There are only four more days until the Oscars! I look forward to this almost more than any other event. The last two years Adam and I have each predicted the winners and then we see who gets the most right. I have won the last two years, and I’m feeling good about this year as well.
I follow a lot of Oscar news throughout the year and there has been even more Oscar content lately to read about. Here is one article from Entertainment Weekly (EW) that I particularly enjoyed. “Top Ten Best Picture Winners that should have Lost”. In case you don’t want to go out and look at it yourself, let me tell you what it says, and how I feel about it.
10. Winner–Forrest Gump (1994) Should Have Won–Pulp Fiction
Now, I know that my sister will not agree with this because Forrest Gump is one of her absolute favorite movies. She has watched it over and over. And while I do enjoy watching Forrest Gump, I agree with EW that Pulp Fiction probably deserved to win the Oscar. Pulp Fiction was groundbreaking. It is known as the movie that “reinvented movie making,” and I agree that when I first watched it I was excited about the things that were done with it.
9. Winner–The Last Emperor (1987) Should Have Won–Broadcast News, Moonstruck, or Fatal Attraction
The Last Emperor is not a fantastic movie, but it is very ornate. I did not particularly like it. I have not seen Broadcast News or Moonstruck and I do not think that Fatal Attraction is an “oscar movie,” but I did enjoy it, so the other two must be good. Maybe one day I’ll watch the other two films and then I’ll be able to weigh in better.
8. Winner–Around the World in 80 Days (1956) Should Have Won–Giant
I have not seen either one of these movies, so I can not say one way or another. However, because of this article I now plan on watching Giant, the final performance of James Dean, soon after I finish my Best Picture list.
7. Winner–Gandhi (1982) Should Have Won–E.T. Extra Terrestrial
I Agree! Because E.T. was definitely the better movie.
6. Winner–The English Patient (1996) Should Have Won–Jerry Maguire or Fargo
Now, I did love The English Patient, but I will say that I loved Jerry Maguire more. However, to me, Jerry Maguire just doesn’t seem like an Oscar film. Fargo is another one that I will be adding to my list of movies to watch.
5. Winner–Dances with Wolves (1990) Should Have Won–GoodFellas
I was not a fan of Dances with Wolves and I recently watched GoodFellas and was not a fan of it either. Which one was worse? I’m not really sure. So I guess I’ll just have to trust EW on this one.
4. Winner–Chariots of Fire (1981) Should Have Won–Reds
Now, here is where I disagree with EW. Even though I have not seen Reds, I absolutely loved Chariots of Fire. I thought it was a great story. I enjoyed everything about it and I do think it deserved to win.
3. Winner–Shakespeare in Love (1998) Should Have Won–Saving Private Ryan
This may be one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history. From everything that I have read, everyone thought that Saving Private Ryan deserved to win, and even though I absolutely love Shakespeare in Love, I would have to agree. When you compare the two movies side by side, which is hard because they are nothing alike, Saving Private Ryan is heads and shoulders above Shakespeare in Love, and rememer, I love Shakespeare in Love.
2. Winner–How Green Way My Valley (1941) Should Have Won–Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane is another one of those movies that is known for reinventing movies. And having seen both of these films, I agree with EW that Citizen Kane should have won the Oscar. I did not enjoy How Green Way My Valley. To me, it didn’t have a striking story and it didn’t know what it wanted to be.
1. Winner–Crash (2005) Should Have Won–Brokeback Mountain
I have seen Crash and part of Brokeback Mountain, but not enough to feel like I know enough to make the decision between the two. Crash tells an honest, yet hard to hear story. In their article EW states that maybe the academy just wasn’t ready for Brokeback Mountain.
What do you think? Do you agree with these conclusions? Disagree? What Oscar film do you think doesn’t deserve it’s statue?