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Oscar Best Pictures Quiz

Name as many movies as you can that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture
Year = year of the ceremony honoring the previous year's films
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: February 25, 2019
First submittedFebruary 26, 2012
Times taken85,861
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Year
Best Picture
2019
Green Book
2018
The Shape of Water
2017
Moonlight
2016
Spotlight
2015
Birdman
2014
12 Years a Slave
2013
Argo
2012
The Artist
2011
The King's Speech
2010
The Hurt Locker
2009
Slumdog Millionaire
2008
No Country for Old Men
2007
The Departed
2006
Crash
2005
Million Dollar Baby
2004
The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King
2003
Chicago
2002
A Beautiful Mind
2001
Gladiator
2000
American Beauty
1999
Shakespeare in Love
1998
Titanic
1997
The English Patient
1996
Braveheart
1995
Forrest Gump
1994
Schindler's List
1993
Unforgiven
1992
The Silence of the Lambs
1991
Dances with Wolves
1990
Driving Miss Daisy
1989
Rain Man
Year
Best Picture
1988
The Last Emperor
1987
Platoon
1986
Out of Africa
1985
Amadeus
1984
Terms of Endearment
1983
Gandhi
1982
Chariots of Fire
1981
Ordinary People
1980
Kramer vs. Kramer
1979
The Deer Hunter
1978
Annie Hall
1977
Rocky
1976
One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest
1975
The Godfather Part II
1974
The Sting
1973
The Godfather
1972
The French Connection
1971
Patton
1970
Midnight Cowboy
1969
Oliver!
1968
In the Heat of the Night
1967
A Man for All Seasons
1966
The Sound of Music
1965
My Fair Lady
1964
Tom Jones
1963
Lawrence of Arabia
1962
West Side Story
1961
The Apartment
1960
Ben-Hur
1959
Gigi
1958
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Year
Best Picture
1957
Around the World in
Eighty Days
1956
Marty
1955
On the Waterfront
1954
From Here to Eternity
1953
The Greatest Show on Earth
1952
An American in Paris
1951
All About Eve
1950
All the King's Men
1949
Hamlet
1948
Gentleman's Agreement
1947
The Best Years of Our Lives
1946
The Lost Weekend
1945
Going My Way
1944
Casablanca
1943
Mrs. Miniver
1942
How Green Was My Valley
1941
Rebecca
1940
Gone with the Wind
1939
You Can't Take It with You
1938
The Life of Emile Zola
1937
The Great Ziegfeld
1936
Mutiny on the Bounty
1935
It Happened One Night
1934
Cavalcade
1933
Grand Hotel
1932
Cimarron
1931
All Quiet on the Western Front
1930
The Broadway Melody
1929
Wings
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level 43
Feb 27, 2012
This year is 2012 not 2011
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level 12
Dec 9, 2012
the ceremony in 2012 celebrates the films in 2011, in 2013 the films of this year (2012) will be awarded and so on
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level ∞
Jan 17, 2014
I changed the year to correspond to the year of the ceremony, since I think that's how most people see it.
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level 43
Feb 15, 2014
I always associate movies with their year of release. So I have to minus one and then try to remember the movie from that year. I like the old way better...
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level 44
Aug 11, 2014
That's definitely NOT how most people see it. Not those who follow the Oscars. To paraphrase what you yourself said on the football quiz, that's like crediting the '85 Chicago Bears with 1986.
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level 85
Oct 28, 2014
Yeah, that confused me a bit.
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level 77
Feb 24, 2015
Quizmaster, I must object to your reasoning. I believe most people see it as follows: "The Best Picture of 2014 is....Birdman". The date of the award ceremony is not nearly as relevant as the year the film was released to theaters and viewed by the public, and the date Leonard Maltin and IMDB put in parentheses after the title. I'm afraid I have to agree with all the other dissenters. If you say "Gone With the Wind," I immediately think 1939, not 1940!
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level ∞
Feb 25, 2015
I used to have it your way @eric29cocoanuts. The complaints were much louder. I can see your point, but there's no pleasing everyone.
