Oscar always gets it 'wrong.' Here are 10 Best Picture reasons (out of many) why.
So...the Academy got it 'wrong' again. Big deal. Ever since the movie industry closed ranks and decided to reward itself on the "greatest" achievements among their fellow filmmakers, there's been the same old debate: How could Cary Grant never win an Oscar? How could Katherine Hepburn win so many? Why was Hitchcock snubbed? Why did it take (insert years or decades here) for (insert name and or title here) to finally get recognized? Nowhere is the argument more heated, however, than in the backwards glancing give and take of Best Picture. As a proposed representation of what the artform does right every year, there are many who believe that the members of the AMPAS consistently get this highest honor wrong. In fact, if one looks over the 80 plus winners of the coveted prize (and their competition at the time), one can discover at least 30 instances when the wrong film (arguably) triumphed.
So in order to correct this cruel mistake, we've gone back through the list of Best Picture winners and come up with the 10 Films that should have won the Academy's highest accolade. Now, we have dispensed with some most glaring and obvious omissions (Raging Bull over Ordinary People, Pulp Fiction and a certain Mr. Gump, Goodfellas vs. Dancing with Wolves) while keeping a few which are so flagrant in their wrongheadedness that they require another mention. Also, we aren't going to jump beyond the actual nominated entries for any given year. Sure, we leap at any chance to mention our undying devotion to 2001: A Space Odyssey or Miller's Crossing, but since the members of the voting cabal choose not to every recognize them with a nomination, we will do the same (sadly).
Yes, there are many more examples that can be highlighted, and any discussion of slights is still a question of opinion, but sometimes, a mistake is a mistake. Of course, when Oscar makes a misstep, it resonates for a very long time - as with the first selection on our list.