Watchlist #1: The Oscars – Best Pictures Winners

My goal is to finish all 90+ films before I turn thirty. #30by30

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Academy Award Best Picture Winners

1927/28 – Wings directed by William A. Wellman 


1928/29 – The Broadway Melody directed by Harry Beaumont

1929/30 – All Quiet on the Western Front directed by Lewis Milestone

1930/31 – Cimarron directed by Wesley Ruggles

1931/32 – Grand Hotel  directed by Edmond Goulding

1932/33 – Calvacade directed by Frank Lloyd

1934 – It Happened One Night directed by Frank Capra 

1935 – Mutiny on the Bounty directed by Frank Lloyd

1936 – The Great Ziegfeld directed by Robert Z. Leonard

1937 – The Life of Emile Zola directed by William Dieterle

1938 – You Can’t Take it with You directed by Frank Capra

1939 – Gone with the Wind directed by Victor Fleming

1940 – Rebecca directed by Alfred Hitchcock

1941 – How Green Was My Valley directed by John Ford

1942 – Mrs. Miniver directed by William Wyler

1943 – Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz

1944 – Going My Way directed by Leo McCarey

1945 – The Lost Weekend directed by Billy Wilder

1946 – The Best Years of Our Lives directed by William Wyler

1947 – Gentlemen’s Agreement directed by Elia Kazan✓

1948 – Hamlet directed by Laurence Oliver

1949 – All the King’s Men directed by Robert Rossen

1950 – All About Eve directed by Joesph L. Mankiewicz

1951 – An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli

1952 – The Greatest Show on Earth directed by Cecil B. DeMille

1953 – From Here to Eternity directed by Fred Zinnemann ✓ 


1954 – On the Waterfront directed by Elia Kazan

1955 – Marty directed by Delbert Mann

1956 – Around the World in 80 Days directed by Michael Anderson

1957 – The Bridge on the River Kwai directed by David Lean

1958 – Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli ✓ 

1959 – Ben-Hur directed by William Wyler

1960 – The Apartment  directed by Billy Wilder


1961 – West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins✓

1962 – Lawrence of Arabia directed by David Lean

1963 – Tom Jones directed by Tony Richardson

1964 – My Fair Lady directed by George Cukor

1965 – The Sound of Music directed by Robert Wise ✓

1966 – A Man for All Seasons directed by Fred Zinnemann

1967 – In the Heat of the Night directed by Norman Jewison

1968 – Oliver! directed by Carol Reed

1969 – Midnight Cowboy directed by John Schlesinger

1970 – Patton directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

1971 – The French Connection directed by William Friedkin

1972 – The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola 

1973 – The Sting directed by George Roy Hill

1974 – The Godfather Part II directed by Francis Ford Coppola

1975 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest directed by Miloš Forman 

1976 – Rocky directed by John G. Avildsen

1977 – Annie Hall directed by Woody Allen

1978 – The Deer Hunter directed by Michael Cimino 

1979 – Kramer vs. Kramer directed by Robert Benton 

1980 – Ordinary People directed by Robert Redford

1981 – Chariots of Fire directed by Hugh Hudson

1982 – Gandhi directed by Richard Attenborough

1983 – Terms of Endearment directed by James L. Brooks

1984 – Amadeus directed by Miloš Forman

1985 – Out of Africa directed by Sydney Pollack ✓ 

1986 – Platoon directed by Oliver Stone

1987 – The Last Emperor directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

1988 – Rain Man  directed by Barry Levinson 

1989 – Driving Miss Daisy directed by Bruce Beresford

1990 – Dances with Wolves directed by Kevin Costner

1991 – Silence of the Lambs directed by Jonathan Demme 

1992 – Unforgiven directed by Clint Eastwood

1993 – Schindler’s List directed by Steven Spielberg

1994 – Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis ✓

1995 – Braveheart directed by Mel Gibson

1996 – The English Patient directed by Anthony Minghella 

1997 – Titanic directed by James Cameron ✓

1998 – Shakespeare in Love directed by John Madden 

1999 – American Beauty directed by Sam Mendes 

2000 – Gladiator directed by Ridley Scott

2001 – A Beautiful Mind directed by Ron Howard 

2002 – Chicago directed by Rob Marshall 

2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King directed by Peter Jackson

2004 – Million Dollar Baby directed by Cint Eastwood 


2005 – Crash directed by Paul Haggis 

2006 – The Departed directed by Martin Scorsese 

2007 – No Country for Old Men directed by Joel and Ethan Coen 

2008 – Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle 

2009 – The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow 

2010 – The King’s Speech directed by Tom Hooper✓

2011 – The Artist directed by Michel Hazanavicius 

2012 – Argo directed by Ben Affleck

2013 – 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen ✓

2014 – Birdman directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu 

2015 – Spotlight directed by Tom McCarthy 

2016 – Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins 

2017The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro 

2018 – Green Book by Peter Farrelly

Books and Movies Lists

11 Online Resources Every Lifelong Learner Should Know About


I got my degree. Now what?

