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20 of the worst Oscar winners in history

We sort the least deserving Academy Award-winning movies of all time

It’s Oscar season again – and while the Academy scratch their heads trying to decide which of this year’s worthy movies deserves the big prize, we trawl the archives to uncover the worst Oscar offences ever. From Julie Andrews warbling on a mountaintop to the time ‘Harry and the Hendersons’ walked away with a handful of gold, here are all the Academy’s biggest blunders in one handy list.

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The worst Oscar-winning movies


Victor Fleming for ‘Gone with the Wind’

Best Director, 1939

It may be a popular classic that still holds the record for most tickets sold, but slavery-era epic ‘Gone With a Wind’ feels a mite creaky in this age of #OscarsSoWhite and ‘12 Years a Slave’. But that’s not the only reason we question Victor Fleming’s Oscar win. In truth he was only one of three directors to work on the film, so the award really should’ve been split between them.

It could’ve been...
John Ford for ‘Stagecoach’, Frank Capra for ‘Mr Smith Goes to Washington’, William Wyler for ‘Wuthering Heights’.

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‘Around the World in 80 Days’

‘Around the World in 80 Days’

Best Picture, 1957

Sometimes the Academy don’t just get the winners wrong, but the whole damn ceremony: in 1957, while the likes of ‘The Searchers’, ‘Written on the Wind’ and ‘Forbidden Planet’ were wowing audiences at home, with ‘The Ladykillers’, ‘La Strada’ and ‘Seven Samurai’ on release worldwide, the Academy saw fit to reward this turgid family romp, while the nominees were rounded out with epically tedious crud like ‘Giant’, ‘The King and I’ and ‘The Ten Commandments’.

It could’ve been... 
A year to remember.


Leon Shamroy for ‘Cleopatra’

For Best Cinematography, 1963

That this bloated, tedious and wildly overpriced historical epic took any awards at all is disgraceful, but the one which really sticks in the craw is Cinematography. Not only does the film look like it’s been shot through a veneer of blancmange, but it triumphed over arguably the most visually sumptuous film ever made, ‘The Leopard’, which wasn’t even nominated.

It could’ve been...
The above, ‘8 ½’ (not nominated) or ‘Irma La Douce’.

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‘The Sound of Music’

Best Picture, 1965

The mid-'60s were a grim time for Hollywood both artistically and economically, as reflected by a truly lacklustre brace of Best Picture nominees at the 1966 awards: alongside Robert Wise’s excruciatingly cheerful nuns ‘n’ Nazis romp were ranged the likes of ‘Doctor Zhivago’, ‘Darling’ and something called ‘A Thousand Clowns’.

It could’ve been... 
Um… ‘Von Ryan’s Express’?

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‘Out of Africa’

Best Picture, 1986

In the mid-'80s, the Academy suddenly became obsessed with dishing out heaps of awards to grandiose, sweeping tales of life in foreign lands: see ‘Gandhi’, ‘Platoon’, and ‘The Last Emperor’. While each of those films is defensible, the same can’t really be said of this tiresome, glacially-paced colonial romance.

It could’ve been... 
Witness’, ‘Ran’ (not nominated), ‘Prizzi’s Honor’.

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Rick Baker for ‘Harry and the Hendersons’

Best Makeup, 60th Academy Awards, 1988

‘Academy Award winner “Harry and the Hendersons”’ must be one of the oddest accolades ever devised, but it’s nonetheless true. The make-up fraternity may simply have been rewarding FX legend Rick Baker for past achievements, but whatever their reasoning, this dire family monster-com had no right to be within sniffing distance of awards glory.

It could’ve been...
Absolutely anything else.

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‘Driving Miss Daisy’

Best Picture, 1990

Sometimes the Academy seem to enjoy making things difficult for themselves. To nominate this good-natured but worryingly old-fashioned race-relations weepie rather than Spike Lee’s dynamic, challenging ‘Do the Right Thing’ was insult enough. To then give crotchety old ‘Miss Daisy’ four awards including the big prize was an unforgiveable injury.

It could’ve been...
The above, or ‘My Left Foot’, ‘Dead Poets Society’, ‘Born on the 4th of July’.

