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If I could Choose the Past 83 Oscar Best Pictures…

25 January 2012 | Film Lists | by David Zou

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We all know that Oscar Best Picture choices are not perfect,they actually suck most of the time.The most important reason for this “fantasy list” is discovering anything else great in the nomination list regardless of politics,PR,box office results etc.

Below is my choice of the past 83 Oscar Best Pictures,and it is biased and totally  my taste.So if I haven’t seen any nomination films that year,I will go with the official one.And in some occasions,I have only seen the ones that didn’t win,I will just made my personal choices.Anyway,when my choices don’t match the official ones,I will show you my reasons.

(The first film in the nomination list of every year is the official Best Picture,and the films in bold font are my choices)

1927/28[A](1st)
Film
Wings
The Racket
Seventh Heaven

1928/29(2nd)
Film
The Broadway Melody
Alibi
The Hollywood Revue of 1929
In Old Arizona
The Patriot

[edit]1930s

1929/30[B](3rd)
Film
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Big House
Disraeli
The Divorcee
The Love Parade
1930/31(4th)
Film
Cimarron
East Lynne
The Front Page
Skippy
Trader Horn

1931/32(5th)
Film
Grand Hotel
Arrowsmith
Bad Girl
The Champ
Five Star Final
One Hour with You
Shanghai Express
The Smiling Lieutenant
Why it:This is the the film I love the most in the Lubitsch Musicals in 
Eclipse Series,so,Garbo,I'm sorry.
1932/33(6th)
Film
Cavalcade[H]
A Farewell to Arms[H]
42nd Street
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Lady for a Day
Little Women[H]
The Private Life of Henry VIII
She Done Him Wrong
Smilin' Through
State Fair

1934(7th)
Film
It Happened One Night[I]
The Barretts of Wimpole Street[I]
Cleopatra
Flirtation Walk
The Gay Divorcee
Here Comes the Navy
The House of Rothschild[I]
Imitation of Life
One Night of Love
The Thin Man
Viva Villa!
The White Parade

1935(8th)
Film
Mutiny on the Bounty[J]
Alice Adams
Broadway Melody of 1936
Captain Blood[J]
David Copperfield
The Informer[J]
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Les Misérables
Naughty Marietta
Ruggles of Red Gap
Top Hat

1936(9th)
Film
The Great Ziegfeld
Anthony Adverse
Dodsworth
Libeled Lady
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Romeo and Juliet
San Francisco
The Story of Louis Pasteur
A Tale of Two Cities
Three Smart Girls

1937(10th)
Film
The Life of Emile Zola
The Awful Truth
Captains Courageous
Dead End
The Good Earth
In Old Chicago
Lost Horizon
One Hundred Men and a Girl
Stage Door
A Star Is Born

1938(11th)
Film
You Can't Take It With You
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Boys Town
The Citadel
Four Daughters
Grand Illusion
Jezebel
Pygmalion
Test Pilot
Why it: Rean Renior is the greatest humanist in the movie business,and 
you know what else? It's spine #1 in Criterion!!
1939(12th)
Film
Gone with the Wind
Dark Victory
"Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
Love Affair
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Ninotchka
Of Mice and Men
Stagecoach
The Wizard of Oz
Wuthering Heights

[edit]1940s

1940(13th)
Film
Rebecca
"All This, and Heaven Too"
Foreign Correspondent
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Dictator
Kitty Foyle
The Letter
The Long Voyage Home
Our Town
The Philadelphia Story
Why it:Rebecca is far from Hitch's best,and The Great Dictator is one 
of the most powerful films of all time.
1941[C](14th)
Film
How Green Was My Valley
Blossoms in the Dust
Citizen Kane
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Hold Back the Dawn
The Little Foxes
The Maltese Falcon
One Foot in Heaven
Sergeant York
Suspicion
Why it:just a no-brainer.
1942(15th)
Film
Mrs. Miniver
49th Parallel
Kings Row
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Pied Piper
The Pride of the Yankees
Random Harvest
The Talk of the Town
Wake Island
Yankee Doodle Dandy

1943(16th)
Film
Casablanca
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Heaven Can Wait
The Human Comedy
In Which We Serve
Madame Curie
The More the Merrier
The Ox-Bow Incident
The Song of Bernadette
Watch on the Rhine

1944[D](17th)
Film
Going My Way
Double Indemnity
Gaslight
Since You Went Away
Wilson
Why it:Billy Wilder gets many,but he deserves even more.

