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  • ScandalWife
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    After watching Traffic for the first time today, my first thought was why did this film lost to Gladiator. A family drama, a thriller, and a feminist story all rolled into one amazing film. While I was not paying attention to the Oscar when it was released, my question was their bad blood around the film at the time?

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    Teridax
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    Gladiator is easily the superior film in my opinion and deservedly more of a mainstream cinematic classic. “Are you not entertained?!” I sure was with the Crowe vehicle more than I was the twisty Soderbergh thriller.

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    I think both films are bloated and overrated. I prefer Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical Almost Famous.

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    I think both films are bloated and overrated. I prefer Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical Almost Famous.

    That was a perfect film. The only time Crowe dropped his rom-com cliches to tell a personal and engaging story. It deservedly won the Oscar for Original Screenplay, but Harvey Weinstein’s campaign machinations got his Oscar bait Chocolat nominated over it for Picture.

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    SN
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    Traffic deserved it more. Gladiador is more remembered today by the general public, but it’s not the better film. I think the preferential ballot system would probably make things different.

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    CitizenBlake
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    Traffic is the better film but it’s not a masterpiece by any means.

    It had better performances by the skin of its teeth, and I say this because I’m mad that Crowe won for his pseudo action-hero performance. If anyone from Gladiator deserved an Oscar, it was Joaquin Phoenix, but even then, Del Toro was impressive, AND won for a very subtle and internalised performance.

    In terms of BP, between these two I wouldn’t give it to Gladiator.

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    Jays
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    I think both films are bloated and overrated. I prefer Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical Almost Famous.

    I love Gladiator, but Almost Famous is one of my all time favorite movies. Deserved it’s screenplay win and Hudson should have supporting actress.

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    Andrew Carden
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    Gladiator was an old-school Hollywood epic that appealed to the Academy’s more conservative old-timers, who were surely none too enamored with the graphic Traffic. Yet, with Scott at the helm and Crowe headlining, it also had substantial appeal among a more hip set.

    THE OSCAR 100 (#80-76): Dustin Hoffman, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Fredric March and Elizabeth Taylor

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    BenitoDelicias
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    It looked like the bigger more important film. It looked classic and old Hollywood. Epic. I think Traffic would’ve won in recent years against this same competition. Chocolat probably wouldn’t have been nominated allowing Almost Famous to get its very deserved nod.

    The Academy seriously contradicted itself. The best film of the year has the best costumes, sound mixing and visual effects. While the other one has the best screenplay, editor and director. So sure, Gladiator is the winner of Best Picture. What?!

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    Atypical
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    Team “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” but yeah, “Traffic” + “Erin Brockovich” was peak Soderbergh and all of that better than pedestrian “Gladiator.” Luckily, even shittier “Chocolat” was there to deflect some of the poorness of the eventual winner. “Almost Famous,” “Pollock,” “You Can Count on Me,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “Amores Perros,” “The Contender,” “Quills,” “Shadow of the Vampire,” even “Cast Away,” and on and on. Any of those would have made a field of ten nominees fairly easily.

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    jasonface
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    Traffic over Gladiator for sure

    But such a disappointing lineup overall when you remember this is the year of Amores Perros, Code Unknown, In the Mood for Love, Requiem for a Dream, and Werckmeister Harmonies.

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    Gladiator wasn’t a terrible winner but it sure wasn’t a very good one. And to this day, I still question how Chocolat got into a prestigious five with the middling reviews it had.

    A Beautiful Mind, however, winning the year after was embarrassing.

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    SHT L
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    Of the movies that came out that year that I remember from the top of my head, I would have ranked them:

    1. Yi Yi (not sure if this had an American theatrical release)
    2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    3. You Can Count on Me
    4. Almost Famous
    5. Amores Perros
    6. Dancer in the Dark
    7. Wonder Boys
    8. Shadow of the Vampire
    9. Chuck & Buck
    10. The House of Mirth
    11. Pollock
    12. Requiem for a Dream
    13. Quills (Joaquin Phoenix should have been nominated for that one)
    14. Best in Show
    15. Traffic
    16. The Emperor’s New Groove

    I disliked Gladiator, and I put In the Mood for Love as a 2001 release.

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    Elazul
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    Traffic is cool. Isn’t 2000 among the all-time worst best picture lineups anyway?

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    SHT L
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    Traffic is cool. Isn’t 2000 among the all-time worst best picture lineups anyway?

    I can’t bring myself to say that when films like Traffic and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are in the line-up and when I find those two films better than some Best Picture winners from the past decade or so.

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