10 Great Best Picture Nominees That Should Have Won

Best Picture Nominees That Should Have Won

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be holding its 90th ceremony. The Oscars are the Super Bowl for cinephiles. Though the true relevance of the ceremony is often questioned, it still carries prestige as the pre-eminent film awards event.

Looking back through nine decades worth of Best Picture nominees, it’s clear there were a number of years where two or more iconic films were up against each other. 1994, for instance, featured an especially sticky three-way grudge match between Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, and The Shawshank Redemption (Gump’s gotta go, but Shawshank? Never.) There are other years, however, where one nominated title pops up as a clear cut above the rest, and the fact that it did not win seems like an egregious miscarriage of movie justice. 

You can’t always fault the Academy for its short-sightedness. Time has a way of showing what really matters.

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Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes Of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, was first published in 1939. Set during the Great Depression, the book followed a family under intense financial hardships which sets out to California in hopes of turning things around. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize. A year later, director John Ford made the first film version, starring Henry Fonda. It won two Academy Awards and ranks in the top 25 on AFI’s list of the best films of all time.

The novel’s 75th anniversary is coming up next year, and Hollywood has once again made The Grapes of Wrath a hot property. Several suitors reportedly spoke to the estate of John Steinbeck about the film rights but Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks are the ones who will emerge victorious. Spielberg had once considered directing the film, but now will only produce. Read More »