How Many Times Have the Oscars given your Favorite Film Best Picture?

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  • Tony Ruiz
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    #135765

    Once of the important aspects of prognosticating is being able to separate your personal feelings from your ability to predict what will actually win.  But I must admit that there is a special thrill that I feel when the Academy annoints my favorite film with the Best Picture Oscar.

    So how many times has your favorite film also won the Oscar for Best Picture…

    Here are my personal choices in the past 23 years (the actual Oscar winner is in parenthesis)

    1990:Goodfellas (Dances with Wolves)
    1991: The Silence of the Lambs (Same)
    1992: Unforgiven (Same)
    1993: Schindler’s List (Same)
    1994: The Shawshank Redemption (Forrest Gump)
    1995: Dead Man Walking (Braveheart)
    1996: Fargo (The English Patient)
    1997: The Sweet Hereafter (Titanic)
    1998: Saving Private Ryan (Shakespeare in Love)
    1999: Topsy Turvy (American Beauty)
    2000: Crouching Tiger, HIdden Dragon (Gladiator)
    2001: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship (A Beautiful Mind)
    2002: The Pianist (Chicago)
    2003: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Same)
    2004: Million Dollar Baby (Same)
    2005:Brokeback Mountain (Crash)
    2006: LIttle Miss Sunshine (The Departed)
    2007: Michael Clayton (No Country for Old Men)
    2008: Wall-E (Slumdog Millionaire)
    2009: Up (The Hurt Locker)
    2010: Black Swan (The King’s Speech)
    2011: The Descendants (The Artist)
    2012: Argo (Life of Pi)

     

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    M H
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    #135767

    I also go back to 1990, since I haven’t seen enough movies in earlier years to feel like I can say for sure. In those years, never. There are a couple that are close (Unforgiven and Chicago, for example, would come in second for me in their respective years), but never has my favorite won.

    In fact, only five times (The Crying Game, Fargo, LA Confidential, Fellowship of the Ring, Black Swan) has my favorite even been nominated. 

    If I go back farther, there are a few I could imaging being my favorite from a year (From Here to Eternity, It Happened One Night, Midnight Cowboy, The Apartment), but I haven’t seen enough of the competition to know.  

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    CanadianFan
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    #135768

    I have agreed on 4/13 of their BP winners
    (Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Million Dollar Baby, The Departed, and Slumdog Millionnaire). I didn’t love Million Dollar Baby or Slumdog, but the competiton was really weak for both years.

    Their BP winners, ranked, in order of year (from 2000 – 2012):

    4, 3, 4, 1, 1, 3, 1, 3, 1, —- 6, 5, 4, 4 

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    M H
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    #135769

    I also go back to 1990, since I haven’t seen enough movies in earlier years to feel like I can say for sure. In those years, never. There are a couple that are close (Unforgiven and Chicago, for example, would come in second for me in their respective years), but never has my favorite won.

    In fact, only five times (The Crying Game, Fargo, LA Confidential, Fellowship of the Ring, Black Swan) has my favorite even been nominated. 

    If I go back farther, there are a few I could imaging being my favorite from a year (From Here to Eternity, It Happened One Night, Midnight Cowboy, The Apartment), but I haven’t seen enough of the competition to know.  

    I should clarify that I mean of all movies released that year, not just of nominees.  

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    RobertoTerra
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    #135770

    The last 23 years, but I’m choosing just out of the films nominated for Best Picture

    1990:Goodfellas (Dances with Wolves)
    1991: The Silence of the Lambs 
    1992: Unforgiven
    1993: The Piano (Schindler’s List)
    1994: Forrest Gump
    1995: Sense and Sensibilty (Braveheart)
    1996: Fargo (The English Patient)
    1997: Titanic 
    1998: Saving Private Ryan (Shakespeare in Love)
    1999: American Beauty 
    2000: Crouching Tiger, HIdden Dragon (Gladiator)
    2001: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship (A Beautiful Mind)
    2002: The Pianist (Chicago)
    2003: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 
    2004: Million Dollar Baby 
    2005: Brokeback Mountain (Crash)
    2006: The Queen (The Departed)
    2007: There Will Be Blood (No Country for Old Men)
    2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Slumdog Millionaire)
    2009: Inglorious Basters (The Hurt Locker)
    2010: Black Swan (The King’s Speech)
    2011: Hugo (The Artist)
    2012: Amour (Argo)

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    RobertoTerra
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    #135771

    The last 23 years, but I’m choosing just out of the films nominated for Best Picture

