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Best Picture Winners and a Few That Should Have Won

   

Best Picture Winners and a Few That Should Have Won

The Academy Awards, or “The Oscars,” honor the best in film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is comprised of 8,469 Oscar voters. While the Academy voters may have to wait a little longer to cast their ballot, (the awards were bumped from February to April,) we aren’t waiting to lay out all the past Best Picture winners and to question some.

The 2000’s

  • 2020 – “Parasite”
  • 2019 – “Green Book”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Roma or The Favourite. Yorgos Lanthimos is a treasure of a Director.

  • 2018 – “The Shape of Water”

This year was stacked with great films. There were four films (looking at you: Lady Bird, Get Out, Call Me By Your Name and Three Billboards) that should’ve beat out Guillermo Del Torro’s amphibian love story. The best of those four much better options was Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri.

  • 2017 – “Moonlight”
  • 2016 – “Spotlight”
  • 2015 – “Birdman”

Alejandro G. Inarritu’s, Birdman, was made to look like the entire 119 minute film was shot in one take. It’s a true cinematic marvel.

  • 2014 – “12 Years a Slave”
  • 2013 – “Argo”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Silver Linings Playbook

  • 2012 – “The Artist”
  • 2011 – “The King’s Speech”

This should’ve gone to Aronofsky’s, Black Swan or Nolan’s, Inception. The King’s Speech was a safe, vanilla choice in a rainbow of great films released in 2011.

2010: A special year

  • 2010 – “The Hurt Locker”

Remember when The Hurt Locker beat out Avatar and everyone was like *gasp*. But, for anyone who watched both films, this wasn’t shocking. Avatar’s story was bad, I said it. The ending was abysmal.

The Hurt Locker was a great film with fantastic writing and direction. It was also the first Best Picture to be directed by a woman. Kathryn Bigelow took home Best Director for her work on The Hurt Locker, making her the first and only woman to win the award.

This win is even more exceptional considering 2010 was also the first year the nominees category expanded from 5 to 10.

  • 2009 – “Slumdog Millionaire”

Who should’ve won: The Dark Knight

  • 2008 – “No Country for Old Men”
  • 2007 – “The Departed”
  • 2006 – “Crash”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Brokeback Mountain

  • 2005 – “Million Dollar Baby”
  • 2004 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Lost in Translation

  • 2003 – “Chicago”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Gangs of New York (Not one of Scorsese’s best films but still better than Chicago).

  • 2002 – “A Beautiful Mind”
  • 2001 – “Gladiator”

Maximus, Decimus, who cares. Get out of here Russell Crowe.

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • 2000 – “American Beauty”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: The Sixth Sense

Special Mention: Requiem for a Dream (it wasn’t even nominated). Both films were better than American Beauty, which hasn’t aged well.

The ’90’s

  • 1999 – “Shakespeare in Love”
  • 1998 – “Titanic”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Goodwill Hunting

“How ’bout them apples?”

  • 1997 – “The English Patient”

(Said in Michael Scott’s voice) No. No, no, no. No. It’s insane that the Cohen brothers’, Fargo, didn’t take home the top award.

  • 1996 – “Braveheart”
  • 1995 – “Forrest Gump”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Shawshank Redemption

I guess life really is like a box of chocolates. Because, I’ll never know why Forrest Gump beat out both Shawshank AND Pulp Fiction.

  • 1994 – “Schindler’s List”
  • 1993 – “Unforgiven”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Scent of a Women

  • 1992 – “The Silence of the Lambs”
  • 1991 – “Dances With Wolves”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Goodfellas

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  • 1990 – “Driving Miss Daisy”

The ’80’s

  • 1989 – “Rain Man”
  • 1988 – “The Last Emperor”
  • 1987 – “Platoon”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: A Room with a View

  • 1986 – “Out of Africa”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: The Color Purple (Why does the Academy hate Spielberg?)

  • 1985 – “Amadeus”
  • 1984 – “Terms of Endearment”
  • 1983 – “Gandhi”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: E.T. (Again, Spielberg)

  • 1982 – “Chariots of Fire”
  • 1981 – “Ordinary People”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Raging Bull

  • 1980 – “Kramer vs. Kramer”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Apocalypse Now

The ’70’s

  • 1979 – “The Deer Hunter”
  • 1978 – “Annie Hall”
  • 1977 – “Rocky”
  • 1976 – “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
  • 1975 – “The Godfather Part II”
  • 1974 – “The Sting”
  • 1973 – “The Godfather”
  • 1972 – “The French Connection”
  • 1971 – “Patton”
  • 1970 – “Midnight Cowboy”

The ’60’s

  • 1969 – “Oliver!”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Funny Girl

  • 1968 – “In the Heat of the Night”
  • 1967 – “A Man for All Seasons”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • 1966 – “The Sound of Music”
  • 1965 – “My Fair Lady”
  • 1964 – “Tom Jones”
  • 1963 – “Lawrence of Arabia”
  • 1962 – “West Side Story”
  • 1961 – “The Apartment”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Pyscho

  • 1960 – “Ben-Hur”

The ’50’s

  • 1959 – “Gigi”
  • 1958 – “The Bridge on the River Kwai”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: 12 Angry Men

  • 1957 – “Around the World in 80 Days”
  • 1956 – “Marty”
  • 1955 – “On the Waterfront”
  • 1954 – “From Here to Eternity”
  • 1953 – “The Greatest Show on Earth”
  • 1952 – “An American in Paris”
  • 1951 – “All About Eve”
  • 1950 – “All the Kings Men”

The 40’s

  • 1949 – “Hamlet”
  • 1948 – “Gentleman’s Agreement”
  • 1947 – “The Best Years of Our Lives”
  • 1946 – “The Lost Weekend”
  • 1945 – “Going My Way”
  • 1944 – “Casablanca”
  • 1943 – “Mrs. Miniver”
  • 1942 – “How Green Was My Valley”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: Citizen Kane

  • 1941 – “Rebecca”

Rebecca is the only film of Alfred Hitchcock’s to win Best Picture.

  • 1940 – “Gone with the Wind”

Who should’ve won Best Picture: The Wizard of Oz

Best Picture: The Originals

  • 1939 – “You Can’t Take It with You”
  • 1938 – “The Life of Emile Zola”
  • 1937 – “The Great Ziegfeld”
  • 1936 – “Mutiny on the Bounty”
  • 1935 – “It Happened One Night”
  • 1934 – “Cavalcade”
  • 1933 – “Grand Hotel”
  • 1932 – “Cimarron”
  • 1931 – “All Quiet on the Western Front”
  • 1930 – “The Broadway Melody”
  • 1929 – “Wings”
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