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  • Jason Travis
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    This is fun!

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    WHO I THOUGHT WAS RUNNER-UP FOR BEST PICTURE 1980-PRESENT

    1980: Raging Bull
    1981: Reds
    1982: E.T.
    1983: The Right Stuff
    1984: A Passage to India
    1985: Prizzi’s Honor
    1986: Hannah and Her Sisters
    1987: Moonstruck 
    1988: Mississippi Burning
    1989: Born on the Fourth of July
    1990: Goodfellas
    1991: Bugsy
    1992: The Crying Game
    1993: The Piano
    1994: Pulp Fiction
    1995: Apollo 13
    1996: Fargo
    1997: As Good As It Gets
    1998: Saving Private Ryan
    1999: The Cider House Rules
    2000: Traffic
    2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    2002: The Pianist
    2003: Mystic River
    2004: The Aviator
    2005: Brokeback Mountain
    2006: Little Miss Sunshine
    2007: There Will Be Blood
    2008: Milk
    2009: Avatar
    2010: The Social Network
    2011: Hugo
    2012: Lincoln 

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    Halo_Insider
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    2012: Silver Linings Playbook
    2011: Hugo (With the sweep of this year, it’s hard to say, though I’d consider The Descendants as a close runner-up)
    2010: The Social Network
    2009: Avatar (precedence would dictate otherwise, but I can’t tell if anything really had enough support)
    2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    2007: There Will Be Blood
    2006: Little Miss Sunshine
    2005: Brokeback Mountain
    2004: The Aviator
    2003: Lost in Translation
    2002: The Hours? (Wins the Golden Globe, yet The Pianist sweeps the Director-Screenplay combo. Then you have Gangs of New York. Odd year)
    2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (or Gosford Park)
    2000: Traffic
    1999: The Cider House Rules
    1998: Saving Private Ryan
    1997: L.A. Confidential
    1996: Fargo
    1995: Apollo 13
    1994: Pulp Fiction
    1993: The Piano
    1992: Howards End
    1991: JFK
    1990: Goodfellas
    1989: Born on the Fourth of July
    1988: Dangerous Liaisons
    1987: Moonstruck 
    1986: Hannah and Her Sisters
    1985: The Color Purple (or Witness)
    1984: The Killing Fields
    1983: The Right Stuff
    1982: E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
    1981: Reds
    1980: Raging Bull
    1979: Apocalypse Now
    1978: Coming Home
    1977: Star Wars
    1976: Network
    1975: Nashville
    1974: Chinatown
    1973: The Exorcist
    1972: Cabaret
    1971: Fiddler on the Roof
    1970: MASH
    1969: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 
    1968: The Lion in Winter
    1967: The Graduate
    1966: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    1965: Doctor Zhivago
    1964: Becket (or Dr. Strangelove)
    1963: How the West Was Won (or Cleopatra)

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    Jason Travis
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    NOTES ON SOME OF MY PICKS:

    1987: I think the academy really digged Moonstruck– it won 3 Oscars for Actress, Supporting Actress and Screenplay. And in a relatively weak year for film, where The Last Emperor was a sweeping epic, I think they prefered this over Broadcast News- which while a critical favorite, didn’t gnar a director nomination and won zilch Oscar night. Fatal Attraction was the box-office smash of the group but it was a mixed review popcorn fest, so not expected to win anything but for Close. (Funny how Glenn Close’s last name represents how her chances for Best Actress often are- thank you!!!!)

    1997: Most say L.A.Confidential; could be, it won the screenplay and Supporting Actress trophy (the latter being undeserved, in my opinion). But it’s still film noir and I don’t think a lot of voters warmed up to it as much. I think As Good As It Gets had the box-office appeal, 3 Golden Globe wins, and the 2 lead acting Oscars it won is a rarity and shows the voters warmed up to it (despite a lack of director nod). Close call though. This was a year where you had one movie way out front (Titanic) and nothing was stopping it.

    1999: You look at the lineup now and think “It’s got to be The Sixth Sense or The Insider“, but back in 1999 those movies were not going into the ceremony with guns blazing. This was strictly Miramax vs. DreamWorks- round two. The Cider House Rules won 2 competitie prizes in writing and acting, and Weinstein still thought he could push the core voters to give it top dice- but American Beauty was pretty much a done deal. This was def runner-up though.

    2006: Despite Babel winning early on with the Drama Globe, this was a divided year. When Little Miss Sunshine won the Producer’s Guild, it was clear the passion wave was working. Thank God it was Marty’s “year” so to speak. 

    2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button had a whopping 13 nominations- but by Oscar night it only went home with 3 trophies, all in the tech fields. I am someone that looks at the whole picture- and I think by then most knew Slumdog was it, but I think Milk was closer then we think and it’s wins in writing and lead acting make it a logical thought- I don’t think Frost/Nixon or The Reader had a chance. 

    2012: Despite Ang Lee winning for Life of Pi, I still think Lincoln was runner-up in four categories- Picture, Director, Supporting Actor and Adapted Screenplay. Hurts but there you go.  

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    Beau S.
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    2012 – Silver Linings Playbook
    2011 – Hugo
    2010 – The Social Network
    2009 – Inglourious Basterds
    2008 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    2007 – There Will Be Blood
    2006 – Little Miss Sunshine
    2005 – Brokeback Mountain
    2004 – Sideways
    2003 – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
    2002 – The Pianist
    2001 – way too close to call (lots of passion for LOTR and Moulin Rouge, critical favorites Gosford Park and In the Bedroom)
    2000 – Traffic
    1999 – The Cider House Rules
    1998 – Saving Private Ryan
    1997 – L.A. Confidential
    1996 – Fargo
    1995 – Apollo 13
    1994 – Pulp Fiction
    1993 – The Piano
    1992 – The Crying Game
    1991 – Bugsy
    1990 – Goodfellas 

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    AroundU
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    2012 – Silver Linings Playbook
    2011 – The Descendants / Moneyball
    2010 – The Social Network
    2009 – Precious
    2008 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    2007 – There Will Be Blood
    2006 – Little Miss Sunshine
    2005 – Brokeback Mountain
    2004 – The Aviator
    2003 – Lost in Translation
    2002 – The Pianist
    2001 – Moulin Rouge!

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    1990: Goodfellas
    1991: Bugsy
    1992: The Crying Game
    1993: The Piano
    1994: Pulp Fiction
    1995: Babe
    1996: Fargo
    1997: The Full Monty
    1998: Saving Private Ryan
    1999: The Cider House Rules
    2000: Traffic
    2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    2002: The Pianist
    2003: Lost in Translation
    2004: The Aviator
    2005: Brokeback Mountain
    2006: Little Miss Sunshine
    2007: Atonement
    2008: Milk
    2009: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    2010: The Social Network
    2011: The Descendants
    2012: Silver Linings Playbook

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    Daniel B.
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    2012: Life of Pi
    2011: Hugo
    2010: The Social Network
    2009: Inglourious Basterds
    2008: Milk
    2007: There Will Be Blood
    2006: Little Miss Sunshine
    2005: Brokeback Mountain
    2004: The Aviator
    2003: Mystic River
    2002: The Pianist
    2001: The Lord of the Rings (but I agree, too close to call)
    2000: Traffic

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