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Algernon Moncrieff

(5,798 posts)
Fri Jan 19, 2018, 02:53 AM Jan 2018

The worst Best Picture winner of the past fifty years was.... [View all]

The list represents the 10 I thought most likely to get votes. Obviously, you'll let us all know what was missed.

I was hesitant about Spotlight, which I think has been widely forgotten, and I considered putting Argo on instead. In both cases, it is hard to know -- sometimes even five years out -- if a film withstands the test of time.

Crash and Dances with Wolves are on the list. These are not necessarily considered bad films; it's just that most people think Brokeback Mountain and Goodfellas were more deserving.

No films are on the list simply for the reason that they were directed by Mel Gibson or Woody Allen or produced by the Weinsteins. You are, of course, free to make that call.

Titanic is polarizing. At one level, it's schlocky melodrama. At another level, it's really meticulously filmed schlocky melodrama, with an outstanding cast.

The list cut off at 1967 (fifty years). C.B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) (which is a fun film at a certain level) is widely considered to be the least deserving Best Picture winner of all time, with Around the World in 80 Days (1956) being a close runner-up.


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The Artist (2011)
4 (20%)
Crash (2005)
5 (25%)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
1 (5%)
Titanic (1997)
4 (20%)
Oliver! (1968)
0 (0%)
Ordinary People (1980)
1 (5%)
The English Patient (1996)
1 (5%)
Spotlight (2015)
1 (5%)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
2 (10%)
Amadeus (1984)
1 (5%)
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Get Dances with Wolves off that list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! True Dough Jan 2018 #1
Agreed! DemKittyNC Jan 2018 #4
Must be an anti-Costner nomination! True Dough Jan 2018 #5
A lot of people thought it was the third best picture that year Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #29
I've never seen a movie that so closely followed the book underpants Jan 2018 #12
Then watch Being There discntnt_irny_srcsm Jan 2018 #22
I like to watch. pressbox69 Jan 2018 #42
yeah... don't we all discntnt_irny_srcsm Jan 2018 #49
Peter Sellers was perfect in the role....he was "Chance". OAITW r.2.0 Jan 2018 #79
I read (past tense) the book a long time ago discntnt_irny_srcsm Jan 2018 #81
Yeah, it doesn't belong there. Dave Starsky Jan 2018 #27
Pauline Kael, greatest reviewer of all time, disagrees with you on "Dances With Wolves". LisaM Jan 2018 #51
That is, indeed, a fine review. Shrike47 Jan 2018 #62
They used 2 very different wolves interchangeably, it was jarring to me uppityperson Jan 2018 #87
Plays With Camera was a dreary bore Wolf Frankula Jan 2018 #52
LOL - you and I both picked up the "Plays with Camera" line!! LisaM Jan 2018 #56
I agree... hlthe2b Jan 2018 #60
Amadeus does not belong on this list! The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2018 #2
one of few movies that actually generated tears at the end. that and Old Yeller. nt msongs Jan 2018 #9
I would have included GP6971 Jan 2018 #3
I never liked that one much either TexasBushwhacker Jan 2018 #10
I think that's my favorite Barry score. Dave Starsky Jan 2018 #28
I thought about that Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #30
Yes, "Out of Africa." yallerdawg Jan 2018 #32
Fargo lunamagica Jan 2018 #6
Best Picture nominee, not winner. regnaD kciN Jan 2018 #17
I love Fargo. The movie, and the tv series. kwassa Jan 2018 #72
Forrest Gump Skittles Jan 2018 #7
And in a near epic year for film. RhodeIslandOne Jan 2018 #11
oh that made it stand out even more as pure dreck Skittles Jan 2018 #15
Pulp Fiction is the cinematic equivalent of Roy Moore Awsi Dooger Jan 2018 #82
Sorry you feel that way RhodeIslandOne Jan 2018 #86
I thought about putting it on the list as well Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #36
I didn't like Forrest Gump, I hated Titanic HopeAgain Jan 2018 #54
Yes! Rhiannon12866 Jan 2018 #64
Gets my vote. I loathe that movie. yardwork Jan 2018 #69
Dreck is too.. 3catwoman3 Jan 2018 #84
No vote from me. They're all good. They all deserved the award. IMHO Binkie The Clown Jan 2018 #8
There's also the reasons why something wins best picture that people don't factor Blue_Adept Jan 2018 #38
Shakespeare in Love - widely seen as the British element of the academy slapping Americans underpants Jan 2018 #13
SPR was robbed. I too was shocked. Hell even Shakespeare was shocked. pressbox69 Jan 2018 #43
