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Top 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners (and Bottom 5)
« on: March 01, 2008, 07:47:25 AM »
Given that we had a rare year when a genuinely great film won Best Picture, I thought about what were the best films to win the award (and the worst).

Here's my list

Best

1. The Godfather Part II
2. Casablanca
3. The Godfather
4. Lawrence of Arabia
5. It Happened One Night

6-10

6. The Deer Hunter
7. Annie Hall
8. No Country for Old Men
9. Rebecca
10. On the Waterfront

Worst 5 (that I've seen)

1. Forrest Gump
2. Crash
3. The Sting
4. Million Dollar Baby
5. Shakespeare in Love

I only really dislike the first two on this list, just haven't seen many of the more critically panned winners of the past. The other 3 I think are just average.

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Re: Top 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners (and Bottom 5)
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2008, 10:33:24 AM »
1. Casablanca (was tempted to put Rocky here, only for the sake of being sensational! :P)
2. All About Eve (Easily the best script to make it on film)
3. The Godfather (Really, I don't need to explain this one. :P)
4. Patton (Probably my favorite war film)
5. The Return of the King (Perhaps the greatest epic ever made)

Couldn't compose a bottom five because I haven't seen a bad best picture film yet, mainly because I know I would dislike Titanic, Shakespeare in Love and others that will likely be on many of your lists.

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Re: Top 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners (and Bottom 5)
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2008, 04:19:48 PM »
Top 5 Best Picture Winners

1. The Godfather /The Godfather: Part II
2. Casablanca
3. Annie Hall
4. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
5. On the Waterfront

Special mention to: Unforgiven and the French Connection

Worst
(not so say that these are bad, they just pale with the rest. Also, I haven't seen a lot of the old ones)

1. The English Patient
2. Shakespeare in Love
3. Gladiator
4. Braveheart
5. Kramer vs. Kramer

Special mention: Crash (even though I sorta like ya)

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Re: Top 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners (and Bottom 5)
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2008, 05:22:05 PM »
Given that we had a rare year when a genuinely great film won Best Picture, I thought about what were the best films to win the award (and the worst).

Here's my list

Best

1. The Godfather Part II
2. Casablanca
3. The Godfather
4. Lawrence of Arabia
5. It Happened One Night

6-10

6. The Deer Hunter
7. Annie Hall
8. No Country for Old Men
9. Rebecca
10. On the Waterfront

Worst 5 (that I've seen)

1. Forrest Gump
2. Crash
3. The Sting
4. Million Dollar Baby
5. Shakespeare in Love

I only really dislike the first two on this list, just haven't seen many of the more critically panned winners of the past. The other 3 I think are just average.

i love the sting :(
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Re: Top 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners (and Bottom 5)
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2008, 05:27:57 PM »
1. Cassablanca
2. The Godfather I & II (i cheated)
3. All About Eve
4. Annie Hall
5. On the Waterfront
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Re: Top 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners (and Bottom 5)
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2008, 06:39:47 PM »
i love the sting :(

Likewise! Still rocks my socks off.


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Re: Top 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners (and Bottom 5)
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2008, 07:01:23 PM »
Top 5
1. The Godfather
2. Bridge on the River Kwai
3. Casablanca
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
5. Unforgiven

Runners-Up
Godfather Part II, Amadeus, No Country for Old Men, All About Eve, Million Dollar Baby (I guess I'm one of the few Filmspotters who love this movie)

Bottom 5
1. Titanic
2. Kramer vs. Kramer
3. Out of Africa
4. Crash
5. West Side Story

Runners-Up
Shakespeare in Love, Rain Man, How Green Was My Valley, Dances With Wolves
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Re: Top 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners (and Bottom 5)
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2008, 07:19:37 PM »
Top 5:

1. Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans
2. Casablanca
3. Annie Hall
4. All About Eve
5. Unforgiven
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Re: Top 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners (and Bottom 5)
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2008, 07:22:53 PM »
Top 5:

1. Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans
2. Casablanca
3. Annie Hall
4. All About Eve
5. Unforgiven


did sunrise really get best picture? i thought it was a special art award. if it did than it gets on my list. i love that film so hard!
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Re: Top 5 Best Picture Oscar Winners (and Bottom 5)
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2008, 08:55:42 PM »
There were two Best Picture awards the first year.  Here's wikipedia's summary:

"At the 1st Academy Awards ceremony (for 1927 and 1928), there was no "Best Picture" award. Instead, there were two separate awards, one called "Most Outstanding Production," won by the epic Wings, and one called "Most Artistic Quality of Production," won by the art film Sunrise. The awards were intended to honor different and equally important aspects of superior filmmaking, and in fact the judges and the studio bosses who sought to influence their decisions paid more attention to the latter - MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who had disliked the realism of King Vidor's The Crowd, pressured the judges not to honor his own studio's film, and to select Sunrise instead. The next year, the Academy instituted a single award called "Best Production," and decided retrospectively that the award won by Wings had been the equivalent of that award, with the result that Wings is often erroneously listed as the winner of a sole "Best Picture" award for the first year. The title of the award was eventually changed to Best Picture for the 1931 awards."

That's close enough for me.
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