And The Oscar For Best Picture Of The Year Goes To...

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  1. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    ontario canada
    The Academy Awards will be celebrating its 95th anniversary this coming year.

    I was just looking at a list of all the Best Picture winners over the years as I was curious how many of them I had actually seen and could recall in some detail.

    From 'Wings' in 1928 which I have seen to 'Coda' from 2021 which I have not seen, I have viewed 65 of the 93 Best Picture Oscar winners.

    Most of the ones not seen are from the late 20s and 30s and, perhaps not surprisingly, a bunch from the last 15 years or so.

    Was also looking at the other films nominated to see how they stacked up against the selected winner.
    Sometimes it seemed the best picture was indeed the Best Picture. Other times not the case.
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  2. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

    I refuse to watch the Best Picture of 1958 -- because it's my birth year. Of all the amazing works in the history of the cinema, I have to be born the year "GIGI" wins. Brrrr. I guess it could have been worse, some poor kind was born in the year of "The Shape of Water."

    Best Picture: "The Shape of Water". hahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahhaha.

    That was the last year I watched the Academy Awards.
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  3. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    London UK
    Let’s be controversial….in the spirit of things.

    The year with the best two movies, either of which would have been a deserved winner ?

    1974. The Godfather Part 2, and Chinatown.
  4. jojopuppyfish

    jojopuppyfish Senior Member

    Coda is a great film
  5. Crack To The Egg

    Crack To The Egg Forum Resident

    It depends. Some great films have won and some stinkers. I’ve seen about 60 of them.

    Lots of great movies have had the honor:
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    On The Waterfront
    The Apartment
    Silence of The Lambs
    No Country For Old Men
    Shape of Water
    Etc, most winners fall in this category

    Fine but not totally deserving (IMO):
    Green Book
    The Hurt Locker
    Shakespeare In Love
    Million Dollar Baby
    Forrest Gump
    Driving Ms Daisy

    Not really deserving:
    Out of Africa
    Tom Jones
    The King’s Speech
    The Greatest Show On Earth
  6. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Music and movie fan.

    I've seen 41 of them, went over to look at the list on Wikipedia

    Most recent winner I've seen was Million Dollar Baby.
    I prefer much older movies than anything modern.
  7. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    ontario canada
    I liked it well enough but Best Picture?
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  8. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

    I love Parasite and was thrilled when it won Best Picture (I've been a fan of Korean cinema since the late 90s, and it still blows my mind that one of those great directors won an Oscar). But it does open a Pandora's box. Simply put, every year, there are many great foreign films that have been ignored by the Academy. If we are really theoretically including all of those as possible nominees each year, the awards IMO become too unwieldy. The alternative is to ignore them again, in which case you call into question the legitimacy of the award. What to do?

    I tend to agree with director Bong Joon Ho's comment that the Oscars are 'very local'. I think they should be. IMO the big issue with the Oscars these days is that the winners tend to be small films few have seen; hence, the general public doesn't care about the awards. Just look at the 70s: most of the nominees were huge films that everyone knew and saw. Nowadays you get one obscure film after another. And they tend to be released (only in LA and NY) at the end of the year, so even if the films might be popular given a chance, people don't know them because they have not been released in most of the country yet.

    I'm not sure how to fix it exactly, but I feel that embracing the idea of the Oscars being mostly American mainstream films (and the indie awards can be given in the other event that happens the previous day) seems the way to go, if they can figure out how to phrase it. Perhaps forcing a movie to be generally released at least three months before the end of the year might be a good first step?
  9. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    I've seen 44, so less than half. Oldest one I've seen is It Happened One Night. I've seen most of them for the last 20 years or so. Haven't seen Coda yet. I'm guessing whatever will win this year hasn't come out yet.
  10. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    ontario canada
    Don't know if you like war movies but a good and early Oscar Best Picture winner is ' All Quiet On The Western Front'

    There is also a good, new remake of it just released on Netflix.
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  11. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan on Sabbatical

    Central PA
    Obviously the only option is to start...and don't so much as apologize for the past, but perhaps a new "Academy Legacy" series of recognition for films that should have gotten fairer attention.
    I know, this is like the revisionism of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Wenner, but the only way to start to start.
    Recognizing the flaws of past awards that went to less-deserving candidates doesn't have to invalidate the process, if you're doing your best to make it better in the future.

