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Least Worthy Best Picture Winners 1990-Present. 
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After adding to the list of Least Worthy Best Picture Nods since 1990, I figured it was time to do one for least worthy winners. For your response, list the movie nominated you would have chosen over it.

1990: Dances With Wolves
What Should Have Won: Goodfellas

1994: Forrest Gump
What Should Have Won: Pulp Fiction

1996: The English Patient
What Should Have Won: Fargo

1997: Titanic
What Should Have Won: LA Confidential

1998: Shakespeare In Love
What Should Have Won: The Thin Red Line

2000: Gladiator
What Should Have Won: Traffic

2001: A Beautiful Mind
What Should Have Won: In The Bedroom or Gosford Park

2002: Chicago
What Should Have Won: The Two Towers or The Pianist

2003: Return Of The King
Not gonna say Return Of The King isn't worthy even though I personally would've picked Mystic River among the nominees.

2005: Crash
What Should Have Won: Good Night And Good Luck

2009: The Hurt Locker
What Should Have Won: Precious

2010: The King's Speech
What Should Have Won: Inception

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Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:23 pm
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Inception? Yeah I don't think so, that film was FAR too muddled for it's own good, the characters weren't very engaging and the action scenes were poorly directed for the most part, if any film should've won, it's Social Network.


Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:39 pm
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And Jeff, the list could go on. The Oscar winners are an ongoing embarrassment

1980 - Ordinary people beats Raging Bull
1989 - Driving Miss daisy was the worst of the 5 films and won!
1979 - Kramer vs Kramer beats Apocalypse Now
1975 - Rocky beats Taxi Driver, Network and All the President's Men

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Robert Holloway wrote:
And Jeff, the list could go on. The Oscar winners are an ongoing embarrassment


1989 - Driving Miss daisy was the worst of the 5 films and won!

Rob


In fairness, I don't like a single one of the 5. Do the Right Thing wasn't even nominated. That movie has an issue or two with it, but it's at least a smart film.

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Inception? Yeah I don't think so, that film was FAR too muddled for it's own good, the characters weren't very engaging and the action scenes were poorly directed for the most part, if any film should've won, it's Social Network.


The bold portion highlights the part of your statement that I agree with.


Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:02 pm
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JamesKunz wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
And Jeff, the list could go on. The Oscar winners are an ongoing embarrassment


1989 - Driving Miss daisy was the worst of the 5 films and won!

Rob


In fairness, I don't like a single one of the 5. Do the Right Thing wasn't even nominated. That movie has an issue or two with it, but it's at least a smart film.

Out of curiosity, what are your issues with it?


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Pedro wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
And Jeff, the list could go on. The Oscar winners are an ongoing embarrassment


1989 - Driving Miss daisy was the worst of the 5 films and won!

Rob


In fairness, I don't like a single one of the 5. Do the Right Thing wasn't even nominated. That movie has an issue or two with it, but it's at least a smart film.

Out of curiosity, what are your issues with it?


Well to be honest I think much of the first 100 minutes or so is fairly bland. I know what Lee is going for, but he takes a really languid pace.

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Quentin Tarantino has been and will always be shafted by the Academy.


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ram1312 wrote:
Quentin Tarantino has been and will always be shafted by the Academy.


I can't wait until 2035 when he gets a lifetime achievement award

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JamesKunz wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
And Jeff, the list could go on. The Oscar winners are an ongoing embarrassment


1989 - Driving Miss daisy was the worst of the 5 films and won!

Rob


In fairness, I don't like a single one of the 5. Do the Right Thing wasn't even nominated. That movie has an issue or two with it, but it's at least a smart film.



Wow James, none of these?
"DRIVING MISS DAISY",
"Born on the Fourth of July",
"Dead Poets Society",
"Field of Dreams",
"My Left Foot"

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Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:28 pm
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JamesKunz wrote:
ram1312 wrote:
Quentin Tarantino has been and will always be shafted by the Academy.


