Some of the bad movies to win good Oscars.
And the Oscar picks winner.

When I was young, in the olden days, people actually “WON” the Oscar.  .  The Oscar didn’t “go to” someone, they won it.

But that all changed in 1989 with the 61st annual Academy Awards when someone, somewhere decided the movie competition should be less … competitive.  Sounds like a Canadian may have infiltrated their system.

So they got rid of the phrase “and the winner is”, brought in Merv Griffin, Snow White and Rob Lowe and created the worst Oscar awards in history.  It’s been a rocky road ever since.  Actually, it’s been a rocky road since the get go.

It’s taken me a long time to understand that just because a movie won “Best Picture” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best picture of that year. Or any year.

Which I’m sure is annoying, the way a hungry monkey plucking out your eyeballs is annoying, to the people who make the actual best film.

Take for instance this list.  The movies that won the Best Picture Oscar, and the movies from the same year that just weren’t good enough.


Won – How Green Was my Valley

Lost – Citizen Kane, is now regarded by critics as the greatest film ever made .



Won – The Greatest Show on Earth

Lost – High Noon, starring John Wayne Gary Cooper.



Won – Around the World in 80 Days

Lost –  Giant, starring James Dean



Won – Ordinary People (not a bad movie, but was it better than … )

Lost – Raging Bull



Won – Forest Gump

Lost – Pulp Fiction

Lost – The Shawshank Redemption

(I would be equally upset if the order here was reversed.  Why not give them all Oscars and take away they ones they gave to Marisa Tomei and  Titanic?)


1996 – Won – The English Patient (have yet to meet a single living person who sat through the whole thing)

Lost – Fargo (have yet to meet a single person who saw it and didn’t love it)


1998 – Won – Shakespeare in Love

Lost – Saving Private Ryan


So clearly winning the Oscar doesn’t really make a picture the best.  Remembering, watching and loving a movie 20, 30 or 40 years later does.

And now I’d like to announce who The Art of Doing Stuff tea towel goes to.  This weekend I held an Oscar picks contest.  I’ve marked all the entires.

Anddddddd the winner is …. Sharon Borrege with a score of 19/24. She forgot to fill out the Best Actress category and STILL got 19 out of 24.

I scored 11 and the fella scored 13. So we suck and don’t win a tea towel.

Sharon on the other hand does. So send me your address to and I’ll send one off to you! Thanks to all for taking part.





  1. Natika33 says:

    Loved Fargo! (^_^)

    And I have to disagree with Debbie and agree with Karen that actors and the movies do a lot for us. I’m not sure about how many dollars worth, but certainly they inspire, entertain, teach and bring to life for us a different world outside our own. It could be just fluff, but it could also challenge one’s whole philosophy.

  2. andrea meyers says:

    great minds think alike. I’m still holding a grudge for Chariots of Fire beating out ET, lol. and every year Spielberg lost in the 80’s. and Cher in Moonstruck beating Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction, but I digress….

  3. Lesley says:

    Appears the Oscars these days are more about who “campaigns” hardest. Which explains Argo IMHO. I recently read an interview of an Oscar committee member who talked about not seeing most of the nominated movies (apparently there’s no requirement to do so) and admitted “I don’t vote for anyone who’s name I can’t pronounce”. So I just watch for the dresses and … Naomi Watts FTW!!

    Congrats on the tea towel, Sharon!

  4. Debbie says:

    I was so prepared to hate Fargo. Shock of my life I did like it. Shawshank is my famorite movie ever. I rarely ever watch a movie over again. Old age has helped this and if I forget it then I will watch it again.
    I guess I have taken a sourpuss additude with the oscars. These movies and actors have had so many pats on the back, they are paid huge amounts of money. They are people who are pretending to be someone else and they are good at it. They didn’t actually do anything thing for anyone. I guess I am tired of people who do little for anyone and then we have to give them awards too. Sorry I guess I get the sourpuss award.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Yes you do. But that’s O.K. I know what you’re saying, they’re not performing heart surgery, but for me, actors do a lot. They, along with other artists, entertain us. And that does an enormous amount for people’s souls. Unless it’s The English Patient. ~ karen!

  5. calliek says:

    I attempted to watch the English Patient twice and fell asleep both times. But I’ve also fallen asleep during Saving Private Ryan, and Shakespeare in Love is still my fave movie of all time.

    To each his own!

  6. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    You are right is definitely not like the old days..Congrats Sharon..Hope you love yours as much as I love mine..a towel with a meat clever on it can be quite the conversation starter..but then I get to tell people how wonderful Karen is!!!

  7. Jack says:

    As the saying goes, “Its all in the eye of the beholder” ……and the scenes of reality that have passed by those eyes over a lifetime. I suspect a 15 year old would have wondered why in the world “Transformers” didn’t take an Oscar. And I never did understand “How Driving Miss Daisy” won over “Field of Dreams.” And what about all those Elvis movies……nary an Oscar for any of them.

