|"Oh no they didn't."|
By request, I've put together a list of Oscar's worst decisions for Best Picture of the Year. Some picks might surprise, but I stand by them. See who made the list after the cut.
And check out another take by Fisti here.
*Note: I would give every Best Picture winner (except the one I name below as the worst of all-time) a rating of at least 3 stars. In other words, I don't dislike any of these films, but that doesn't mean they deserved Best Picture wins.*
An American in Paris (1951, Vincente Minnelli)
Though the film features a famous Gene Kelly number, there's not much else going for it. Plus, it beat Decision Before Dawn, A Place in the Sun, and A Streetcar Named Desire.
The Broadway Melody (1929, Harry Beaumont)
It's a standard, light Hollywood musical, and that's it. Didn't even deserve a nomination.
Chariots of Fire (1981, Hugh Hudson)
Really? The film's inspirational score doesn't hide the fact that Atlantic City, Reds, and Raiders of the Lost Ark were better films.
Cimarron (1931, Wesley Ruggles)
Though films like City Lights and M weren't nominated, this a rather mediocre western, and it's definitely one of the Academy's worst picks.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989, Bruce Beresford)
The film is pleasant, even commendable, but "best" compared to snubbed films like Do the Right Thing or Crimes and Misdemeanors? For my money, it's the worst winner of all-time.
Gandhi (1982, Richard Attenborough)
It's a decent biopic that somehow beat out E.T., Tootsie, and The Verdict. Consider me dumbfounded.
Out of Africa (1985, Sydney Pollack)
What's the big attraction here? Redford and Streep have a romance in Africa. It's not that good.
Rain Man (1988, Barry Levinson)
Despite good performances from Cruise and Hoffman, the film feels a bit too melodramatic to deserve Oscar gold. Granted, that could be said of many Best Picture winners.
Tom Jones (1963, Tony Richardson)
If the Academy was waiting for a British period romp, they should've waited to vote for Barry Lyndon instead of this.
Wings (1927, William A. Wellman)
While this is the Academy's first try, this film doesn't hold a candle to Metropolis or The General.