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level 43
Sep 23, 2015
@Quizmaster: people complained about having the release year for the award-winning movies and wanted you to change it to this current way? As I wrote below, in football the 1985 Chicago Bears are one of the best known single-season teams in NFL history and even though they won Super Bowl XX in early 1986, they are considered the 1985 champions. The Oscar ceremonies always judge the movies of a particular year from January 1st through December 31st, and they then hold the ceremony in February or March of the following year. If those who complained found the test unworkable, that should be on them and not you. This is a particularly glaring weakness with all-time great years like 1994 and 1997 , as people do NOT mean 'Schindler's List' when they speak of '94's Best Picture, just as they do NOT mean 'The English Patient' for '97. What they REALLY mean is Forrest Gump and Titanic, respectively. Changing it to what it now is in order to kowtow to a vocal minority weakens the quiz.
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level 62
Mar 15, 2016
The year of the ceremony is the only way that makes sense. It's the 2016 Oscars this year. Spotlight won the award in 2016. It doesn't matter when the film came out.
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level 69
Dec 7, 2016
If it's a matter of loudliness, I LIKED THE OLD WAY BETTER!!!!!!
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level 72
Mar 5, 2017
Lots of noise in both directions. Can an online poll of Jetpunk users be set up to sort this one?
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level 69
Nov 24, 2017
I think you're wrong, Quizmaster. I remember the year the movie came out, not when it won the Oscar.
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level ∞
Mar 5, 2018
@Jerry928. I'm not going to set up a poll because I don't care. The only way to be wrong about this is to have a strong opinion either way. It just does not matter at all.
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level 74
Jul 29, 2018
@Hdny42 No one ever thinks of The English Patient as a best picture, especially not Jerry and Elaine.
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level 74
Jul 29, 2018
Even if the first couple minutes had a phenomenal plane crash.
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level 72
Nov 5, 2019
I definitely associate the movie with it's release year. Cuckoo's Nest = 1975. Kramer vs Kramer = 1979. It Happened One Night = 1934. Deer Hunter = 1978. Anything else, and I feel like I've got 2 left shoes on.

That being said, it really doesn't impact this quiz very much, as I was simply going through the years in my mind, which triggered many of the movies listed.

1972....The Godfather. *DING!* (the fact that if filled in the "1973" box was of no consequence to me)
1973....The Sting. *DING!* (again, didn't know/care which box it filled in)
etc., etc.
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level 15
Feb 27, 2012
only 51??? LOL. I got 0
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level 26
Feb 28, 2017
I got 2!
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level 44
Apr 1, 2012
It's been so long since I did this I only got 43... Must get my percentage back up now The Artist has come along and ruined things :P
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level 77
Feb 10, 2013
considering I just made my own Oscars quiz I should have gotten more of these.
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level 62
Feb 25, 2013
The stats make me chuckle because people get so worked up over who was or wasn't nominated...yet only six years after The Departed won Best Picture, only one in four players remembered it. Very interesting. And does anyone still think Shakespeare In Love was better than Saving Private Ryan?
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level 32
Feb 25, 2013
Didn't even know that The Departed won Best Picture... it was a disappointment to me, a lot of wasted potential IMO. And I don't get it why The King's Speech, No Country for Old Men and Braveheart won too...
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level 44
Aug 11, 2014
I've NEVER heard someone say that about The Departed. I still think it's brilliant. As for Braveheart it was a weak year (Sense & Sensibility, Il Postino, Babe, Apollo 13). I still prefer Babe.
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level 50
Jan 4, 2016
I understand why The King's Speech and No Country for Old Men won, because in my mind they were excellent. Agree with you about Braveheart though.
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level 54
Aug 11, 2019
One reason for Braveheart's win is that directing a costume drama with battle scenes and large crowd scenes, on location, is difficult. The Academy was recognizing the extreme difficulty of the shoot when it gave the Best Director and Best Picture awards to it.
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level 26
Feb 27, 2013
Saving Private Ryan was much better that Shakespeare in Love (in my opinion)
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level 77
Feb 24, 2015
The first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan were pretty striking but after that it kind of dragged. At least up until the last 20 minutes. Both good movies, though.
