To begin, let me state that the Academy is not always wrong, quite often they get it right, quite often they name the film that really is the best of the year, a film for the ages. It was the Academy that had the courage to honor ‘On the Waterfront’ (1954), a controversial film about corruption on the docks, and ‘The Godfather Part II’ (1974) the first sequel to ever win an Oscar. It was the Academy who honored ‘Midnight Cowboy’ (1969), the first X rated film to win the award, one of the first films to deal honestly with social issues to earn an Oscar. You have to be impressed that they awarded ‘The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King’ (2003) which won a well deserved eleven Oscars tying the record set by both ‘Ben Hur’ (1959) and ‘Titanic’ (1997).
So they do get it right sometimes.
However they have also made some dubious choices, some choices that leave you wondering if they saw the rest of the nominees. So for pure indulgence I have come up with a list of the worst Best Picture choices, based on many things, including what the other nominees were that year, and exactly which films the winner defeated. I make it clear as to whether or not the film is a bad film, and there are a couple, enjoy.
5 Movies that can easily replace any other film in the top 10 list: ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ (1989); ‘Tom Jones’ (1963); ‘Braveheart'(1995); ‘A Man For All Seasons’ (1966); ‘Going My Way’ (1944).
Here is the list of 10 worst best picture winners in the Oscars history.