The 10 Worst “Best Picture” Nominees of the Last 25 Years

Charles Does

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19 Responses

  1. Nigel Druitt says:

    I really like Babe.
    It’s impossible to argue the other 1995 movies mentioned not being deserving, though.

  2. Mike Noyes Mike Noyes says:

    I would put Crash and Gladiator on this list.

  3. I’m really surprised by how low Babe is. I remember avoiding Babe like the plague when it came out (a talking pig movie – no thanks) and then it got the Best Picture nomination and Siskel and Ebert profiled it on their If We Picker the Winners” Oscar show with Gene Siskel picking it as his choice for Best Picture so I decided to see it. It won me over completely. Charming, original, imaginative and utterly joyful. I think flickcharters need to revisit Babe and rerank it. It deserves a much higher spot.

  4. Bill Shannon Bill Shannon says:

    Swap out “Seabiscuit” for “Chocolat” and you have yourself a list.

  5. Sam Raffield Sam Raffield says:

    I think Babe deserved its nomination. It was a truly beautiful film.

  6. I liked Babe a lot, and I think I’d take it over most of the non-nominated options except for Toy Story.

    I also really liked Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I just really didn’t care about most of the nominees from 2011, and Extremely Loud was one of the few that I liked at all. Ridiculous and sentimental, sure, but at least I cared about anything that was happening on screen. Maybe it *shouldn’t* have been nominated, but I was pleased that it was.

  7. Sam Matthey Sam Matthey says:

    Glad that Babe is on this list, schmaltzy load of bollocks to the highest degree (and I’m usually ok with schmaltz). How it beat Apollo 13 to the visual effects oscar will always baffle me!

  8. The Academy nominating “Incredibly Close” felt like the Golden Globes nominating “The Tourist”.

  9. Some fantastic true stories in there like Erin Brockovich and Seabiscuit and Ray. Sometimes with those and others like Precious, Flickchart voters just get it wrong. That being said, if people are picking based on favorites instead of best, these movies can get bumped for more entertaining action packed and hilarious films.

  10. David Conrad says:

    I like The English Patient.

    I think Lincoln was pretty terrible. Not just underwhelming, or merely poor, but quite bad indeed.

  11. Matt Hyra Matt Hyra says:

    So you’re telling us there is a thing called “Oscar bait.” We knew…

  12. It’s a crime that the early Pixar films were never recognised for being the gems they are.

  13. Allison says:

    Silver Linings Playbook, Black Swan, Boyhood, Whiplash and Dances With Wolves were all dreadful. DREADFUL. I also thought
    War Horse, Crash, Chicago and Million Dollar Baby were pretty weak films, much moreso than Prince of Tides or Precious.

  14. I rather liked Precious, and don’t remember minding Seabiscuit when I was 11. And I had a strong aversion to feel-good dramas around that age.

    I think your last supposition, that the Academy leans towards adaptation and biopic and is averse to genre film, are both founded, but emphasized as well by the Flickchart community. It’s a website that often celebrates “what makes film unique” over what makes a great film, and a site that is filled with tech-savvy young people who are more inclined to enjoy genre fiction than the general Sight and Sound or Academy polling group. They’re not wrong to be averse, as I look at those genre films and mostly say, “eh, it’s okay Se7en missed the cut.” Few would deny that Drive, Barton Fink, Fight Club, and The Matrix would be more deserving nominees than their competitors, though.