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level ∞
Mar 5, 2018
It should have gone to Life is Beautiful that year, IMHO
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level 77
Feb 25, 2013
With 85 answers to enter and only 8 minutes to do it I doubt if I could finish even if I was typing from a list. You'd have to enter a movie title every 5 1/2 seconds, and that's without taking any time to think. This quiz needs more time!
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level 44
Aug 11, 2014
Completely agree with eric29cocoa. Totally need more time. I was typing constantly and only got 61, largely because i was typing so fast i kept making mistakes. Not everyone is sitting at a 40 WPM-quality keyboard and desk.
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level 26
Feb 27, 2013
75/85...I think that's pretty good!
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level 62
Jan 5, 2017
Better than me. I got 8.
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level 10
Mar 1, 2013
I did so well. I got: Titanic.
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level 59
Aug 21, 2013
Got my movie list! I have seen most of these, but there are some I have never seen, nor heard about.
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level 43
Mar 6, 2014
Great quiz but it would be better if the years for for the years the films won and not the year of the ceremony. When people say "What was the Best Picture for 1994?" They mean Forrest Gump, not Schindler's List. It is the same with Super Bowls - the Seahawks are champ for 2013...2014's champ won't be known for almost a year. By the way, there should be books written about 1994 for movies. If you spread out 3 of the 5 nominees amongst the following years (1994-1996) they might have won all 3 years, and Forrest Gump was - in my opinion, the weakest of the 3. If I had to rank the top 5 of 1994 - the best year ever for nominees - I'd go: 1.) The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie ever...imdb #1 2.) Pulp Fiction - imdb top 10 3.) Forrest Gump - All-time great film but today we wonder how it beat out the two I listed above it. 4.) Quiz Show - Excellent film...could have won in a year like 96, 02, 05, or 08 5.) Four Weddings and Funeral - Good but not worthy to be listed w/ these 4 classics.
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level 84
Mar 6, 2014
The Lion King, The Hudsucker Proxy, and The Professional also came out in 1994. I'd argue with placing Quiz Show anywhere higher than 7th on the list of movies that came out in 94. Probably lower, in fact, since I happen to hold a soft spot in my heart for Clerks and Ed Wood.
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level 43
Sep 23, 2015
I meant of the nominees, as I love Hudsucker Proxy (it is my favorite Coen Brothers movie) and believe it and, as you said, Lion King and The Professional are also superior to Four Weddings, however my personal preference for Hudsucker ans Professional notwithstanding, I think Quiz Show might be a BETTER movie. So here's my list for my favorite movies of '94 (and remember just because I like a movie more does not mean that movie is best...I think Forrest Gump is a better movie than The Paper, but I like The Paper more. 1.) Shawshank 2.) Pulp Fiction (and I think they are also the 1st and 2nd best of the year) 3.) Hudsucker Proxy 4.) Quiz Show 5.) The Paper 6.) Forrest Gump 7.) The Professional 8.) The Lion King 9.) Four Weddings and a Funeral 10.) Clerks
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level 44
Aug 11, 2014
Quiz Show is a classic only in your mind. Sorry, that movie's been completely forgotten for valid reasons. Forgettability being foremost among them. And I don't think 94 holds a candle to 93. Schindler's List, The Piano, The Remains of the Day, Short Cuts, Philadelphia, In the Name of the Father, What's Love Got to Do With It, The Fugitive, Six Degrees of Separation, The Age of Innocence, Fearless, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Farewell My Concubine, The War Room, Mrs Doubtfire and my personal favorite Strictly Ballroom.
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level 43
Jun 26, 2014
Quizmaster, you should change it back to the original format where the year corresponds to the release year, not the year of the ceremony. I'm fairly confident that there is a overwhelming consensus that they like that format better.
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level 57
Feb 23, 2015
I agree.
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level 63
Feb 24, 2015
Agreed!!
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level 73
Feb 24, 2015
Agreed!
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level 77
Feb 24, 2015
Quizmaster, I must object to your reasoning (your comment of Jan. 17, 2014). I believe most people see it as follows: "The Best Picture of 2014 is....Birdman". The date of the award ceremony is not nearly as relevant as the year the film was released to theaters and viewed by the public, and the date Leonard Maltin and IMDB put in parentheses after the title. I'm afraid I have to agree with all the other dissenters. If you say "Gone With the Wind," I immediately think 1939, not 1940!
