Best Picture and better picture: Which Oscar winners were deserving and which films got cheated?
In honor of Oscar season, I've put this list together. I was inspired to do this by Cogerson's recent Best Picture hub. So thanks Bruce.
Here's a link to Cogerson's Best-to-Worst Best Picture Hub
Ranking every Best Picture winner from 1927 to 2010. Movies were ranked using box office grosses, critic and audience reviews and award recognition.
Best Picture and Better Picture: Which deserved to win and which did not?
When the Best Picture winner is announced at the Oscars, sometimes we says, “Yeah, that deserved it,” but then again, sometimes we say, “Are they kidding me?!” There are a lot of politics and extenuating factors in Hollywood that determine which film wins the big trophy. The worthy winner doesn’t always win. Going back over the 83 year history of the Academy Awards, I’m going to say which films I thought didn’t deserve to win and which should have. Let me know if you agree with my choices.
1927-8: The Winner-Wings
What should have won: Sunrise (Sunrise was given a special award for Artistic quality of production, but it was the best film of the year and should have won best picture.)
1928-9: Winner-Broadway Melody
What should have won: The Letter (although several films from 1929 are lost, so one of them may deserve the win.)
1929-30: Winner-All Quiet on the Western Front
I agree with this one.
What Should Have Won: The Front Page
1931-2: Winner-Grand Hotel
What should have won: The Private Life of Henry the Eighth.
1934: Winner: It Happened on Night
What should have won: The Thin Man
1935: Winner-Mutiny on the Bounty
1936: Winner-The Great Ziegfeld
What should have won: Either My Man Godfrey or Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.
1937: The Life of Emil Zola
What should have won: The Good Earth
1938: You Can’t Take it With You
What should have won: The Adventures of Robin Hood
1939: Winner: Gone with the Wind
This was the greatest year ever for film. Gone with the Wind was a worthy winner, but so were Wuthering Heights, the Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach and Mr. Smith goes to Washington. Any of them could have won.
What Should Have Won: The Grapes of Wrath
1941: Winner-How Green was my Valley
What should have won: Citizen Kane
1942: Winner-Mrs. Miniver
What should have won-The Magnificent Ambersons
1944: Winner-Going my Way
What should have won: Double Indemnity
1945: Winner-The Lost Weekend
What should have won-Mildred Pierce
1946: Winner-The Best Years of our Lives
What should have won: It’s a Wonderful Life
1947: Winner-Gentleman’s Agreement
What should have won-A Miracle of 34th street.
What should have won-The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1949: All the King’s Men
1950: Winner-All About Eve
1951: Winner-An American in Paris
What should have won- Either the African Queen or A Streetcar Named Desire.
1952: Winner-The Greatest Show on Earth.
What should have won-Either High Noon or the Quiet Man.
1953: Winner- From Here to Eternity
This was a worthy winner, but a good argument can be made for Shane.
1954: Winner-On the Waterfront
What should have won: Rebel without a Cause
1956: Winner-Around the World in 80 Days.
What should have won-Either Giant or the 10 Commandments.
1957: Winner- The Bridge on the River Kwai
1960: Winner-The Apartment.
What should have won-Either Spartacus, Psycho or Inherit the Wind.
1961: Winner-West Side Story
1962: Lawrence of Arabia
This is a worthy winner but a good argument could be made for To Kill a Mockingbird.
1963: Winner-Tom Jones
What should have won-Either Hud or Lilies of the Field.
1964: winner- My Fair Lady
This is a worthy winner but a good case could be made for Dr. Strangelove.
1965: winner- The Sound of Music
1966: A Man for all Seasons
1967: In the Heat of the Night
What should have won: Either the Graduate or Bonnie and Clyde.
This is a worthy winner but a good argument could be made for either 2001: a Space Odyssey or the Lion in Winter.
1969: Winner-Midnight Cowboy
A worthy winner but you could argue for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
1971: Winner-The French Connection
1972: Winner-The Godfather
1973: Winner- The Sting
1974: Winner- The Godfather part 2.
This is a very worthy winner, but you could make a strong case for Chinatown.
1975: Winner- One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1976: Winner- Rocky
A worthy choice, but you could make an argument for Taxi Driver or All the President’s Men.
1977: Winner-Annie Hall
1978: Winner- The Deer Hunter
1979: Winner- Kramer vs. Kramer
What should have won: Apocalypse Now
1980:Winner- Ordinary People
What should have won- Raging Bull
1981: Chariots of Fire
What should have won-Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982: Winner- Gandhi
1983: Winner- Terms of Endearment
What should have won- The Right Stuff
1985: Winner- Out of Africa
1987: Winner- The Last Emperor
1988: winner: Rain Man
What should have won- Mississippi Burning
1989: Winner: Driving Miss Daisy
A worthy winner, but you could argue for Henry the fifth or Crimes & Misdemeanors.
1990: Winner: Dances with Wolves
What should have won-GoodFellas
1991: Winner-Silence of the Lambs
1993: Winner- Schindler’s List
1994: Winner- Forrest Gump
What should have won- Pulp Fiction
1995: Winner: Braveheart
What should have won- Apollo 13.
1996: Winner: the English Patient
What should have won- Fargo.
1997: Winner: Titanic
A good case could be made for As Good as it Gets and L.A. Confidential
1998: Winner: Shakespeare in Love
What should have won- Saving Private Ryan
1999: Winner- American Beauty
What should have won- the Sixth Sense
What should have won- Traffic
2001: Winner- A Beautiful Mind
This is a worthy winner but you could argue for Gosford Park.
2002: Winner- Chicago
What should have won- Adaptation
2003: Winner- Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
This is a worthy winner, but you could argue for Mystic River or Lost in Translation.
2004: Winner- Million Dollar Baby
What should have won—Either The Aviator, Ray, Eternal Sunset of the Spotless Mind or Sideways.
2005: Winner- Crash
This is a worthy winner but you could make a case for Capote or the Constant Gardner.
2006: Winner- The Departed
What should have won: Either the Last King of Scotland, the Queen or Dream Girls.
2007: Winner: No Country for Old Men
2008: Winner: Slumdog Millionaire
This was a worthy winner but you could argue for the Reader, Frost/Nixon or the Wrestler.
2009: Winner- The Hurt Locker
2010: Winner- the King’s Speech
So that’s my view on Best Picture winners and better pictures.
What do you think?
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