Inspired by Titov's worst-pick-for-best-song thread, here's a thread to bark at the moon about bad Academy Award picks in general. I'm sure you all have your favourites, so I'll get the ball rolling with a particularly egregiuos case that in my mind stands out above all the others -
The 1968 winner for best picture was Oliver!, a musical based on the well known Dickens story. It's not a terrible movie, the performances are quality & there are some catchy tunes. But in the end it's just another mid-to-late 60s cast of thousands musical and was in no way deserving of best picture compared to 2 of that year's other offerings -
2001: A Space Odyssey. Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick team up to turn Clarke's novel into the ultimate head rush of a movie. The scene where Hal turns off the oxygen is more intense than any scene with a bunch of spaceships shooting at each other & more creepy than any monster ripping through someone's chest.
The Lion in Winter. King Henry & Queen Eleanor can't stand each other - or any of their 3 sons, Richard, Geoff & John. But one of them has to be the next king. And then there's King Philip of France looking to use this chaos to his own advantage... Cast full of super heavyweights. Peter O'Toole as Henry & Katherine Hepburn (best actress winner) as Eleanor, along with 2 newcomers who made nice careers for themselves afterwards, Anthony Hopkins as Richard & Timothy Dalton as Philip.
Well, that's my worst pick, have at it.