The year "Out of Africa" won over "E.T." And when "Shakespeare In Love" winning over "Saving Private Ryan". I thought it was a farce.
"Gandhi" won over "E.T."
2006 was a shitfest: The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine (WTF?!?!), Letters From Iwo Jima, Babel, The Queen. The Queen was the only excellent one and even that was just a great made-for-tv picture. Remember how they LOOOVVED Clint Eastwood? Hahaha.
The year of the English Patient.
My god, where would you start? The last twenty years?
2010, the year Avatar came out. They are not all that bad but none of them is impressive enough.
I think the 2000s were particularly horrible. Of all of the Best Picture nominees, I would say only these are IMO great movies:
Gosford Park (2001)
The Pianist (2002)
Lost In Translation (2003)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Michael Clayton (2007 was the best year of the decade)
Then they started with the 10 nominees and things got better.
Totally disagree, OP. I loved Reds, Raiders, and I liked Chariots of Fire but wouldn't have voted it Best.
This year is pretty stinky.
Avatar was 2009 - the year of great movies Up, The Hurt Locker, An Education.
The ten movies was a stupid idea. There haven't been five worthy nominees, let alone ten.
I thought last year was horrible, if you've forgotten they were...
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
The Help and Midnight in Paris are the only two films from last year that I could sit through again.
I remember 1986 being called the nadir of popular culture both cinematically and musically. A number of critics stated that there shouldn't have been a best picture nominee that year.
I loved Midnight in Paris and I loved Michael Clayton (2007?).
Does anyone know if the Oscars will live stream on the web? No one I know has cable television.
You're right, r11, last year was awful.
Agree with R11. I enjoy The Help as a guilty pleasure and The Tree of Life is certainly intriguing and should be seen by interested parties but the rest of them... I didn't see Hugo though.
Recently watched The Artist (well, the first 35 min. twice, once on my own and later with a friend). That was really shite. I thought based on the acclaim and awards that it would be slightly more authentic in its execution but no. I was really amazed that the score sounded like the composer never even watched the film. In DuJardin I expected a proper silent leading man not some comic who got on well with a dog. The female lead was completely wrong for it and the two of them dancing all the time was just tedious. I wouldn't even call them hoofers. Terrible film.