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The worst movies to win the Acadamey Award (Oscar)


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Initial post: 22 Aug 2012 09:43:41 BDT
Cartimand says:
Apologies if this has already been posted, but someone's derogatory comment on a review of The Artist set me thinking about which films were truly not deserving of winning an Oscar.

Looking down the list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Academy_Award-winning_films), the following turkeys sprang immediately to mind;

Braveheart (historically inaccurate anglophobic nonsense)

Kramer vs Kramer (painfully dreary melodrama)

Titanic (decent action/drama spoiled by cringeworthy love story).

Any more?

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 15:09:33 BDT
Moulin Rouge was nominated for eight oscars, and won two, although not the "Best Film" one; anyway it is the worst film I have ever seen. Truly, truly awful......

Posted on 24 Aug 2012 18:22:33 BDT
Shazzerman says:
CRASH (2004) is the worst film to win Best Picture.
DANCES WITH WOLVES is also unworthy.
As is CHICAGO, MRS MINIVER, GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, OLIVER, THE STING, OUT OF AFRICA, FORREST GUMP, A BEAUTIFUL MIND (second only to CRASH in Oscar-wining awfulness). I have not taken into account what these films were up against in the Oscar competition - they are just bad films - except in one case: I like "The Sting", but "Cries and Whispers" was actually nominated (even though it is a Swedish film) and should have won.

Posted on 25 Aug 2012 16:17:46 BDT
Cartimand says:
At least Dances With Wolves gave Cameron his plot for Avatar!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2012 17:02:52 BDT
Shazzerman says:
Yeah, but that argument only goes so far. Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress" and Ford's "The Searchers" gave Lucas his plot for "Star Wars", and the latter "gave" Scorsese his plot for "Taxi Driver" (and, you might say, Cimino borrowed a lot from Ford for "The Deer Hunter"). I prefer "Avatar" to "Dances With Wolves": it's a string of cliches, but it DID break new ground (Ford's "Stagecoach" - one of the great westerns - is a string of cliches too AND it broke new ground...admittedly, "Stagecoach" is a masterpiece while "Avatar" has little depth beyond the visual).

Posted on 25 Aug 2012 17:20:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Aug 2012 23:35:25 BDT
Cartimand says:
I'll certainly concede that Avatar broke new ground visually - easily the best 3D experience I've had at the cinema. It is a shame though that Cameron didn't credit its influences. The story is Call Me Joe mixed with Noon Universe, plus elements of Dances With Wolves and Pocahontas. And those floating rocks and mountains were straight off a 1970's Roger Dean album cover!

Posted on 25 Aug 2012 17:30:23 BDT
Shazzerman says:
It's a tale of a topographic ocean, yes? Certainly, but even the greats borrow. Cameron is not one of the greats (T2 comes close). And I have to say, the best 3D experience I've had at the cinema was "Prometheus". Another visual feast that falls down narrative-wise.

Posted on 25 Aug 2012 23:41:54 BDT
Cartimand says:
Topographic Oceans or Yessongs - the kinda stuff I listened to every evening back in the 70's.

As for Prometheus, it certainly did provide some exceptional eye-candy. Overall though I felt slightly disappointed and cannot imagine it winning the 2013 best picture Oscar.

Posted on 26 Aug 2012 20:15:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Aug 2012 20:16:30 BDT
I have some:

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998) is one of the MOST undeserving Best Picture winners ever made. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, THE THIN RED LINE and THE TRUMAN SHOW were the TRUE movie masterpieces of 1998.

KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)
ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980)
OUT OF AFRICA (1985)
DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989)
BRAVEHEART (1995)
A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001)
CHICAGO (2002)

and last, but not least - Phil Collins winning the Best Original Song Oscar for 'You'll Be In My Heart' from TARZAN (1999) when it SHOULD have gone to the far-more memorable 'Blame Canada' from SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT (1999). Phil Collins is NOT one of my favourite singers.

