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So which ones would you say are the best so far?

2000   GLADIATOR
2001   A BEAUTIFUL MIND
2002   CHICAGO
2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2004.  MILLION DOLLAR BABY
2005   CRASH
2006   THE DEPARTED
2007  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2008   SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
2009   THE HURT LOCKER
2010   THE KING'S SPEECH
2011   THE ARTIST
2012   ARGO
2013   12 YEARS A SLAVE
2014   BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
2015   SPOTLIGHT
2016   MOONLIGHT
2017   THE SHAPE OF WATER
2018.  GREEN BOOK
2019   PARASITE
2020   NOMADLAND
2021   CODA

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3 hours ago, TopBilled said:

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So which ones would you say are the best so far?


 

2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2009   THE HURT LOCKER
2013   12 YEARS A SLAVE
2016   MOONLIGHT
2019   PARASITE
2020   NOMADLAND

I haven't seen Coda. 

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10 minutes ago, skimpole said:

2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2009   THE HURT LOCKER
2013   12 YEARS A SLAVE
2016   MOONLIGHT
2019   PARASITE
2020   NOMADLAND

I haven't seen Coda. 

I haven't seen it either. 

The ones that I have seen and enjoyed are-- CHICAGO, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, THE DEPARTED and PARASITE.

NOMADLAND gets passing marks from me, but it isn't something I would go out of my way to watch again.

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My ratings- from 1 to 10

2000   GLADIATOR 6/10

2001   A BEAUTIFUL MIND 9/10
2002   CHICAGO 6/10
2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING 7/10
2004.  MILLION DOLLAR BABY 8/10
2005   CRASH 7/10
2006   THE DEPARTED 10/10 my favorite so far
2007  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN-7/10
2008   SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE-7/10
2009   THE HURT LOCKER-9/10
2010   THE KING'S SPEECH-9/10
2011   THE ARTIST-7/10
2012   ARGO-7/10
2013   12 YEARS A SLAVE-7/10
2014   BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)7/10
2015   SPOTLIGHT-7/10
2016   MOONLIGHT-8/10
2017   THE SHAPE OF WATER-5/10 worst so far
2018.  GREEN BOOK-7/10
2019   PARASITE-9/10
2020   NOMADLAND n/s
2021   CODA n/s

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'04's Return of the King was considered the last "true" 5-nominee Best Picture winner, since the Academy shortened the voting period (to try and shut up Harvey Weinstein and his "Miramax-bribe" FYC campaigns), which caused voters to basically do what the rest of us do now:  Not have time to watch the screeners,  just guess the nominees from the early Golden Globes and NBOR lists in November and December, and play Fantasy-baseball for the next two months about which movies had the best "seasons" for other awards.

(Which is why the nominees today consist of a Grand Canyon of either overhyped actor buzz-favorites and streaming-movies from the Globes nominees vs. snooty gay British/indies from the NBOR regional-critics awards, that are still paranoid that "big Hollywood" movies would run away with the awards if some brave soul didn't stick up for the intense actor drama of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO".)

And then when Ranked voting came in after '08's Slumdog Millionaire was the wet-blanket Green Book of its day, and they opened up ten nominees after Pixar and Batman fans wanted "More mainstream films" back again, that started the "Second-place winner" theory that Ranked voting was screwing up the ballots, and causing the second-place movie to get more votes than the divided competition for 1st place....So, did Moonlight, The Shape of Water, Green Book, Nomadland, Birdman and Coda REALLY "win", or did we just think they did?  🧐

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3 hours ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

My ratings- from 1 to 10

2000   GLADIATOR 6/10

2001   A BEAUTIFUL MIND 9/10
2002   CHICAGO 6/10
2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING 7/10
2004.  MILLION DOLLAR BABY 8/10
2005   CRASH 7/10
2006   THE DEPARTED 10/10 my favorite so far
2007  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN-7/10
2008   SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE-7/10
2009   THE HURT LOCKER-9/10
2010   THE KING'S SPEECH-9/10
2011   THE ARTIST-7/10
2012   ARGO-7/10
2013   12 YEARS A SLAVE-7/10
2014   BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)7/10
2015   SPOTLIGHT-7/10
2016   MOONLIGHT-8/10
2017   THE SHAPE OF WATER-5/10 worst so far
2018.  GREEN BOOK-7/10
2019   PARASITE-9/10
2020   NOMADLAND n/s
2021   CODA n/s

CRASH and THE SHAPE OF WATER tend to get picked on...LOL

I actually liked CRASH, even though there were too many coincidences propelling the plot forward. But as a character study and a commentary on social class structures, I did appreciate it.

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Too lazy to do a entry by entry rating. But a few points.

I think of all 21st century entries I liked Parasite the best. A very smart film that covers lots of genres. 

I thought Birdman was ridiculous. 

The Artist - It's a very light film about my favorite time in film history - the transition to sound. I doubt something like this could win Best Picture today.

