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Best Picture Winners and Nominees

I hadn't created a new thread in a while and I thought with award season kicking into gear this thread idea seemed appropriate So...

How many have you seen? If you need to double check, take a look at this link- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy...r_Best_Picture

Turns out I actually haven't seen many of the winners. I've seen a lot more of the nominees. Makes sense when you consider the odds

The Winning Films I've Seen-

It Happened One Night (1934)
Rebecca (1940)
Casablanca (1943)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
West Side Story (1961)
Amadeus (1984)
Rain Man (1988)
Unforgiven (1992)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Titanic (1997)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
American Beauty (1999)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Departed (2006)
No Country for Old Men (2007)

The Nominees I've Seen:    


The Wizard of Oz
Foreign Correspondent
The Grapes of Wrath
The Philadelphia Story
Citizen Kane
The Maltese Falcon
The Pride of the Yankees
It's a Wonderful Life
The Diary of Anne Frank
To Kill a Mockingbird
Doctor Zhivago
Bonnie and Clyde
The Graduate
Romeo and Juliet
Taxi Driver
Star Wars
Raging Bull
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Killing Fields
Field of Dreams
Beauty and the Beast
A Few Good Men
The Fugitive
Pulp Fiction
The Shawshank Redemption
Apollo 13
Jerry Maguire
Good Will Hunting
L.A. Confidential
Saving Private Ryan
The Sixth Sense
Erin Brockovich
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Mystic River
The Aviator
Brokeback Mountain
Michael Clayton
There Will Be Blood
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

And since I'm sure none of us always agree with the choices the Academy makes, here are some questions...

1. Which Best Picture winners do you feel aren't very deserving of their title? Why?

2. Are there any nominees that you feel should have won instead?

3. Which nominees do you feel perhaps should not have been selected? Why?

4. Are there any films that were not nominated you felt should have been...or that should have won even?

NOTE: If you'd rather, go ahead and answer these questions from the other said of the coin. It's just for me personally I find I agree with their selections more often than not and so my lists would be a lot longer if I were to say which winners/and or nominees I agree with...

To answer my own questions...

1. Of those I've seen I don't agree with the following picks

Rebecca (1940)- it's a good film, but I've seen much better from this year...a better Hitchcock nonetheless
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)- good story and acting, but there are issues with pacing amongst other things
Amadeus (1984)- if you really like opera and classical music you probably love this...I don't, but it's not bad
Unforgiven (1992)- great film, but I can't agree with the choice because I've seen better from '92
Titanic (1997)- it's a great film but was this really deserving of Best Picture?
Shakespeare in Love (1998)- I found this to be mediocre at best
No Country for Old Men (2007)- another great film, but I can't agree with the decision because there was better in '07

2. Yes, there are quite a few years I think they chose the wrong winner. Unfortunately, for most of these years I haven't seen the winning film so I can't say with much certainty that these nominees were better, but here's how I would have picked for various different years...

Scott's picks:    


I have seen the winning film Rebecca and it's one of my least favorite Hitchcock films. I would have chosen either of these 3 nominees instead, especially the first which is another Hitchcock film coincidentally

Foreign Correspondent
The Grapes of Wrath
The Philadelphia Story

1941- haven't seen How Green Was My Valley, but I thought these two were superb. Again preference going to the 1st, a Hitchcock film

The Maltese Falcon

1962- Although I've heard great things about Lawrence of Arabia, I find it hard to believe it's better than the following...

To Kill a Mockingbird

1967- Haven't seen In the Heat of the Night but these are two awesome films

Bonnie and Clyde
The Graduate

1980- Haven't seen the winner for this year either and the one listed below isn't a fav but you'd be hard pressed to find one better made

Raging Bull

1981- don't know about Chariot's of Fire but the following is in my Top 5 favorite films and if you ask me it's one of the greatest films ever

Raiders of the Lost Ark

1989- Admittedly the winner might be better here (don't know cause I haven't seen it) but this is a personal fav...

