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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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Movies that should have won the Oscar but didn't

Not sure whether this has already been done, if so, mods feel free to delete this, or merge it with an existing thread.

Which movies do you think deserved to win the best picture Oscar but didn't? To start the ball rolling, some of my picks from recent decades:

Brokeback Mountain > Crash
L.A. Confidential > Titanic
Quiz Show > Forrest Gump
Goodfellas > Dances with Wolves
Apocalypse Now > Kramer vs. Kramer
Network > Rocky
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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Re: Movies that should have won the Oscar but didn't

Cabaret > The Godfather
Black Swan > The Kings Speech
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I can't believe you guys forgot the most important one......

The Color Purple > Out of Africa
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 10:56 AM   #4
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I can't believe you guys forgot the most important one......

The Color Purple > Out of Africa
Whoopi was robbed.
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I can't believe you guys forgot the most important one......

The Color Purple > Out of Africa
I have to admit that I didn't see the Color Purple. Have to make good on that. Maybe a good project for a tennisless Wimbledon Sunday
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 11:06 AM   #6
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Not sure whether this has already been done, if so, mods feel free to delete this, or merge it with an existing thread.

Which movies do you think deserved to win the best picture Oscar but didn't? To start the ball rolling, some of my picks from recent decades:

Brokeback Mountain > Crash
L.A. Confidential > Titanic
Quiz Show > Forrest Gump
Goodfellas > Dances with Wolves
Apocalypse Now > Kramer vs. Kramer
Network > Rocky
i prefer Crash over Brokeback
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 11:09 AM   #7
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Cabaret > The Godfather
Cabaret is a great movie but no.
The Godfather remains as one of the best pictures ever made.
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 11:12 AM   #8
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i prefer Crash over Brokeback
That's okay, I don't expect everybody to agree with my choices. On the contrary, different opinions is what I want here, it would be boring if everybody had the same preferences
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I have too many to name. Very few times it happens that my personal winner matches with Academy.
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The Hours should have won in 2003 over Chicago

I mean seriously you have a really touching movie with Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Juliane Moore, Ed Harris and you give the award to the movie where Cahterine Zeta Jones and Renee Zelweger sing some catchy songs and show us their asses?
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1990: Goodfellas over Dances With Wolves
1995: Babe over Braveheart
1996: Fargo over The English Patient
2001: Mullholland Drive (not nominated for Best Picture) over A Beautiful Mind
2010: Social Network over King's Speech

I have't seen either of these films, but it seems a bit weird that Rocky beat out Taxi Driver in 1976
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Re: Movies that should have won the Oscar but didn't

The Lives of Others should have won in 2007 over the Departed, which was fun but it wasn't even one of Scorcese's best movies. Apparently the German movie was too slow-paced to even be nominated and we all know how the Oscars don't give an award to a movie that doesn't have at least 1 big explosion
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1990: Goodfellas over Dances With Wolves
1995: Babe over Braveheart
1996: Fargo over The English Patient
2001: Mullholland Drive (not nominated for Best Picture) over A Beautiful Mind
2010: Social Network over King's Speech

I have't seen either of these films, but it seems a bit weird that Rocky beat out Taxi Driver in 1976
Crap, I completely missed that Taxi Driver was also nominated that year. I have to revise my choice:

Taxi Driver > Network > (Bound for Glory > All the President's Men >) Rocky (Rocky really was the worst movie on the list that year)

It often happens that there are multiple oscar-worthy films in one year and none whatsoever (at least none nominated) in another. In 1974 three great movies - Chinatown, The Conversation and Lenny - were all beaten for the Oscar by another great movie, The Godfather II (with, weirdly, piece of crap The Towering Inferno rounding out the list). All four of those movies were better than anything nominated in, say, 1977.

Good point that the choices don't have to have been nominated.
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The Lives of Others should have won in 2007 over the Departed, which was fun but it wasn't even one of Scorcese's best movies. Apparently the German movie was too slow-paced to even be nominated and we all know how the Oscars don't give an award to a movie that doesn't have at least 1 big explosion
I haven't seen the Lives of Others, and agree that the Departed wasn't Scorcese's best work, but IMO it was still one of the better movies to get an oscar in recent years
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