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Wednesday February 13, 2013

Dback Ranks Oscar's Best Picture Winners: from 'Sunrise' (Best) to 'Gandhi' (Worst)

Sunrise: A Tale of Two HumansDback ranks the Oscar winners for best picture

1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1928)
2. Gone with the Wind (1939)
3. All About Eve (1950)
4. Casablanca (1943)
5. West Side Story (1961)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
7. Amadeus (1984)
8. Chicago (2002)
9. The Godfather (1972)
10. The Sound of Music (1965)

11. Gigi (1958)
12. The King’s Speech (2010)
13. Annie Hall (1977)
14. Schindler’s List (1993)
15. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
16. Rebecca (1940)
17. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
18. Ordinary People (1980)
19. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
20. How Green Was My Valley (1941)

21. The Hurt Locker (2009)
22. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
23. The Departed (2006)
24. Grand Hotel (1932)
25. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
26. American Beauty (1999)
27. No Country for Old Men (2007)
28. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
29. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
30. The Artist (2011)

31. Platoon (1986)
32. Oliver! (1968)
33. From Here to Eternity (1953)
34. Gladiator (2000)
35. The English Patient (1996)
36. Forrest Gump (1994)
37. Unforgiven (1992)
38. Terms of Endearment (1983)
39. The Deer Hunter (1978)
40. The Godfather Part II (1974)

41. The French Connection (1971)
42. Patton (1970)
43. It Happened One Night (1934)
44. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
45. My Fair Lady (1964)
46. Tom Jones (1963)
47. The Apartment (1960)
48. Ben-Hur (1959)
49. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
50. An American in Paris (1951)

51. All the King’s Men (1949)
52. Braveheart (1995)
53. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
54. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
55. The Sting (1973)
56. Dances with Wolves (1990)
57. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
58. Rain Man (1988)
59. Titanic (1997)
60. Going My Way (1944)

61. The Last Emperor (1987)
62. Chariots of Fire (1981)
63. Out of Africa (1985)
64. Crash (2005)
65. Ghandi (1982)

Dback's comment

When in doubt, consult Danny Peary's “Alternate Oscars” to get reminders of the many, many gems the Oscars didn't give Best Picture to, or oftentimes didn't even nominate.

My comment

Apparently someone doesn't like the '80s. Wow. Four of the five worst? And “Gandhi” the worst of the worst? Well, it was a bad decade for movies. My main memory of seeing “Ghandi”: everyone walking out the theater with peaceful, beatific expressions on their faces ... until we got into our cars and became our usual asshole selves.

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Posted at 04:40 PM on Feb 13, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars
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Chris Nelson Ranks Oscar's Best Picture Winners: from 'Annie Hall' (Best) to 'Crash' (Worst)

poster for "Annie Hall"Chris Nelson ranks the Oscar winners for best picture

1. Annie Hall (1977)
2. Gone with the Wind (1939)
3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
5. Schindler’s List (1993)
6. Terms of Endearment (1983)
7. Rebecca (1940)
8. All About Eve (1950)
9. Ordinary People (1980)
10. Casablanca (1943)

11. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
12. Amadeus (1984)
13. Platoon (1986)
14. Titanic (1997)
15. Gladiator (2000)
16. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
17. The Deer Hunter (1978)
18. The Godfather Part II (1974)
19. Unforgiven (1992)
20. The Sting (1973)

21. Grand Hotel (1932)
22. No Country for Old Men (2007)
23. The Hurt Locker (2009)
24. On the Waterfront (1954)
25. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
26. The Sound of Music (1965)
27. The Apartment (1960)
28. Rain Man (1988)
29. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
30. The Last Emperor (1987)

31. Out of Africa (1985)
32. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
33. The King’s Speech (2010)
34. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
35. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
36. The Artist (2011)
37. Dances with Wolves (1990)
38. My Fair Lady (1964)
39. Rocky (1976)
40. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

41. The French Connection (1971)
42. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
43. An American in Paris (1951)
44. The Godfather (1972)
45. The Departed (2006)
46. American Beauty (1999)
47. Forrest Gump (1994)
48. Patton (1970)
49. Chicago (2002)
50. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

51. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
52. Ghandi (1982)
53. Gigi (1958)
54. The English Patient (1996)
55. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
56. Tom Jones (1963)
57. West Side Story (1961)
58. Ben-Hur (1959)
59. Chariots of Fire (1981)
60. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

61. The Lost Weekend (1945)
62. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
63. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
64. From Here to Eternity (1953)
65. Mutiny of the Bounty (1935)
66. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
67. All the King’s Men (1949)
68. Hamlet (1948)
69. Marty (1955)
70. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

71. Going My Way (1944)
72. Oliver! (1968)
73. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
74. You Can’t Take it With You (1938)
75. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
76. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
77. It Happened One Night (1934)
78. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
79. Wings (1927)
80. Braveheart (1995)

81. Crash (2005)

Haven’t Seen

Cimarron (1931)
Cavalcade (1933)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1928)
The Broadway Melody (1929)

Chris' comment

“Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” DON'T JUDGE ME.

My comment

Way to rock the list and “Annie Hall,” which I love.

