time finding the time to do so. Instead, I settled for buying every Best Picture winner for my own personal collection. I’m still waiting for Cavalcade to hit DVD so I can get rid of the only VHS tape on my Best Picture shelf. lol Also, as a movie fan in general I am enjoying your terrific reviews as well. Keep it up and I’ll keep reading! Each blog has really made me want to go back and try aagain to track down some of these great films! Thansk!

    • Chuck, thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, watching all these movies has been time consuming; as life has progressed, I’ve slowed down from 9 movies a week (insanity!) to 3 or 4. But what a collection you have! My little DVD/bluray collection contains maybe 20 best picture nominees, and one winner: LOTR ROTK. Thanks again for reading!

      • Yeah, it wasn’t an easy task. I had to some digging to find some older, out of print titles and I even double-dipped a few times so I could have a really good edition of the movie. Once I got Wings on blu-ray, that just left Cavalcade to replace from VHS to DVD. I keep hoping Fox will one day release this as a stand alone DVD and not just in a multi-movie box set. Once they do, oh happy day! LOL

  6. This is great! I started my own Best Picture Blog a couple of months ago. My angle is I watch the films for a given year and comment on what I think should have won/what I like the most/highest rated, etc. It is exciting to see that you have written about nearly every Best Picture nominee so there is hope for me to complete my journey as I’ve only just started with the 4th Awards. It was fun reading through the films I recently watched. If you have any tips for my project, it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  7. Thanks Alyson. Pleased to have found your blog with its enthusiasm and knowledge. I’ll return for sure. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).

  8. Great blog! I started one about watching all the Best Picture nominees several years ago, but wasn’t able to keep up after moving to Australia (TCM was a great way to find some of the harder to find films, and we don’t have it here). Now my husband and I are writing a movie review blog by going through our massive DVD collection in (mostly) alphabetical order.

    I’ll be keeping up with your reviews here for sure. Keep up the great work! 🙂

    • Thank you, Sally. Sounds like you have an impressive collection of DVDs, best of luck with your blog. You may be able to find some of the Best Picture nominees on YouTube. Have fun in Australia. 🙂

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