The Best Picture of the Year category at the Oscars is one of the most prestigious merits that a film could receive. Then again, winning any category as far as the Academy Awards are concerned is a great achievement for a film. Why this award is the best of the lot? It’s because it covers it all- direction, acting, music, script, editing and every other component involved in the making of a movie. So, a movie can reach this milestone only if it excels in all the said fronts, thus making it the ultimate goal of every person involved in the film industry.
Though the panel of judges who selects a movie and bestows it with this award is extremely talented and qualified, opinions and tastes vary depending on individuals. This is exactly the reason why every time the Oscars are announced, many are disappointed, dumbfounded and at certain instances, even heartbroken!
Let’s take a look at a list of movies that were expected to win the Best Picture award at the Oscars, but were shockingly overlooked.
1. Psycho (1960)
Hitchcock’s Psycho created waves in the industry when it hit the silver screen and to date it remains one of the most shocking films of all times, though it might seem a bit comical if watched now. As horror films are seldom nominated for the Best Picture category, Psycho too failed to make the cut at the Oscars.
2. The Graduate (1967)
This groundbreaking movie depicts how Mike Nichols (Dustin Hoffman), a college graduate falls in love with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), who is twice his age. The film was pretty daring for its time and was a huge hit at the box office. Despite seven nominations, it returned home empty-handed.
3. The Shawshank Redemption(1994)
Shawshank is a prison movie that is almost indescribable. It narrates the story of the protagonist who tries to survive the prison life and learns about friendship, survival tactics and the power of numbers inside the prison. Though it had seven nominations at the Oscars, including the Best Picture, it did not win any.
4. Se7en (1995)
This is a chilling movie that tells the story of two detectives (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) who are tracing a serial killer who is hell-bent in carrying out his murders in the form of seven deadly sins. It is an American neo-psychological thriller directed by David Fincher. It remains to be one of his best creations so far. The movie is exciting and creepy and keeps you on the edge throughout its run time.
5. Catch Me if You Can (2002)
Let’s look at this as one of Leo’s movies affected by his ‘Oscar Jinx’, which he finally managed to break after 22 years in the industry. This movie is a complete package conjured up by none other than Steven Spielberg. It is the story of Frank Abagnale’s misdeeds, portrayed fantastically by DiCaprio.
6. Cache (2005)
Cache was directed by Michael Haneke. This French film portrays the past of the protagonist coming back to haunt him in the form of a hidden camera and gruesome sketches left outside his doorstep. It is a gripping mystery and leaves you speechless by the end of the movie. Its major themes include memory, guilt and a troubled childhood. It was not even nominated for the best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
7. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Directed by Ang Lee and starring by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, this movie tells the sad love story of two men who fall for each other. It throws light on the how the life of cowboys used to be countless years ago. Though the film won many Oscars in various categories, it failed to win The Best Picture Award.
8. Children of Men (2006)
‘Children of Men’ is yet another thriller that urges you to think on multiple levels. It depicts a universe that has become infertile, literally. Humans are unable to conceive children anymore and life becomes hopeless. The movie is packed with action and emotions and is indeed a spectacle that passed unnoticed in the Oscars.
9. Zodiac (2007)
This is a disturbing and bleak movie about the wanderings of a serial killer that was overshadowed at the Oscars. It was not even nominated, though it is a bone-chilling mystery that narrates the tale of an obsession and the unending quest for closure.
10. Inception (2010)
Another movie among Leo’s Oscar Jinxes! It is hard to define a movie like ‘Inception’ given its multiple genres and multilayered storyline. Though it was nominated at the Oscars, this brilliant example of creativity and portrayal of the potential of man’s thinking power, sadly did not win the Best Picture award.
If you missed this year’s Oscars, then take a look at the winners and the highlights of The Academy Awards.