Why isn't La La Land on that list? Sedona Jan 2018 #14
It didn't win Best Picture regnaD kciN Jan 2018 #16
Good Point! Sedona Jan 2018 #18
Terms or Endearment. Buckeye_Democrat Jan 2018 #19
Dear gawd, me too. 3catwoman3 Jan 2018 #85
Ugh! I hated that movie as well. smirkymonkey Jan 2018 #96
I had to pass... regnaD kciN Jan 2018 #20
My take on Shakespeare in Love is that it's a one-trick pony Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #39
Oliver may be overblown pressbox69 Jan 2018 #44
It does have some great songs, and Ron Moody turns in a standout performance. Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #50
I saw Shani Wallis in an old "Murder, She Wrote" this week. LisaM Jan 2018 #57
"Annie Hall" Shrek Jan 2018 #21
No kidding. Dave Starsky Jan 2018 #24
Star Wars is not that good. kwassa Jan 2018 #73
The winners the last few years have been pretty meh. Dave Starsky Jan 2018 #23
I thought pressbox69 Jan 2018 #45
I thought Room should have won the year that it lost. Dave Starsky Jan 2018 #61
Room was amazing TexasBushwhacker Jan 2018 #67
Crash is the worst. The Artist does not belong on that list. n/t FSogol Jan 2018 #25
The Artist would be my pick for worst winner Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #31
The Artist played with constrasts of a silent film and with being B&W and still FSogol Jan 2018 #35
We will have to agree to disagree Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #37
Braveheart. (nt) ehrnst Jan 2018 #26
Notwithstanding Mel Gibson, Hollywood loves an action-epic Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #33
A turd. except for Patrick Mcgoohan. pressbox69 Jan 2018 #46
Dreadful film n/t TubbersUK Jan 2018 #58
I thought "Dances With Wolves" was highly over-rated. Paladin Jan 2018 #34
The English Patient LeftInTX Jan 2018 #40
Dr. Doolittle. Don't know if was more than 50 years. n/t patricia92243 Jan 2018 #41
No. pressbox69 Jan 2018 #47
Didn't win. Nominated, but lost to "In the Heat of the Night" Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #48
How is "Forrest Gump" not given as every other choice? LisaM Jan 2018 #53
As I said, I picked the 10 I thought would get the most votes. Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #59
"Forrest Gump" is the Donald Trump of Best Picture winners nuxvomica Jan 2018 #70
dances with wolves. blechh. unblock Jan 2018 #55
Rocky - 1976. How did it beat Taxi Driver? jg10003 Jan 2018 #63
And Network. Archae Jan 2018 #65
and All the President's Men? kwassa Jan 2018 #75
Feel good movie. Hollywood loves boxing flicks. Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #95
Man....that list is filled with overrated movies!! Docreed2003 Jan 2018 #66
The greatest njustice jrandom421 Jan 2018 #68
The Great Santini was infinitely better than Ordinary People, imo. red dog 1 Jan 2018 #76
The Hurt Locker was terrible! red dog 1 Jan 2018 #71
I liked Hurt Locker. kwassa Jan 2018 #74
La-La Land. What an abomination! dhol82 Jan 2018 #77
Only won Best Picture for 30 seconds Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #89
Monty Python And the Holy Grail! OhZone Jan 2018 #78
For years, it was the biggest return on investment film ever. Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #94
I've seen 4 on the list MFM008 Jan 2018 #80
From that list...Dances With Wolves Awsi Dooger Jan 2018 #83
You aren't wedded to the list, but the topic is limited to Best Picture Oscar (TM) winners Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #88
Gladiator LudwigPastorius Jan 2018 #90
That was another I'd considered for the list Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #93
I've only seen half of those, LWolf Jan 2018 #91
My dad played the soundtrack a lot Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #92
Titanic seems to be on a lot of "hate" lists here and I don't really understand why. smirkymonkey Jan 2018 #97
Obviously not everyone hates it Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #103
You could have titled this "Least Favorite Best Picture Winner" FakeNoose Jan 2018 #98
A little rancor is good Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #101
I always hated American Beauty and Ghost of Tom Joad Jan 2018 #99
It didn't occur to me to put American Beauty on the list. Algernon Moncrieff Jan 2018 #102
I think you have to be middle aged to appreciate American Beauty n/t TexasBushwhacker Jan 2018 #104
This right here is the correct answer. Dr. Strange Jan 2018 #105
Dances With Wolves red dog 1 Jan 2018 #100
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