For 2008; The Dark Knight, The Wrestler, and Gran Torino. Unfortunately Slumdog somehow won...I don't see how it was even nominated quite honestly, it was so boring. I mean give it a foreign award or something, but best picture!?! The academy awards are too political nowadays. I think if only 3 movies are good enough to be nominated, then ONLY nominate 3 movies!!!
Of course someone with a name like Quentin Tarantino would make such an argument. Sometimes more than 1 great movie comes out in the same year both deserving of the Best Picture title. Unfortunately that was the case when Pulp Fiction was released. Just let you know Pulp Fiction makes the short list of my own favorite films, Best Picture or not. What sucks in Hollywood, is when a good movie beats out a great movie. I consider Saving Private Ryan the movie of the decade, and yet lost to Shakespeare in Love....this was truly a wrongdoing in the worst of ways. It was embarrassing really.
I can say I feel the same about Pulp Fiction. Who in the heck rewatches Forest Gump...nobody. Many,many people watch Pulp Fiction on a yearly ritualistic basis. Forest Gump had one great performance. Pulp Fiction had many great performances in addition to the perfect Tarantino editing(so the movie as a whole doesn't make sense until the end when all the pieces fit together. The storyline,editing,script. It's a real shame. I don't watch the Oscars anymore.
I admit I do still watch the Oscars, although with the use of my DVR, I fast forward through most of the crap. Last year though had about 12 movies that were nominated(not counting a couple that weren't) that were ALL better than Slumdog. By far, Slumdog is the worst Best Picture winner ever. I honestly believe the ONLY reason it was even nominated is due to the fact that no foreign film had ever won before. Thats not a viable excuse in any other industry, and shouldn't be in the film industry either. Politics should never be deciding who is nominated and who wins Oscars. It simply demeans the worth of receiving an Oscar.
I believe whether you can relate to these women or not, these woman gave a great performance. It makes me wonder how do the people on th oscar panel really think? Are people of color only worthy of an oscar nomination is whem he/she plays a bad person? Denzel for a crooked cop "Training Day" Halle Berry for "Monster's Ball" as an abusive mother and Monique for the same type of character. If even the panel had no intention of giving anyone of the cast an oscar, at least recognize the movie. I get the impression that the panel is very prejudice and when a person of color wins, it's a token(Monique/Jamie Foxx). I viewed the nominations for this year and I see the same movies over and over again. I was going to go and try to see the movies I that I haven't seen but decided not give more credit to the nominees. This year and maybe forever I will be boycotting the oscars
If you want to use examples, research and give examples of all, not just one sided drivel. Fact: "For Colored Girls" was a critical and financial failure. "I'm surprised it wasn't nominated for The Razzies. ;)
PS: In a public forum, never tell another person to be quiet. Just thought you could use that tidbit.
You need to look up the word example, I don't have to give you or anyone else a "HISTORY" lesson. If you disagree with my opinion state that you disagree without coming off like a Alpha Hotel who is seeking attention.
gosh I haven't seen a 2012 movie all year, got a mac and gave my husband a kindle fire and we are so remote that nothing seemed worth driving 4 hrs round trip so been catching up on what is on video. hopefully the oscars will help motivate us to at least look at the trailers. I think that all of these device are going to put the movie houses out of bus as the indoor theathers did to the drive ins. No big heads in front of your and no crying babies or obnoxious rude teens. As old Martha says, Maybe, "It's a Good Thing".
Forest came out when we really needed a moral boast in the arm and Pulp fiction sure wasn't that. The state of the country has always influenced just as a great actor is finally give a Oscar for their life's work. Everyone seems to forget the type of movies that came out during WWI and WWII.
I first watched Slumdog Millionaire in a independent film Theater which was owned by a couple with great taste in film. I thought it was an amazing really great film. Not boring at all. I guess I'm not alone with my viewpoint.
Next year, try all the offerings on the web. I like reading the acceptance letters from the various category letters. They turn in these letters at the luncheon. Their great! Look at them during the commercials.