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Oscar Best Picture nominees that should have won but didn't

Now that the annual nonsense of the Oscars is over and the polarising Everything Everywhere has been crowned Best Picture, what are the other Best Picture nominees that lost out to something mediocre or not as good the other nominees? For me Shawshank Redemption should have beaten Forrest Gump, Scent of A Woman should have beaten Unforgiven, Goodfellas over Dances with wolves. Thoughts?

by Anonymousreply 44April 5, 2023 1:14 PM

Tootsie should have beaten Gandhi.....

by Anonymousreply 1March 15, 2023 3:57 AM

Hello Dolly should have won over Midnight Cowboy.

by Anonymousreply 2March 15, 2023 4:02 AM

La La Land over Moonlight

by Anonymousreply 3March 15, 2023 4:20 AM

L.A. Confidential was better than Titanic

by Anonymousreply 4March 15, 2023 4:21 AM

High Noon, 12 Angry Men, E.T., Star Wars, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mary Poppins, The Last Picture Show, The Grapes of Wrath, The Wizard of Oz... all nominated but didn't win Best Picture. Psycho (1960) was not even nominated for Best Picture but could have won if nominated.

by Anonymousreply 5March 15, 2023 4:56 AM

Saving Private Ryan should have won over Shakespeare in Love.

by Anonymousreply 6March 15, 2023 4:58 AM

Brokeback Mountain seems like most obvious choice.

by Anonymousreply 7March 15, 2023 4:59 AM

EEAAO should have won and did.

by Anonymousreply 8March 15, 2023 5:10 AM

Citizen Kane

by Anonymousreply 9March 15, 2023 5:23 AM

The Color Purple

by Anonymousreply 10March 15, 2023 5:52 AM

Anything should have won over that shitty asian laundromat movie.

by Anonymousreply 11March 15, 2023 6:02 AM

Do the Right Thing should've been nominated and should've won, especially over Driving F**king Miss Daisy. R3, Moonlight deserved to win over La La Land. The inconvenient truth that people don't want to admit to is that La La Land is a LOUSY musical: forgettable songs, mediocre singing and dancing and wrongheaded direction. Don't get me wrong, Damien Chazelle is a talented young filmmaker and I like him but he made the mistake modern young filmmakers make which is that he choreographed the camera too much. In a musical, the camera needs to be where it should be to capture what the dancers are doing and it should get there without drawing attention to itself. Chazelle has the camere swish panning and zipping between cars and flying over one set into another and the dancing gets overshadowed. Admit it, you can't remember a single dance step or combination in that whole movie, and when was the last time you hummed one of the songs from it. No, Moonlight is an excellent version of the sort of story it is supposed to be: a character study/coming-of-age. Whereas La La Land is a very poor version of the type of movie it is supposed to be.

by Anonymousreply 12March 15, 2023 6:13 AM

Best picture? Best nasty!

by Anonymousreply 13March 15, 2023 6:16 AM

I know it's all subjective but anyone who thinks the truly puerile Scent of a Woman was worthy of any kind of award is an idiot with awful taste in films.

by Anonymousreply 14March 15, 2023 8:05 AM

R2 You’re insane. That’s one of the few times the BP category got it right.

by Anonymousreply 15March 15, 2023 8:32 AM

If we’re limiting ourselves to picking only from officially nominees (because the list would be a mile long if it was for which movies of the year should have won). The should have beens:

1937: The Awful Truth

1938: Grand Illusion

1941: Citizen Kane

1942: The Magnificent Ambersons

1944: Double Indemnity

1945: Mildred Pierce

1948: The Red Shoes

1951: A Streetcar Named Desire

1952: The Quiet Man (or High Noon)

1956: Giant

1957: Witness for the Prosecution

1963: Cancel the show. No one.

1964: Dr. Strangelove

1966: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1967: The Graduate (or Bonnie and Clyde)

1968: The Lion in Winter. But honestly, none.

1970: Five Easy Pieces

1971: The Last Picture Show

1973: The Exorcist (or Cries and Whispers or American Graffiti)

1975: Nashville (or Dog Day Afternoon)

1976: Taxi Driver (or Network)

1979: All That Jazz

1981: Atlantic City

1982: Tootsie

1985: Prizzi’s Honor, but honestly none.

1986: Hannah and Her Sisters

1987: Broadcast News

1988: Dangerous Liaisons

1989: Dead Poets Society, but honestly, none.

1990: Goodfellas

1993: The Piano (we would be spared of Power of the Dog today)

1994: Pulp Fiction

1995: None.

1996: Fargo

1998: The Thin Red Line

1999: The Insider

2001: In the Bedroom

2002: The Pianist

2004: None.

2005: Brokeback Mountain

2008: None.

2009: A Serious Man.

2010: The Social Network

2011: None.

2012: Amour.

