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Which should have won best picture: Chariots of Fire or Reds

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  • Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    #541326

    I only have one thing to say: The Academy should make a permanant rule that the winner of Best Director’s film should automatically win Best Picture.

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    Guest2014
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    Now that was truly a win-win.  You couldn’t go wrong with either film winning.  I suspect what the Academy did was split the difference; since both movies were spectacular, they gave Director to Beatty and Picture to Chariots.  I still remember watching the ’81 Oscars and the roar that went up when Chariots of Fire won was something special.  This was not a Hurt Locker-Avatar fiasco in which one film was so much better than the other, that it became the highest grossing film in history. Both Reds and CoF were deserving  If I had my way, both of them would’ve shared BP.

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    Pieman1994
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    I feel kind of the same. That was a very good year. Heck, Raiders of the Lost Ark was there, but I’d still give it to Chariots of Fire. 

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    WorthyWinner
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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    Anthony
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    Chariots of Fire was a very strong film and definitely among the best “sports” movies of all time, but surprisingly enough I actually think  I was more swept up by REDS.

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    mcsoto
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    Now that was truly a win-win.  You couldn’t go wrong with either film winning.  I suspect what the Academy did was split the difference; since both movies were spectacular, they gave Director to Beatty and Picture to Chariots.  I still remember watching the ’81 Oscars and the roar that went up when Chariots of Fire won was something special.  This was not a Hurt Locker-Avatar fiasco in which one film was so much better than the other, that it became the highest grossing film in history. Both Reds and CoF were deserving  If I had my way, both of them would’ve shared BP.

    I have three new ammendments to the constitution.
    1. A person may have an opinion and state said opinion as fact, but the audience may judge the “facts” for themselves.
    2. To compare two movies, a person has to have actually seen both movies.  
    3. Box office has nothing to do with quality.  Many quality films make big money.  Many quality films did not.  Commerce cannot be a factor when judging art.

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    babypook
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    Thanks for the head’s up mcsoto. Contrary to popular belief, Paul already knows about your “points”.

    Hmmmm…well. I liked Ian Holm is Chariots, and that score is now iconic I suppose.

    But I far preferred Reds. I was very happy to see Beatty win Director. My personal favorites that year are Reds, Raiders, Ragtime, Mephisto, and Atlantic City.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    Can you imagine a film like REDS being made today?

    No, I can’t either.

    And that’s a tragedy.

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