Best Pictures of the Last 25 Years: KT Pick vs. Oscars


The Oscars are three weeks from tomorrow, and a new Best Picture (likely The Revenant) will be crowned.  Each year, during Oscar Week, we reveal the KT Community choice (which you  can currently vote for on the homepage) and I do The Renaissance Film Awards, which is how I stay sane (ish) during Oscar ceremonies that manage to incense me more than most Presidential debates.  The Revenant was a great film, no doubt, but this year was so good that it’s not even in my top 10 anymore.  Thus, the Academy and I will be disagreeing on Best Picture again, a historical trend that I am bored enough today to document in detail.

Here are the Best Picture winners from the last 25 years vs. my pick for that year’s best film.  Beside the Academy’s pick I have where I would have ranked it that year (there is a massive spreadsheet behind this fixation) and beside mine how it fared at the Oscars.  Even with the expansion of the Best Picture to a max of 10 nominations, I’ve only agreed with the Academy twice in the last 25 years (though they picked my runner-up thrice), and the trend seems to have us moving further apart, whereas there was a good decade stretch where my pick was at least among those nominated.  Take a look and see which you’d pick.
The Academy: Birdman (34th)
Killing Time: The LEGO Movie (not nominated for Animated Film)

The Lego Movie, Chris Pratt

The Academy: 12 Years a Slave (24th)
Killing Time: Gravity (nominated for Best Picture)

Gravity, Sandra Bullock, Alfonso Cuaron

The Academy: Argo (2nd)
Killing Time: The Dark Knight Rises (Not Nominated)

Batman, The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan

The Academy: The Artist (45th)
Killing Time: Hugo (nominated for Best Picture)

Hugo Cabret, Asa Butterfield, Hugo

The Academy: The King’s Speech (4th)
Killing Time: Inception (not nominated)

Inception, Cobb, Leonardo DiCaprio

The Academy: The Hurt Locker (13th)
Killing Time: Up (Won Animated Feature)


The Academy: Slumdog Millionaire (4th)
Killing Time: The Dark Knight (not nominated)

Joker, Heath Ledger, Batman, Christian Bale, The Dark Knight

The Academy: No Country for Old Men (33rd)
Killing Time: Zodiac (not nominated)

Zodiac, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

The Academy: The Departed (30th)
Killing Time: Pan’s Labyrinth (Lost Foreign Language Film)

Pan's Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro

The Academy: Crash (17th)
Killing Time: Batman Begins (not nominated)

Batman Begins, Christian Bale, Batman

The Academy: Million Dollar Baby (32nd)
Killing Time: The Incredibles (Won Animated Feature)

The Incredibles

The Academy: Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King
Killing Time: Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King

Frodo Baggins, Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King, The Return of the King

The Academy: Chicago (15th)
Killing Time: Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
(nominated for Best Picture)

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Academy: A Beautiful Mind (3rd)
Killing Time: Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
(nominated for Best Picture)

Gandalf, Ian McKellan, Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring

The Academy: Gladiator (5th)
Killing Time: Cast Away (not nominated)

Tom Hanks, Chuck Nolan, Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis

The Academy: American Beauty (29th)
Killing Time: The Sixth Sense (nominated for Best Picture)

The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment

1998 (the year I broke my TV)
The Academy: Shakespeare in Love (15th)
Killing Time: Saving Private Ryan (nominated for Best Picture)

Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks

The Academy: Titanic (39th)
Killing Time: LA Confidential (nominated for Best Picture)

LA Confidential, Russell Crowe

The Academy: The English Patient (27th)
Killing Time: Jerry Maguire (nominated for Best Picture)

Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire

The Academy: Braveheart (2nd)
Killing Time: Apollo 13 (nominated for Best Picture)

Apollo 13, Tom Hanks, Jim Lovell, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton

The Academy: Forrest Gump (14th)
Killing Time:The Shawshank Redemption (nominated for BP)

The Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins

The Academy: Schindler’s List
Killing Time: Schindler’s List

Liam Neeson, Schindler's List, Oskar Schindler

The Academy: Unforgiven (2nd)
Killing Time: A Few Good Men (nominated for Best Picture)

Tom Cruise, A Few Good Men

The Academy: Silence of the Lambs (6th)
Killing Time: Terminator 2 – Judgment Day (not nominated)

Terminator 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger,

The Academy: Dances With Wolves (10th)
Killing Time: Edward Scissorhands (not nominated)




2 thoughts on “Best Pictures of the Last 25 Years: KT Pick vs. Oscars”

  1. Dave, I don’t know if you’ve seen the oscar nominated animated shorts this year, but “The World of Tomorrow” is the best film from 2015 that I’ve seen, despite being only 15 minutes long. In fact, it’s one of my favorite movies of all time, of any length. It’s on Netflix, I think. Watch it.


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