Field of Dreams

1992- Finally another year I've actually seen the winner Ok, Unforgiven is great, but I think my pick is better

A Few Good Men

1994- Ugh, I'm so conflicted here. I love Forrest Gump and I think it's one of the best movies ever made, but the following is quite possibly my favorite film and also very deserving of the title. Having just re-watched the aforementioned, I should check this out again to compare

The Shawshank Redemption

1997- If you ask me this was one of the worst decisions they ever made. Here's the thing- Titanic was great, but not Best Picture material. In my opinion, either of the following should have won instead...but my vote would have gone to Good Will Hunting, it's one of the best

Good Will Hunting
L.A. Confidential

1998- Oh God, this was an even worse decision than the last. How Shakespeare in Love won over the film below is beyond me

Saving Private Ryan

2005- haven't seen it but I have it from a variety of sources that Crash is one of the most over-rated films out there. I'd go with...


3. Of those I've seen, these are the only nominees I wouldn't have picked

Goodfellas- meh, too many dull moments
Taxi Driver- you'll find my thoughts on this one in the Scorcese thread. In summary I found it very boring
Pulp Fiction- it has its moments, but I didn't care for it. See my review in the "rate the last film" thread if care to know more
The Sixth Sense- mediocre at best and doesn't have much merit besides its (predictable) twist
The Aviator- pretty good film, but I saw much better that year
There Will Be Blood- I found this film to be extremely dry
Frost/Nixon- pretty good film, but too talky for my tastes and not one of 08's best, IMO

4. Yes, a few. The most glaring omission is probably The Dark Knight, which was snubbed from last year's ballot...in addition to Gran Torino

Other than those, uhm...what was with the serious mis-treatment of Hitchcock? Sure, he had a few nominated (and even one that won) but the four films commonly considered his best masterpieces (Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest) didn't even receive a nod

Of the four I have listed there, Rear Window is my favorite and I am shocked it wasn't even nominated for Best Picture in what looks to have been a pretty weak year (though I haven't seen any of the nominees) http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/...wards_USA/1955


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Old January 13th, 2010, 8:44 am
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Re: Best Picture Winners and Nominees

Nobody else, eh? What, are you people fed up with my threads?

Well, I've got a few more to add to my list...one winner and some nominees

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (winner)

Yeah, I'd say it was deserving. Might have been better that year, but you could make a strong case for this


Anatomy of a Murder- excellent courtroom drama. Definitely deserving of nom, maybe should've won even

It's a Wonderful Life- sorry, can't agree with this one. It really didn't grab me 'til towards the end.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb- Meh...nothing special, IMO

Pride of the Yankees- Yes, wonderful film...it would've got my vote

I might also note I saw Up in the Air the other day, which seems to be a lock for Best Picture nomination

Oh, and I feel compelled to quote on one of the winners (and one of my favs) I re-watched recently...

Originally Posted by lcbaseball22

Forrest Gump

This movie seems to get better and better every time I watch it. It is probably one of the best movies ever made. Tom Hanks is such an incredible actor. I couldn't see anyone else playing this role better. Now, sure the story in this amazing adventure film might be a little far-fetched but it's a joy to watch and full of heart and emotion...not to mention it's a great look at historical events. And the visual effects used to integrate him into most of these events is astonishing. To top it off there's superb editing and one of the greatest soundtracks.

Acting- 10
Script- 9 (there's still a few moments that irritate me )
Visuals- 10
Sound- 10
Editing- 10

Total Score = 98%

Yep, there's a reason this film won Best Picture amongst quite a few other awards. Personally I think it should have won in damn near every category. Robin Wright and Sally Fields easily could have received Oscar nods as well. If you haven't seen this, I'd say you're missing out

P.S. I noticed for the first time that Forrest Jr. is Haley Joel Osment!


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Re: Best Picture Winners and Nominees

Here are the Best Picture winners I've seen to date:
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Rebecca (1940)
Casablanca (1943)
An American in Paris (1951)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Tom Jones (1963)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Godfather (1972)
The Sting (1973)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Chicago (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2003)
Crash (2005)
The Departed (2006)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

There are some I disagree with, sure (for instance, I believe Beauty and the Beast is a more satisfying movie than The Silence of the Lambs and should have won in 1991), and my favorite movie of a given year is often not nominated at all (two examples: Stranger Than Fiction in 2006 and The Dark Knight last year). I try not to take the Oscars too seriously (anymore), though, because I know my opinion will rarely line up with the Academy's.

