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Added by Abhi on 17 Nov 2008 08:00
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Undeserving Best Picture Oscar Winners

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Forrest Gump (1994)
(1995)

A painful addition to the list since I think this movie is awesome, has a clever screenplay and Tom Hanks... is Tom Hanks.

But look which movie it beat to the Oscar - 'The Shawshank Redemption', need I add more? Actually I do, since it beat my all time favourite romantic comedy, 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' as well.

My choice: Four Weddings and a Funeral
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People who added this item 4679 Average listal rating (3083 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.4
Braveheart (1995)
(1996)

Why do so many people like this ridiculously melodramatic mangling of Scottish history? This is sloppy film-making at it's worst. Mel Gibson seems to think that shocking the audience with unnecessary brutality replaces the need for historical accuracy.

And look who it beat to the Oscar, Ang Lee's 'Sense and Sensibility', one of the best, if not *the* best romantic movies ever made. What were the voters thinking? *shudder*

My choice: Sense and Sensibility
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People who added this item 1845 Average listal rating (1009 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
(1997)

This is a good romantic movie with great acting, but 'Fargo' deserved the Oscar that year.

My choice: Fargo
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Titanic (1997)
(1998)

Titanic is a good movie, technically brilliant and with several good performances. In the end, it is still a sloppy romance. It beat the stunning detective drama, 'L A Confidential' to the Oscar, which is unforgivable in my book.

My choice: L.A. Confidential
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People who added this item 2533 Average listal rating (1534 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
(1999)

Adding this movie to the list is painful as well because it is a terrific movie. However, it did beat 'Saving Private Ryan' for the Oscar, proving once again that the voters have no sense whatsoever.

My choice: Saving Private Ryan
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(2002)

A syrupy biopic of John Nash that glossed over much of his life. Russell Crowe was just brilliant in the lead role but a very sloppy movie overall.

My choice: Moulin Rouge
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People who added this item 2467 Average listal rating (1533 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Chicago (2002)
(2003)

A half way decent musical, I never understood why the Academy was so beholden by it. Beat out 'Gangs of New York' and 'Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers', the best movie in the trilogy. 'The Pianist' and 'The Hours' were also nominated, both miles better than this one.

My choice: The Two Towers
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(2004)

The academy locked itself into this one, big time. They didn't award the first two movies in the trilogy and had no choice but to hand out a record number of awards for the last one. In my opinion, The Two Towers was the best of the three and got three measly awards. What a waste.

My choice: Mystic River
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Movies that won the Best Picture Oscar, thoroughly undeserved in my opinion.

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Posted: 9 years ago at Dec 4 13:18
In those respective years, who should have one it in your opinion?

My Best Picture List might help.
Posted: 9 years ago at Dec 7 4:46
Great idea :) I added my choices for every year.
Posted: 9 years ago at Dec 7 11:44
Nice list.

Any chance you could add the year each film won the award, just for reference sake?

2003 should have gone to Lost in Translation in my humble opinion!
Posted: 9 years ago at Dec 7 12:11
Did that and arranged by year. :)
Posted: 9 years ago at Dec 7 16:21
Great list, but I can't vote for it because I agree with only 3 of your 8 choices.
Posted: 9 years ago at Dec 8 2:47
OMG i LOVE forrest gump it's like the best movie ever....... right next 2 twilight
Posted: 9 years ago at Dec 8 12:39
Its dark times like these when I wish comments like the above could be deleted.
Posted: 8 years, 10 months ago at Feb 6 1:38
Couldn't help but laugh at Kryptic's comment :P
Posted: 7 years, 9 months ago at Mar 10 22:48
So why does Mel Gibson's "butchering of Scottish history" with "unnecessary brutality" mean Braveheart should be removed from winning but when Spielberg butchers WWII history with "unnecessary brutality" it is award worthy?

They are the same exact situation....
Posted: 7 years, 9 months ago at Mar 10 23:10
Saving Private Ryan is a fiction, populated by characters that are fictional. It does not in any way represent itself as a true story or even "insipired" by one. Braveheart takes historical chracters and historical events, takes them and butchers them into an unrecognisable state.
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Apr 7 6:37
You missed Slumdog millionaire. Its shit.
Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at Jan 18 10:12
Yea, Agree With The 1st One!

Shawshank Deserved Each & Every Award....
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Feb 11 18:13
Shawshank Redemption, Saving private ryan and LA confidential deserved oscar morethan any other options.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Feb 4 10:57
Good list, but I'm indifferent to Titanic and LotR: TRotK. I also liked Braveheart, but the un-nominated Toy Story should have won.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Feb 4 12:44
Four Weddings and a funeral was boring and...just plain.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Feb 4 14:59
Actually, Forrest Gump and Braveheart were two of the few times the Academy actually got it right. Most of the time they don't.

I don't believe the rest of these deserved an Oscar either (and I agree about the LOTR mishap) but to give the award to Fargo for the '96 award would have been a worse mistake. It should have went to Ghosts of Mississippi.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Feb 5 3:15
I personally feel like Crash should never won best picture in my opinion.
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Feb 5 4:05
I would add Dances With Wolves to this list. I still can't believe it beat Goodfellas.

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