It happens every year. The Oscars are announced and there are grumbles throughout the land because a favorite movie or actor didn't win. This has happened for decades. Sometimes, a winner fades from memory and others from that year are well known and loved. We did an informal poll of the staff to determine if the winners have stood the test of time (and Jacob's critical eye). The following movies received an overwhelming number of votes for Most Deserving of Best Picture:
1974: Chinatown instead of The Godfather, Part II. Other nominees: The Conversation, Lenny, and The Towering Inferno.
1976: Taxi Driver instead of Rocky. Other nominees: Bound for Glory, Network and All the President's Men.
1979: Apocalypse Now instead of Kramer vs. Kramer. Other nominees: All That Jazz, Breaking Away and Norma Rae.
1985: The Color Purple instead of Out of Africa. Other nominees: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Prizzi's Honor, and Witness.
1994: The Shawshank Redemption instead of Forrest Gump. Other nominees: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, and Quiz Show.
1999: The Green Mile instead of American Beauty. Other nominees: The Cider House Rules, The Insider, and The Sixth Sense.
2006: Little Miss Sunshine instead of The Departed. Other nominees: Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, and The Queen.
If you want to go back and revisit these classics, all are available through the library.
Tell us who you think should have won!