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Winning Films
The Sound of Music(1965)
The Godfather(1972)
The Godfather Part II(1974)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest(1975)
The Last Emperor(1987)
The Silence of the Lambs(1991)
The Hours(2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(2003)

The Ten Commandments(1956)
The Exorcist(1973)
Star Wars(1977)
Apocalypse Now(1979)
Raiders of the Lost Ark(1981)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial(1982)
Dead Poets Society(1989)
The Godfather Part III(1990)
Beauty and the Beast(1991)
Four Weddings and a Funeral(1994)
Apollo 13(1995)
Sense and Sensibility(1995)
The Green Mile(1999)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon(2000)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers(2002)
Lost in Translation(2003)
Letters from Iwo Jima(2006)

I've seen more movies than I thought.
I can't say that I agree with Titanic, I can't stand that movie, pure sleeping powder. It's sad that Lost in Translation was nominated the same year as RotK, both are great movies and are worthy the oscar.

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I don't think that we need a thread so specific for the Academy Awards. Especially considering it could be discussed in an all encompassing Oscars thread or at least indirectly in the Oscars 2010 thread. However I really don't care for who wins or what anymore considering that IMHO the new benchmark for cinema accolades isn't validation from a cinematic governing body but finding that extra special film that goes under the radar or films that aren't generally marketed so thoroughly as Oscar Fodder. I mean when you begin to have people trying to limit a person's acceptance speech and in turn diminish the accolades you award them, then you realize that A) The filmmakers and actors are getting far too shallow to bear or B) It's not even about celebrating the best in film as opposed to being a formality to acknowledge. Watch films because you want to, not because some yearly list tells you.

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The Sound of Music
The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Rain Man
The Silence of the Lambs
Schindler's List
Forrest Gump
American Beauty
A Beautiful Mind
LOTR: Return of the King
The Departed
No Country For Old Men
Slumdog Millionaire

Damn, only 22. But I have at least seen 16 of the 21 since I've been alive.

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I don't have time to go through the nominees, but from the winning films I have seen those in the list below. Now I'm not a cinema expert and I don't know much about the Academy, its history and criteria, etc., so I'll just comment on which ones I liked and which ones I didn't care much about.

Gone with the Wind - I enjoyed it, not sure if it's Best Picture material, but certainly epic.
Casablanca - I don't remember much of it, to be honest.
The Apartment - same as above.
My Fair Lady - I remember enjoying it, but not specifics.
The Godfather - that one I agree with.
The Godfather Part II - no. I think it's way overdone.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - well, I remember being impressed with it, but there's an element in the plot I despise with all my heart, which is of course the book's fault, not the film's, but still, can't separate it from the whole.
Amadeus - I remember very little from it.
Out of Africa - I liked this one a lot.
The Silence of the Lambs - yes.
Schindler's List - there's history and subject matter to consider here, but even without them, I thought it was an exceptionally good film, so I agree with that one.
Forrest Gump - no.
Braveheart - oh no.
The English Patient - from what I remember of it, I liked it a lot.
Titanic - god no. This one owes it all to the overblown budget meme, if you ask me.
Shakespeare in Love - I didn't enjoy it at all. I guess if it weren't Shakespeare's love story they were depicting, it wouldn't have been on the Academy's radar at all.
American Beauty - yes yes yes! Completely agree with this one.
Gladiator - not my personal favourite type of film but I don't remember details, so I can't really comment on its worthiness.
A Beautiful Mind - in my opinion, the "tortured mad male genius" was 100% Oscar bait in this one and it worked.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - beautiful film, but Lost In Translation should have been the winner here.
Million Dollar Baby - I didn't care much for it.
The Departed yes, very well made, but it pales in comparison to the original Hong Kong version.
Slumdog Millionaire - I guess. I enjoyed it, it was good, but again, I feel that extra-cinematic factors were in work.

Apparently I had more time for cinema in the 1990s and early 2000s (which is explicable because those are my school and university years).

One nominee I think should have won - Lost in Translation. Such a beautiful, beautiful film.

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This thread is in need of an update/revival...

Originally Posted by lcbaseball22
The Winning Films I've Seen-

It Happened One Night (1934)
Rebecca (1940)
Casablanca (1943)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
West Side Story (1961)
Amadeus (1984)
Rain Man (1988)
Unforgiven (1992)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Titanic (1997)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
American Beauty (1999)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Departed (2006)
No Country for Old Men (2007)

You Can't Take it With You (1938)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
From Here To Eternity (1953)
On the Waterfront (1954)
The Apartment (1960)
The French Connection (1971)
The Godfather (1972)
The Sting (1973)
The Godfather Part 2 (1974)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Rocky (1976)
Platoon (1986)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Gladiator (2000)
Crash (2005)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
The King's Speech (2010)

And really the only one I take issue with is French Connection. The others were all at least decent, though perhaps not "best of the year"

I'll update the nominees list later...

