Blame it on the Academy for releasing their 2013 Oscar nominees earlier today. Point fingers at the buttery smell of popcorn wafting through our office. Or cast your knowing stare in the direction of two past Academy Award Winners for Best Picture: Forrest Gump and The Sting.
With that in mind, we would like to tip our hat to the films that have given a nod to this iconic setting, and at the same time transported us to a different time and place. Plus, do we really believe that it’s just a coincidence that two films that featured the Pier’s historical carousel, twinkling lights and lively amusement park have won Oscars? We don’t think so.
The Sting: Paul Newman. Robert Redford. Sigh, need we say more?
Forrest Gump: When the sweet-spirited Mr. Gump goes on his epic run across the country, he turns around on the Santa Monica Pier. We also happen to think this iconic setting is a real head-turner.
The Net: It may not have won any awards, but Sandra Bullock steals the show as a target of a computer conspiracy in this “cyberthriller.”