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View Poll Results: Did the Academy Pick the Right Best Picture Winner For Each Year?
1993: Schindler's List
75
66.96%
1994 : Forrest Gump
13
11.61%
1995 : Braveheart
34
30.36%
1996 : The English Patient
8
7.14%
1997 : Titanic
38
33.93%
1998 : Shakespeare In Love
6
5.36%
1999 : American Beauty
31
27.68%
2000 : Gladiator
22
19.64%
2001 : A Beautiful Mind
12
10.71%
2002 : Chicago
9
8.04%
2003 : Lord of the Rings : Return of the King
51
45.54%
2004 Million Dollar Baby
29
25.89%
2005 Crash
6
5.36%
2006 : The Departed
43
38.39%
2007 : No Country For Old Men
56
50.00%
2008 : Slumdog Millionaire
21
18.75%
2009 : The Hurt Locker
20
17.86%
2010 : The King's Speech
8
7.14%
2011 : The Artist
16
14.29%
2012 : Argo
31
27.68%
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Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Old 02-25-13, 05:13 PM
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Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

I'm curious what people here think of the Best Picture Winners, so I thought I'd put together a list of the past 20 Best Picture Winners. Vote for all those where you think the Best Picture winner was the most deserving of the nominated films. There are plenty of other great films, but I'm just curious about if you were presented with the same ballot as the Academy, would you have made the same choice.


Full List of Nominees:
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1993:
Schindler's List

The Fugitive
In the Name of the Father
The Piano
The Remains of the Day

1994:
Forrest Gump

Four Weddings and a Funeral
Pulp Fiction
Quiz Show
The Shawshank Redemption

1995:
Braveheart

Apollo 13
Babe
The Postman (Il Postino)
Sense and Sensibility

1996:
The English Patient

Fargo
Jerry Maguire
Secrets & Lies
Shine

1997:
Titanic

As Good as It Gets
The Full Monty
Good Will Hunting
L.A. Confidential

1998:
Shakespeare in Love

Elizabeth
Life Is Beautiful
Saving Private Ryan
The Thin Red Line

1999:
American Beauty

The Cider House Rules
The Green Mile
The Insider
The Sixth Sense

2000:
Gladiator

Chocolat
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon[K]
Erin Brockovich
Traffic

2001:
A Beautiful Mind

Gosford Park
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Moulin Rouge!

2002:
Chicago

Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

2003:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Lost in Translation
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Mystic River
Seabiscuit

2004:
Million Dollar Baby

The Aviator
Finding Neverland
Ray
Sideways

2005:
Crash

Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Good Night, and Good Luck
Munich

2006:
The Departed

Babel
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

2007:
No Country for Old Men

Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
There Will Be Blood

2008:
Slumdog Millionaire

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader

2009:
The Hurt Locker

Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

2010:
The King's Speech

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

2011:
The Artist

The Descendants
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

2012:
Argo

Amour
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Good question.

The Academy is now saying:

"We now equate ARGO as being the same level of quality as....LAWRENCE OF ARABIA."


While I haven't seen Argo, I have friends who thought Argo was very, very mediocre.
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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

I don't see it as that. I think they are simply saying, "This is the best movie of the year".
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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Originally Posted by jeffkjoe View Post
Good question.

The Academy is now saying:

"We now equate ARGO as being the same level of quality as....LAWRENCE OF ARABIA."


While I haven't seen Argo, I have friends who thought Argo was very, very mediocre.
No they aren't. They are saying Argo was the Best Picture of 2012. They don't compare against other years.
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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Okie doke, Fair enough.

For those who have seen Argo:

IS Argo a more Oscar-worthy picture than Les Miserables and Lincoln?

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And to answer the original post:

I think Schindler's List and Titanic are Oscar-caliber. The Academy got Shakespeare in Love wrong though.
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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

I have to admit that span of winners doesn't look very impressive. Only a few great films, and one masterpiece (Schinder's List). IMO, of course.

Edit:
Now that I've seen the full list, even more convinced Schindler's List is the only correct answer. Maybe RotK and Million Dollar Baby, but I'd have to see the full list from those years. In all of the other years there are "better" films among the nominees.

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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Originally Posted by jeffkjoe View Post
For those who have seen Argo:

IS Argo a more Oscar-worthy picture than Les Miserables and Lincoln?
It's certainly more Oscar-worthy than Les Mis. Lincoln is debatable.
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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

A few times.