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Anthony Hopkins for ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, Al Pacino for ‘Scent of a Woman’

Anthony Hopkins for ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, Al Pacino for ‘Scent of a Woman’

Best Actor, 1992, 1993

No actor ever won an Oscar for their subtle behaviour, but these two foot-thick slices of ham really stand out. Hopkins’s turn in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is admittedly terrific fun: sucking the marrow out of every villainous line, he comes on like William Shatner auditioning for ‘Dracula’. Pacino, meanwhile, is just a ball of mad, bellowing energy. Is this really the same man who played it so quiet and malevolent as Michael Corleone?

It could’ve been...
1991: Robert De Niro (‘Cape Fear’), Robin Williams (‘The Fisher King’). 1992: Clint Eastwood (‘Unforgiven’) Denzel Washington (‘Malcolm X’).

Three drippy ballads from Disney

Three drippy ballads from Disney

Best Song, 1993, 1995, 1996

In the mid-1990s, the Walt Disney Company exerted a stranglehold over the Best Song category, resulting in wins for three unlistenably schmaltzy ballads – A Whole New World from ‘Aladdin’, Can You Feel the Love Tonight? from ‘The Lion King’ and Colors of the Wind from ‘Pocahontas’ – each of which combine lowest-common-denominator lovelorn lyrics, hideously catchy melodies and slushy string-based instrumentation.

It could’ve been... 
Anything by Randy Newman.


‘Forrest Gump’

Best Picture, 1994

America loves to pat itself on the back, but this slick, saccharine, deeply reactionary nostalgia-fest is one giant leap too far. Tom Hanks gives a dead-eyed, inexplicably Best Actor-winning performance as the dullard man-child whose simple, old-timey wisdom inevitably gets the better of revolutionaries, counterculturists and those pesky Vietnamese.

It could’ve been: Pulp Fiction’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘Quiz Show’.

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‘A Beautiful Mind’

Best Picture, 2002

By the late 90s, it seemed the Academy had decided to avert any chance of controversy by doling out awards to the blandest, most inoffensive movie they could find (see also: ‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Chicago’). The worst offender in this category has to be Ron Howard’s entirely forgettable maths ‘n’ madness biopic, a disease-of-the-week TV movie which somehow escaped into the multiplex.

It could’ve been... 
The Fellowship of the Ring’, ‘Gosford Park’, ‘Mulholland Dr’ (not nominated).

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Renee Zellweger for ‘Cold Mountain’

Best Supporting Actress, 2003

Proof that it’s possible for a single supporting performance to sink an entire film, Renee Zellweger’s slack-jawed, fish-faced female-Forrest-Gump ruined this otherwise decent landscape drama from Anthony Minghella – but the Academy saw fit to reward her nonetheless.

It could’ve been...
Patricia Clarkson in ‘Pieces of April’, Shohreh Agdashloo in ‘House of Sand and Fog’.

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Best Picture, 2006

2005 was the year politics returned to Hollywood, with the Middle East (‘Munich’), gay rights (‘Brokeback Mountain’) and America’s troubled political history (‘Good Night and Good Luck’) all on the agenda. ‘Crash’ was a political film too, but in the lily-livered, hand-wringing, don’t-say-anything-unless-you-say-something-offensive-by-mistake vein – so of course it snatched the big prize.

It could’ve been...
Any of the above.

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Mauro Fiore for ‘Avatar’

Best Cinematography, 2010

Leaving aside the issue of quality, the real question is how a film created almost entirely within a computer can be nominated for Best Cinematography? Photographing a film is a tactile art, demanding in-depth knowledge of focal lengths, lenses and the way light moves. If all that work is done by a thousand nerds sweating over a thousand desktop computers, who’s really doing the ‘filming’? And does this mean Pixar movies are eligible?

It could’ve been...
Michael Haneke’s stunning ‘The White Ribbon’. End of story.

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Tom Hooper for ‘The King’s Speech’

Best Director, 2011

Patriotic and positively pro-royal, ‘The King’s Speech’ is a perfectly diverting slice of British cosiness. But it’s hardly Best Picture material – and the fact that helmsman Tom Hooper also took the Best Director prize is simply bizarre. His work is TV-standard: solid but unimpressive. And it looks even weaker next to David Fincher’s icy-cool ‘The Social Network’, which was also in the running.

It could’ve been...
The above, Darren Aronofsky for ‘Black Swan’ or The Coen brothers for ‘True Grit’. 

