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Why Don’t The Great Films Win Oscars?

Watching the Academy Awards spurred my interest to look at a list of recent winners for best film.  I was surprised that not one great movie won in over 10 years. This is not just my opinion – you can do a cross check of the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 films ever made and not one Oscar winner in the past 15 years is on the list. The last film to make the AFI list is The Sixth Sense made in 1999 and it did not win the Oscar (American Beauty did).

Think about it, what truly great films have you seen in the past decade that won the Oscar for best picture?  I doubt Crash or The Hurt Locker come to mind (A Beautiful Mind might be the exception).  Perhaps we are still making good movies; they just don’t win the Oscar very often. A list of the Oscar winners from the last decade:

  • 2010 – The King’s Speech
  • 2009 – The Hurt Locker
  • 2008 – Slumdog Millioinaire
  • 2007 – No Country For Old Men
  • 2006 – The Departed
  • 2005 – Crash
  • 2004 – Million Dollar Baby
  • 2003 – The Lord Of The Rings:  The Return Of The King
  • 2002 – Chicago
  • 2001 – A Beautiful Mind
  • 2000 – Gladiator
  • 1999 – American Beauty
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One Response to Why Don’t The Great Films Win Oscars?

  1. Julian Dean says:

    Crash and slumdog millionaire were incredible, but ur right in many ways, certain films are not awarded, i don’t get the criteria, but it sure seems fastidious.

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