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level ∞
Feb 25, 2015
There was an overwhelming consensus that I was wrong when I had it the other way.
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level ∞
Nov 14, 2016
I even bet some people who are complaining now complained when it was the other way too!
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level 44
Jun 1, 2018
The "overwhelming consensus" is wrong. If you go to the actual source - the Oscars.org database - you will see that it is the date the film was released that governs. You wouldn't change a correct answer to a wrong one based on popular opinion would you?
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level 72
Nov 5, 2019
The problem is that you'll generally only hear from the people who are dissatisfied.

The only way to really gauge which group makes up the minority is to compare the outrage (and content of the arguments) that you received when you used the release year with what you're getting now that you're using the award year.

It's a bit of a temptest in a teapot either way, though, as I mentioned above. If you remember that Unforgiven won Best Picture, that fact that it gets displayed in an unexpected box doesn't negate that you just typed an acceptable answer. But FWIW, I've never associated the award year with the movie. Like someone else pointed out, that's like associating 1986 with the Chicago Bears Super Bowl championship. It's "the '85 Bears".
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level 47
Aug 30, 2014
I'm slowly reviewing all these in order, taking a while! (OK this is shameless self-promotion but oh well) http://www.followtheoscar.blogspot.com
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level 59
Feb 24, 2015
The year of release or the year of award is irrelevant for me. I got a humiliating 15! Shameful!
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level 82
Feb 24, 2015
I feel that for some you have to be way too precise with the name. "Bridge over the River Kwai" --- nope, oh it's ON the river. Drat. Same thing about "At the Waterfront", -- nope.. ON again. Prepositions are tricky for us non-English. (Especially when my native language lacks them alltogether.) In general it's funny how many of these I clearly know when I see the answers, just couldn't retrieve from my brain.
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level 46
Feb 26, 2015
10 years a slave. 20 years a slave. 50 years a slave. [Give up, move on . . . .]
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level 62
Mar 2, 2015
The novel the movie is based on is called The Bridge OVER the River Kwai, so even though it isn't the movie title exactly, I kinda feel like "over" should be accepted (or maybe I'm just grumpy because I spent over minute trying different spellings for 'Kwai' and not getting why it wouldn't work.)
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level 56
Apr 6, 2016
I made the same mistake typing Bridge OVER the River Kwai.
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level 58
Feb 28, 2017
We go by the we didnt start the fire lyrics here at Jetpunk
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level 65
Apr 16, 2015
Got 29, and missed 21 films that I have actually seen...
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level 69
Jul 30, 2015
brutal quiz unless you are a movie buff.
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level 49
Feb 26, 2016
Quizmaster, i'm sorry but your going to have to change this quiz back to its original format. When I see 1939, I think "Gone with the wind", when I see 1972 I think "The godfather", I see 1994 I think "Forrest Gump" So p;ease change this back
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level 84
Feb 29, 2016
My most lopsided results are that I got Mrs. Miniver, The Great Ziegfeld, and Mutiny on the Bounty (without ever having seen any of them) but missed Birdman, Casablanca, and Gone with the Wind.
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level 73
Mar 1, 2016
got grand hotel but missed lord of the rings and forest gump...got grand hotel because i remembered it was the only movie to win best picture without having any acting nominations...should have got lord of the rings return of the king since i knew it was the longest title to win best picture, but for some reason forgot about that at the time i took this quiz
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level 77
Feb 27, 2017
and the winner is....La La Land!!! Ops where is La La Land? :-o
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level 62
Feb 27, 2017
It was Steve Harvey who did it!
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level 80
Feb 28, 2017
Can you accept La La Land as an acceptable type-in for Moonlight?
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level 70
Feb 28, 2017
If you type in La La Land, it should accept it for two minutes and then tell you it's wrong.
