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What's the Best Best Picture?

The best of the best pictures

As of now, 61 people have sent me their rankings of the Academy's choices for best picture from 1927 to 2011. That's about 55 more people than I thought we were going to get.

We'll crunch the numbers in more detail soon, but I thought I'd let you know the tally so far.

For the No. 1 slot? The best best picture? Nineteen different movies got votes.

Five movies got one vote each:

  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)

Two movies got two votes:

  • Amadeus (1984)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)

Four movies got three votes:

  • The Apartment (1960)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Schindler's List (1993)
  • American Beauty (1999)

Four movies got four votes each:

  • Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans (1928)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • Titanic (1997)

Two movies are tied for third place with five votes:

  • Casablanca (1943)
  • The Godfather (1972)

In second place, with six votes:

  • The Godfather: Part II

And leading the pack with eight votes:

  • All About Eve (1950)

“Eve” is surprising. So are the four votes both “Titanic” and “Sunrise” received: the former because I thought it wasn't well-liked; the latter because it's a silent film most of us (including me) haven't seen.

No complaints, by the way, if you haven't voted.

A few of these movies also made the worst list. Which we'll get to next.

the best of the best pictures


Posted at 02:24 PM on Sun. Feb 17, 2013 in category Movies - The Oscars  
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COMMENTS

Ben Stocking wrote:

I vote for Casablanca. Number One.

Comment posted on Sun. Feb 17, 2013 at 03:10 PM

Ben Stocking wrote:

No Country for Old Men should not have received an Oscar. I turned it off after 15 minutes and have no desire to turn it back on.

Comment posted on Sun. Feb 17, 2013 at 03:11 PM

Ben Stocking wrote:

Oh, and Tender Mercies should have one Best Picture and I would have put it on this list with Casablanca.

Comment posted on Sun. Feb 17, 2013 at 03:15 PM

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