I challenge you to pick the BEST picture below.
I've just asked the impossible. It feels like a crime to place Monet, Rivera, Kandinsky, Matisse, Dali, Van Gogh, or Parrish in first place and leave the rest of these masterpieces to be also rans.
There is no such thing as THE BEST in art.
This week the Academy Awards will choose a best picture. The concept boggles my mind.
How do you choose between:
Going back in a time machine to watch LINCOLN shape our nation.
A beloved musical combined with the grit of the original novel in LES MISERABLES.
The heart pumping escape wrapped in a Hollywood lie in ARGO.
The triumph of the human spirit over mental illness in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.
A shameless reality that exists a breath away from our comfortable lives in BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.
The transcendental journey in THE LIFE OF PI.
I regret I haven't seen ZERO DARK THIRTY, AMOUR, or DJANGO UNCHAINED, but I have no doubt each would leave its indelible imprint on me.
A masterpiece is a masterpiece. We are all the better for them.