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‘The Artist’

Best Picture, 2012

In the years since this moderately entertaining silent movie about backstage Hollywood life won Best Picture, has anyone ever said the words ‘you know what I feel like watching? “The Artist”’? To go from winning film’s biggest honour to being completely forgotten in such a short time is pretty impressive, but given the film’s cutesy tone, drama-free setup and general air of self-satisfied middle-of-the-road-ness it’s perhaps not surprising.

It could’ve been...
The Tree of Life’ or  ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, which, criminally, wasn't nominated

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‘Birdman: or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance’

‘Birdman: or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance’

Best Picture, 2015

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ divides critics – our reviewer gave it a five-star rave, while for others it’s a shallow, unfunny rant directed at the easiest of targets: actors and the media. But all that is irrelevant, because ‘Birdman’ had the misfortune to be released in the same year as a film that brought something genuinely new and refreshing to cinema. Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’, filmed over 13 years, was a heartfelt, daring coming-of-age drama that stunned audiences worldwide. So of course it couldn’t win.

It could have been...
‘Boyhood’, plain and simple.


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By: Cath Clarke


Fransi M

Some of your comments I agree with.  How could 'High Noon' have lost out to 'The Greatest Show on Earth' or 'The Shawshank Redemption' to the idiocy that was 'Forrest Gump'?  But to dismiss 'The Sound of Music', 'Une Homme et une Femme', or 'Driving Miss Daisy'?  You should try to get out a bit more,Tom, and mix with real people.

Al J

The Artist , gad, and last year La La Land, (lots of noms)  Hollywood is a soft target for sappy musicals!

Al J

The Searchers is the real head scratcher. John Ford's greatest movie, it was not nominated for an Oscar in any category! (For 1956.) It is now in the top ten of the British Film Institute's prestigious poll. 

Along with The Honor of No Best Picture Nominations... Vertigo ... 2001:A Space Odyssey...


My $.02!

1979 - Kramer vs Kramer over Apocalypse Now - I watched K vs. K a few months ago and the movie has not aged well, specifically the scenes with Dustin Hoffman kissing a co-worker at a Christmas party unsolicited. (Actually, that was probably telling us something about his current transgressions) 

1967 - Thoroughly Modern Millie over In Cold Blood - Quincy Jones' music embodied the film and should have won Best Music Score.  In fact, the film should have been nominated for best picture, but was robbed by Doctor Doolitle, probably the worst Best Picture nominee of all time. 

Lil W

Lol what about Jennifer Lawrence? Worse actress ever 

Avi K

1) The author clearly either has no idea what "ham" is or has never seen Silence of the Lambs. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter is one of the least "hammy" performances in history, which is why he's so famous to begin with. Hopkins plays Lecter as cold, quiet, and emotionless to the point of feeling more machine than man. He's so removed from societal morality that he seems downright bored as he murders the guards. It might be the single most terrifying performance in film history and it well deserved the Oscar.

2) Literally everything you said about Boyhood is wrong. It wasn't heartfelt, daring, coming-of-age, a drama, OR filmed over the course of 13 years, and it certainly didn't stun audiences worldwide. Coming-of-age stories have the protagonists MATURING. Boyhood has the protagonist go from a stupid, annoying kid to a stupid, annoying teenager. He doesn't mature at all, he just physically ages. Writing a story that's just people going about their daily lives with no plot might have been daring when James Joyce did it for the first time, or when Salinger did it for the first time with a teenager, or even when the cast of Seinfeld first did it in an entertainment-based medium, but by the time Boyhood rolled around it was just one more done-to-death idea that shitty film critics reflexively praise whenever they see it, and everything else about it was equally unoriginal. It took clichéd setups and replaced the clichéd endings with absolutely nothing, and in the end every character STILL got the most clichéd possible form of character development, making the whole movie nothing more than a collection of clichés without a story to connect them. There were dramatic scenes in it, but most of it wasn't intended to evoke any emotion; in fact I'm pretty sure at least 80% of scenes serve no purpose except to pad out the running time. It doesn't really have a genre, beyond "bad". It wasn't heartfelt, for the reasons discussed earlier. Finally, it only took 12 years to film, but that's beside the point; what's more significant is that every praise of the film has to mention the time it took to make because there is absolutely nothing else about it that is of any interest to anyone for any reason.

3) How can you make a list of bad Oscar decisions and not mention CITIZEN FUCKING KANE losing Best Picture? I've never seen How Green Was My Valley, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't better than Citizen Kane! To name just one of many better choices that could have been on here.