EDIT: here's the additions for the nominees list-

The Thin Man (1934)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
The Awful Truth (1937)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
The Great Dictator (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Sergeant York (1941)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Gaslight (1944)
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
High Noon (1952)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Ghost (1990)
Fargo (1996)
As Good As It Gets (1997)
The Green Mile (1999)
The Insider (1999)
Chocolat (2000)
Gosford Park (2001)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
The Reader (2008)
Avatar (2009)
The Blind Side (2009)
District 9 (2009)
An Education (2009)
Inglorious Basterds (2009)
A Serious Man (2009)
Up (2009)
Up in the Air (2009)
Black Swan (2010)
The Fighter (2010)
Inception (2010)
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
127 Hours (2010)
The Social Network (2010)
True Grit (2010)
Winter's Bone (2010)


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Re: Best Picture Winners and Nominees

Here are the winners I've seen:

1929/1930 - All Quiet on the Western Front - absolutely chilling war movie
1934 - It Happened One Night - hilarious screwball comedy
1935 - Mutiny on the Bounty - don't remember well, just remember liking it
1939 - Gone with the Wind - seen many times
1940 - Rebecca - just rewatched it this past weekend!
1943 - Casablanca - one of my favorite all-time movies
1944 - Going My Way - used to show on television at Christmas every year
1945 - The Lost Weekend - devastating portrayal of alcoholism
1946 - The Best Years of Our Lives - vets returning from WWII and having trouble adjusting
1948 - Hamlet - the Freudian interpretation on screen, with Laurence Olivier
1950 - All About Eve - awesome backstage drama
1951 - An American in Paris - Gene Kelly dancextravaganza (but I prefer Singin' in the Rain)
1953 - From Here to Eternity - has an awesome finale
1954 - On the Waterfront - "I coulda been a contender!"
1955 - Marty - don't remember well, just remember liking it
1956 - Around the World in 80 Days - saw as a kid; thought it was funny
1957 - The Bridge on the River Kwai - good WWII movie
1958 - Gigi - saw as a kid on theatrical re-release; don't remember well
1959 - Ben-Hur - completely knocks Gladiator off the map
1960 - The Apartment - saw as a very young kid on theatrical re-release and didn't understand it at all
1961 - West Side Story - must-see
1962 - Lawrence of Arabia - originally saw on theatrical re-release; Peter O'Toole's first film role
1964 - My Fair Lady - excellent musical
1965 - The Sound of Music - excellent musical
1966 - A Man for All Seasons - riveting drama about the events leading to the martyrdom of Sir/St. Thomas More
1967 - In the Heat of the Night - mystery set in racially tense American South
1968 - Oliver! - Oliver Twist as a musical
1969 - Midnight Cowboy - This is where we begin to see the results of the demise of the Hays Code and the rise of the MPAA ratings system. Far sketchier protagonists than movies could get away with before 1968.
1970 - Patton - Fascinating portrayal of the WWII general; George C. Scott owns this movie
1971 - The French Connection - Violent police procedural
1972 - The Godfather - The first great Oscar-winner of the MPAA era
1973 - The Sting - Very clever film about con artists
1974 - The Godfater Part II - Even better than Part I. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both deservedly earned acting Oscars.
1975 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Good film, but it's kind of hard to follow Godfather Part II.
1976 - Rocky - Inspiring, but I find it mediocre.
1977 - Annie Hall - Very clever Woody Allen comedy.
1978 - The Deer Hunter - Great film.
1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer - Meh
1980 - Ordinary People - Meh
1981 - Chariots of Fire - Good.
1982 - Gandhi - Fabulous!
1983 - Terms of Endearment - Meh
1984 - Amadeus - Fabulous!
1985 - Out of Africa - Good.
1986 - Platoon - Pretty good.
1987 - The Last Emperor - Wonderful portrait of China, as it moves from Empire to Communism.
1988 - Rain Man - Meh.
1989 - Driving Miss Daisy - Meh.
1990 - Dances with Wolves - Okay.
1991 - Silence of the Lambs - Utterly brilliant thriller.
1992 - Unforgiven - I'm a sucker for Westerns.
1993 - Schindler's List - Brilliant, fabulous movie.
1994 - Forrest Gump - It's enjoyable.
1995 - Braveheart - Loved it then, but only saw it once.
1997 - Titanic - Ambivalent. I call it "the worst great movie ever made." The Jack/Rose/Cal/Valet plot that drove box office is utterly ridiculous. But the sinking is magnificent. All of the authentic historical material is wonderfully conceived. Of course, I will see it in 3D.
1998 - Shakespeare in Love - Meh.
1999 - American Beauty - I remember liking it, but I don't remember much other than that.
2000 - Gladiator - It was pretty good, but we rented Ben-Hur on the way home from the movie and Ben-Hur completely blew it away. Also, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Traffic would both have been better choices that year for Best Pic.
2001 - A Beautiful Mind - Interesting biopic.
2002 - Chicago - Thoroughly enjoyed it.
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - YAY!!!
2005 - Crash - Hated it.
2006 - The Departed - It was pretty good... and it finally freed Scorcese to make other types of films, like Hugo!
2007 - No Country for Old Men - Hated it.
2008 - Slumdog Millionaire - Totally loved it!
2010 - The King's Speech - Enjoyed it, but it can't compare with the best films on this list.

