We’re heading into awards season, and we here at Stars & Popcorn thought it might be a good idea to share some of the best films ever to get overlooked by the Academy. While I’m no slouch when it comes to film and movie history, I have to admit that there were some surprising movies to get screwed out of winning, which made me feel a lot better about losing the Oscar betting pool at the office last year.
That being said, there were a few rules that had to be implemented to whittle down the extensive list into something manageable. So, first of all, we only looked at movies that were actually nominated for best picture. Second, the movie had to be better than the film that actually won that year. For example, while we love The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump probably deserved the Oscar that year. Don’t worry, though: There are still a few controversial choices that made our list, and there are one or two that will upset our female readership. But never being able to get a date for a movie again is a small price to pay for journalistic integrity (at least that’s what we call it around the office). That being said, I’m proud to present my list of the top 10 movies that should have won the Oscar
10. Good Will Hunting (lost to Titanic)- It never hurts to start a top 10 list of with a bit of controversy. That’s right, I’m challenging James Cameron’s masterpiece with Matt Damon’s masterpiece. Maybe it’s a guy thing or maybe I’m just resentful that an 11-year-old me was dragged to watch an agonizing three-hour love epic, but Titanic really didn’t do it for me. I’m not going to try to argue that it wasn’t one of the biggest and most successful films ever made, but hype does not equate to quality. Hell, just look at the Transformers movies. I’m sure there are some of you out there who will want to argue this one, but if you take the 14-year-old girl in you out of the equation, this is pretty much a no-brainer.
9. E.T. the Extra-terrestrial (lost to Ghandi)- You could argue that Steven Spielberg is the greatest director of all time. There are probably plenty of people that would argue for someone like Federico Fellini or Jean-Luc Godard, but I would be willing to bet that these same insufferable jerks also loved watching E.T. as a kid. Look, there’s a difference between art house flicks and blockbusters, and while they both have there merit, truly great filmmaking lies somewhere in between. So, even though Ghandi was an impressive film, it’s not as impressive as one of the highest-grossing films of all time (adjusted for inflation and junk).