April 24, 2013


Dear readers, this week, ‘W’ IS FOR 10 *W*ORST OSCAR-WINNING MOVIES ...

In the opinion of some movie critics, there have been more deserving contenders over the past 50 years for winning an Oscar. What’s your take on the following Oscar-crowned movies? 

Did they merit their Oscar or should a rival nomination that year have won?

1 Gigi (1958) (above). Ever seen it? Or know anyone who's seen it?

Should have won? Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (above & below)? 
Starring Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie, with Paul Newman simmering with anger as Brick:
2 Crash (2005) with Susan Bullock etc:
Should have won? Brokeback Mountain? 
Ang Lee’s tale of gay cowboys in Wyoming:
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Should have won? Lost in Translation?
4 A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Should have won? Gosford Park? 
Robert Altman’s thoughts on the British class system:

5 Ordinary People (1980)

Should have won? Scorsese’s Raging Bull?
6 Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Should have won? Alexander Payne’s funny Sideways?
7 Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Should have won? Giant?
Even longer but bravura performances from James Dean and Rock Hudson:
8 Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Should have won? My Left Foot?
9 Chicago (2002)

Should have won? The Hours?
10 The English Patient (1996)

Should have won? Fargo?
The Coen brothers’ black comedy with Frances McDormand’s pregnant police chief:

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Riet said...

Your top movies Gigi and Cat on a hot sink roof I both saw. I LOVED GIgi, can't remember about the Cat. The rest of the movies I don't think I saw.

Carol L McKenna said...

They are all good to me and any contest is just a reaction of the 'current judges' opinion ~ same with juried art ~ ^_^

Debra @ Homespun said...

this one is hard...I loved alot of these movies whether they were the winner or not! :)

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've actually seen any of these movies. I better not offer an opinion. :-)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Nora and Lola,

I can see I need to watch some more movies - I agree sometimes the Oscar crowned movie winners, don't deserve the Awards and in my opinion there are other better movies.

Happy day

Regine Karpel said...

I've never seen Gigi!

Jim said...

I like your list, Nora. I would argue that the three that I saw, Gigi, Cat on the Hot Tin Roof, and Giant weren't really bad enough for the 'honor.'

Also I am glad that my "W" word hero for the day, Willie Nelson, didn't make your list.

Jim said...

Note: Willie's better movies were Barbarosa and The Red Headed Stranger. Neither should ever make anyone's bad list.

Kath Lockett said...

Agree with them all except 'Lost in Translation.' When a movie starts panning slowly up Ms Johanssens underpants and that's the only part of the movie that makes any sense, the DVD is better off as my coffee cup holder.

Scudds Harrison said...

Hey gorgeous Nora and Lola! You two are great gathering these movies :) Well done! This is a very good post.

Sending you both our love,
The Team Harrison xoxo

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I agree with every one of your suggestions! Fargo and Sideways are two of my all time favorite movies...

Z said...

A film that was cheated of its Oscar was Cyrano de Bergerac, and all because Gerard Depardieu said he witnessed someone being raped, as a boy. But the French for to witness being 'assister', it was assumed he was implicating himself.

Pam Beers. said...

I hate to admit this (but I'm going to anyway), I rarely go to movies because I find them...well...boring.

Curling up with a good book, Buzi (my cat) and a bowl of air-popped popcorn is my idea of a relaxing evening.

As far as awards, it's a lot of hype and very subjective.

Tatiana said...

omg, completely agreed about Gosford Park- what an amazing movie! (and Fargo- bizarre but good.)

I did love Chicago, though- I'm a sucker for the 20s!

Erin said...

I definitely agree about Brokeback Mountain - one of my absolute favourite films. Such a beautiful movie and A LOT better than Crash.

Ooooh and I adore Giant - such a great film!! LOVE James Dean! :-)

Kara Claflin said...

I must admit that I agree with most of your worsts and should haves.

Pondside said...

I agree with you about all but the first and last!

Sue said...

Gigi was the best of these in my book.


Jenny said...

Some of these movies do seem like they Were Wrongfully awarded Oscars....

Wonderful post for the letter W...


Liza said...

I only saw a few of these movies.

Have a fabulous week!

Liz (mlc)
Liz (yacb)

Splendid Little Stars said...

interesting comments on the movies.
For me a great movie must stand the test of time. It may be one I never forget or one that I could watch multiple times.
I've not seen some of the ones mentioned here. I'll add them to my list.
I don't always agree with the choice for best picture either.

Annesphamily said...

I just missed seeing Giant last weekend! Drat!I often wonder why terrific movies lose and really silly ones win! I suppose it is the politics! Great choice here!