Posted on 26 Aug 2012 21:18:16 BDT
Cartimand says:
Glad someone else thought Braveheart was dire!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012 15:42:12 BDT
Shazzerman says:
I agree with EVERY SINGLE point made in this post.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012 16:33:40 BDT
Cartimand says:
"Phil Collins is NOT one of my favourite singers."

I'll second that. Can never forgive him for changing Genesis from a decent prog rock group into a bland and forgettable pop group.

Posted on 27 Aug 2012 17:44:50 BDT
Richard says:
The Piano is my un-nomination. Won 3 Oscars for female acting and screenplay (I seem to remember) but was nominated for many more and rightly ignored. It doesn't matter how good individual performances might be when the audience is asleep 20 minutes into the dreary nonsense of a very grey film. I awoke about 10 minutes from the end and said to my wife "sorry, just nodded off there" and she pointed out that the thing was nearly over. There I was thinking that I'd missed just a cut or two... by the end nothing had changed at all.

I've made timelapse movies of cloudscapes that had more plot.

Posted on 28 Aug 2012 10:18:42 BDT
Post Soviet says:
Slumdog Millionaire. I love Indian films, except this particular one.

Posted on 28 Aug 2012 10:52:25 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
Anything involving Mel Gibson. Grade A mentalist with a torture porn fetish

Posted on 29 Aug 2012 11:10:38 BDT
Ken O'Neill says:
Very few "Best Picture" Oscars go to a good film rather than a "buggins' turn" piece of direction, scripting or production.

To the people who complained about Braveheart though:-
1) Who told you it was a documentary? Since it wasn't, complaints about "inaccuracy" (except in the case of the love interest) are invalid.
2) What right does a foreigner have to have someone tortured and killed for actions in their own nation? Wallace was not an English citizen, and Edward was not king of Scotland, so Wallace did not owe Edward fealty.

Posted on 12 Sep 2012 18:18:31 BDT
The most unfair Oscar award EVER was for Grace Kelly's appallingly amateur performance in "The Country Girl" in 1954, winning over the multi-talented Judy Garland in "A Star is Born", one of the most amazing all-round performances ever on screen. I haven't forgiven the Academy fotthat and I never will - much they would care, of course!

Posted on 14 Sep 2012 12:47:40 BDT
Aethelred says:
Surely the worst Oscar Winner was the third in the Lord of the Rings travesty - you know, the film that took Tolkien's masterpiece, chewed it up, spat it out, and jumped up and down on the bits.

Posted on 14 Sep 2012 15:27:28 BDT
josh7T4 says:
To D.W. Bissett: I beg to differ with you about "Ordinary People" and "A Beautiful Mind". They are two of my all-time favorite films. Finally, mental illness has been portrayed not as a freak show to be gawked at but as a phenomenon meriting our compassion and understanding. These films have done for mental illness what "Brokeback Mountain" did for same-sex relationships--making them plausible, comprehensible and above all HUMAN. The acting in both those films was exceptional.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2012 18:39:16 BDT
You are a sad, strange person, Lormax

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2012 22:02:21 BDT
Flavia says:
I disagree I think it was the best of the three

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2012 22:05:05 BDT
Flavia says:
What are you thinking it was beautiful

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 22:08:37 BDT
luvstuff says:
The Blind Side

Posted on 17 Sep 2012 05:43:06 BDT
Chariots of Fire and Silence of the Lambs.

Posted on 17 Sep 2012 07:52:16 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Let's be honest, the Oscars are a lot of fluff and nonsense and always have been - as are most of the tedious copycat awards that have spewed up in the Oscars' wake. Few people have any idea how the award process works: i.e. who, exactly, decides which films should be included, and what political and financial pressures/inducements are brought to bear upon the decision making. In that respect it resembles the British Honours system although the Oscars may not be quite so corrupt!
Most of us go along with the silly game that is really all the Oscars amount to: If a film we like wins we say it deserved an Oscar; if a film we hate wins we resolve that the Oscars are a load of rubbish!
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