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 Best Picture Oscar Winners That Didn't Deserve It

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

Elizabeth or Saving Private Ryan should have one. And Cate Blanchett should have won over Gwyneth Paltrow!

2 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.

Crash is really bad. Did not deserve Best Picture. - iliekpiez

3 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

This was fine. Not deserving at all. - iliekpiez

Why the dark knight don't was nominated?

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

4 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

I haven't seen this movie but Citizen Kane is overrated. Average movie to me. - aj2005

5 Chicago

I honestly LOVED! Chicago it was fabulous. And while not emotional it still is best picture worthy

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!

6 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

7 Titanic

To be fair, most of the nominated that weren’t that muck good either - Weirdest-thing

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


8 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

2010 is the only year that I have watched all of the Oscar contenders. Black Swan or The Fighter should have won. The Kids are All Right would have been a great choice too.

The King's Speech was middle of the pack of the nominees. It was still better than Toy Story 3, The Descendants, and The Social Network, though. But I have to admit, I HATED Inception. 127 Hours was cool for what it was, but depended on Franco, so didn't deserve Best Picture.

9 The Hurt Locker

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

10 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

Boring. - iliekpiez

The Contenders

11 The English Patient

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

12 Ordinary People
13 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

It' boring, the grand budapest hotel was better

14 Argo

Though les mis shoulda won this was OK

15 Moonlight

La La Land deserved it - iliekpiez

La La Land deserved it!

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

16 Annie Hall
17 Forrest Gump

This movie was too long and while still good, did not deserve the top prize. - iliekpiez

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!

It did deserve Best Picture - PeeledBanana

18 Oliver!

2001 for the win

19 American Beauty

No, it deserves it - Weirdest-thing

20 Out Of Africa

Boring as almost every Meryl Streep movie.

The Color Purple OBVIOUSLY needed to win! OBVIOUSLY!

21 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

22 Gigi


23 Unforgiven
24 Silver Linings Playbook

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

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

25 Chariots of Fire

Won against Reds.

26 Driving Miss Daisy
27 The Greatest Show on Earth
28 Million Dollar Baby
29 No Country For Old Men

Both the movies deserve an oscar

30 The Sting
31 Around the World in 80 Days

Definitely should be higher - iliekpiez

32 Green Book

After finishing the post I made this morning, I have one thing to say. Why couldn't I have been wrong?! - nerffan8000

33 Rocky
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