June 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm #104036
What year was the last time you agreed with the Academy voters on a Best Picture win?June 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm #104038
The Hurt Locker – decades from now, when people go over the Oscars, I think this choice is going to stand out among the recent sea of rainbows and sunshine winners.June 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm #104039
Well, it depends on whether you mean your favorite out of the nominees won or your overall favorite movie of the year won.
The last time I agreed with the Academy was when they went with The Hurt Locker (although I’d probably picked Inglourious Basterds as my favorite of those nominees). The last time I absolutely agreed with them, was when No Country for Old Men won.June 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm #104040
Since I started watching the Oscars, the only times the best picture winner was in my opinion also the best eligible English language film have been Unforgiven (my 29th Oscars, so it took forever), Titanic, Million Dollar Baby and The Hurt LockerJune 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm #104041
Return of the King I guess…June 23, 2013 at 10:29 pm #104042
The Silence of the Lambs
I will say the choice between No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood is one that I still fight with.June 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm #104043
The Hurt Locker, easily.
There have only been like…3 good ones this century so far. eekJune 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm #104044
2012 — Lincoln
2011 — Moneyball
2010 — The Social Network
2009 — Inglourious Basterds
2008 — The Dark Knight
2007 — There Will Be Blood
2006 — The DepartedJune 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm #104045
2008-Slumdog MillionaireJune 24, 2013 at 2:49 am #104046
I’d say out of the nominees, I agreed with Slumdog Millionaire, but Wall-E was my personal choice for that year. However, No Country For Old Men deserved to win. And we have to go back to Schindler’s List before that.June 24, 2013 at 2:56 am #104047
Since 2000….I have agreed with these….
2004…. million dollar baby
2010…. the king’s speech
If i get lucky with 2-3 a decade….I’m a happy camper..
There are many over the years that have irked me so badly
that I need time to recover..LOL.
2012 LINCOLN losing to argo
2007 THERE WILL BE BLOOD losing to no country for old men
1998 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN losing to shakespeare in love
1990 GOOD FELLAS losing to dances with wolves
1982 E.T. losing to gandhi
1981 REDS losing to chariots of fire
1976 NETWORK losing to rocky
1971 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE losing to the french connection
1967 THE GRADUATE losing to in the heat of the night
1966 VIRGINIA WOOLF losing to a man for all seasonsJune 24, 2013 at 6:58 am #104048
Almost every year except for 1998 and 1990June 24, 2013 at 7:42 am #104049
Argo is a very good film but not the best of the bunch.
The Artist had a lot of heart but was up against better films.
The King’s Speech’s win is pathetic. It was up against one of the strongest best picture lineups of all time.
The Hurt Locker was second in its year only to Inglourious Basterds.
Slumdog is the best of the nominees but the real best picture of the year (The Dark Knight) was not even nominated.
I loved No Country, There Will Be Blood and Juno equally. Would’ve preferred There Will Be Blood (especially because Coens deserved Picture/Director for Fargo).
I loved both The Departed and Little Miss Sunshine, but The Departed a little bit more.
Others I agree with: Schindler’s List, Unforgiven, The Silence of the Lambs, Amadeus, Terms of Endearment, The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, Godfathers 1 and 2, Patton
Cuckoo’s Nest v. Jaws v. Dog Day Afternoon is a really hard decision.
The Sting v. The Exorcist is also quite hard.
French Connection is brilliant but was up against some insane competition.June 24, 2013 at 8:00 am #104050
No Country for Old Men.
June 24, 2013 at 8:23 am #104051
Hmm… Well, that depends. There have been wins that I was perfectly fine with (‘No Country For Old Men’, ‘The Hurt Locker’, ‘The Departed’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’), but in all of those years they were not my personal favorite (but maybe my 2nd or 3rd choice). The last Best Picture winner that was also my personal choice would’ve been 2003’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’.
After 2003, none of my personal winners were Best Picture winners, and roughly half of them weren’t even nominated:
2004: ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
2005: ‘Brokeback Mountain’
2006: ‘Children of Men’
2009: ‘Inglourious Basterds’
2010: ‘The Social Network’
2012: ‘Django Unchained’