Job search, interviews etc. of course, but you also have to stay current.

Your degree certainly has value, but let’s be honest you haven’t learned everything you need to know about your career field. And if you’re a multipotentialite like me, you didn’t quite take all of the classes you wish you could have because they weren’t in your major or you didn’t have enough elective opportunities. Well, I have good news. The learning isn’t over, and it never will be.

No matter what the subject matter things are always changing. Luckily, with such advances in technology, we have many resources to learn on our own.

Even if you aren’t planning to use your degree the way you thought you would, college will always have taught at least one thing you will use forever…it taught you how to learn. Take those note taking, studying, reading, researching, and analyzing habits and put them back into action.

There will always be books full of knowledge for us to absorb but the online education world is what takes learning on our own to a whole new level.

Being a little bit obsessed with learning, I’ve tested out several online learning resources. Of course, I always search for free opportunities, and there are some good ones, but there are some subscriptions that are completely worth paying for too! Below are some of the best learning platforms I’ve found:


Courses for Business, Creative and Technology skills.

Fees Monthly or Annually.
Free 30-day trial.
Possible free memberships with a university affiliation.
Totally worth it!

2. Linkedin Learning

Courses for Business, Creative and Technology skills.

Fees Monthly or Annually.
Free 30-day trial.
Linkedin purchased and has meshed videos into their website as Linkedin Learning.


FREE. Fees for certificates. MOOCs from a variety of well-known universities and colleges.

4. Ted-Ed

FREE.  “Lessons worth sharing.”


Pay per course, as low as $10. Library of over 55,000 courses on many different topics.

6. Duolingo

FREE Language Learning tool. A Web App and a Mobile App.

The following languages are available to study:

Romanian for English speakers

7. Memrise

FREE memorizing and studying tool. The ultimate online flashcards.

8. monkeysee

FREE quick task how-to videos. Wondering how to dice an onion? How to sew a button? Are you looking for a fun new Halloween recipe? Or a tasty cocktail? Check out monkeysee!

9. Khan Academy

FREE! Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization providing free courses for all ages in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

10. Creative Bug

Short classes relating the following topics, made by a variety of designers and artists.

“You’re more creative than you think.”

11. The Great Courses

Audio and/or Video Lectures from Professionals in their fields on everything from Medical to Linguistics to Astronomy to Religion to Politics to Health to Physics. There is a series on pretty much every major topic. These lectures can get pretty pricey, I’ve found the best way to listen to these is through Audible.  You can use your credits to purchase a lecture series and get it for sometimes a third or fourth of the cost! Though The Great Courses stand-alone site often has great deals and specials to look out for as well, especially if you’re interested in the video feature.

Other online learning sites to check out:,, youtube, G Suite Learning Center,

Always looking for new resources, shout ’em out if you got ’em!

Learn all you can. Be passionate. Be your ultimate you <3

Career Learning Technology

Embrace Your Multipotentialities


When my friends and family ask what I do, I don’t know where to start.

In the last 7 years,  (4 years at Purdue, 2 years at DePaul, 1 year at University of Michigan), I have considered all of the following as potential careers. Some completely serious, some completely off the wall, but they were considered none the less … don’t judge me.

  • 3D Animator
  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • VFX Artist
  • Digital Painter
  • Texture Artist
  • CAD Technician
  • Photographer
  • Photo Editor
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Teacher
  • Singer
  • Sound Recordist
  • Video Editor
  • Director
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Foley Artist
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Music Producer
  • Script Supervisor
  • Film Producer
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Studio Owner
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Bartender
  • Yoga Instructor/Health Consultant for Creatives
  • Equipment Lender
  • Documentarian
  • Freelance Artist
  • Jewelry Maker
  • Travel Blogger
  • Caretaker
  • Dog Walker
  • Transcriptionist
  • Media Restoration Specialist
  • Audio Visual Technician
  • Event Planner
  • Venue Manager
  • Media Asset Organizer
  • Audio book producer/recorder
  • Voiceover Artist
  • Experiential Marketing Specialist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Online Educator
  • Museum Technician
  •  Video Studio Manager
  • Theater/Live Event Audio Engineer
  • AV Sales Representative
  • Audio Visual Designer

And I bet you that’s not all….

This truth is, I start doing a lot of things. But I have a hard time sticking to just one thing.

Do I have to pick just one thing?

Currently, I am not an expert on any one thing but I love to learn about many things. I bounce back and forth between interests. Staying focused on one thing is difficult for me. What I have discovered is this….

I am multipotentialite.

“A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.” – Emilie Wapnick

Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).

If you are totally relating to my “too many interests” struggle, check out to learn more about this lifestyle! Emilie and the whole putty like community are great and full of tips for success in the workplace … and in life … as we renaissance people strive for growth and understanding.

Please enjoy this TED Talk where I was inspired by this idea!

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Well, I still don’t know yet, but I’m going to try a few things out and learn as much as I can! I hope to combine my interests and find my perfect job.

I WILL become the ultimate me.