Million Dollar Baby - Seriously? I doubt this film would have won Best Picture if the Terry Schiavo controversy hadn't been going on while the Academy was voting. It made millions of Americans - including myself - get medical directives that basically said - "If I ever get like this, UNPLUG ME!!!" But I digress. It has a very derivative plot with lots of boxing film tropes from the year 1940.

A Beautiful Mind - One of my favorites. I love how it delves into mental illness. One minor thing that  I really noticed were some touches Ron Howard put into the film such as how as the years rolled on from the 1950s into the late 1960s young people were just ruder in general. Some of the students start mimicking Nash and his odd gait for laughs. So I guess a growing lack of empathy was part of social progress? 

Nomadland - It was the Best Picture among the nominees, but is this where we are post pandemic cinematically? Either very depressing films like this that make you want to throw yourself out of an upper story window or juvenile comic book movies? 

Best Picture winners could be occasionally fun, even in more recent years,  but now it seems the plot has to be about a transgender illegal alien teaching CRT to third graders while battling bulimia to get noticed by the Academy. 

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8 hours ago, TopBilled said:

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So which ones would you say are the best so far?

2000   GLADIATOR
2001   A BEAUTIFUL MIND
2002   CHICAGO
2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2006   THE DEPARTED
2010   THE KING'S SPEECH
2011   THE ARTIST
2012   ARGO
2015   SPOTLIGHT
2016   MOONLIGHT

 

I'm surprised that I've actually seen 10 of these. None of them is a special favorite, although I don't dislike any of them. I do like the LOTR trilogy, but as a unit rather than as three films.

Is Moonlight the Marty for the 21st century? Unless it was the theater where I saw the film, Moonlight has the poorest sound recording of any Oscar winner unless it would be in the earliest years of sound. I would only watch this film again with subtitles on. Although I was pleased to see a film about a gay black man, as time has passed it seems to me that just about every gay black man I've met has probably had a more interesting life than the protagonist of this film.

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8 hours ago, TopBilled said:

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So which ones would you say are the best so far?

2000   GLADIATOR
2001   A BEAUTIFUL MIND
2002   CHICAGO
2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2004.  MILLION DOLLAR BABY
2005   CRASH
2006   THE DEPARTED
2007  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2008   SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
2009   THE HURT LOCKER
2010   THE KING'S SPEECH
2011   THE ARTIST
2012   ARGO
2013   12 YEARS A SLAVE
2014   BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
2015   SPOTLIGHT
2016   MOONLIGHT
2017   THE SHAPE OF WATER
2018.  GREEN BOOK
2019   PARASITE
2020   NOMADLAND
2021   CODA

I’ve only seen:

2000 Gladiator - I think a deserving Oscar winner.

2005 Crash - I agree w/ you on the good character studies, but not Oscar worthy, I didn't think.

2006 The Departed - I don't know why, I love Nicholson, but had a hard time buying into him as a crime boss.

2007 No Country For Old Men - Javier Bardem's character seemed a bit of a caricature to me, therefore, overrated movie for me.

2008 Slumdog Millionaire - Very good, disturbing.

2015 Spotlight - Well put together story telling, in the mode of All The President's Men. Very believable performances. 

 

Of those, I thought Spotlight was the excellent, although I did like Gladiator a lot.

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5 hours ago, LsDoorMat said:

Best Picture winners could be occasionally fun, even in more recent years,  but now it seems the plot has to be about a transgender illegal alien teaching CRT to third graders while battling bulimia to get noticed by the Academy. 

That's because during the Pandemic, made for Amazon/Netflix streaming movies tend to be the biggest Oscar contenders, and that tends to be the plots of most of them.  (Either that, or feminist-skewed biopics like The Eyes of Tammy Faye.)

Because most streaming networks are still in the 90's-HBO mentality of "These are the movies/TV big studios are AFRAID to make, because they want to silence a people's voices!"  And when nothing else opens in theaters, that tends to drown out the conversation.

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

I haven't seen SPOTLIGHT so it seems like I have missed a good one...

Spotlight begins unpromisingly with a none too interesting going-away party at the newspaper, but 10 or 15 minutes into the film Billy Crudup arrives, with a shot of energy, and the film goes along fine after that. The weighted voting system probably helped it win the Oscar, for it likely was in the top half on a lot of ballots. It has a good and scary story to tell.

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2000   GLADIATOR 8/10
2001   A BEAUTIFUL MIND 8/10
2002   CHICAGO 10/10
2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING 6.5/10
2004.  MILLION DOLLAR BABY 7/10
2005   CRASH 1.5/10
2006   THE DEPARTED 5/10
2007  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN 9/10
2008   SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE 7/10
2009   THE HURT LOCKER 8/10
2010   THE KING'S SPEECH 9/10
2011   THE ARTIST 8.5/10
2012   ARGO 8.5/10
2013   12 YEARS A SLAVE 9.5/10
2014   BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) 2.5/10
2015   SPOTLIGHT 9/10
2016   MOONLIGHT 5.5/10
2017   THE SHAPE OF WATER 5/10
2018.  GREEN BOOK 5/10
2019   PARASITE 8.5/10
2020   NOMADLAND 8/10
2021   CODA N/A

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3 hours ago, King Rat said:

Spotlight begins unpromisingly with a none too interesting going-away party at the newspaper, but 10 or 15 minutes into the film Billy Crudup arrives, with a shot of energy, and the film goes along fine after that. The weighted voting system probably helped it win the Oscar, for it likely was in the top half on a lot of ballots. It has a good and scary story to tell.