2013: The Wolf of Wall Street

2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015: Mad Max: Fury Road

2017: Phantom Thread

2018: The Favourite

2020: The Father

2021: Licorice Pizza

A handful of years had an equally great winner and other contenders - 1939, 1950, 1980, 1983, etc.

by Anonymousreply 16March 15, 2023 8:52 AM

I love Tootsie but The Verdict should have won Best Picture. I have nothing against Kingsley. He's a fine actor. But Ghandi was boring and nothing he was doing on screen was making it less so.

by Anonymousreply 17March 15, 2023 11:09 AM

Licorice Pizza over CODA; Whiplash over Birdman; Lincoln over Argo; Saving Private Ryan over Shakespeare in Love; Fargo over The English Patient; The Shawshank Redemption over Forrest Gump

by Anonymousreply 18March 15, 2023 11:18 AM

[quote]The Shawshank Redemption over Forrest Gump

Wrong. It should have been Pulp Fiction over the execrable Forrest Gump.

by Anonymousreply 19March 16, 2023 12:26 AM

R19, you and the OP are wrong, Quiz Show should've won over the overrated, hasn't aged well Pulp Fiction, the admittedly mawkish, execrable Forrest Gump and the soppy, stodgy Shawshank Redemption. Quiz Show contained more insight into America and people than any of the other three. It felt real and had something to say, the others felt artificial and false and ultimately empty.

by Anonymousreply 20March 26, 2023 3:34 AM

There Will Be Blood should have won over No Country for Old Men.

by Anonymousreply 21March 26, 2023 3:38 AM

[quote]Moonlight deserved to win over La La Land

Did you tune out early after they announced La La Land as best picture before they realized it was a mistake and Moonlight really won? I mean, I love your spirited defense of Moonlight, but it did actually WIN.

by Anonymousreply 22March 26, 2023 4:02 AM

R21 I love both of those movies.

by Anonymousreply 23March 26, 2023 6:23 AM

R22, r12 was specifically responding to r3's post that LaLa Land should have won (which, based on the signature, I hope was a joke post). That's why the line you quoted was preceded by "R3,". Obviously r12 knows Moonlight won, and was arguing it deserved the win it got.

by Anonymousreply 24March 26, 2023 6:30 AM


by Anonymousreply 25March 26, 2023 7:23 AM

"Vice" should have won Best Picture over "Green Book" (and, btw, Christian Bale should have won Actor in a Leading Role over Rami Malek.)

by Anonymousreply 26March 26, 2023 7:56 AM

La La Land over Moonlight. No one remembers the latter except for the mix-up and how La La Land was the believed victor.

by Anonymousreply 27March 26, 2023 8:00 AM

1995 - Sense and Sensibility instead of Braveheart

2002 - Moulin Rouge over A Beautiful Mind

2003 - Master And Commander instead of Lord Of The Rings

2005 - Brokeback instead of Crash

2006 - Little Miss Sunshine instead of The Departed

2007 - Atonement instead of No Country For Old Men

2009 - Up instead of The Hurt Locker

2015 - Mad Max: Fury Road or Brooklyn instead of Spotlight

2016 - La La Land instead of Moonlight

2018 - Black Panther instead of Green Book

2020 - Promising Young Woman instead of Nomadland

2021 - Belfast instead of Coda

by Anonymousreply 28March 26, 2023 8:12 AM

[quote][R19], you and the OP are wrong, Quiz Show should've won over the overrated, hasn't aged well Pulp Fiction, the admittedly mawkish, execrable Forrest Gump and the soppy, stodgy Shawshank Redemption. Quiz Show contained more insight into America and people than any of the other three. It felt real and had something to say, the others felt artificial and false and ultimately empty.

I see you're one of the message kids.

Just a story won't do.

I expect you'd have voted against GONE WITH THE WIND.

by Anonymousreply 29March 26, 2023 9:05 AM

R2 is a conundrum. Go with the super-gay glitz instead of the actual love story between two men?

by Anonymousreply 30March 26, 2023 12:23 PM

HELLO, DOLLY! was nominated for Best Picture?

I thought that movie bombed like a lot of those late '60s/early '70s musicals.

by Anonymousreply 31March 26, 2023 12:30 PM

A streetcar named Desire over An American in Paris. No one remembers the latter.

by Anonymousreply 32March 26, 2023 12:42 PM

R27, Nobody remembers the former AT ALL. La La Land is not a good musical. If the singing, dancing and songs are all mediocre to forgettable, how can it be considered a good musical. I'll never forget the pain of the main character in Moonlight, a young man of color afraid to come out in his community. I'll never remember a single song or note of music from La La Land.

by Anonymousreply 33March 27, 2023 6:48 AM

The Killing Fields over Amadeus

by Anonymousreply 34April 4, 2023 3:22 PM

Instead of that Vietnam-inflected Jane Fonda/Jon Voight POS:

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by Anonymousreply 35April 4, 2023 3:40 PM

Psycho would not have won over The Apartment.

by Anonymousreply 36April 4, 2023 3:59 PM

[quote]Instead of that Vietnam-inflected Jane Fonda/Jon Voight POS:

The Deer Hunter won Best Picture that year.

by Anonymousreply 37April 4, 2023 4:13 PM

Goodfellas over Dances with Wolves

by Anonymousreply 38April 4, 2023 4:17 PM

^ Goodfellas should have won not DWW.

by Anonymousreply 39April 4, 2023 4:24 PM

Bonnie and Clyde or The Graduate instead of In the Heat of the Night

by Anonymousreply 40April 4, 2023 4:25 PM

Seconding R7 and R9

by Anonymousreply 41April 4, 2023 7:06 PM

Oscar is a shit show , has been for a long time. Not based on best performance, it's a mixture of a lot of things but it is NOT based on the excellence of the work.

by Anonymousreply 42April 5, 2023 10:28 AM

"Balls of Steel: The Helen Lawson Story" should have won over "The Sound of Music"

by Anonymousreply 43April 5, 2023 10:44 AM

Tár was definitely a better film than EEAAO, and was carried by a phenomenal performance from DL fave Cate Blanchet. However clearly too intellectually demanding for the average woke academy voter.

by Anonymousreply 44April 5, 2023 1:14 PM
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