10 Movies That Should Have Won Best Picture But Didn’t, According To Reddit
Every year when it comes to the Oscars, everyone backs a different horse and has their own opinion on which movies were snubbed and which didn’t deserve all the accolades. The grand prize of the night, the Best Picture award, causes so much upheaval every year, and according to Reddit, the Academy very rarely succeeds.
While there have been some obvious mistakes in the ceremony’s story, Redditors are defending some of the films they believe have been the most overlooked over the years. According to users, these movies deserved best picture more than the movies that the statues were given.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
1994 was a stacked year for the Best Picture nominees, and it was undoubtedly a stacked race, because not only pulp Fiction nominated, but also The Shawshank Redemption and Forrest Gump. The latter, a dramedy that deftly blends historical events with fiction, ended up winning, but Air6400 thinks it was the wrong choice.
The Redditor explains that “Forrest Gump is great, but two other films should have won: pulp Fiction Where The Shawshank Redemption“While the prison drama is exactly the kind of film the Academy devours, pulp FictionIt’s a lot harder to sell. While it popularized non-linear writing in Hollywood and is one of the best neo-noir thrillers, it’s not the typical film that would win Best Picture.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
There is no country for old people won the 2008 Oscars, winning not only Best Picture, but also Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, winning numerous awards from there will be blood. The two films are easy to confuse, as both have very wordy titles and are very serious westerns starring two of cinema’s most iconic villains, Daniel Plainview and Anton Chigurh. The films were even shot so close to each other that the black smoke from the scene of the gas explosion at there will be blood ruined No country for old people fixed, according to Indiewire.
Regularsized Steve thinks “No country is a great movie, but I feel like Blood is a little better.” And while There is no country for old people deserved all his awards, there will be blood director Paul Thomas Anderson still doesn’t have a single Oscar to his name, which is almost blasphemous considering how many classics he has under his belt.
It wasn’t until 2006 that famed director Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar. And many believe it was more of a legacy win than anything, meaning the Academy voted for him based on his past accomplishments rather than just The dead. By this point he had already made classics like Taxi driver, angry bull, Casinoand so many others.
But it’s the gangster epic of 1990 Freedmen which, according to Cato_iii, should have won Best Picture. The film lost to the western directed by Kevin Costner dance with wolvesand the Redditor recalls when “my friend’s dad tried to convince me that dance with wolves was better… I cut REALLY fast.”
The Social Network (2010)
There are a few Best Picture winners who don’t hold up so well and, in hindsight, probably shouldn’t have received the statue. The King’s Speech is one of those movies. It was even surprising when it happened 11 years ago. The win wasn’t the biggest surprise in Oscars history, but since it was the second year there were 10 nominated films instead of five, there were a ton of other more deserving films.
Carolinemathildes thinks it should have been”The social network instead of The King’s Speech.“And if Mark Zuckerberg’s biopic was recognized in all the areas where it excelled, winning Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay, it was equally deserving of Best Picture. However, if Social network 2 never done, it could also have a hit.
Even if it wasn’t undeserved, birdmanThe Best Picture win was a bit of a surprise given that it doesn’t have the biggest appeal and doesn’t match the dramas the Academy is usually lining up for. However, given that it’s partly a satire and critique of the current Hollywood landscape filled with superhero movies, it makes a little more sense for the Academy to vote for it.
But while they were enjoying the ambiguous comedy-drama, Tairajonzu thinks the Academy voted for the wrong movie. They “feel like Whiplash was the best movie that year. JK Simmons crushed every second of it.” The drama about a bandleader tormenting a freshman student drummer is gripping, but Simmons won Best Supporting Actor that year, and a great performance never doesn’t mean he should win Best Actor. Whiplash is the top nominee for Best Picture 2015 according to IMDb.
Raging Bull (1980)
It’s no surprise that Redditors mention several films directed by Martin Scorsese when debating which films should have won best picture, as the Academy had always oddly ignored them. In the same way Freedmen, angry bull is billed as one of many films by the filmmaker that should have won the award.
In 1981, angry bull lost at ordinary people, a poignant and emotionally draining film. The film follows a husband and wife’s attempt to come to terms with the accidental death of one of their sons and the attempted suicide of the other. In the 40+ years since their releases, out of both, it’s angry bull which is held in such high esteem and is considered a true classic. Jre239 puts it better by explaining that “ordinary people that’s great, but angry bull is awesome all the time.”
Do the Right Thing (1988)
JDriley is irritated that do the right thing “lost to Driving Miss Daisy“However, incredibly, do the right thing wasn’t even nominated for Best Picture, even though it was Best Picture of 1988. Even Spike Lee himself was very vocal about how he and his masterpiece were overlooked .
The filmmaker spoke about it when his film BlacKkKlansman lost at green book in 2018. According to Chicago Grandstand, the director mentioned backstage at the Oscars that “every time somebody drives somebody, I lose.” Interestingly, both Driving Miss Daisy and green book also tackle racism, and they have caused some controversy due to the idea of the “white saviour”.
The Dark Knight (2008)
The black Knight made history when Heath Ledger posthumously won Best Supporting Actor, as no actor had ever won an Oscar for a role in a superhero movie before. But it could have made even more history by winning Best Picture. PowersIave believes that “The black Knight should have won. It’s one of the defining films of the last 15 years.”
The Redditor has a big point, because the movie started so many trends, like the villain intentionally captured as part of their big project. However, a superhero movie hasn’t just won Best Picture yet, and that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Revelation now is another example of a movie that didn’t win Best Picture, totally eclipsing the movie that did in the years that followed. The movie that won Best Picture in 1980 was Kramer versus Kramera film about a couple’s divorce and its impact on their young son.
Director Francis Ford Coppola was aiming for more than just a Best Picture win, which seemed relatively insignificant compared to his ambitions to win a Nobel Prize. According to Ibbonline, the director sincerely believed that his film would end all wars and win the most prestigious award in the world. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and Coppola didn’t even win Best Picture as a consolation prize. However, Angeleyez1989 thinks Revelation now should have won the “Oscar bait” which was Kramer versus Kramer.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
When Shakespeare in love won Best Picture in 1999, it was arguably the biggest upset in the history of the awards show. SuperDillan322 Defends Steven Spielberg-Led War Epic Saving Private Ryanarguing that “the fact that Shakespeare in love beating this movie for best picture is beyond me.”
Saving Private Ryan Nor was it the only acclaimed war drama that deserved the statue over the actual victor. The thin red line came out the same year, which was just as much a radical epic that should have been more recognized.
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