  8. Sandy says:

    I agree with you!! Congratulations, Sharon. Enjoy you so much, Karen.

  9. Maggie O'C says:

    Like Elaine, I refuse to see The English Patient. I have boycotted Gwyneth Paltrow over the Shakespeare in Love travesty. As an adult (technically), I can’t really watch Hollywood taking itself that seriously. And the nominations for Atonement a few years back, killed the whole thing for me. Really?? God that movie sucked.

  10. Call Me Patty says:

    I love the Oscars, have watch them all my adult life. I love seeing the beautiful gowns, and who should change their stylist. I never am able to see all the nominated movies before the awards show, but eventually I do. There’s a reason why they are all nominated, but someone has to win the title of “best”. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a competition, life is a competition.

  11. Bonnie says:

    I got 11, too, and my husband got 13, but I think he may have cheated.

    I sat through all of the English Patient, but I didn’t like it and I don’t remember it. Fargo was okay, but I didn’t love it.

    I liked the Oscars show better when they showed more clips from the movies. It is a show about the movies, and now they show very little of the movies. But, I watch it every time.

  12. Tricia Rose says:

    Gibbering agreement to every word.

  13. Trissi V. says:

    The only thing I was concerned with this year was when it came to Django Unchained. Christoph Waltz second Oscar, he is so awesome…Quentin Tarantino second Oscar for original screen play. It almost made up the fact he got the snub for best director category…almost!

    I could see Django Unchained again and again…Les Mis, not so much.

  14. Barbie says:

    Interesting! Just goes to show you!

  15. Auntiepatch says:

    Sorry, I,too, hated Fargo. Left the movie 1/2 way through. My favorite winner: Gone With The Wind! Great movie and great book!

    I think the producers should have hand rails at the stairs or a pair of MEN to help the female winners navigate safely up to the podium. (Set designers are you listenintg???)

  16. Janet says:

    I hated Fargo. Seriously thought it was one of the dumbest movies ever made.

    Apparently, Les Mis was the most popular movie by far, and Hugh Jackman won by a landslide, if you go by the number of likes on Facebook.

    I think the best part of the Oscars was Jennifer Lawrence chatting with reporters after the show. “Why did you fall?” they asked.

    “Are you kidding me? Look at this dress!”

    “What were you thinking when you fell?”

    “A bad word. Starting with “f”!”

    Made my day. :D

  17. Erika Carrell says:

    I didn’t love Fargo, but technically we haven’t met, so your record stands. :) On the other hand, I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t like The English Patient, either, so haven’t even tried it. In general, Lord of the Rings aside, I’ve ended up hating 95% of the movies that have been given the oscar, so I don’t even bother anymore

  18. Theresa says:

    Gratz Sharon! And Karen, I really do agree with you on The English Patient. OMG! Another one to watch or read if you’re having insomnia is The Caine Mutiny. I guess to be fair I TRIED so hard to read the darn book and fell asleep every time. So when I started to watch the movie I just didn’t give it a chance.

  19. Feral Turtle says:

    I think the real point of the Oscars is to look at the actresses. lol… On the news the next morning, all I knew was who the best and worst dressed were! I had to go on-line to find out the winners. Congrats to Sharon for winning your awesome tea towel!

  20. Tricia says:

    Really? Am I the only one who saw The English Patient 12 times? That’s the only one I disagree with, so I get your point but….I loved The English Patient.

    • Karen says:

      Yes. Yes you are, LOL. ~ karen

      • Debbie says:

        Well, I think I actually sat through the whole thing, but does it count if you watch it getting more & more angry the whole time about how much you hate it? I just kept thinking it would get better.

      • Tisha says:

        Debbie, I did the same thing! I just kept thinking well if it won an Oscar it must have *some* redeeming quality, but by the end all I and the hubby could think was, well, that’s two hours we won’t get back.

  21. Langela says:

    I quit paying attention to the Oscars years ago, much to my husband’s delight. I’d get a movie and tell him it was supposed to be really good (according to the Oscar’s). Then, we’d start to watch it and would turn it off because it really sucked. I’ve never understood what they use to judge. Boring, check. Long, check. It’s a winner!

  22. Brenda Watts says:

    Now I loved the book How Green Was My Valley, never saw the movie. And congrats to Sharon!!

  23. I’m pretty sure if Canadians had had their way with the Oscars we would have fourth place prizes – little handmade clay trophies – to celebrate all those personal bests!

  24. Centi says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s Gary Cooper in High Noon. Not a trace of John Wayne.

  25. I’ve sat though the whole of the English Patient, and I accosted you at the Christie Antique show a couple of years ago ( I think I mumbled ‘I love your blog’ and then sort of stared at your stupidly . . .)so technically we’ve met.
    In my defense however I watched it before OAC English where my independent study unit was to compare and show the similarities between two novels – one contemporary Canadian and a classic. You try comparing the English Patient with Pride and Prejudice and I bet you’d watch the whole movie too.

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