    1990:Goodfellas (Dances with Wolves)
    1991: The Silence of the Lambs 
    1992: Unforgiven
    1993: The Piano (Schindler’s List)
    1994: Forrest Gump
    1995: Sense and Sensibilty (Braveheart)
    1996: Fargo (The English Patient)
    1997: Titanic 
    1998: Saving Private Ryan (Shakespeare in Love)
    1999: American Beauty 
    2000: Crouching Tiger, HIdden Dragon (Gladiator)
    2001: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship (A Beautiful Mind)
    2002: The Pianist (Chicago)
    2003: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 
    2004: Million Dollar Baby 
    2005: Brokeback Mountain (Crash)
    2006: The Queen (The Departed)
    2007: There Will Be Blood (No Country for Old Men)
    2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Slumdog Millionaire)
    2009: Inglorious Basters (The Hurt Locker)
    2010: Black Swan (The King’s Speech)
    2011: Hugo (The Artist)
    2012: Amour (Argo)

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    pacinofan
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    I will start with 1988 since even though I was only 11 that is when I started following the Oscars and keeping lists. Though some of my choices as best from childhood have changed over time.

    The Oscar winner in paranthesis…

    1988: Bull Durham (Rain Man)
    1989: Henry V (Driving Miss Daisy)
    1990: Goodfellas (Dances with Wolves )
    1991: The Silence of the Lambs (same)
    1992: The Crying Game (Unforgiven)
    1993: Schindler’s List (same)
    1994: Pulp Fiction (Forrest Gump)
    1995: Babe (Braveheart)
    1996: Fargo (The English Patient)
    1997: L.A. Confidential (Titanic)
    1998: Saving Private Ryan (Shakespeare in Love)
    1999: American Beauty (same)
    2000: Almost Famous (Gladiator)
    2001: The Royal Tenenbaums (A Beautiful Mind)
    2002: Chicago (same)
    2003: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (same)
    2004: Million Dollar Baby (same)
    2005: The New World (Crash)
    2006: Letters from Iwo Jima (The Departed)
    2007: No Country for Old Men (same)
    2008: Wall-E (Slumdog Millionaire)
    2009: A Serious Man (The Hurt Locker)
    2010: The Social Network (The King’s Speech)
    2011: The Artist (same)
    2012: The Master (Argo)

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    #135773

    In the years I’ve been following the Oscars, it has happened four times, which is impressive given the sheer number of eligible films:

    1997: Titanic
    1999: American Beauty
    2004: Million Dollar Baby
    2007: No Country for Old Men 

    Other years when Oscar’s Best Picture was at least on my top ten list:

    1998: Shakespeare in Love (#4 on my list)
    2001: A Beautiful Mind (#8) 
    2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (#4)
    2005: Crash (#10) 

    No Best Picture winner since “No Country” in 2007 has been on my top ten list, so I have especially high hopes for “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” both of which will be very high on my list. 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #135774

    1985: Out of Africa (my favourite: Back to the Future)
    1986: Platoon
    1987: The Last Emperor (my favourite: Broadcast News)
    1988: Rain Man
    1989: Driving Miss Daisy
    1990: Dances with Wolves
    1991: The Silence of the Lambs
    1992: Unforgiven
    1993: Schindler’s List
    1994: Forrest Gump
    1995: Braveheart (favourite: Toy Story)
    1996: The English Patient (favourite: Jerry Maguire)
    1997: Titanic
    1998: Shakespeare in Love (favourite: The Truman Show)
    1999: American Beauty (favourite: The Cider House Rules)
    2000: Gladiator
    2001: A Beautiful Mind
    2002: Chicago (favourite: Catch Me if You Can)
    2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    2004: Million Dollar Baby (favourite: Spider-Man 2)
    2005: Crash (favourite: Capote)
    2006: The Departed
    2007: No Country for Old Men
    2008: Slumdog Millionaire
    2009: The Hurt Locker (favourite: Up)
    2010: The King’s Speech (favourite: The Social Network)
    2011: The Artist (favourite: Hugo)
    2012: Argo (favourite: Lincoln) 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #135775

    1999: American Pie (same)

    I think you mean “American Beauty”. American Pie winning Best Picture is just… weird. I liked the film, but if it did really happen… just bizarre. 

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    WaltEagle
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    #135776

    Life of Pi is not a winner.