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level 62
Feb 28, 2017
Everyone has been having a good (and rightful) laugh about that mishap, but I wish more people would note how great the producer from La La Land was about the whole thing. If he hadn't graciously let everyone know what happened and quickly invited Moonlight on-stage, it could have turned into a total fiasco (instead of just an awkward 30 seconds). I suspect most people (especially with the egos in Hollywood) would not have so quickly and clearly conceded. Can you imagine if it that happened to Harvey Weinstein? They'd have to send in the national guard to get that statuette from him.
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level 68
Mar 6, 2017
No question, he was the hero of the night.
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level 62
Aug 31, 2018
I wrote that comment months before Harvey Weinstein was outed for being a total sleaze. Looks like the national guard will be after him for more than statuette now...
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level 32
Feb 28, 2017
so eazzy finished with 4 minutes lefft
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level 76
Feb 28, 2017
Please include GWTW as an acceptable type-in for Gone With the Wind on this site. It should be as deserving as TMNT and LOTR.
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level 53
Mar 1, 2017
How about, to please everyone, you put the year of the ceremony AND the year of release?
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level 71
Mar 5, 2018
What use would that be? The movie is always released the year before the ceremony, so just think of the year before.That's what I've done ever since the first time I tool this quiz.
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level 79
Mar 5, 2017
The Greatest Show on Earth is the first movie I remember seeing on the big screen at the cinema. Can't remember if it was any good!
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level 68
Mar 6, 2017
A lot of people consider it the worst Best Picture-winner ever made. But I liked it.
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level 61
Aug 16, 2017
Moonlight is the worst Best Picture winner ever...
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level 55
Nov 13, 2017
Kwai, Lawrence, Lord of the Rings, and a bunch of things I've never seen
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level 77
Feb 1, 2018
There was a period around the late 90s when I actually cared. I always get all of those from that time... even while missing the bulk of the winners from the past decade.
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level ∞
Mar 5, 2018
A few years ago the Oscars changed the way that they vote. Source. The change has hurt big-budget blockbusters and helped small art house films. While well-intentioned, the change has been bad for the awards. The winner is now, more often than not, a film that few people have seen or even heard of. The Oscars are increasingly irrelevant.
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level 62
Mar 12, 2019
The winners for the past four years have been especially forgettable. My sense is that studios are now going all-in on mega-budget movies to turn their profits, and then supplementing with a lot of comedies, horror, etc. that is really cheap to make. There appears to be very little interest among studios to throw money into great drama, so you no longer get sprawling and memorable movies like Gladiator, Private Ryan, Braveheart, and the like. They're seen as too risky compared to superheroes and pre-sold franchises. So we got a lot of quirky indie stuff that is usually well-written and well-directed, but doesn't have the big studio support to give it that real movie magic you feel with on-location shooting, massive sets, or top-flight cinematography. It's a lot of people having layered conversations, filmed at odd angles. And I enjoy that, but those movies rarely stay with you.
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level 77
Aug 26, 2019
As much as I enjoy Marvel movies it was a complete joke when they nominated Black Panther. Absurd.
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level 80
Sep 24, 2019
Yeah, as soon as I saw how much praise Black Panther was getting when it came out, I knew it was gonna get a Best Picture nomination solely because there's barely any white people in it. The Oscars used to be not "woke" enough, now they're too woke.
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level 80
Sep 24, 2019
I also felt the same way about Get Out when it got nominated for Best Picture. Not a bad movie, but super overrated.
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level 24
May 1, 2018
What the?? Gone with the Wind was a 1939 film. Not 1940. Ridiculous way of thinking! And who even watches the awards anymore??
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level 24
May 1, 2018
Damn it. I knew more films before 1950 than after 1950..... ergh.
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level 51
May 26, 2018
Got 77/90 but very disappointed I forgot On the Waterfront, The Sting and Amadeus
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level 78
Feb 1, 2019
Got 85 and that only got me 4/5 points. Wow.
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level 48
Apr 23, 2019
FINALLY managed to get 100%. Nowhere near enough time really though.
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level 35
Apr 24, 2019
Spotlight uh, moonlight uh
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level 78
Dec 1, 2019
I could never do that without clues. No movie badge for me, which seems fair because i'm not at all knowledgable about cinema.