1945(18th)
Film
The Lost Weekend
Anchors Aweigh
The Bells of St. Mary's
Mildred Pierce
Spellbound

1946(19th)
Film
The Best Years of Our Lives
Henry V
It's a Wonderful Life
The Razor's Edge
The Yearling
Why it:How many Americans still watch The Best Years of Our Lives every year?

1947(20th)
Film
Gentleman's Agreement
The Bishop's Wife
Crossfire
Great Expectations
Miracle on 34th Street

1948(21st)
Film
Hamlet
Johnny Belinda
The Red Shoes
The Snake Pit
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Why it:Many people only consider it as a visual marvel,but for me,it is 
truly great in every department and definitely worth this title.
1949(22nd)
Film
All the King's Men
Battleground
The Heiress
A Letter to Three Wives
Twelve O'Clock High

[edit]1950s

1950(23rd)
Film
All About Eve
Born Yesterday
Father of the Bride
King Solomon's Mines
Sunset Boulevard

1951(24th)
Film
An American in Paris
Decision Before Dawn
A Place in the Sun
Quo Vadis
A Streetcar Named Desire

1952(25th)
Film
The Greatest Show on Earth
High Noon
Ivanhoe
Moulin Rouge
The Quiet Man

1953(26th)
Film
From Here to Eternity
Julius Caesar
The Robe
Roman Holiday
Shane

1954(27th)
Film
On the Waterfront
The Caine Mutiny
The Country Girl
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Three Coins in the Fountain

1955(28th)
Film
Marty
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Mister Roberts
Picnic
The Rose Tattoo

1956(29th)
Film
Around the World in 80 Days
Friendly Persuasion
Giant
The King and I
The Ten Commandments

1957(30th)
Film
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Peyton Place
Sayonara
12 Angry Men
Witness for the Prosecution

1958(31st)
Film
Gigi
Auntie Mame
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Defiant Ones
Separate Tables
Why it:One of Tennessee Williams's best screenplay,and the performances are really great.

1959(32nd)
Film
Ben-Hur
Anatomy of a Murder
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Nun's Story
Room at the Top

[edit]1960s

1960(33rd)
Film
The Apartment
The Alamo
Elmer Gantry
Sons and Lovers
The Sundowners

1961(34th)
Film
West Side Story
Fanny
The Guns of Navarone
The Hustler
Judgment at Nuremberg

1962[E](35th)
Film
Lawrence of Arabia
The Longest Day
The Music Man
Mutiny on the Bounty
To Kill a Mockingbird

1963(36th)
Film
Tom Jones
"America, America"
Cleopatra
How the West Was Won
Lilies of the Field
Why it:It's a pity that "Once Upon in West" is never nominated,but this 
epic gets so many great directors and stars,so it's fair to give it a title
1964(37th)
Film
My Fair Lady
Becket
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Mary Poppins
Zorba the Greek
Why it:It is destined that Kubrick's films don't fit Oscar style,but this 
genius deserves every one that gets nominated.
1965(38th)
Film
The Sound of Music
Darling
Doctor Zhivago
Ship of Fools
A Thousand Clowns
Why it:Since Lawrence of Arabia gets one,I can't figure out why this 
equally heavy weight epic does not win.
1966(39th)
Film
A Man for All Seasons
Alfie
"The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming"
The Sand Pebbles
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Why it:This is the only film in Oscar history that gets nominations in 
every category,so maybe this should sum up to a title?
1967(40th)
Film
In the Heat of the Night
Bonnie and Clyde
Doctor Dolittle
The Graduate
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Why it:This is the monumental year of American New Film Movement,and one 
of them should win. 

1968(41st)
Film
Oliver!
Funny Girl
The Lion in Winter
"Rachel, Rachel"
Romeo and Juliet

1969(42nd)
Film
Midnight Cowboy
Anne of the Thousand Days
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
"Hello, Dolly!"
Z[K]
Why it:YES,you have found out that I'm a die-hard Western fan and fancy star power.

[edit]1970s

1970(43rd)
Film
Patton
Airport
Five Easy Pieces
Love Story
MASH
Why it:The most unique war film ever made,I'm gonna crown it for that.

1971(44th)
Film
The French Connection
A Clockwork Orange
Fiddler on the Roof
The Last Picture Show
Nicholas and Alexandra
Why it:I know it causes many troubles,but that's why it's so influential.