I have to say I was underwhelmed by Spotlight. I guess I was expecting more given the gravity of the subject matter. 

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Of all the Best Picture winners in the 21st Century, to me, far and away "Spotlight" is the best.  A compelling story with a stellar cast, it stands among some of the best Best Pictures ever.  On the other side of the spectrum (for me, at any rate) is "The Shape of Water."  "Inspired by Creature from the Black Lagoon?" Ahh.  That explains everything.

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7 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

2000   GLADIATOR 8/10
2001   A BEAUTIFUL MIND 8/10
2002   CHICAGO 10/10
2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING 6.5/10
2004.  MILLION DOLLAR BABY 7/10
2005   CRASH 1.5/10
2006   THE DEPARTED 5/10
2007  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN 9/10
2008   SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE 7/10
2009   THE HURT LOCKER 8/10
2010   THE KING'S SPEECH 9/10
2011   THE ARTIST 8.5/10
2012   ARGO 8.5/10
2013   12 YEARS A SLAVE 9.5/10
2014   BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) 2.5/10
2015   SPOTLIGHT 9/10
2016   MOONLIGHT 5.5/10
2017   THE SHAPE OF WATER 5/10
2018.  GREEN BOOK 5/10
2019   PARASITE 8.5/10
2020   NOMADLAND 8/10
2021   CODA N/A

You were a bit tough on CRASH and BIRDMAN.

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On 5/4/2022 at 9:40 AM, TopBilled said:

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So which ones would you say are the best so far?

2000   GLADIATOR
2001   A BEAUTIFUL MIND
2002   CHICAGO
2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2004.  MILLION DOLLAR BABY
2005   CRASH
2006   THE DEPARTED
2007  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2008   SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
2009   THE HURT LOCKER
2010   THE KING'S SPEECH
2011   THE ARTIST
2012   ARGO
2013   12 YEARS A SLAVE
2014   BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
2015   SPOTLIGHT
2016   MOONLIGHT
2017   THE SHAPE OF WATER
2018.  GREEN BOOK
2019   PARASITE
2020   NOMADLAND
2021   CODA

 the Shape of Water.

It's (also) a Sin Cloud Atlas and Blade Runner 2049 received absolutely no win. Nor did they even get Nominated, if memory serves correctly.

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16 hours ago, lydecker said:

Of all the Best Picture winners in the 21st Century, to me, far and away "Spotlight" is the best.  A compelling story with a stellar cast, to me, it stands among some of the best Best Pictures ever.  On the other side of the spectrum (for me, at any rate) is "The Shape of Water."  "Inspired by Creature from the Black Lagoon?" Ahh.  That explains everything.

While explicitly just a (subjective) interpretation upon the matter; It's a film that shines a light on illegal aliens. (Not neccesarily the Extraterrestrial, Close Encounters of The Third Kind, Kind either). Its a film about disabilities.  It's Also a film about Acceptance and "Fitting Into" Society.  And/Or the (complete) lack thereof.

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20 hours ago, lydecker said:

Of all the Best Picture winners in the 21st Century, to me, far and away "Spotlight" is the best.  A compelling story with a stellar cast, to me, it stands among some of the best Best Pictures ever.  On the other side of the spectrum (for me, at any rate) is "The Shape of Water."  "Inspired by Creature from the Black Lagoon?" Ahh.  That explains everything.

Well, when you consider that Guillermo Del Toro also did Hellboy (with a fish-creature in it), and put a Black-Lagoon creature into Monsters vs. Aliens when he was helping consult some projects at Dreamworks, THAT would explain everything...

And then, of course, there's always the time-honored "Splash" theory:

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On 5/4/2022 at 9:40 AM, TopBilled said:

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So which ones would you say are the best so far?

2000   GLADIATOR
2001   A BEAUTIFUL MIND
2002   CHICAGO
2003   THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2004.  MILLION DOLLAR BABY
2005   CRASH
2006   THE DEPARTED
2007  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2008   SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
2009   THE HURT LOCKER
2010   THE KING'S SPEECH
2011   THE ARTIST
2012   ARGO
2013   12 YEARS A SLAVE
2014   BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
2015   SPOTLIGHT
2016   MOONLIGHT
2017   THE SHAPE OF WATER
2018.  GREEN BOOK
2019   PARASITE
2020   NOMADLAND
2021   CODA

I think "Parasite" is exceptional.  Very powerful.  I was stunned by "12 Years a Slave" which has sad (gut-wrenching) parts but tells a story about American slavery I had never seen before in a movie.  Amazing acting and cinematography.  My third choice is "The King's Speech".  I work with students with disabilities and this story about the king trying to overcome his speech impediment is great.

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