Missing: 1927, 1928/29, 1930/31, 1932/33, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1963, 1996, 2004, 2009

Here are the nominees I've seen:

1930/31 - The Front Page
1932/33 - 42nd Street
1934 - The Gay Divorcee
1935 - David Copperfield
1935 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
1935 - Les Miserables
1935 - Top Hat
1936 - A Tale of Two Cities
1937 - Dead End
1937 - Lost Horizon
1937 - A Star Is Born
1938 - Boys Town
1939 - Goodbye, Mr. Chips
1939 - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
1939 - Nonotchka
1939 - Stagecoach
1939 - The Wizard of Oz
1939 - Wuthering Heights
1940 - The Grapes of Wrath
1940 - The Great Dictator
1940 - The Philadelphia Story
1941 - Citizen Kane
1941 - The Maltest Falcon
1941 - Sergeant York
1941 - Suspicion
1942 - Kings Row
1942 - Yankee Doodle Dandy
1943 - The Song of Bernadette
1944 - Double Indemnity
1944 - Gaslight
1945 - The Bells of St. Mary's
1945 - Spellbound
1946 - Henry V
1946 - It's a Wonderful Life
1946 - The Razor's Edge
1947 - The Bishop's Wife
1947 - Great Expectations
1947 - Miracle on 34th Street
1948 - Johnny Belinda
1948 - The Red Shoes
1948 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1950 - Sunset Boulevard
1951 - A Streetcar Named Desire
1952 - High Noon
1952 - The Quiet Man
1953 - The Robe
1953 - Shane
1954 - The Caine Mutiny
1954 - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
1955 - Mister Roberts
1956 - The King and I
1956 - Friendly Persuasion
1956 - Giant
1956 - The Ten Commandments
1957 - 12 Angry Men
1958 - Auntie Mame
1959 - The Diary of Anne Frank
1959 - Anatomy of a Murder
1960 - The Sundowners
1960 - The Alamo
1962 - To Kill a Mockingbird
1963 - Cleopatra
1963 - How the West Was Won
1964 - Becket
1964 - Dr. Strangelove
1964 - Mary Poppins
1965 - Doctor Zhivago
1966 - Alfie
1966 - The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
1966 - The Sand Pebbles
1966 - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
1967 - Bonnie and Clude
1967 - Doctor Dolittle
1967 - The Graduate
1968 - Funny Girl
1968 - The Lion in Winter
1968 - Romeo and Juliet
1969 - Anne of the Thousand Days
1969 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
1969 - Hello Dolly!
1970 - Airport
1970 - Five Easy Pieces
1970 - Love Story
1970 - MASH
1971 - A Clockwork Orange
1971 - Fiddler on the Roof
1971 - The Last Picture Show
1971 - Nicholas and Alexandra
1972 - Cabaret
1972 - Deliverance
1973 - American Graffiti
1973 - The Exorcist
1974 - Chinatown
1975 - Barry Lydon
1975 - Jaws
1975 - Nashville
1976 - All the President's Men
1976 - Network
1976 - Taxi Driver
1977 - The Goodbye Girl
1977 - Julia
1977 - Star Wars
1977 - The Turning Point
1978 - Coming Home
1978 - Midnight Express
1979 - All That Jazz
1979 - Apocalypse Now
1980 - Coal Miner's Daughter
1980 - The Elephant Man
1980 - Raging Bull
1980 - Tess
1981 - On Golden Pond
1981 - Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestiral
1982 - Tootsie
1982 - The Verdict
1983 - The Big Chill
1983 - Tender Mercies
1984 - A Passage to India
1984 - A Soldier's Story
1985 - The Color Purple
1985 - Kiss of the Spider Woman
1985 - Prizzi's Honor
1985 - Witness
1986 - Children of a Lesser God
1986 - Hannah and Her Sisters
1986 - The Mission
1986 - A Room with a View
1987 - Broadcast News
1987 - Fatal Attraction
1987 - Hope and Glory
1987 - Moonstruck
1988 - The Accidental Tourist
1988 - Dangerous Liaisons
1988 - Mississippi Burning
1988 - Working Girl
1989 - Born on the Fourth of July
1989 - Dead Poets Society
1989 - My Left Foot
1990 - Ghost
1990 - Awakenings
1990 - The Godfather Part III
1990 - Goodfellas
1991 - Beauty and the Beast
1991 - JFK
1991 - The Prince of Tides
1992 - The Crying Game
1992 - Howards End
1993 - The Fugitive
1993 - In the Name of the Father
1993 - The Remains of the Day
1994 - Four Weddings and a Funeral
1994 - Pulp Fiction
1994 - The Shawshank Redemption
1995 - Babe
1995 - Sense and Sensibility
1996 - Fargo
1998 - Elizabeth
1998 - Life Is Beautiful
1998 - Saving Private Ryan
1999 - The Green Mile
1999 - The Insider
1999 - The Sixth Sense
2000 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2000 - Traffic
2001 - Gosford Park
2001 - Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
2002 - Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003 - Lost in Translation
2003 - Mystic River
2004 - Ray
2005 - Capote
2005 - Good Night, and Good Luck
2009 - Avatar
2009 - District 9
2009 - Inglourious Basterds
2009 - Up
2010 - The King's Speech
2010 - Inception
2010 - The Social Network
2010 - Toy Story 3
2010 - True Grit