Adam D

This list is inane.  It completely ignores the context of when each film was released.  Of course films from half a decade ago look different (not necessarily worse) from a modern viewpoint, but to say the Academy "flubbed" these choices is just ignorant.

Raymond B

For one thing, most of the dates are incorrect.  "The Greatest Show on Earth" was Best Picture of 1952, not 53.  "Around the World in Eighty Days" was 1956.  "Out of Africa" was 1985.  "Driving Miss Daisy" was 1989.  Anthony Hopkins won for 1991, not '92.  Al Pacino won for '92, not '93.  There are others.  At first I thought the author was using the convention of dates of the actual Oscar ceremonies, but there are several entries with the correct dates. 

Tiên T

Diana Oosterhart oh please. He was perfect in it. He looked Indian. And no, there was no "thing" about him playing the role.xuất tinh sớm

Chris A

Oh my god...you really need a holiday. Reading through your sarcastic and cynical list was so depressing. I'd rather watch all these films several times. How bitter and twisted can you get...you are such a snob.

Tara P Tastemaker

Slamming "Gone With The Wind", "The Sound of Music" and 90s Disney songs? This article may as well be called "watch us destroy your childhood".

Toni N

@Tara P


my Aunty Mila just got Toyota Highlander just by some part-time working online with a pc... 



Vera S tastemaker

What they said. But lowlight is Birdman vs Boyhood. Boyhood had nothing to say, except 'hey look, I filmed this guy for 13 years so this is really what he looks like now'. Oh, and 'hey guys, check out my Indie rock playlist'.

Edward G

Obviously each to their own opinion but complete nonsense about the cinematography of Avatar. Of course it's relevant in that film and even more so in Pixar's films! In fact, The Good Dinosaur definitely ought to have won last year.

Adam K

First of all: "something called ‘A Thousand Clowns’."  You need to see this film.  Sure, it's based on a stage-play and betrays its origins, it features a stunning performance from Jason Robards and, as far as I remember, was a bleak, black comedy set in a pre-gentrifiied NYC.  Don't dismiss it out of hand.

As for Birdman -- it was stunning, a brilliant tour-de-force of cinematography and acting not so much about acting and actors (if you think it was, then you missed the point) but about the disintegration of ego and the soul, about trying to find a scrap of hope in the midst of despair and how art is a double-edged sword in the search for that scrap.  Boyhood?  Yeah, okay, but once you get past its USP, it's an overlong film about a kid growing up into a boring, sullen, mono-syllabic and conveniently attractive teen (so none of the aching loneliness or alienation that so many of us spotty, malformed teens had to go through, just a happy, hopeful ending).

Steve H

Oscar's biggest crime: Marlee Matlin, who can only be described as "aggressively deaf," wins an Oscar for playing a character who can only be described as "aggressively deaf." This comes in a cinematic equivalent of a movie-of-the-week in Children of a Lesser God that also works to subvert it's main premise. Matlin's character wants to have her own voice, but instead of subtitling her, we're forced to listen to William Hurt translate her sign language for us, literally giving him her voice. 

This comes in the same year that Sigourney Weaver was nominated for Aliens, a role that is one of the most iconic characters ever created. This is what it looks like when Oscar drops all the balls at once.

Joseph G

"focal lengths, lenses and the way light moves" are all incredibly important aspects of visual effects. Between trackers, matchmovers, modellers, 3D matte painters, animators, FX, TDs and lighters, these exact disciplines are recreated. Also, the majority of this film was filmed in a studio before visual effects were applied - separating it from pixar movies - which are fully animated. The ignorance of the author will be of interest to both to the 1,000 sweaty nerds (read: 90% of the British film industry's work force) as well as pixar who pride themselves on the pure animation of their craft, which is an entirely different practice to the VFX in Avatar...

Ivy R

Man, I hate movie snobs. Haven't heard of the majority of your "should have won" suggestions. Anyone who disses Forrest Gump is dead to me.

