THE TOP 50 BEST PICTURE NOMINEES THAT LOST THE OSCAR
The Academy Awards aren’t exactly known for getting it right. Their official website states that “The Oscars award the previous year’s greatest cinema achievements,” but most film fans agree that it would be more accurate to say “The Oscars recognize the previous year’s most inescapable films, ultimately awarding the one that gives voters the fuzziest feeling, often at the expense of several obvious future classics.” We’re not entirely sure why the Academy doesn’t just come out and say that in their mission statement, but there’s no denying the fact that dozens of masterpieces have been immortalized simply by virtue of receiving a Best Picture nomination.
The list of films that won Best Picture definitely amounts to a pretty solid collection of titles, but the list of films that lost Best Picture naturally offers a far superior compendium of the greatest movies ever made (some of which were even shot – gasp! – in a language that isn’t English!). Pound for pound, you could argue that these Oscar also-rans put the crowned champs to shame.
Picking the Top 50 Movies that Lost The Oscar For Best Picture wasn’t easy, and several classics didn’t make the cut. On the other hand, we certainly didn’t have any trouble identifying all of the truly great films from the list of nominees. If only the Academy could say the same thing. So without further ado, Laremy Legel, Elisabeth Rappe and awards guru Joe Reid count down the best films that didn’t get the Oscar love they deserved.