    Then you can put up with all the "Oscars That Never Got Oscared" brickbats all you want.
    Or it the "Faye"...after Ms. Dunaway...:shh:
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  12. Paul J

    Paul J Forum Resident

  13. MichaelH

    MichaelH Forum Resident

    I've only seen 31 winners with about half I liked and half I didn't like or are indifferent towards. Like Shakespeare in love, Argo, The shape of water, Casablanca, Marty, The king's speech, all fine movies but not exactly best picture winner in my mind.

    And of course there are films like Slumdog millionaire, The departed and No country for old men which I've never liked. Not to mention older films like Oliver, Gone with the wind or Ben Hur, movies I just don't see the greatness in.

    But then there are some movies I'm ecstatic won. Like Forrest Gump, Titanic, Million dollar baby, Crash, Green book, All quiet on the western front, The return of the king, all excellent films that deservedly won best picture in my mind.
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  14. drumzNspace

    drumzNspace Forum Resident

    New Yuck City

    Best Picture
    • Rocky. Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Producers.
    • All the President's Men. Walter Coblenz, Producer.
    • Bound for Glory. Robert F. Blumofe and Harold Leventhal, Producers.
    • Network. Howard Gottfried, Producer.
    • Taxi Driver. Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, Producers.

      and 76:
      Best Picture
      • One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas, Producers.
      • Barry Lyndon. Stanley Kubrick, Producer.
      • Dog Day Afternoon. Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand, Producers.
      • Jaws. Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, Producers.
      • Nashville. Robert Altman, Producer.

        and 75:
      Best Picture
      • The Godfather Part II. Francis Ford Coppola, Producer; Gray Frederickson and Fred Roos, Co-Producers.
      • Chinatown. Robert Evans, Producer.
      • The Conversation. Francis Ford Coppola, Producer; Fred Roos, Co-Producer.
      • Lenny. Marvin Worth, Producer.
      • The Towering Inferno. Irwin Allen, Producer.

      • Damn.
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  15. Shambolicus

    Shambolicus Obsequious, purple and clairvoyant

    A very good remake. I watched it this afternoon and am still processing a few of the heavier moments that were unflinchingly depicted. Not for the squeamish, but then again, neither is the subject matter.
  16. Price.pittsburgh

    Price.pittsburgh Forum Resident

    1975, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Jaws

    1994, Forest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption
  17. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    I'll tell you this: the best picture wasn't The Sting... and yet that one took home the statue.

    If you mean 1975 (they consider the year the Oscar was actually handed out), Towering Inferno, Godfather II, Lenny, The Conversation, and Chinatown were all nominated. I'm kind of stunned that a movie as bad as Towering Inferno could even get nominated.
  18. Price.pittsburgh

    Price.pittsburgh Forum Resident

    They threw a bone to Towering Inferno because of the all star cast of Newman, McQueen and Holden, plus various other celebrities
  19. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

    Those bloated, star-stuffed disasters films were so cheesy. Only the Poseidon semi-survives (still cheesy) because of the great set up. "Earthquake" another major stinker.
  20. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

    Normally, you would think "What movie could beat a classic like "Chinatown!"

    And then the GF II stops you in your tracks. "Well, yeah..."
  21. brucewayneofgotham

    brucewayneofgotham Forum Resident

    You do not the like the 3rd sequel from the Creature From The Black Lagoon franchise ?? I loved it , but I love the 1st 3 films
  22. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

    Del Toro only got it because he was the hot property and had a zillion other projects going at the time. It was at the peak of his wunderkind. It was four years before he directed another movie... without much fanfare (Nightmare Alley=Flop). It all coming off of the masterpiece known as "Pacific Rim" -- if you haven't seen it, the film is about Transformers powered by human gerbils with family problem.
  23. brucewayneofgotham

    brucewayneofgotham Forum Resident

    Even then , you needed the blockbuster , for better TV ratings
  24. brucewayneofgotham

    brucewayneofgotham Forum Resident

    Thought it is pretty good , though 81% is a bit weak for this type of film

    Nightmare Alley
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  25. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member


    Tony Bill, Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, Producers

    Francis Ford Coppola, Producer; Gary Kurtz, Co-Producer
    Ingmar Bergman, Producer
    William Peter Blatty, Producer
    Melvin Frank, Producer

    Eeeh. I still give it to "The Sting."

    The Exorcist would probably be my "sentimental" favorite (LOL) but no chance IN HELL!!!! I never felt anything for American Graffitti.
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