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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Worst Best Picture Snubs In Oscar History.

The English Patient (1996)
This good film featured nothing more than a dragged out love story. How this beat the clever, entertaining and rewatchable Fargo still baffles me. Coen brothers, I am sorry.

Forrest Gump (1994)
Don’t get me wrong, Forrest Gump is a great film with an all-time great performance. However, despite how much we all loved Forrest Gump and its catch phrases, Pulp Fiction is one of the most influential films ever. Tarantino’s picture is an amazing work of art. While I can’t fault people voting for Gump, I would have hands down voted for Pulp Fiction.

Dances With Wolves (1990)
It's a good thing Martin Scorsese won Best Picture for The Departed in 2007. Otherwise, I may have stolen an Oscar and given it to him myself. First Raging Bull loses and then this dragged out Kevin Costner film beats out Goodfellas! arguably the greatest crime film of all-time!?!?! Insane!

Gandhi (1982)
I could barely sit through the very long biopic despite how good Ben Kingsley was. I don’t understand how this was even considered in the same league as E.T. or Tootsie. Can someone please explain this to me?

Chariots of Fire (1981)
The slo-motion was awesome, the soundtrack epic but there is no way this was a better film than Raiders of the Lost Ark. Adventure is defined as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Even Reds could have beat out Chariots!

Ordinary People (1980)
In the greatest snub of all-time, a film which is essentially a Lifetime movie beat out Raging Bull. Raging Bull was a lesson in acting and film making that should have taken home the Oscar. Period. End of Story.

Oliver! (1968)
That exclamation point in the title is easily the most exciting thing about this Dickens musical. While a good film, Oliver!’s win essentially shows how square the Academy is. The fact that neither Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey or Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby were even nominated is shocking.

How Green Was My Valley (1941)
This film beat Citizen Kane. Ladies and Gentlemen, what has happened to the universe?

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
A clever film basically pushed its way for an Oscar. But to think that Shakespeare in Love will ever be rated higher than Saving Private Ryan scares me. Spielberg epic film will be remembered forever. I have already forgotten Shakespeare in Love.

Crash (2005)
For a movie about race and stereotypes, Crash is both simplistically black-and-white and loaded with characters who are themselves stereotypes. Brokeback Mountain should have won.

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