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Oscar got it wrong?
List creator: ALittlefield
Created on: February 11, 2006 - 5:37 PM PST
Description: The Academy has proven to only rarely reward movies that withstand the test of time. Here's some still revered movies that were passed up. These are mistakes to put next to never giving awards to Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Peter O'toole, and Scorsase!

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City Lights (1931)
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Not Rated
  Ok, I haven't seen the film that beat it (CIMARRON), but I can't imagine that it tops this classic.
Scarface (1932)
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Not Rated
  The winner, GRAND HOTEL, is quite good, but this still exciting ganger pic should have won.
King Kong (1933)
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  Amazingly, this hugely influential film was beaten by CALVALCADE, one of the least remembered winners ever. (The Marx bros. ' DUCK SOUP would have been another worthy winner)
Modern Times (1936)
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Not Rated
  THE GREAT ZEIGFELD, a bland and overlong musical, defeated another Chaplin masterpiece.
Stage Door (1937)
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Not Rated
  Well meaning but dull, winner THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA does not hold up as well as this sharp, clever film.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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  This truly ground breaking film should have beaten YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, another safe but dull Academy choice.
The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Special Edition) (1939)
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  Alright, GONE WITH THE WIND ain't exactly chopped liver, but I think this fantasy classic has worn better, and isn't marred by a disappointing second half.
His Girl Friday (1940)
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  Leave it to the Oscars to give best picture to one of Hitchcock's lesser films (REBECCA). This screwball comedy towers over it, as does THE GRAPES OF WRATH, and PINOCCHIO.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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  HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY...anyone remember that one? The boring movie about Welsh coal miners? It beat Kane!
Sullivan's Travels (Criterion Collection) (1941)
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Not Rated
  War propaganda film MRS MINIVER was a predictable winner, but Preston Sturges's film is far superior.
Double Indemnity (1944)
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  After getting it right with CASABLANCA in '43, the Academy turn around and give the big award to GOING MY WAY a bland, lousy Bing Crosby musical, passing up Billy Wilder's noir masterpiece.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
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Not Rated
  Yes, HAMLET featured Oliver in his most famous role, but John Huston's adventure film is more of a real movie.
White Heat (1949)
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Not Rated
  ALL THE KING'S MEN is a pretty good movie about political corruption, but nothing Cagney at full force!
Strangers on a Train (Final Release Version) (1951)
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  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a fine musical, but Gene Kelly would later top it, while Hitchcock's film continues to remain one of his best.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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  THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH is often called the worst best picture winner ever (I haven't seen it). In any event, Kelly's best musical (and perhaps the best musical ever)was clearly the superior choice).
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
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  Not many other films have burned into our collective movie memory like Nicolas Ray's teen drama. Best picture winner MARTY certainly hasn't. (THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER would also have been a better pick).
The Killing (Criterion) (1956)
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Not Rated
  AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is a fun bit o' fluff, but I'll take this early Kubrick thriller over it; many other old movie fans would pick THE SEARCHERS.
Sweet Smell of Success (Criterion) (1957)
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Not Rated
  THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI is a great looking war film, but it doesn't amuse and excite the way that this dark cynical movie does. (And 12 ANGRY MEN was also excellent).
Vertigo (Special Edition) (1958)
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  GIGI is one overrated, pretty but empty and bland movie that pales in comparison to what may be Hitchcock's best movie.
North by Northwest (50th Anniversary Edition) (1959)
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Not Rated
  BEN HUR is so dated and stilted (except for the chariot race)that it seems laughable today, while N BY NW is still exciting. (The wonderful SOME LIKE IT HOT was released that year also)
The Great Escape (1963)
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Not Rated
  Silly sex romp TOM JONES defeated this still wildly entertaining WWII movie.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
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  MY FAIR LADY was yet another bland best picture winner; Kubrick's hillarious film was clearly better, as was A HARD DAY'S NIGHT.
Repulsion (1965)
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  THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a one of my personal least favorite movies (Film critic Paulene Kael was fired from her job for panning it. Good for her!). I'll take Roman Polanski's odd psychological horror film over it anyday.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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  I'm getting tired of typing the word bland, but what other word can I use to describe OLIVER!, the film that beat another Kubrick classic.
American Graffiti (1973)
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  THE STING is a fun period piece, but I prefer George Lucas's wistfull, funny look back. And also LAST TANGO IN PARIS and THE EXORCIST.
Taxi Driver (1976)
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  ROCKY was the uplifting obvious choice, but Martin Scorsase's dark look at insanity is superior; so are ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, NETWORK, and THE FRONT.
Raging Bull (Collector's Edition) (1980)
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  Robert Redford's soap opera, ORDINARY PEOPLE, defeated Scorsase's awesome biopic. Redford, a first time director, also beat him for the best director award.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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  CHARIOTS OF FIRE was one of the most unlikely best picture choices ever, and you can see why! I much prefer Steven Speilburg's enchanting adventure film, and REDS is much better too.
The Right Stuff (1983)
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  TERMS OF ENDEARMENT was the sentimental favorite, but Philp Kaufman's funny, rousing look at the space race is better.
Brazil (Criterion Collection) (1985)
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  OUT OF AFRICA was an unispired choice for best picture, especially when Terry Gilliam's visually stunning movie could have won.(WITNESS, THE COLOR PURPLE and PRIZZI'S HONOR were better also).
Do the Right Thing (Criterion Collection) (1989)
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  The academy ignored this powerful look at race relations to award DRIVING MS. DAISY, a lame look at race relations. (Other better films:BORN ON THE FOUTH OF JULY, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, MY LEFT FOOT).
Goodfellas (1990)
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  With the victory for DANCES WITH WOLVES, Scorsase lost another best picture award that should have been his, and he was again defeated by a first time director(Kevin Costner, who should have to give his award back for what he's done since!) in the best director category.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
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  FOREST GUMP was the movie juggernaut that sadly beat Tarentino's masterwork.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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  GLADIATOR was a stuffy best picture winner; Ang Lee's film is far more beautiful and moving. (And TRAFFIC is far more relevant).

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