Recently over at the Across The Universe Podcast we talked at length about a loss that we and you guys still feel strongly about: The Social Network losing Best Picture to The King’s Speech. So I won’t pick Fincher’s movie again, for you can listen to all our feelings about that fateful day on our episode. Instead, let’s look at some other Best Picture Nominees that I really wish had won.
Best Picture Nominees
That Should’ve Taken Home The Gold
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)
One of my personal all time favourites, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is loud and chaotic, and almost unbearable to watch. Elizabeth Taylor plays the role of a lifetime and is the main source of desperation for the other characters and us viewers… And yet. As infuriating as she is, or perhaps because of it, I can’t help love her and the movie. I haven’t seen or heard about A Man for All Seasons, so as nice as it must be, I guess that’s saying something already.
Raging Bull (1980)
I haven’t seen Ordinary People and in fact had never even heard of it before this post. It’s got good reviews, and looks interesting but more like something that deserved, maybe, an Oscar for best screenplay and acting, not necessarily best picture. Especially when it’s going against Scorsese’s Raging Bull which is all around a masterpiece. Coming from Taxi Driver losing to Rocky (though I do like the latter!), this must’ve been a hard one to swallow.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
This is for me the most outrageous loss. It’s not that Shakespeare in Love is bad movie, but really, over Saving Private Ryan?! Of course today Weinstein’s win is even more tainted, but regardless, looking back, Saving Private Ryan is the one that stood the test of time.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
It’s hard to go against Spielberg and Tom Hanks, but as charming as this duo can get, Pulp Fiction deserved that Oscar. For its mastery and talent of everyone involved, for its boldness and creativity. Whereas Forrest Gump… hm. ?
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
I guess this one hurst the most. One, because Crash is terribly forgettable and irrelevant today in the face of how important Brokeback Mountain was. But breakthroughs aside, Ang Lee’s romance is a breathtaking film of love and heartbreak and loss. It’s beyond beautiful in every way, and features some of the best performances of all time, namely from Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. So really, for me? There’s no question here.