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The "Best Picture" Losers

Chris Higgins
Vimeo / The Final Image Films
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Last month we looked at The Closing Moment of Every Best Picture Winner, a montage of 86 closing scenes from Best Picture Academy Award winners. Now, editor Monté Patterson is back with 86 scenes from notable losing films that arguably should have won—at least based on what people think on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.

Here's how this works. You watch the brief clips and try to sort out which movie is which. This time, there's a year on each clip—this can be a help, though there is a version without the years if you prefer. So identifying the films themselves (there's a list below the video) is the first step. Arguing about whether each would be a worthy Best Picture in the comments is your second mission. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

The "Best Picture" Losers: A Final Image Montage (with Years) from The Final Image Films on Vimeo.

From the video's description:

MOVIES: 2014 The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 Django Unchained 2012 The Help 2011 Toy Story 3 2010 Up 2009 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 There Will Be Blood 2007 Letters From Iwo Jima 2006 Brokeback Mountain 2005 Ray 2004 Mystic River 2003 The Pianist 2002 Moulin Rouge 2001 Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2000 The Green Mile 1999 Saving Private Ryan 1998 L.A. Confidential 1997 Fargo 1996 Sense and Sensibility 1995 The Shawshank Redemption 1994 In the Name of the Father 1993 Scent of a Woman 1992 Beauty and the Beast 1991 Goodfellas 1990 Dead Poets Society 1989 Dangerous Liaisons 1988 Hope and Glory 1987 Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 The Color Purple 1985 The Killing Fields 1984 The Right Stuff 1983 E.T. 1982 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Raging Bull 1980 Apocalypse Now 1979 Midnight Express 1978 Star Wars 1977 Taxi Driver 1976 Jaws 1975 Chinatown 1974 Cries and Whispers 1973 The Emigrants 1972 A Clockwork Orange 1971 MASH The Movie 1970 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 The Lion in the Winter 1968 The Graduate 1967 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf 1966 Doctor Zhivago 1965 "Dr. Strangelove" 1964 America, America 1963 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 Elmer Gantry 1960 Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 12 Angry Men 1957 The Ten Commandments 1956 Mister Roberts 1955 The Caine Mutiny 1954 Roman Holiday 1953 The Quiet Man 1952 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Sunset Blvd 1950 The Heiress 1949 The Treasure of Sierra Madre 1948 Great Expectations 1947 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Mildred Pierce 1945 Double Indemnity 1944 The Ox-Bow Incident 1943 The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 Citizen Kane 1941 The Great Dictator 1940 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 La Grande Illusion 1938 Captains Courageous 1937 Dodsworth 1936 Top Hat 1935 The Thin Man 1934 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang 1932 The Champ 1931 Skippy 1930 The Love Parade 1930 In Old Arizona 1929 Seventh Heaven *TRIV: The April 1930 ceremony was for movies released between 2 August 1928 and 31 July 1929. The November 1930 ceremony was for movies made between 1 August 1929 and 31 July 1930. **TRIV: Data crowdsourced from the IMDb rating and Rotten Tomatoes show that the losers' scores were often higher than that year's winner.

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