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Re: Best Picture Winners and Nominees

Mine seems paltry by comparison to that, but these are the ones I've seen to date:

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, 1929 winner for Best Picture: Unique and Artistic Production
It Happened One Night, 1935 winner
The Thin Man, 1935 nominee
Mutiny on the Bounty, 1936 winner
The Awful Truth, 1938 nominee
The Adventures of Robin Hood, 1939 nominee
Gone with the Wind, 1940 winner
The Wizard of Oz, 1940 nominee
Wuthering Heights, 1940 nominee
Foreign Correspondent, 1941 nominee
The Great Dictator, 1941 nominee
The Philadelphia Story, 1941 nominee
Rebecca, 1941 winner
Citizen Kane, 1942 nominee
The Maltese Falcon, 1942 nominee
Suspicion, 1942 nominee
Random Harvest, 1943 nominee
Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1943 nominee
Casablanca, 1944 winner
Double Indemnity, 1945 nominee
The Lost Weekend, 1946 winner
Spellbound, 1946 nominee
The Best Years of Our Lives, 1947 winner
It's a Wonderful Life, 1947 nominee
Miracle on 34th Street, 1948 nominee
Battleground, 1950 nominee
All About Eve, 1951 winner
Born Yesterday, 1951 nominee
Sunset Blvd., 1951 nominee
An American in Paris, 1952 winner
On the Watefront, 1955 winner
The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1958 winner
12 Angry Men, 1958 nominee
Ben-Hur, 1960 winner
The Apartment, 1961 winner
The Guns of Navarone, 1962 nominee
The Hustler, 1962 nominee
Judgment at Nuremberg, 1962 nominee
Lawrence of Arabia, 1963 winner
Mutiny on the Bounty, 1963 nominee
To Kill a Mockingbird, 1963 nominee
Tom Jones, 1964 winner
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1965 nominee
Mary Poppins, 1965 nominee
My Fair Lady, 1965 winner
Doctor Zhivago, 1966 nominee
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1967 nominee
Bonnie and Clyde, 1968 nominee
The Graduate, 1968 nominee
In the Heat of the Night, 1968 winner
The Lion in Winter, 1969 nominee
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, 1970 nomineee
The Godfather, 1973 winner
American Graffiti, 1974 nominee
The Exorcist, 1974 nominee
The Sting, 1974 winner
Chinatown, 1975 nominee
The Godfather: Part II, 1975 winner
Dog Day Afternoon, 1976 nominee
Jaws, 1976 nominee
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1976 winner
Network, 1977 nominee
Rocky, 1977 winner
Taxi Driver, 1977 nominee
Annie Hall, 1978 winner
Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope, 1978 nominee
Apocalypse Now, 1980 nominee
Raging Bull, 1981 nominee
Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1982 nominee
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, 1983 nominee
Tootsie, 1983 nominee
Amadeus, 1985 winner
Hannah and Her Sisters, 1987 nominee
Working Girl, 1989 nominee
The Godfather: Part III, 1991 nominee
Goodfellas, 1991 nominee
Beauty and the Beast, 1992 nominee
The Silence of the Lambs, 1992 winner
The Fugitive, 1994 nominee
Pulp Fiction, 1995 nominee
Apollo 13, 1996 nominee
Babe, 1996 nominee
Fargo, 1997 nominee
L.A. Confidential, 1998 nominee
Titanic, 1998 winner
Saving Private Ryan, 1999 nominee
