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  • By jay
    February 22, 2012
    03:33 PM

    ah, the days when it was hard to choose best picture
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  • By Kammundi
    February 22, 2012
    03:36 PM

    The greatest films tend to not be winners in that system and often not even nominated. Pretty typical of me to ridicule them, yet the Oscars continue to carry more of a cache of respectability than any other entertainment award. While I know something isn't working properly, I still remain somewhat connected to finding out what gets noms/wins and what doesn't. Once in a while it seems to work out fairly well, but more often it is shameful.
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    • By Scott
      February 22, 2012
      05:23 PM

      I agree wholeheartedly. Every now and then a brilliant film such as No Country for Old Men or Unforgiven wins Best Picture. Yet, the majority of the time, either Oscar bait is chosen over the superior film (The Kings's Speech over The Social Network) or great films aren't nominated for Best Picture (Being John Malkovich, 2001: A Space Odyssey).
    • By repete66211
      February 22, 2012
      06:07 PM

      @Scott: Being John Malkovich is not a good movie so much as an inside joke for smug people who wear cardigans and The Social Network, though good, was a biopic about a trendy website. Hardly worthy for Best Picture Oscars, no? Thus the problem attempting to objectively evaluate the subjective.
    • By James
      February 23, 2012
      01:41 PM

      @Peter: The Social Network was not a biopic. And social networking/media is MUCH more than a trend.
    • By NotInOurStars
      August 24, 2014
      07:59 AM

      I really only pay attention to the Best Director, Best Screenplay (Adapted and Original), and Best Foreign Language Film. Those have been pretty solid in my eyes.
  • By Hunter Hale
    February 22, 2012
    06:31 PM

    THE TREE OF LIFE is more like "The Film of the Decade". Years from now, after many of the current nominations are forgotten THE TREE OF LIFE will still be talked about and debated. Some films have beauty and depth that that require repeated viewings to fully appreciate what has been captured. Murnau's SUNRISE, Ford's HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY and THE GRAPES OF WRATH, Dreyer's THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC and ORDET or Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL are such films.
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    • By Jeff
      February 28, 2012
      04:24 PM

      I disagree about the importance of "The Tree of Life"! Malick wanted to make his "2001", but is a film of lows (tacky and embarrassing scenes like the end and all the Sean Penn ones) and highs (visually stunning camerawork). Malick is a superb technical crafter, but in his last films he dilluted the stories to the point of being a collection of Kodak moments. I'm still waiting for a Malick film that would surpass the masterpiece "Days of Heaven".
    • By WilliamTell
      May 19, 2012
      03:28 PM

      I whole heartedly agree with you on the fact that The Tree of Life is going to be remembered for centuries and debated and all that...!!! It is one of the best films ever made - currently on my top 10 and I've seen it three times (I'll certainly watch it onther ten!).
    • By NAME
      July 17, 2012
      05:50 PM

      The Tree of Life is one the greatest film ever made.. It touched me in places movies never did before.. A movie about kids trapped in 2 different worlds : YOUR MOM KIND AND FORGIVING WORLD or YOUR DAD HARD AND UNFORGIVING WORLD The movie is full of questions that I always ask myself but can't find answers for like : What will happen to us after we die Is death the end of every thing Will we go back to the sea where we originated BRAD PITT performance was stellar I thought he was my dad As a matter of fact he was every one's dad while the mom was every one's mom Fun Fact: Terrence Mallick 's brother was pressured into music and later took his own life...
  • By Filiusd99993
    July 02, 2013
    01:11 AM

    I can't believe that Midnight Cowboy beat out Z for best picture. It's such a terrible, disjunctive film. I can't say that it's the greatest upset for Best Picture (that would be Raging Bull losing out to Ordinary People) but still.
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    • By Craig J. Clark
      July 02, 2013
      09:36 AM

      The argument could also be made that Missing deserved to win over Gandhi. I have nothing against Richard Attenborough's film, per se, but Costa-Gavras's is the one I can see myself returning to again and again.
  • By Something
    July 11, 2014
    06:34 PM

    Wow. 32 nominees in this gallery to 5 winners. I still say All That Jazz should have won.
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    • By Patrick
      July 25, 2014
      04:34 PM

      Nah, "Apocolypse Now," is the only masterpiece of the 1979 nominees for Best Picture. Of course the other masterpiece from that year wasn't even nominated (Manhattan).
  • By Something
    August 19, 2014
    01:45 AM

    Well. Now that It Happened One Night is going to be a Criterion I should say that there are now 6 BP winners
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