Today my loyal fan(s) I give you Academy Award Blunders in the area of best picture. I truly despise the critic who hates the movie simply because everyone else likes it. The movie snob that revels in his non conformity and pokes fun at my sheep-like opinions really boils my blood. Oscars have had their share of moronic decisions, I have kept these only confined to best picture category.
First 5 Worst Oscar Winners for Best Picture
5. The Bridge on the River Kwai-1957. In case you think I always choose war movies, this year there was something better. 12 Angry Men has always been a Lane favorite as you watch Henry Fonda slowly but surely convince the other eleven men on the jury that justice is not only blind but patient, I think you'll agree too.
4. Chicago-2002. What should've won, in my opinion, was Gangs of New York. Sure, it was definitely on the violent side. But, the acting was phenomenal (Sheesh, even Leonardo) and the script and story were out of this world. I tried watching Chicago and don't get it. No, I really don't get it.
3. Annie Hall-1977. Um, yeah. Sure this was an awesome picture, sure it spanned decades, and sure it has even be digitally remastered and put back in the theaters for another go....or, hang on a minute, wasn't that Star Wars that surprisingly was snubbed. An entire generation of folks know what greatness Star Wars was, in fact I know no one that hasn't seen it above the age of 14 and I teach middle school. Do you want to guess the numbers for Annie Hall?
2. Oridnary People-1980. It beat Raging Bull? Seriously, it beat RAGING BULL? Quick show of hands, how many today have ever heard of Ordinary People. In case you're wondering, my hands are still on the home keys. Okay, how about Raging Bull? I rest my case.
1. Shakespeare in Love-1999. What should've won, was Saving Private Ryan. It truly changed the way an entire genre of movies were made. War movies were grittier after it creation. It was dynamic, powerful, poinent, moving, and everything an Oscar winning movie should've been. SIL, was good, but it was simply just entertaining not groundbreaking like Saving Private Ryan was.
By the way, as an extra, the best list of movies going for the best picture in one year was 1939. Check them out!!
Winner-Gone With the wind
Also Rans-Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Of Mice and Men, Ninatchka, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, and Wuthering Heights.
I hope you enjoy the weekend.