Can you smell it? Yup is almost Oscar time. As I searched my brain for a top for this weeks hump day have your say I was drawing a blank. One of those days where you just have no idea what the topic of your blog post should be. Thankfully, I threw it out there to some of the three guys contributors and my brother suggested worst Best Picture winners. And away we go:
Three films that won best picture where other films were more deserving immediately come to my mind.
The year is 2001 I have just moved from Redondo Beach to San Clemente. We buy a house, rescue a dog and I start playing a lot of softball. The winner for best picture is A Beautiful Mind. I am not saying that I hated A Beautiful Mind but it is certainly not LOTR the Fellowship of the Ring which should have won hands down. Despite the fact that they were not nominated Donnie Darko, Mulholland Drive and The Royal Tenenbaums are all better films than A Beautiful Mind.
The year is 1998 my future wife and I have packed up everything we own in my Jeep Wrangler and started driving cross country. We end up in Dana Point CA and shack up in a house with my buddy from High School. The best picture winner is Shakespeare in Love, mothers in law everywhere celebrate and I bang my head against a wall. Somehow Shakespeare in Love beats out the last good Spielberg film Saving Private Ryan and Terrence Malick’s amazing The Thin Red Line. A couple of films that did not even get nominated for best picture are also more deserving. Of course I am talking about American History X and the still underrated Dark City.
The Year is 1989, I have just graduated from high school. I am driving around in hyundai excel that looks like the car from Boyz N the Hood, playing a lot of basketball, drinking miller genuine draft and dating high school girls. I am obviously the man. The winner of the best picture award goes to Driving Miss Daisy. Yeah you read that right, that film beat out Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams and Born on the Fourth of July for best picture. Some great films including Say Anything, Do the Right Thing and Drugstore Cowboy all fail to even get nominated for best picture.
So those are my picks for some of the least deserving best picture winners. Do you agree/disagree with my selections or even better do you have some other suggestions of worst best picture winners?