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The worst movies to win the Acadamey Award (Oscar)


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Posted on 26 Feb 2013 13:38:30 GMT
I agree with so many of the posts on here - it's good to see that not everyone has been brainwashed in to what they should like. For my money The Blind Side was one of the worst films I have ever had the misfortune of sitting through and was completely undeserving of any praise it received, especially Sandra Bullock's woeful acting.
I completely agree about Braveheart being cack. I say this as a Scot as well, but that film did Scotland and the rest of Britain zero favours. It seems to appeal to anglophobic morons the same way Romper Stomper appeals to skinheads. Mel Gibson himself is nothing short of a rather small skinhead. He must have had a field day making The Patriot when he cast Jason Isaacs as 'the villain' of the piece - he was literally killing two birds with one stone, an Englishman and a Jew. Nothing more villainous in his eyes. I'm surprised we haven't seen a remake of Zulu featuring him in Zulu warrior costume slaughtering the British!

In all fairness I do find an awful lot of anti-Britishness and anglophobia in films in general (just look at the amount of films featuring despots and villains written as Britons and played by them!), which rarely seems to register with people (certainly not on a conscious level anyway).

Posted on 22 Feb 2013 13:00:05 GMT
P. Aj Smith says:
"Titanic" without a doubt, in one of the last scenes when DeCaprio is holding on to Winslet's hand in the water someone in the cinema shouted "For **** sake DROWN" if only he had, 3 hours and what seemed a lifetime earlier!

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 15:29:37 GMT
BRADL says:
Gloria Grahame in Bad and Beautiful should not have won over Jean Hagen Singing in Rain - Grace Kelly should not have won over Garland for Star is Born- but THAT'S HOLLYWOOD*

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 13:39:39 BDT
Ken O'Neill says:
For me it was the random cuts and extra bits (for instance cutting the Barrowdowns and the Scouring of the Shire completely, for a non-existant "luv story" arc and Elves at Helm's Deep (aside from Legolas)), rather than "that isn't what $character looks like" stuff.

Posted on 18 Sep 2012 11:05:49 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
I can understand why some people hate the LoTR adaptation. If you really love a book in the way that many do with Tolkein, it can be really difficult to see how your own vividly imagined interpretation of that book is suddenly displaced by someone else's vision. As a film, LoTR is an incredible achievement but it isn't particularly faithful to the book. Mind you, because language and poetry are so much at the heart of Tolkein's book , I don't think any film could be faithful.
Lomax may well understand why my wrath and ire is reserved for Walt Disney. I grew up and learnt to read with Kipling's beautifully written and quite haunting Mowgli stories: I was absolutely livid with rage when I saw how Disney totally vandalised that work with their version of "Jungle Book"; I know that anger is irrational (and purely personal) and that countless kids have enjoyed and loved the film, but it will always be the one film that I absolutely hate!

Posted on 17 Sep 2012 22:46:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Sep 2012 23:24:06 BDT
Shazzerman says:
Why so? Yesterday I watched "La Dolce Vita" and "Megamind". Last week, let me see, I watched "L'Atalante", "Lady and the Tramp", "Viridiana", "A View to a Kill", "In a Lonely Place", and "Heat". I watch all kinds of films. ALL kinds. My preferences are my own. Narrow minded? Because I don't like pap? That's new. Can you not disagree with someone without insulting them?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 19:22:41 BDT
JHB-4 says:
You certainly are a narrow minded film viewer.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 13:26:12 BDT
Aethelred says:
Oh, I don't deny that it was a spectacular film - I just hated the way it trampled all over Tolkien's original.

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!

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

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

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

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 14 Sep 2012 18:39:16 BDT
You are a sad, strange person, Lormax

Posted on 14 Sep 2012 15:27:28 BDT
josh7T3 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.
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