    For me, probably never in the years where I’ve seen a good amount.  My favourites:

    1943 – The Ox-Bow Incident*
    1944 – Double Indemnity*
    1945 – Brief Encounter
    1946 – It’s a Wonderful Life*
    1947 – Black Narcissus
    1948 – Rope
    1949 – Kind Hearts and Coronets
    1950 – Sunset Boulevard*
    1951 – Strangers on a Train
    1952 – Ikiru
    1953 – The Wages of Fear
    1954 – Rear Window
    1955 – Diabolique
    1956 – The Searchers
    1957 – 12 Angry Men*
    1958 – Vertigo
    1959 – North by Northwest
    1960 – Psycho
    1961 – Yojimbo
    1962 – Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
    1963 – The Great Escape
    1964 – Dr. Strangelove*
    1965 – Doctor Zhivago*
    1966 – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    1967 – Cool Hand Luke
    1968 – Once Upon a Time in the West
    1969 – The Wild Bunch
    1970 – MASH*
    1971 – The Last Picture Show*
    1972 – Sleuth
    1973 – The Long Goodbye
    1974 – Chinatown*
    1975 – Jaws*
    1976 – Network*
    1977 – Star Wars*
    1978 – Days of Heaven
    1979 – Apocalypse Now*
    1980 – The Empire Strikes Back

    1981 – Raiders of the Lost Ark*

    1982 – The Thing

    1983 – Zelig

    1984 – Blood Simple.

    1985 – Ran 

    1986 – Hannah and Her Sisters*

    1987 – Withnail & I

    1988 – The Last Temptation of Christ

    1989 – Do the Right Thing
    1990 – Goodfellas*

    1991 – Barton Fink

    1992 – Reservoir Dogs

    1993 – Short Cuts

    1994 – Pulp Fiction* 

    1995 – Casino

    1996 – Trainspotting

    1997 – Boogie Nights

    1998 – The Big Lebowski

    1999 – The Limey
    2000 – Requiem for a Dream
    2001 – Fellowship of the Ring*
    2002 – The Two Towers*
    2003 – Oldboy
    2004 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2005 – The Squid and the Whale
    2006 – The Lives of Others
    2007 – There Will Be Blood*
    2008 – In Bruges
    2009 – Inglourious Basterds*
    2010 – Biutiful
    2011 – Take Shelter
    2012 – Django Unchained*

    *=nominated 

    Yep, never.  Platoon, Godfather, Cuckoo’s Nest, Lost Weekend, Bridge on the River Kwai, and Fargo would be close but no cigar.

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    Renaton
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    I think the only times in history where the best film of the year (not just the best one out of the nominees, but the best one of the year) were Sunrise, Unforgiven and No Country For Old Men. Even some of the most deserving winners (like The Apartment, Lawrence Of Arabia, The Godfather, The Hurt Locker…) weren’t really the absolute best of the year, although they would be among the very best.

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    Beau S.
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    The last time my favorite film of the year won Best Picture was 1999.

    1990: Goodfellas (Dances with Wolves)
    1991: The Silence of the Lambs 
    1992: Unforgiven
    1993: Schindler’s List
    1994: Pulp Fiction (Forrest Gump)
    1995: The Usual Suspects or Se7en (Braveheart)
    1996: Fargo (The English Patient)
    1997: Boogie Nights (Titanic)
    1998: The Truman Show (Shakespeare in Love)
    1999: American Beauty 
    2000: Requiem for a Dream (Gladiator)
    2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (A Beautiful Mind)
    2002: The Pianist (Chicago)
    2003: Finding Nemo (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
    2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Million Dollar Baby)
    2005: Brokeback Mountain (Crash)
    2006: Pan’s Labyrinth (The Departed)
    2007: There Will Be Blood (No Country for Old Men)
    2008: The Dark Knight (Slumdog Millionaire)
    2009: Inglourious Basters (The Hurt Locker)
    2010: The Social Network (The King’s Speech)
    2011: Hugo (The Artist)
    2012: Zero Dark Thirty (Argo)

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    Scottferguson
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    Limiting to English langauge films released during the eligibity period;

    Sunrise
    Unforgiven
    Titanic
    Million Dollar Baby
    The Hurt Locker

    How Green Was Valley was a close 2nd for 1941

    Having watched the Oscars from 1964-1990 without it happening, four times since seems quite often

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    KT
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    Renaton, your best of years are very debatable. Many people see There Will Be Blood as superior, as well as Crying Game against Unforgiven. Sunrise is a huge deal, but it didn’t technically win best picture. Also I think Passion of Joan of Arc came out that same year, and also Metropolis. I find it hard to come up with better films in the years of Godfather, Lawrence of Arabia, and Godfather 2. It’s interesting some people have listed foreign films, like Kurosawa’s classics. The great American directors Coppola and Scorsese love Yojimbo.

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