I can't wait until 2035 when he gets a lifetime achievement award


That's not a joke, either. At least to me it isn't.


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Robert Holloway wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
And Jeff, the list could go on. The Oscar winners are an ongoing embarrassment


1989 - Driving Miss daisy was the worst of the 5 films and won!

Rob


In fairness, I don't like a single one of the 5. Do the Right Thing wasn't even nominated. That movie has an issue or two with it, but it's at least a smart film.



Wow James, none of these?
"DRIVING MISS DAISY",
"Born on the Fourth of July",
"Dead Poets Society",
"Field of Dreams",
"My Left Foot"

Rob


I apologize because I haven't seen My Left Foot, but otherwise...

1989 was the year that sentiment ruled the Oscars, Oliver Stone aside.


Driving Miss Daisy
is sentimental shit. I haven't met or heard of a single person, aside from Ebert, who likes the movie. It was dated when it was made (and that certainly hasn't improved), and it says absolutely nothing about anything. Easily one of the worst Best Pictures.

Born on the Fourth of July
isn't terrible, but it's long and disjointed and not a successful film. It suffers from a lack of standout scenes and never fully answers the question of "Why does this movie need to exist." The book isn't particularly good either, for what it's worth.

Dead Poets Society is a joke of a Best Picture nomination. It takes an un-fuckupable story and fucks it up. The whole suicide sequence is terrible, and in fact the entire third act feels shameless and pandering. And then they stand on their desks. Awww.

Field of Dreams is in many ways an improvement over the source novel but not a successful film. Its use of magic is ill-defined and the emotional climax, when Kevin Costner plays catch with his father, makes me want to chuckle more than cry. James Earl Jones is good and the film is watchable overall, but hardly great.

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Oh yeah, how could I forget Dead Poets Society? I remember being forced to watch that shitfest in high school, it just made me want to vomit profusely.


Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:48 pm
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My left Foot is the best of the bunch IMHO
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I agree with James, I may not be the biggest Spike Lee fan, but Do The Right Thing stands head and shoulders above all the nominated films that year.


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Glory was my favorite movie of 1989. Followed by Field of Dreams so I guess that should have won (of the movies that were nominated). I did love Born on the Fourth of July too.

- I haven't seen all of Dances with Wolves so I can't comment on that movie.

- The Silence of the Lambs is a great movie, so I'm by no means upset about it winning. That said, I thought JFK was the best film of that year.

- Unforgiven was likewise great, but Malcolm X was the best film of 1992.

- Schindler's List is one of those rare years where the Academy got it right. It absolutely deserved to win. A masterpiece!

- Forrest Gump is one of my favorite movies of all time, but I actually would have gone with The Shawshank Redemption. Either way, 1994 had 3 masterpieces (the third one being Pulp Fiction, of course).

- Of all the movies that were nominated for 1995, Braveheart was the best of the bunch, a great epic movie. But my 3 favorite movies of that year were not nominated. They are Se7en, A Little Princess and The American President.

- Haven't seen The English Patient. Can't comment.

- Titanic was a great movie, however of all the movies that were nominated for best picture, L.A. Confidential was the best. However, the best film of 1997 wasn't even nominated. That would be Contact.

- Shakespeare in Love is either the worst best picture winner or among the top/bottom 2 or 3. Everything else that was nominated that year deserved it more but of course it should have been Saving Private Ryan.

- American Beauty is one of those rare years where the academy got it right. It was the best film of 1999.

- Gladiator was the best of the movies that were nominated for best picture but shame on the academy for not nominating Almost Famous, Wonder Boys and Cast Away for best picture. Especially Almost Famous, which is not only my favorite movie of 2000 but my favorite movie of all time, period.

- A Beautiful Mind was great, but it should have gone to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

- Chicago was great but it should have gone to Gangs of New York. Road to Perdition and Minority Report also deserved nominations for best picture too.