Andrew W

I only scanned the first few entries then jumped to the comments. But I see no mention of Saving Private Ryans loss to Shakespeare in Love for best picture. Can't really think of any possible bigger mistake, at the time or especially in retrospect. And not because of Tom Hanks' performance or even Speilberg directing efforts. (especially cuz Sizemore and whoever played Jackson and Upham were the best. Come to think about it pretty much every actor in easy company gave their best). So the overall casting, acting, subject matter (uh duh, easy company were American heroes if ever there have been any) budget, production efforts put it over the top that year. In a way the fact that it's not Speilbergs best artistic directorial effort speaks to the fact that the movie just needed to be guided and allowed to tell itself. The beach Landing was flawless portrayal of the actual conditions. My grandfather whose father was there and who made 52 airborne jumps in Korea couldn't watch after that. I couldn't imagine seeing that sequence in the madness of Coppola, morals of Stone or the disdain of Kubrick. It didn't need the anything else. Vietnam fit their psychological approach (tho my dad who did 32 months as a scout sniper says apocalypse was prewar fantasy and jacket was for grunts later on. He swears platoon is the best of the bunch as far as being there.) But a cold dose of raw, real, Schindler's list reality. That, the scene with the dogs tags, the scene with Giovanni Ribisi dying, the scene with the sniper, and the final battle r maybe the only times he got out of his directors chair. Shakespeare in Love was a fine film. But still behind Truman show and Elizabeth if I recall correctly. Years now past I think Truman Shown the next best effort. But Saving Private Ryan is a classic. A tribute. A lesson and a reminder. One of the few days an American can celebrate a truly historical, unrivaled, thought un-attemptable, truly righteous victorious action by the greatest doers our country has ever produced. Alongside Pattons rescue at Bastogne Possibly next to only The Longest Day as far as WWII epcs, top 5 us war movies, Top 10 all time war movies . Don't get me started on Crash vs Munich

Jacky W

I completley agree with some of these choices-"Birdman"; Anthony Hopkins; "The King's Speech"-but I must defend "Forrest Gump"-totally unique; laugh-out-loud funny; also incredibly moving, absorbing and very , very entertaining. My only gripe with it is that Gary Sinise didn't win Best Supporting Actor-his performance as Lieutenant Dan was breath-taking-just faultless-and the best thing about the film for me. At least it brought Gary to the attention of many people who hadn't seen him before, he is an amazing actor, and deserves proper recognition for his talent. And, having met him twice, I can also say he is a lovely guy as well.

Andrew M

#20... Wow.  You'd give it to the cliche, predictable, and above all BORING "Boyhood" instead of "Birdman"?  I DO NOT get the love for "Boyhood" AT ALL.  I went to see this based on the hype, and I sat there for almost three hours being bored out of my mind at the complete inanity of it all.  I seriously do not understand why people praise that overrated slogfest.

Let me be perfectly clear: I DO NOT CARE how long it took to make the film. Do not use that with me.  Simply put, what was put on screen was not worth it, and how it was filmed is it's only notable aspect.  The acting is bad to passable.  The cinematography is very vanilla.  The dialog is at times atrocious.  It's as predictable as most TV melodramas (are you SERIOUSLY going to tell me you didn't see her marrying a series of assholes?).  It's main character is entirely unlikable -- yeah, I AGREED with the girlfriend who dumped him and I don't think I was supposed to.

I was RELIEVED when it didn't win best picture.  "Birdman" all the way!

Bill R

You guys are hack frauds, every last one of you.

It was Jack Black who had the argument with the guy in the store about "I Just Called to Say I Love You", not John Cusack

Michelle S

Bird man was by far a pretty good movie, I also thought the director, screenplay writers did an amazing job. But then again that's your opinion and this is my opinion. People have different perspectives, but I agree, boyhood should have revived more recognition than bird man did considering how long it took to film.

Carolyn E

What -- no "Titanic" on this list? That was a stupidly overblown, over-romanticized, over-budgeted retelling of a truly compelling "real-life story" -- One of the dumbest movies I've had to sit through. "A Night to Remember" was much better.

Aidan T

@Carolyn E Millions would disagree. 'A Night to Remember' was entirely different from 'Titanic', both in concept, construct and yes, budget. So what? It ('Titanic') was intended to be exactly what it was. A blockbuster movie. And it succeeded.

Adam K

I saw  "A Thousand Clowns" on TV many years ago.  It's a damned fine film, if I remember correctly, with a great performance by Jason Robards and a glimpse into pre-gentrified NYC of the mid-60s.

kevin w

I suspect that the main reason Boyhood lost was because nobody ever talked about it being a good film, al the publicity and expectations about it winning were based upon the way it had been filmed and the time it took as if the actual quality of the movie was irrelevant.  Birdman may have just been more interesting.

