Mol (mollyringle) wrote,
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Oscars pick the losers

OK. In trying to make myself less irritated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for totally overlooking the actors of LOTR this year (and last), I've reminded myself that they don't really matter. In fact, they almost never pick the picture I liked best, of the nominees. Let's review the last ten years for the Best Picture nominations. Winners are in italics; my choice is in boldface.

1993:
In the Name of the Father
Schindler's List
The Fugitive
The Piano
The Remains of the Day
(OK, we match up here.)

1994:
Forrest Gump (Gag me.)
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Pulp Fiction
Quiz Show
The Shawshank Redemption
(I actually liked all four of the others quite well. But 'Pulp Fiction' was the most memorable as a film, I thought.)

1995:
Apollo 13
Babe
Braveheart
Sense and Sensibility
The Postman (Il Postino)
(It's a tie. Can't decide.)

1996:
Fargo
Jerry Maguire
Secrets & Lies
Shine
The English Patient
(In fairness, I haven't seen all these. But come on, how could you not like 'Fargo'?)

1997:
As Good As It Gets
Good Will Hunting
L.A. Confidential
The Full Monty
Titanic
(CLEAR-ly.)

1998:
Elizabeth
Life Is Beautiful
Saving Private Ryan
Shakespeare In Love
The Thin Red Line
(Again, I actually haven't seen most of these, including 'Shakespeare in Love.' Disregard this vote at will.)

1999:
American Beauty
The Cider House Rules
The Green Mile
The Insider
The Sixth Sense
(I did like 'American Beauty,' but 'The Sixth Sense' stayed with me way, way longer.)

2000:
Chocolat
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Erin Brockovich
Gladiator
Traffic
(Hm. Slim pickings this year.)

2001:
A Beautiful Mind (Insert incoherent rage.)
Gosford Park
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Moulin Rouge

(I'd take either happily.)

2002:
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

(Any of those three would have been better choices in my mind. Didn't dislike 'Chicago'; just didn't think it was so spectacular. It was no 'Moulin Rouge'; I'll tell you that.)


So, yeah. In the last ten years, I've only approved of Oscar's choice for Best Picture once. 10% is a failing grade, Academy dearest. I officially no longer take you seriously.
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