1972(45th)
Film
The Godfather
Cabaret
Deliverance
The Emigrants[K]
Sounder

1973(46th)
Film
The Sting
American Graffiti
Cries and Whispers[K]
The Exorcist
A Touch of Class

1974(47th)
Film
The Godfather Part II[O]
Chinatown
The Conversation
Lenny
The Towering Inferno

1975(48th)
Film
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Barry Lyndon
Dog Day Afternoon
Jaws
Nashville

1976(49th)
Film
Rocky
All the President's Men
Bound for Glory
Network
Taxi Driver
Why it:From this one,Martin Scorsese starts his "bad-luck Oscar tour".

1977(50th)
Film
Annie Hall
The Goodbye Girl
Julia
Star Wars
The Turning Point

1978(51st)
Film
The Deer Hunter
Coming Home
Heaven Can Wait
Midnight Express
An Unmarried Woman

1979(52nd)
Film
Kramer vs. Kramer
All That Jazz
Apocalypse Now
Breaking Away
Norma Rae
Why it:Great war film ever made,and probably one of the best pictures of all time.

[edit]1980s

1980(53rd)
Film
Ordinary People
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Elephant Man
Raging Bull
Tess
Why it:How come Martin is beaten by competitors so "weak" everytime?

1981(54th)
Film
Chariots of Fire
Atlantic City
On Golden Pond
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reds
Why it:I think any one else in the nomination is good enough to beat 
Chariots of Fire.

1982(55th)
Film
Gandhi
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Missing
Tootsie
The Verdict

1983(56th)
Film
Terms of Endearment
The Big Chill
The Dresser
The Right Stuff
Tender Mercies

1984(57th)
Film
Amadeus
The Killing Fields
A Passage to India
Places in the Heart
A Soldier's Story

1985(58th)
Film
Out of Africa
The Color Purple
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Prizzi's Honor
Witness

1986(59th)
Film
Platoon
Children of a Lesser God
Hannah and Her Sisters
The Mission
A Room with a View

1987(60th)
Film
The Last Emperor[O]
Broadcast News
Fatal Attraction
Hope and Glory
Moonstruck

1988(61st)
Film
Rain Man
The Accidental Tourist
Dangerous Liaisons
Mississippi Burning
Working Girl

1989(62nd)
Film
Driving Miss Daisy
Born on the Fourth of July
Dead Poets Society
Field of Dreams
My Left Foot
Why it:"Carpe diem,seize the day!!"

[edit]1990s

1990(63rd)
Film
Dances with Wolves
Awakenings
Ghost
The Godfather Part III
Goodfellas

1991(64th)
Film
The Silence of the Lambs
Beauty and the Beast
Bugsy
JFK
The Prince of Tides

1992(65th)
Film
Unforgiven
The Crying Game
A Few Good Men
Howards End
Scent of a Woman

1993(66th)
Film
Schindler's List
The Fugitive
In the Name of the Father
The Piano
The Remains of the Day

1994(67th)
Film
Forrest Gump
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Pulp Fiction
Quiz Show
The Shawshank Redemption
Why it:This one totally depends on your gender.If you are a girl,you 
choose FG.Man would choose TSR.Cinephile's choice:PF.
1995(68th)
Film
Braveheart
Apollo 13
Babe
The Postman (Il Postino)[K]
Sense and Sensibility

1996(69th)
Film
The English Patient
Fargo
Jerry Maguire
Secrets & Lies
Shine

1997(70th)
Film
Titanic
As Good as It Gets
The Full Monty
Good Will Hunting
L.A. Confidential

1998(71st)
Film
Shakespeare in Love
Elizabeth
Life Is Beautiful[K]
Saving Private Ryan
The Thin Red Line
Why it:This one should go with Best Director.

1999(72nd)
Film
American Beauty
The Cider House Rules
The Green Mile
The Insider
The Sixth Sense

[edit]2000s

2000(73rd)
Film
Gladiator
Chocolat
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon[K]"
Erin Brockovich
Traffic

2001(74th)
Film
A Beautiful Mind
Gosford Park
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Moulin Rouge!

2002(75th)
Film
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist
Why it:I think I am just like those judges who lose to Nicole Kidman's 
fake nose.