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Posted at 12:57 PM on Feb 13, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars
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Endora Ranks the Best Pictures: from 'The Apartment' to 'A Beautiful Mind'

1960 poster for Billy Wilder's "The Apartment"Endora Ranks the Oscar winners for best picture

1. The Apartment (1960)
2. Gone with the Wind (1939)
3. Annie Hall (1977)
4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
5. Terms of Endearment (1983)
6. Amadeus (1984)
7. You Can’t Take it With You (1938)
8. Rebecca (1940)
9. All About Eve (1950)
10. Titanic (1997)

11. Casablanca (1943)
12. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
13. The English Patient (1996)
14. The Godfather Part II (1974)
15. The Godfather (1972)
16. American Beauty (1999)
17. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
18. The Last Emperor (1987)
19. West Side Story (1961)
20. The Departed (2006)

21. The Lost Weekend (1945)
22. My Fair Lady (1964)
23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
24. An American in Paris (1951)
25. From Here to Eternity (1953)
26. Hamlet (1948)
27. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
28. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
29. It Happened One Night (1934)
30. The Sting (1973)

31. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
32. Tom Jones (1963)
33. Marty (1955)
34. Oliver! (1968)
35. Dances with Wolves (1990)
36. On the Waterfront (1954)
37. Schindler’s List (1993)
38. Unforgiven (1992)
39. Ben-Hur (1959)
40. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

41. Platoon (1986)
42. The Sound of Music (1965)
43. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
44. Ghandi (1982)
45. The French Connection (1971)
46. Out of Africa (1985)
47. Patton (1970)
48. The Deer Hunter (1978)
49. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
50. The Hurt Locker (2009)

51. Chariots of Fire (1981)
52. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
53. Gigi (1958)
54. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
55. No Country for Old Men (2007)
56. Mutiny of the Bounty (1935)
57. The Artist (2011)
58. Ordinary People (1980)
59. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
60. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

61. Braveheart (1995)
62. Forrest Gump (1994)
63. Rocky (1976)
64. Gladiator (2000)
65. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
66. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
67. Grand Hotel (1932)
68. Chicago (2002)
69. The King’s Speech (2010)
70. The Broadway Melody (1929)
71. Rain Man (1988)
72. Crash (2005)
73. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Endora's comment

Thanks for this, Erik.

My comment

Wow, 73 of the 85 best picture winners. That's impressive. I've only seen 70. And that's being generous. (I need to see about 10 of those again to see how they stand up.)
BTW, “Titanic,” your No. 10, is more popular than I thought. As is “Gone with the Wind” (your No. 2). Not to mention “Annie Hall.” But “Annie”'s always been popular with me. Not to mention Annie.

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Posted at 09:12 AM on Feb 13, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars
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Reed Ranks the Best Pictures: from 'The Godfather' to 'Crash'

The original Godfather posterReed Ranks the Oscar Winners for Best Picture

1. The Godfather (1972)
2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
3. The Godfather Part II (1974)
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
5. Annie Hall (1977)
6. Casablanca (1943)
7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
8. Amadeus (1984)
9. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
10. Rebecca (1940)

11. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
12. On the Waterfront (1954)
13. Rain Man (1988)
14. Schindler’s List (1993)
15. Platoon (1986)
16. All About Eve (1950)
17. Rocky (1976)
18. Patton (1970)
19. The Last Emperor (1987)
20. The Hurt Locker (2009)

21. No Country for Old Men (2007)
22. Braveheart (1995)
23. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
24. Ghandi (1982)
25. The Apartment (1960)
26. Terms of Endearment (1983)
27. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
28. The Artist (2011)
29. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
30. The Deer Hunter (1978)

31. Gone with the Wind (1939)
32. Ordinary People (1980)
33. The Departed (2006)
34. The Sting (1973)
35. The English Patient (1996)
36. The French Connection (1971)
37. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
38. American Beauty (1999)
39. Unforgiven (1992)
40. Forrest Gump (1994)

41. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
42. From Here to Eternity (1953)
43. Marty (1955)
44. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
45. Gladiator (2000)
46. Crash (2005)

Reed's comment

I kept trying to find “Goodfellas,” “Chinatown,” and “The Pianist” in here, but of course they didn't win. “Chinatown,” well, it was a strong year and the movie that won is my #3, so I can't really complain. Still miffed about Art Carney, though. All in all, a better group of films than I had expected. Note - films seen too long ago to remember (“Kramer vs Kramer,” “Sound of Music,” “Ben-Hur,” “Chariots of Fire”) relegated to “unseen.”

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Posted at 07:44 AM on Feb 13, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars
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Uncle Vinny Ranks the Best Pictures: From 'The Godfather Part II' (Best) to 'Shakespeare in Love' (Worst)

The Godfather Part II Uncle Vinny Ranks the Oscar Winners for Best Picture

1. The Godfather Part II (1974)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
4. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
5. The Deer Hunter (1978)
6. Casablanca (1943)
7. On the Waterfront (1954)
8. Platoon (1986)
9. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
10. Unforgiven (1992)

11. Rebecca (1940)
12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
13. The Artist (2011)
14. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
15. The Sting (1973)
16. Ghandi (1982)
17. Hamlet (1948)
18. An American in Paris (1951)
19. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
20. All About Eve (1950)

21. No Country for Old Men (2007)
22. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
23. Annie Hall (1977)
24. Grand Hotel (1932)
25. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
26. Amadeus (1984)
27. The Hurt Locker (2009)
28. The French Connection (1971)
29. Rain Man (1988)
30. Schindler’s List (1993)

31. Rocky (1976)
32. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
33. Chariots of Fire (1981)
34. Terms of Endearment (1983)
35. The Lost Weekend (1945)
36. The Apartment (1960)
37. The Sound of Music (1965)
38. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
39. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
40. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

41. Forrest Gump (1994)
42. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
43. My Fair Lady (1964)
44. The English Patient (1996)
45. Gladiator (2000)
46. Braveheart (1995)
47. Dances with Wolves (1990)
48. Out of Africa (1985)
49. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
50. American Beauty (1999)

51. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Uncle Vinny's comment

I barely remember “Out of Africa.” And, funnily enough...“The Lost Weekend” is a blur.

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Posted at 06:43 AM on Feb 13, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars
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