- 2003 was another year where the academy actually got it right. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King totally deserved it! However, I also dearly love Lost in Translation (which was nominated) and The Last Samurai (which was not).

- If Shakespeare in Love is the worst best picture winner ever, then Million Dollar Baby is easily a very close second place. Of the movies nominated for best picture, I'd go with The Aviator. But my favorite movie of 2004 was actually The Girl Next Door.

- Crash is a great movie, but I would have gone with Munich. And my favorite movie of 2005, which was Cinderella Man, wasn't nominated.

- The Departed, I disagreed at that the time but now I actually agree. It's a movie that I've really grown to love.

- No Country for Old Men was very, very good. But There Will Be Blood is better. Zodiac, In the Valley of Elah and Into the Wild are also fantastic and should have been nominated but weren't.

- Haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire. Can't comment.

- The Hurt Locker was good but Up should have won. Yes, it won the best animated feature category, but it wasn't just the best animated film of 2009, but the best film period.

- The King's Speech is overrated. Should have been Black Swan or even The Social Network.


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Dead Poets Society is a joke of a Best Picture nomination. It takes an un-fuckupable story and fucks it up. The whole suicide sequence is terrible, and in fact the entire third act feels shameless and pandering. And then they stand on their desks. Awww.


This is the single greatest movie review ever, other than Ebert's knife job on Patch Adams. Maybe.

Anyway:
2000 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2005 - Good Night and Good Luck. David Straitharn shoulda won Best Actor, too.


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Dead Poets Society is a joke of a Best Picture nomination. It takes an un-fuckupable story and fucks it up. The whole suicide sequence is terrible, and in fact the entire third act feels shameless and pandering. And then they stand on their desks. Awww.


This is the single greatest movie review ever, other than Ebert's knife job on Patch Adams. Maybe.

Anyway:
2000 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2005 - Good Night and Good Luck. David Straitharn shoulda won Best Actor, too.


Thanks Dylan! Glad you're joining the hate-fest

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If you ask me most of the films that should win Best Picture aren't even nominated.

62nd Academy Awards - Driving Miss Daisy
Yeah, Driving Miss Daisy was a shitty movie, but what kind of competition do you have when you're going against Dead Poet's Society and Field of Dreams?

66th Academy Awards - Schindler's List
Yeah, I'd vote for Dazed and Confused. Sue me.

67th and 69th Academy Awards - Forrest Gump & The English Patient
As opposed to Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Breaking the Waves, Fargo and Trainspotting? No.

68th Academy Awards - Braveheart
Braveheart isn't a bad movie by any means (hell, except for Driving Miss Daisy neither are the other winners I've mentioned), but it does fit all the criteria for Oscar-bait. Epic story of a man who loses his love so stands up against corruption and adversity... and ends up dying in the name of a greater good. I liked it better two-years-later when the ship was sinking. What should have won in '95? Either Se7en or Heat.

71st Academy Awards - Shakespeare in Love
As much as I love Shakespeare in Love (more then most of you), I still think Dark City and Snake Eyes were better movies.

72nd Academy Awards - American Beauty
I still love American Beauty but Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, The War Zone and Fight Club are better films.

73rd Academy Awards - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
This is for Best Foreign Language Film, where In the Mood for Love should have won.

74th Academy Awards - A Beautiful Mind
The Fellowship of the Ring, Mulholland Dr. or A.I. Artificial Intelligence

77th Academy Awards - Million Dollar Baby
Kill Bill, Volume 2 or Mysterious Skin

78th Academy Awards - Crash
Brokeback Mountain, Cache, The Descent or War of the Worlds.

83rd Academy Awards - The King's Speech
The Social Network was the American masterpiece of 2010.


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66th Academy Awards - Schindler's List
Yeah, I'd vote for Dazed and Confused. Sue me.


Look, I know that film watching is an entirely subjective thing, so trust me that I know what I'm talking about when I say that...

You are *wrong* here.

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