Shakespeare in Love, 1999 winner
The Sixth Sense, 2000 nominee
Gladiator, 2001 winner
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2002 nominee
Chicago, 2003 winner
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2003 nominee
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2004 winner
The Aviator, 2005 nominee
Crash, 2006 winner
Good Night, and Good Luck, 2006 nominee
The Departed, 2007 winner
Juno, 2008 nominee
Michael Clayton, 2008 nominee
No Country for Old Men, 2008 winner
There Will Be Blood, 2008 nominee
Frost/Nixon, 2009 nominee
Slumdog Millionaire, 2009 winner
A Serious Man, 2010 nominee
Avatar, 2010 nominee
District 9, 2010 nominee
The Hurt Locker, 2010 winner
Inglourious Basterds, 2010 nominee
Precious, 2010 nominee
Up, 2010 nominee
Up in the Air, 2010 nominee
Black Swan, 2011 nominee
The Fighter, 2011 nominee
Inception, 2011 nominee
The Kids Are All Right, 2011 nominee
The King's Speech, 2011 winner
127 Hours, 2011 nominee
The Social Network, 2011 nominee
Toy Story 3, 2011 nominee
True Grit, 2011 nominee

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In light of the recent discussion in the 2013 Oscar thread I'm bumping this thread...and I'm sure it could use an update, but I'll get back to you guys on that...


Seems it's really just the 2011 Films I need to add

Winner-- The Artist


The Descendants
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

The Artist was delightful and a deserving winner. As for the non-winners...Moneyball and The Descendants were great, The Tree of Life was God awful, and the rest were decent. Deathly Hallows and Girl with the Dragon tattoo were suspiciously snubbed and should have taken the place of a few of the above. Note I have yet to see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, despite the fact I love Tom Hanks as an actor.


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I am a movie lover and could talk about movies for hours without ever stopping. One of the most interesting arguments I oftenly discuss with anyone with which I can talk about movies is: "How dumb is the academy, how stupid are the academy voters and how many millions of mistakes they have made throughout 85 years" Yes I am an academy hater, I absolutely disrespect the academy and could go on for a day in mentioning the wrond winners of decades of Oscars, since here we are talking about Picture I'll just limitate myslef to Best Picture and Director nominees and winners.

These are in no particular order.

-Forrest Gump winning in 1994. So in the same year of Pulp fiction, Quiz Show and The Shawshank redemption some of the very best movies in cinema history won Forrest Gump, a fun movie but way too boring, flawed and dramaticly unsatisfing.

-Anne Hall winning best picture in 1977. Yeah you have no idea what I'm talking about because you have no idea what Annie Hall is, and guess what?! That same year star wars and close encounters of the third kind came out and who won ANNIE HALL? you must be kidding! No one remebers that movie which made absolutely ZERO IMPACt in cinema history as compared to the other 2 nominees!

