FOOD FOR THOUGHT: New way of deciding Best Picture winner
Often when we look back at who won Best Picture, we really scratch our heads. Crash?!?! The English Patient?!?! I think that in hindsight, the Best Picture winner should be the film that, among the nominees, people are most likely to remember 5, 10, 20, or even 30 years down the road. How many people still remember Chariots of Fire? Tom Jones? Marty?
So I thought I'd go back just 20 years and pick who, based on this guideline, should've won alongside who actually DID win. Of course, I'm still choosing only from Best Picture nominated films, and we know that sometimes the most enduring film from a particular year was never even nominated. The Big Lebowski, anyone?
Here goes. Discuss.
2009: Winner: The Hurt Locker. Should've won: Avatar. Other nominees include: Up in the Air, Precious, Inglourious Basterds.
2008: Winner: Slumdog Millionaire. Should've won: The Dark Knight. Other nominees: Milk.
2007: Winner: No Country for Old Men. Should've won: There Will Be Blood. Others: Michael Clayton.
2006: Winner: The Departed. Should've won: unchanged. Others: The Queen, Babel, Little Miss Sunshine.
2005: Winner: Crash. Should've won: Brokeback Mountain. Others: Capote, Munich.
2004: Winner: Million Dollar Baby. Should've won: The Aviator. Others: Sideways, Ray.
2003: Winner: LOTR: ROTK. Should've won: unchanged. Others: Mystic River, Lost in Translation.
2002: Winner: Chicago. Should've won: LOTR: TTT. Others: The Pianist, The Hours, Gangs of New York.
2001: Winner: A Beautiful Mind. Should've won: LOTR: FOTR. Others: Gosford Park, Moulin Rouge.
2000: Winner: Gladiator. Should've won: unchanged. Others: Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
1999: Winner: American Beauty. Should've won: The Sixth Sense. Others: The Green Mile, The Insider.
1998: Winner: Shakespeare in Love. Should've won: Saving Private Ryan. Others: Life is Beautiful, The Thin Red Line, Elizabeth.
1997: Winner: Titanic. Should've won: unchanged. Others: LA Confidential, Good Will Hunting.
1996: Winner: The English Patient. Should've won: Fargo OR Jerry Maguire. Others: Shine.
1995: Winner: Braveheart. Should've won: unchanged. Others: Apollo 13, Sense and Sensibility.
1994: Winner: Forrest Gump. Should've won: The Shawshank Redemption. Others: Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, Four Weddings and a Funeral.
1993: Winner: Schindler's List. Should've won: unchanged. Others: The Piano, The Fugitive.
1992: Winner: Unforgiven. Should've won: unchanged. Others: A Few Good Men, Howard's End, The Crying Game, Scent of a Woman.
1991: Winner: The Silence of the Lambs. Should've won: Silence OR JFK. Others: Bugsy, Beauty and the Beast.
1990: Winner: Dances with Wolves. Should've won: Goodfellas. Others: Godfather Part 3.
I'll stop there. Let's keep this thread going.