20 Movies People Can’t Believe Actually Got Nominated For An Oscar

When it comes to movies, opinions are often divided. However, every now and then, a film receives an award that the majority disagree with. Someone recently asked, “Which terrible movie somehow got nominated for Best Picture?” and the internet responded.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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I’ll always be in a rage the year the nominees got extended to ten. Instead of Tinker Tailor or Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, they picked Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

“It’s gotta be Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. That was a disaster.”

Gigi

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Poorly aged subject matter aside, Gigi is not very good compared to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or even director Vincent Minnelli’s other films like An American in Paris.”

“I love Gigi but agree it’s a pretty heavy subject matter even if it was a huge thing in the culture for a time and visited in other stories like Moulin Rouge.”

Around the World in 80 Days

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I hated Around the World in 80 Days. It doesn’t even have a proper ending. It just ends.”

“I started watching Around The World In 80 Days this past summer, and it was a charmless movie that was a slog. I didn’t finish it.”

The Greatest Show on Earth

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The Greatest Show on Earth is legitimately the worst Best Picture winner I’ve seen (tied with Crash), and I’ve seen them all.”

“While I, personally, love it, I believe the C.B DeMille film “The Greatest Show On Earth” is generally considered the weakest film to bring home Best Picture.”

The Great Ziegfield

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The Great Ziegfield (1936) is an indulgent slog of a movie that somehow beat Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and A Tale of Two Cities.”

“There were a ton of films from the 30s to the 50s that got nominated that were awful and aged poorly.”

Cavalcade

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I’ll throw in that Cavalcade was considered bad even by 1930s standards, like five years later, and it won Best pPicture.”

“Yeah, Cavalcade was kind of a mess. I figure it was probably sold as the epic picture that year, and it won on pure Oscar bait.”

Crash

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“What a forgettable schmalzy overhyped rubbish movie that was. Brokeback Mountain was the far superior movie that year.”

“Jack Nicholson’s reaction when opening that Best Picture envelope was a hint that he knew the wrong film won.”

Shakespeare In Love

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Shakespeare In Love was nominated and actually won Best Picture. It beat out a few movies that were much better (Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, The Truman Show, Life is Beautiful).”

“Saving Private Ryan stands out to me here. I’ve always found it unbelievable that it didn’t win.”

Godfather Part III

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Maybe it’s just because I didn’t care for it as much as II or the original.”

“Oh, dude, I tried to watch that recently. What a cringefest.”

The English Patient

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I thought that The English Patient (1996) wasn’t that good. Especially, considering it beat Fargo.”

“Wow, I didn’t realize it beat out Fargo. What a tragedy.”

Black Panther

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I’m black. And while I love the energy it gave to my culture, there’s no way it was good enough to be a Best Picture nominee. It wasn’t even the best Marvel movie that year. I was actually a little offended because I felt like Hollywood was just trying to ride the Black Lives Matter wave in a very low-effort way.”

“It was an enjoyable movie, especially on my second watch, but is in no way good enough to be a Best Picture nominee.”

American Hustle

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The ONLY thing I remember about that movie is how much I was hyped before seeing it.”

Oh man, what a bad movie. I saw it in theaters with my family, and the car ride home was completely silent.”

Doctor Dolittle 

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I was under the impression this movie was adored back in the day, according to my parents anyway. Popular cast, catchy songs, and pretty large (and creative) sets. Similar to the draw of My Fair Lady.”

“I am a bit surprised it is considered bad, but I am also not willing to watch it now and ruin my nostalgia.”

The Blind Side

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The Blind Side is just one gigantic Under Armour advertisement.”

“The whole ‘white savior’ trope wore Blind Side a little thin for me.”

Bohemian Rhapsody

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I wouldn’t call Bohemian Rhapsody terrible, but Best Picture was quite a stretch.”

“I thought Rocketman the following year was a much better film with a better lead performance. Blows my mind that Taron Egerton didn’t even get a nomination when he not only acted but sang as well.”

Green Book

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Maybe not terrible, but feels too ‘Oscar bait’, if that’s the word for it.”

I liked the movie, but not Oscar-worthy.”

Driving Miss Daisy 

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Driving Miss Daisy winning Best Picture while Do the Right Thing wasn’t even nominated was absolutely criminal.”

American Sniper

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I forgot that was nominated. I remember seeing it in a packed theater in the suburban Midwest town I lived in, and the whole theater just erupted in applause when he killed the ‘villain’ in the film. Meanwhile, I was just laughing at how cheeseball the whole movie was.”

The Hurt Locker

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That movie was offensively inaccurate. I was in Iraq, and I can tell you, no part of that movie made sense.”

“I first watched that movie while in Iraq. You’d think it was a comedy the way all of us watching were laughing at it.”

La La Land

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When I watched that movie, I constantly had one question on my mind, from start to finish: ‘How did this WIN Best Picture?!’”

I saw La La Land and just felt like it was a failure at capturing the magic of musicals from back in the day.”

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