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  • Fritz
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    Hey everyone! To get things going in here, I just thought I would open a topic that always guarantees a hot discussion. And since I am just doing a ranking of all winners on my blog (yes, I am using this opportunity to shamelessly promote my blog) I thought this might be a good idea!

     

    So, what are your favourites? And why?

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    Bullshit Philosopher
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    I would have to go with Gone With the Wind. And looking at the list of Best Picture winners, it kinda makes me sad that I only like quite a few of them (among those that I have watched). And 9 out of my 10 favorite movies are non-BP winners.

     

    But anyways, please do share that ranking of yours anytime you finish it. I’m quite interested.

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    Conrado
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    Almost every year, I could make a case for one or two films that didn’t win, except for the year ‘Amadeus’ won, looking at the line-up for 1984, it was clearly the most deserving (and also one of the greatest movies ever)

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    Ryan_Fernand
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    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is my favrorite trilogy of all-time so The Return of the King winning was awesome. 

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    Spenser Davis
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    Shakespeare in Love is one of the smartest romantic comedies ever produced. There’s a reason that it is in the top 30 of the Writers Guild of America’s 101 Greatest Screenplays queue. I’m sure that Marc Norman’s first draft was good, but the additions that Tom Stoppard made lifted the script to the top tier of motion picture writing. Sounds too epic? Watch it again. There are so many layers to it that I’m still discovering innuendoes and self-referential dialogue. People give it the stiff arm because it beat Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture, but let’s be honest, when voting for those two films, you are comparing apples and oranges. And it just so happens that, in that year, the Academy had a taste for citrus.

     

    Forrest Gump is probably the sweetest biopic of a non-existent historical figure I’ve seen. How his simple belief system allows him to survive everything that he does is nothing short of heartwarming. In the hands of another actor, the title performance could have been hammy and ridiculous; under Hanks’ talented eye, though, Forrest became an endearing Everyman.

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    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is my favrorite trilogy of all-time so The Return of the King winning was awesome. 

     

     

    You and me both.

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    Morgan Henard
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    Everyone on these forums hate it, but I absolutely love CRASH.

    In all honesty, Best Picture is a category where my favorites hardly ever prevail.

    2010: The King’s Speech beats The Social Network.
    2009: The Hurt Locker beats Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air.
    …and so on and so on. 

    –Morgan 

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    Josh Vasseur
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    I am a fan of Shakespeare in Love, the only flaw for me in the end was Paltrow’s performance. I don’t know why I can’t embrace it, it isn’t that she does a horrible job it’s just that I don’t think this role suited her at all. I do think the script was top notch, a great performance by Joseph Fiennes (who deserved a nomination), and all the supporting players were perfectly cast. Even Ben Affleck of all people, who would at that time been the last person people would probably predict for such a minor part.

     

    As for what film should have won that, I do think the war film should have won, but for The Thin Red Line. But as for Shakespeare in Love, I did enjoy it immensely, very entertaining.

     

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    ladyhathor
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    I’ll have to look back through a list of older winners.  My favorite films rarely win Best Picture.  But I, too, completely love the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  So, Return of the King is most likely going to make my top 5 list of favorite Best Picture winners.

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    babypook
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    1930 All Quiet on the Western Front

    1939 Gone With the Wind

    1943 Casablanca

    1947 Gentleman’s Agreement

    1950 All About Eve

    1954 On the Waterfront

    1957 Bridge on the River Kwai

    1960 The Apartment (but close with Sons and Lovers)

    1962 Lawrence of Arabia

    1963 Tom Jones

    1969 Midnight Cowboy, but close with it’s competition that year

    1972 The Godfather

    1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    1977 Annie Hall, although Star Wars would have been a miraculous surprise

    1978 The Deer  Hunter

    1984 Amadeus

    1987 The Last Emperor

    1997 Titanic

    1999 American Beauty

    2003 The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

    2007 No Country for Old Men

    2010 The King’s Speech

     

    And yet, some of my all time favorites werent even nominated.

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    Spenser Davis
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    Thank you, babypook, for mentioning No Country for Old Men. That is a terrific film. Though not quite in my Top 10, it is certainly one of my favorite Best Pictures. There are still some who say that There Will Be Blood was robbed, and I can’t say I would have been surprised had it won. But I’m happy that the Coens finally got a BP under their belt (along with their directorial Oscar, of course).

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    babypook
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    TWBB is a great character study, imo. with some jarring, historical relevance. It’s an austere film that’s anchored entirely by DDL.

    No Country is a dynamite ensemble, complex, and extremely well crafted; tense, and unpredictable.

     

    I think it’s a masterpiece on many levels.

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    iskolar
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    Oh boy, I have a loooooot. There are many instances where in my favorite wasn’t the winner but I’m solved with what film won. 

     

    I guess I’ll mention 10 of my favorites.

    All About Eve

    Amadeus

    American Beauty

    Casablanca

    The Godfather

    Gone with the Wind

    The Hurt Locker

    Schindler’s List

    The Silence of the Lambs

    The Sound of Music

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    M H
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    I’ve seen a little more than half of the Best Picture winners (45/84). In years when I have seen enough movies to make an informed choice, my favorite film has never matched up with the winner. Ever.

     

    All of these I really like or love:

     

    1934 – It Happened One Night

    1953 – From Here to Eternity

    1960 – The Apartment

    1969 – Midnight Cowboy

    1977 – Annie Hall

    1991 – Silence of the Lambs

    2002 – Chicago

    2007 – No Country For Old Men

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    ladyhathor
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    I’ll go with, “The Apartment”, “Casablanca”, “The Silence of the Lambs”, “It Happened One Night” and “The Return of the King” as my 5 favorite winners.

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