Editor’s note: It’s Day 25 in our 30-day “Countdown to Oscar,” where we’ll feature a different Oscar-winning movie that you can watch online right here at xfinitytv.com
It just so happens that “E.T.” star Drew Barrymore celebrates her 36th birthday on the same day “E.T.” hits our Oscar Countdown.
To this day, Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” is universally loved by children and adults alike. The film holds a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was rated the greatest science fiction movie made in their survey. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four: Best Original Music Score, Sound, Sound Effects Editing, and Visual Effects.
“E.T.” pop cultural references are so pervasive that mentions of the line “E.T. phone home” are too numerous to count (I probably make at least one a day) and, for me at least, it’s almost impossible to look at a full moon without imagining a bmx bicycle with a passenger in the basket, flying in front of it.
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