-Saving Private Ryan loosing to shaespeare in love: don't get me wrong I really like Shakespeare in love but HOW THE HELL DID IT WIN OVER SAVING PRIVATE RYAN!?! [staff edit]

-Gladiator winning in 2000. Once again love the movie but that year Requiem for a Dream came out AND IT WASN'T EVEN NOMINATED!! One of the greatest movies in the history of cinema, which gets under your skin and shocks you no matter who you are, that same movie that whatever you say changes your life from the moment the credits roll wan't nominated, WHY? We will never know.

-Pan's Labyrinth not getting nominated for Best picture and loosing best foreign language film!!! Ok that year won The departed, which is a great movie actually one of my favourites and my personal favourite of Scorsese. But Pan's Labyrinth is a better bovie by every mean!!! AND IT DIDN'T EVEN WIN BEST FOREIGN MOVIE! That is just proposterous, one of the most emotionally resonat movies to reach the silver screen didn't make it in winning one single best movie award! Demonstrates how stupid the academy members are.

Ok so I could go on forever but now lets go to my two favourite snobs in Academy History:

-The Dark Knight now getting nominated for best picture. Do I really need to comment on that? I think everyone agrees it was just outrageous. The Dark Knight changed movie history forever, it changed the way in wich not only comic book movies could be viwed but how crime dramas could be handeled, yet nothing to that movie! HATE TO THE ACADEMY!

Ok , now to the worst snob in academy history:



I actually cried when the news came out because it made me loose fate in humanity, the people who retain themselves to be the movie elite in the world, the same people who chose the best picture each year, the people who influence random movie goers, the poeple who are quoted every time a movie winds awards, those people did not nominate the best director of all time for his best movie which is a culmination of the cinematic experience someone can experience, the movie is one of the"most directed movies" ever made, the man behind it all was Nolan and he got zero recognition. This is just so sad and it makes you realize how stupid the academy is and how important it is for you to have your own personal ideas in movies without being influenced by "MOVIE ELITES"

Despite many misteps the academy has very rarely given recognition to movies that actually deserved it 100%, look at :The lord of the rings, a beautiful mind and the departed.

Well that is a very breif account of what I think of the academy, do you agree or disagree with me? Please tell me I really like to share my thoughts on this subject with people.

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Winners (Who I Think Should Have Won)

2010 - The King's Speech (Toy Story 3)
2009 - The Hurt Locker (Avatar)
2005 - Crash (Brokeback Mountain)
2004 - Million Dollar Baby (The Aviator)
2002 - Chicago (The Two Towers)
2001 - A Beautiful Mind (Fellowship of the Ring)
1998 - Shakespeare In Love (Saving Private Ryan)
1996 - The English Patient (Jerry Maguire)
1995 - Braveheart (Apollo 13)
1994 - Forrest Gump (Shawshank Redemption or Pulp Fiction)
1992 - Unforgiven (A Few Good Men)
1991 - Silence of the Lambs (Beauty and the Beast)
1990 - Dances with Wolves (Goodfellas)
1989 - Driving Miss Daisy (any of the other nominees)

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1994 - Forrest Gump (Shawshank Redemption or Pulp Fiction)
I read a very interesting observation in an article about why The Shawshank Redemption is at the top of IMDB ratings:

The Shawshank Principle and the GOP nominationThe idea behind "mediocrity rules" is that true greatness always runs the risk of offense, or at least turning people off. For one thing, greatness is innovative, which means that you lose huge portions of the audience that wants a warm bath of not being challenged at all. Think of the film that deserved the Oscar that year, but lost out (along with "Shawshank") to "Forrest Gump"---"Pulp Fiction". Nowadays I don't think "Pulp Fiction" perturbs too many people, but at the time the film was so shockingly different that it didn't have a chance in hell. In fact, Tarantino is still doing one movie after another that offends the typical sensibilities of the mainstream American audience (including, which I'll get to in a minute, the shut-up-ladies phenomenon), and still not getting loaded down with Oscars, in a fashion that will be seen in the future as a scandalous oversight. "Pulp Fiction" was rock and roll, and "Forrest Gump" was Michael Bolton. "Shawshank" was a Frank Sinatra album---solid, classic even, but not great.

It's on facebook though so I'm not sure if it's going to open for everyone.

Edit: I found it elsewhere.

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