Have you ever watched the Oscars, knew what movie was gonna win best picture, and then have some undeserving flick win instead? Oh, wait. It happens almost every year. Here is our Top 8 picks for Best Picture snubs.
1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Lets be honest with ourselves here, the disgrace that is Shape of Water did not deserve its Best Picture title from this past year. I firmly believe that Guillermo Del Toro ran out of ideas for that one and the award should have been given to the smart and perfectly crafted Three Billboards. That is all I’m saying.
2. Brokeback Mountain
There’s a lot that I could say here. First off, the winner of the award that year, 2006, went to Crash. A film that not even the director is proud of. And it won an Oscar! On the other hand, Brokeback Mountain was thought to be the clear choice considering it had an original plot, great direction, and beautiful performances from Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Although it did win awards that season, it most certainly deserved the highest one of all.
I honestly don’t even know what to say. This is the most groundbreaking film of this generation with animation that not even James Cameron could dream of. It was visually stunning and, literally, out of this world. Yet, they still gave the award to The Hurt Locker? A film that no one had even heard of until the Oscars? I mean, how? 4. The Social Network and Black SwanThis might be an unpopular one but, unpopular opinions make for the best arguments. The 83rd Academy Awards was, by far, my favorite year. Every single movie was different from one another and very creative with their storytelling. Which is why I gotta say that nothing was more creative that year than Black Swan and none of the stories were more appealing and exhilarating as The Social Network. Sorry, The King’s Speech. 5. Les MiserabléI think a lot of us can agree that we were shocked when Ben Affleck went onstage to accept the award for his movie, Argo, winning Best Picture. An even bigger surprise being that Les Miserablé, one of the greatest musicals of all time, won 3/7 of the awards they were nominated for. It was sad to see such a masterpiece be snubbed by the film world. 6. Life of PiAlso nominated the same year as Les Mis was the masterpiece Life of Pi (also directed by Ang Lee, director of Brokeback Mountain). All I have to say is that Ang Lee deserves better. 7. Star WarsI mean… come on. Annie Hall over Star Wars? Regular love story over a revolutionary film that set standards for an entire genre? I am offended and deeply disappointed. 8. A Clockwork OrangeThis film flipped people on their heads and took them for a ride that never asked for but came out thoroughly enthralled. It touched on many taboo topics and has more style and edge than any other film I’ve seen. What did it lose to? The French Connection. Sure, it was probably good, too, but I highly value unique and original stories. And A Clockwork Orange deserved an award that would prove their worth.