Oscars flashback 1995: When everybody went hog wild for ‘Babe’

Twenty years ago today the number-one movie in America was “Babe,” a sweet tale of a pig who wanted to be a sheep dog.

The Australian comedy was a surprising hit that grossed $250 million worldwide ($63 million in U.S.). The New Yorker hailed it as “a comedy of animal manners that is much funnier and much cannier than any recent movie about human relationships: a lovely, stubbornly idiosyncratic fable of aspiration and survival.”

“Babe” was voted Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics and Golden Globes (Comedy/Musical) and entered the Oscars with seven nominations, including Best Picture. Alas, it lost to one of the worst Best Picture winners in Oscar history: that annoying, artless snoozefest “Braveheart.” “Babe” ended up with one consolation prize: Best Visual Effects.

Below are the Oscar nominees for Best Picture of 1995. What should’ve won?


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