2003(76th)
Film
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lost in Translation
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Mystic River
Seabiscuit

2004(77th)
Film
Million Dollar Baby
The Aviator
Finding Neverland
Ray
Sideways
Why it:I just really think only one boxing film can win any Oscar title,
that's Raging Bull.

2005(78th)
Film
Crash
Brokeback Mountain
Capote
"Good Night, and Good Luck"
Munich
Why it:Typical "Best Picture" lose to "The Most Correct Picture".
2006(79th)
Film
The Departed
Babel
Letters from Iwo Jima[K]
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

2007(80th)
Film
No Country for Old Men
Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
There Will Be Blood

2008(81st)
Film
Slumdog Millionaire[O]
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Why it:SM is one of the few beneficiaries of economic crisis.

2009(82nd)
Film
The Hurt Locker
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air
Why it:Quentin is back!!

[edit]2010s

2010(83rd)
Film
The King's Speech
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone
Why it:This film teaches the younger generation how simple yet powerful 
a film can be.

Now it's your turn,what are the nominated films you want to 
give justice to in Oscar history?

 

 

 


   

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  • Dan

    It constantly surprises me how such great films missed out on Best Picture Oscar’s to comparatively average films. Most recently I was surprised that 127 Hours was even nominated…didn’t like that at all.

    • Oh,I loved that one,I even like it better than Slumdog Millionaire!!

  • I love your bold choice choosing The Reader in 2008. I like it too, but most people think it did not even deserve to be nominated.
    I also agree that The Hours is the best in 2002.

    • The one thing the judges lack is boldness,they just choose the most “right” instead of “best” films.Stephen Daldry is a great director,every time he made a film,it gets nominated,including the latest one,which I haven’t seen yet.

  • I agree with most of your picks with few exceptions. I personally thought Goodfellas was a better film than Dances With Wolves.

    • I watched Dances With Wolves long before Goodfellas,in a cinematic aspect,it shouldn’t have won,but I really liked the story.

  • My picks for all the years I’ve been on Earth:

    1962
    To Kill a Mockingbird

    1963
    How the West Was Won

    1964
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    1965
    Doctor Zhivago

    1966
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

    1967
    Bonnie and Clyde

    1968
    No worthy winner

    1969
    Midnight Cowboy

    1970
    Five Easy Pieces

    1971
    The Last Picture Show

    1972
    The Godfather

    1973
    The Exorcist

    1974
    Chinatown

    1975
    Barry Lyndon

    1976
    Network

    1977
    Annie Hall

    1978
    The Deer Hunter

    1979
    Apocalypse Now

    1980
    Raging Bull

    1981
    Atlantic City

    1982
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1983
    The Right Stuff

    1984
    Amadeus

    1985
    Kiss of the Spider Woman

    1986
    Hannah and Her Sisters

    1987
    Hope and Glory

    1988
    Rain Man

    1989
    Born on the Fourth of July

    1990
    Goodfellas

    1991
    JFK

    1992
    The Crying Game

    1993
    Schindler’s List

    1994
    Pulp Fiction

    1995
    Babe

    1996
    Secrets & Lies

    1997
    L.A. Confidential

    1998
    Saving Private Ryan

    1999
    The Sixth Sense

    2000
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    2001
    In the Bedroom

    2002
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    2003
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    2004
    The Aviator

    2005
    Brokeback Mountain

    2006
    Babel

    2007
    There Will Be Blood

    2008
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    2009
    Inglourious Basterds

    2010
    Inception

    2011
    The Tree of Life

    • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for 2000 Best Picture, awesome. We have one thing in common, Todd, under most circumstances, we don’t agree with Mr. Oscar.

  • José Maria Neto

    1940 (13th) The Great Dictator
    1951(24th) A Place in the Sun
    1952(25th) High Noon
    1956(29th) Giant or The Ten Commandments
    1964(37th) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    1968(41st) The Lion in Winter
    1971(44th) Fiddler on the Roof
    1979(52nd) All That Jazz
    1980(53rd) Raging Bull
    1981(54th) Raiders of the Lost Ark
    1985(58th) The Color Purple
    1988(61st) Dangerous Liaisons
    1994(67th) The Shawshank Redemption

    1995(68th) Apollo 13
    1998(71st) The Thin Red Line

    1999(72nd) The Sixth Sense
    2001(74th) Gosford Park or The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    2005(78th) Brokeback Mountain
    2010(83rd) The Kids Are All Right