Best Picture Oscar Winners That Didn't Deserve It

It's never easy picking a Best Picture winner but some years you have to wonder why some movies win over movies that are much more deserving.

The Top Ten

1 Shakespeare In Love

This is so weird. Why would Shakespeare In Love win over Saving Private Ryan. I never seen either film but Saving Private Ryan should have won. It doesn't sound right if Schindler's List was the only film by Spielberg that actually did win best picture.

Uhhh that movie was terrible. It felt as if it was an ordinary fan fiction about Shakespeare. It's a shame "Saving Private Ryan" didn't get it. A good cast (besides Ben Affleck) with poor acting throughout the whole film, and an old reused dynamic for a romance story, just with Shakespeare. Definitely the #1 worst chosen movie to win best picture.

Every one who voted for Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan for best picture all deserve the hell they've made for themselves. - egnomac

Saving Private Ryan was the supurior film. Plain and simple.

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2 Chicago

Gangs of New York should have won but apparently the academy loves musicals better than movies better than movies that are really good. - egnomac

Why did the Academy give The Award for this Movie I'm not saying the Academy is stupid or dumb its just that it doesn't deserve to Win Best Picture The Two Towers should have won

Gangs of New York, or The Pianist should have won!

The Two Towers is Way better than this musical

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3 The Artist

Did anyone actually see this movie it even surprises me that this movie was nominated at all. - egnomac

Not a bad movie, just no where near as good as the likes of Hugo, Midnight in Paris, or The Tree of Life. - Badwolf

It Won Only Because It Is B/w


Booriing I really don't care much for silent movies. - egnomac

4 The King's Speech

Noo! This is one of my favourite films of all time, it absolutely deserved to win! Great directing, brilliant production design, outstanding acting and an exquisite score - such a fantastic work of art! - RookWizard

I find it hard to believe this boring movie beat out such greats as The Social Network, 127 Hours and Inception - egnomac

127 Hours was really ordinary compared to The King's Speech. Inception deserved the awards it got, but not best picture. - RookWizard

Not bad, but inception really deserved the oscar

There are a lot of super dumb Best Picture wins, but this has to take the cake. I am willing to say that this was the WORST Best picture nominee in its year, and as proof, just look at the other ones:
127 Hours - Amazing movie, James Franco is stunning.
Black Swan - Story, direction, and acting are lightyears ahead of this
The Fighter - Not a lot better, but the acting is top-notch
Inception - Possibly one of the most original movies ever. Astounding in visuals, acting, and storyline
And so on. I can do this for every movie nominated. The King's Speech sucks

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5 Crash

This movie proves that Oscars is all politics. It deals with racist issues so the political correct thing to do is give this movie an oscar. But the movie itself was very lame and there were too much cliches being used. As for the acting nobody was standing out for this picture. All this actors and actresses ( some are overrated ) were certainly not giving their best performances, despite what the press told us. This is the kind of movie you only watch one time and than you forget about it, because there's no one scene in it that will stuck in your mind afterwards. It's so lame in fact that this movie will not give you something to think about.

This was such a pretentious, silly movie. It was all, "People are still racists even when they think they're not." Yeah, we know. This film beat "Brokeback Mountain" for best picture which was a mistake. People still talk about, refer to, joke about "Brokeback"; who ever references "Crash"? I'm still bitter about it, obviously. - Blue_Devereaux

Not as bad as everyone says but it was just too contrived. And obviously much better films nominated that year.

6 The Hurt Locker

Nothing against Kathryn Bigelow but Avatar was the movie everyone paid their hard earned money to see that year - egnomac

7 Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire is nothing compared to The Dark Knight. It is considered one of the greatest films ever made and didn't even get nominated

Why the dark knight don't was nominated?

Too bad TDK did not even get nominated for best picture.


8 Dances With Wolves

Goodfellas should have won the award. Great storyline, great acting (Joe Pesci and Robert de Niro). Truly it was a masterpiece by Martin Scorsese.

Dances with Wolves rejuvenated the western genre. What did Goodfellas do? - jezza0

An over-long epic film that doesn't do much for me in the way of movies. - dureckl

As dull as dishwater

9 How Green Was My Valley

If Citizen Kane is suppose to be the greatest movie of all time than how in the world did it lose to this forgettable movie. - egnomac

10 Forrest Gump

The Shawshank Redemption is undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable movie in the history of cinema and giving away the best picture to forrest gump just proved that academy awards really deserve this much attention that we tend to give to it.

Forrest Gump beat Pulp Fiction AND The Shawshank Redemption!

Not the worst movie of all time but certainly not one of the best movies of all time. The many Oscars and nominations for this movie were exagerrated. As a matter of fact, I found this movie even very boring at some moments in the film. It's almost a pitty that Sally Field ( one of my favorite actresses ) was in that movie. And Tom Hanks didn't really deserved a oscar for his performance. In other words ; A too overrated movie that didn't deserve all that attention!

It did deserve Best Picture - PeeledBanana

The Contenders

11 Argo
12 Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance

In my opinion, boyhood was better, and why they don't nominated interstellar?

Outstanding performances of the actors and actresses ( especially Naomi Watts as usual ) and exeptional camera and lightning techniques but the story or script wasn't worthy enough to be nominated in the first place.

This was a particular year of bad movies, but this was the worst. Pretentious crap

Other movies such as 'Whiplash', 'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory of Everything' were more deserving of the win.

But at least it didn't go to 'American Sniper'.

13 No Country For Old Men

Both the movies deserve an oscar

14 Moonlight

So which film wins the Oscars for 2016?

Not the brilliant musical with outstanding musical numbers, beautiful acting and a great story that also deals with the dark side of the entertainment industry.

Not the heart-wrenching true story of Desmond Doss who was persecuted for his faith in the army yet ended up saving dozens of lives without firing a single gun.

It's the mediocre SJW film about a little boy who is bullied into thinking he's gay because he's more intelligent and less aggressive than other boys and grows up to become a drug dealer with no friends. - Fortifier

15 Titanic

A greedy cash in on a tragic story about people who didn't even EXIST. James Cameron, you can do better than this! But still a better love story than Twilight...and 50 shades trilogy

16 Oliver!

2001 for the win

17 Out Of Africa

Boring as almost every Meryl Streep movie.

The Color Purple OBVIOUSLY needed to win! OBVIOUSLY!

18 The English Patient

Overlong and dull. It looks nice but is really just a melodrama

19 The Nutty Professor

No, it didn't deserve the award... Probably why it didn't win it

Everybody was thunderstruck when this was announced best picture

Can't believe this won over the English patient and fargo

20 Driving Miss Daisy
21 Gigi


22 Silver Linings Playbook

It didn't win. Argo won. But Life of Pi should have won. But Silver Linings was better than argo. - Martin_Canine

Boring and overrated with an winning boring and overrated actress ( Jennifer Lawrence ).

23 The Greatest Show on Earth
24 American Beauty
25 Ordinary People
26 The Sting
27 Chariots of Fire
28 Million Dollar Baby
29 Annie Hall
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Top Remixes

1. Chicago
2. Crash
3. Shakespeare In Love
1. Shakespeare In Love
2. The Artist
3. The King's Speech
1. Out Of Africa
2. Shakespeare In Love
3. Crash


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