Gone With The Wind
Casablanca
All About Eve
From Here To Eternity
On The Waterfront
The Bridge On The River Kwai
The Apartment
Lawrence Of Arabia
Midnight Cowboy
Patton
The Godfather
The Godfather Part 2
Annie Hall
The Last Emperor
Unforgiven
Schindler's List
No Country For Old Men

And lots more years where it's really a toss-up.
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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Really? Somebody voted for Shakespeare in Love?
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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

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Really? Somebody voted for Shakespeare in Love?
It's a good movie. Far better than a lot of other best pic winners.
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It's a good movie. Far better than a lot of other best pic winners.
It's all right but very forgettable and insignificant. For best movie of the year, it's a bad choice, no way is it better than The Thin Red Line. That's just my opinion of course.
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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

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It's a good movie. Far better than a lot of other best pic winners.
But not better than at least 3 it was up against that year.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

I voted for No Country For Old Men. So once in 20 years.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Schindler's List and Million Dollar Baby - that's it from me. Although there are some winners (Gladiator, The English Patient) that bother me more than others. Like last night...I love LINCOLN, but I enjoy ARGO enough that I have no problem with it winning the prize.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Im good with most up until Shakespeare in Love over SPR. The Academy lost there way that year and have gotten it more wrong than not since.

That being said, I'm not a LOTR fanboy but looking back at those years the first two films should have won over what did.

*edit - '94 is a tough year with Gump, Shawshank & Pulp Fiction.

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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

I voted:

Schindler's List
Titanic
No Country for Old Men (This was a really strong year for them, though. I think I like Atonement and There Will Be Blood just as much as the Coen film.)

With three or four possible exceptions (including The Best Years of Our Lives, All Quiet on the Western Front), I don't think they've ever chosen what I consider the actual Best Picture of the year.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

I'm pretty surprised that The Departed isn't getting more love. Yes, it's far, far from Scorsese's best, but it's only running at 24%. Which of the other nominees (Babel, Little Miss Sunshine, Letters From Iwo Jima or The Queen) do people think was more deserving? It was the best choice of a very weak field, IMO.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

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I'm pretty surprised that The Departed isn't getting more love. Yes, it's far, far from Scorsese's best, but it's only running at 24%. Which of the other nominees (Babel, Little Miss Sunshine, Letters From Iwo Jima or The Queen) do people think was more deserving? It was the best choice of a very weak field, IMO.
I preferred Babel, personally. The Departed is probably Scorsese's laziest effort, with a very bloated script.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

I went with No Country for Old Men.

I was completely blown away by this movie and never expected it to win. I was happy and extremely surprised to see it win.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Of that list, the only one I'm 100% Gung-Ho for is "No Country For Old Men".

On the other hand, I'm 100% AGAINST overpraised swill like FORREST GUMP, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, GLADIATOR, CRASH, and the insanely revolting SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

Although I haven't seen "Argo" yet.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Schindler, Million Dollar Baby and (gasp) American Beauty were my picks. I have more passion for previous year's winners losers though.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

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I'm pretty surprised that The Departed isn't getting more love. Yes, it's far, far from Scorsese's best, but it's only running at 24%. Which of the other nominees (Babel, Little Miss Sunshine, Letters From Iwo Jima or The Queen) do people think was more deserving? It was the best choice of a very weak field, IMO.
Babel and Letters from Iwo Jima are both better than The Departed. Very weak year, I agree.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

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Of that list, the only one I'm 100% Gung-Ho for is "No Country For Old Men".


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On the other hand, I'm 100% AGAINST overpraised swill like FORREST GUMP, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, GLADIATOR, CRASH, and the insanely revolting SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.
You forgot A BEAUTIFUL MIND.
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Re: Poll : When did the Academy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

Originally Posted by Hokeyboy View Post
Of that list, the only one I'm 100% Gung-Ho for is "No Country For Old Men".

On the other hand, I'm 100% AGAINST overpraised swill like FORREST GUMP, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, GLADIATOR, CRASH, and the insanely revolting SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

Although I haven't seen "Argo" yet.
I'm pretty much right with you. I'd add Schindler's List to No Country as the only slam-dunks there.

I deeply disliked Slumdog as well, though that's a tough group to pick a favorite from. I don't really like any of the films. Maybe The Reader or Frost/Nixon, but honestly that was a terrible crop (and it's not too surprising that they opened up the nominees to ten the next year after the lackluster ratings that telecast got).

You should watch Argo. It may or may not be the most deserving, but it's a solid film in the mold of those good political films of the Seventies.
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Re: Poll : When did the Acedemy get the Best Picture Oscar Right?

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Okie doke, Fair enough.

For those who have seen Argo:

IS Argo a more Oscar-worthy picture than Les Miserables and Lincoln?
Yes and Yes.

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