The Worst Best Picture
Thus far, 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. Two days ago I listed off who's winning in the best best-picture race. This is a post about who's losing. Which is the worst best picture the Academy has chosen?
It's not much of a surprise.
Oddly, save for that one film, there is generally less agreement on which of the Academy's best pictures is worst. Those 61 readers chose 19 different movies in the No. 1 slot but 29 different movies for last place.
Here are the 18 best pictures who received just one vote as our worst best picture:
- The Broadway Melody (1929)
- Cimarron (1931)
- The Great Ziegfield (1936)
- How Green Was My Valley (1941)
- Mrs. Miniver (1942)
- Midnight Cowboy (1969)
- The French Connection (1971)
- Terms of Endearment (1983)
- Amadeus (1984)
- Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
- Unforgiven (1992)
- Titanic (1997)
- Chicago (2002)
- The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
- Million Dollar Baby (2004)
- The Departed (2006)
- Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
- The Hurt Locker (2009)
I know. “Unforgiven”? “Amadeus”? But there 'tis.
Four movies received two votes each:
- Rocky (1976)
- Gandhi (1982)
- Forrest Gump (1994)
- Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Five movies received three votes each:
- Cavalcade (1933)
- The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
- Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
- Dances with Wolves (1990)
- A Beautiful Mind (2001)
There's a surprise, at least to me, for our second-worst movie. With four votes:
- Braveheart (1995)
No surprise at all, as I said, with our choice for the worst best picture the Academy ever chose. In a landslide with 16 votes:
- Crash (2005)
Make sure you get your votes in. We'll be parsing the numbers on a deeper level soon.
Comment posted on Tue. Feb 19, 2013 at 07:23 AM
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