Suzanne C

Oh dear, who wrote this. It is pretty obvious that the Oscars don't often don't reflect what are the best films and performances, however there are some strong contenders on this list. The 'Sounds of Music' is a beautiful directed film and 'Forest Gump' is an incredibly witty and powerful film.

Ken C

If this wasn't a Timeout post, I would have considered this a great piece of trolling or something written by an igorant 13 year old with access to wikipedia.

Sarah C

Colours of the Wind is not about love...like...at all. 

Superstar Donkey Jockey Staff Writer

I Just Called To Say I Love You won best song over Purple Rain? Inconceivable!

Allan H

I'm probably the odd one out but if Forrest Gump was to be overthrown, of the choice between Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption and Quiz Show, I would go with Quiz Show!

Jonathan F

And Forest Gump is an amazing film? I'm not a huge fan of Avatar but it's the highest grossing film of all time! This writer doesn't have a clue.

Ilija B


Jonathan F

To say Anthony Hopkins didn't deserve his Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs is complete bullshit!

Claire E

@Jonathan F Hannibal Lecter is one my favorite villains OF ALL TIME, both for Anthony Hopkins' acting and the writing. 

Tom Huddleston, did you actually watch Silence of the Lambs? It's a masterpiece.

Hopkins says in interviews that one of his main inspirations was HAL from 2001 A Space Odyssey. 

John B

You were going so well until you mentioned Dead Poets Society as an alternative winner - a film which, had it won, should have topped the list as the worst to ever win any award. Maudlin, sentimental, badly imagined and realised drivel.

Also. gone with the wind is the only film from that era that almost anyone could name - which means it has stood the test of time and deserved the Oscar.

Oh, and so did Rocky - the definitive film of its era.

Claire E

@John B Rocky's director did not deserve the award over Network's Sidney Lumet or Taxi Driver's Martin Scorsese. Those are two of the greatest directors of all time, at their best, and my parents know their names. I have no idea who directed Rocky.

Andrew M

@Claire E @John B Taxi Driver is the most Over-Rated piece of drivel I have ever had the misfortune to watch.
I made myself watch the damn thing & thought is THIS what everyone has been raving about ?
It's crap !

John D

Forrest Gump is not brain dead patriotism, it is a masterpiece work about existentialism. Pulp Fiction is amazing, but what makes it better, because its edgy? If your mad that Forrest Gump plays tribute to American History, why are you not mad pulp fiction plays tribute to the Exploitation genre? Forrest Gump should be every bodys role model, he is un judging and full of love and life. 


Wasi A

@John D forrest gump had no clear story, lots of weird & worthless incidents(i.e running for months without any reason). unnecessary lengthy, overall a good dark comedy film for teens but not good enough to win oscar. shawshank redemption was 100 times better than that 

Joshua N

For 2002, I'd argue that "Ghost World" was also deserving of a Best Picture nomination.

Tex S

Forrest Gump and Out of Africa were travesties and emblematic of the pablum the academy loves. The English Patient could have also been included. And you should have made the list 21 to give room to Chicago, the terrible on all levels movie/musical. 


paul k

    Dr. Doolittle won best score and best song ("Talk to the Animals").  Paul Simon was not even nominated for the score for The Graduate and "Mrs. Robinson".


I thought the Sound of Music was phenomenal.

Jhon C

Carol Reed for Oliver! and not for The Third Man or The Fallen Idol. Specially when the winning was above Stanley´s Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey and Gillo Pontecorvo for The Battle of Algiers


Best director- Bob Fosse for Cabaret over Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather Best Actor- Art Carney over Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson Ordinary People and Robert Redford over Martin Scorsese and Raging Bull Dances with Wolves and Kevin Costner over Martin Scorsese and Goodfellas Scorsese again for Aviator losing to Clint Eastwood


I agree with most but not Forrest Gump. I love Pulp Fiction, Shawshank and Quiz Show but Gump was groundbreaking for special effects and editing. Not to mention the directing, score, acting, and camera work were unbelievable. Whereas the other 3 had some of those elements, Gump had all those and easily deserved Best Picture


@Burn  hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah..............hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. *wipes tear* hahahaha!!!

Armada D

@Burn  are you 10 years old?