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  • Dan Man
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    Raging Bull should have won because it was an amazing movie. Redford shouldn’t have even accepted the award.

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    allabout oscars
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    IMO< the academy got it right with ORDINARY PEOPLE…

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    Halo_Insider
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    Raging Bull, all the way. Ordinary People was a powerful film, thanks to Redford’s confident direction and Timothy hutton’s soulful performance, but Scorsese’s work was just beautiful.

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    Henry Zambrano
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    It should’ve gone to Raging Bull.  

    2. Ordinary People
    3. Tess
    4. The Elephant Man
    5. Coal Miner’s Daughter 

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    Anthony
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    My history with Raging Bull has been varied. On one level, I definitely think Martin Scorsese did a truly masterful job with this movie and it had a lot of style, not to mention the trio of DeNiro, Pesci, and Moriarty were a huge plus….however I still have never found the film to be the masterpiece I kept hearing people make it out to be. I think it may be the first film I found and to this day, the prime example of a film I highly respect and admire but don’t personally love.

    Ordinary People has probably one of the biggest backlashes against a Best Picture (I think the wins of Shakespeare in Love and Crash saved its reputation) and I went into watching it knowing that. Maybe I went in with low expectations but I am usually a sucker for depressing domestic dramas and what I found was an emotionally powerful film with a fantastic quartet of actors and a strong script with competent solid direction (I do think Scorsese should have won Director….actually I may have even had David Lynch win Director before Redford) and while it may not be the easiest movie to sit through and it does drag at times, it still resonated with me more than a lot of the many Best Picture winners in probably the last 40 years. For me it is an easy choice and I have no shame in it.

    Ordinary People.    

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    JayDF
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    1. Raging Bull
    2. The Elephant Man

    3. Ordinary People
    4. Coal Miner’s Daughter
    5. Tess

    all very good… top 2 are favs of mine…

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    babypook
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    Raging Bull is a technically better film. Better than most. The sound and sound editing just for starters, the cinematography and editing, the score, and add the performances and that spectacular one from DeNiro, just makes this very near the top of my personal list.

    I also loved The Elephant Man and Ordinary People, for different reasons. Coal Miner’s Daughter is iconic now, and Tess, while bogged down a tad by it’s adaptation, is a gorgeous film  with a soulful perf from Kinski and a statement in favour of women.

    Raging Bull
    The Elephant Man
    Ordinary People
    Coal Miner’s Daughter
    Tess

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    Renaton
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    I honestly feel none of those films even compare to “Raging Bull”. And this comes from someone who is a big David Lynch fan. 

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    KyleBailey
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    I really loved The Elephant Man the most. Raging Bull was a close 2nd. Then Coal Miner’s, Ordinary, then (yawn) Tess. The Shinning and Airplane! were snubbed 

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