Every now and then, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screws up, resulting in many movies that won an Oscar but shouldn’t have. They’ve been doing this for almost 100 years (91 years to be exact), you’d think they’d become good at what they do? Not always the case. To be fair, they’ve picked many great gems. From “Gone with the Wind” to “The Godfather,” the Academy has chosen some beautiful movies to recognize as quality art and classic cinema.
Of course, some categories don’t carry as much weight as others. Best Makeup is usually a throw away while Best Picture is the cream of the crop. A movie that won Best Picture should be a classic and stand the test of the time. Unfortunately, some films in this category don’t and are long forgotten, while the films they beat out proved themselves over the long haul. The Academy isn’t perfect. They don’t have a crystal ball. So, every now and then, they get things wrong. Here are 25 movies that won an Oscar but shouldn’t have.
The French Connection
Although this was a very exciting movie and Gene Hackman did a very good job in the role, he didn’t deserve to win an Oscar over Malcolm McDowell in “A Clockwork Orange.”
“American Sniper” won the Oscar for Sound Editing. Many don’t really bat an eye at this, but there’s no way it should have won over “Interstellar,” a clearly superior film in many regards, sound editing included.
This movie is a cheap, messy, and schlocky attempt to make a superhero movie. Fans might enjoy it for what it is, but it has no business showing up at the Academy Awards. Still, it somehow won Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, probably because the films that year were sparse and they needed a third choice.
The Greatest Show On Earth
This movie is critically panned, yet it somehow won Best Picture against “High Noon” and “Ivanhoe.” If I had to bet, I’d say the Academy picked it because it’s about “show business.”
The Blind Side
Sure, “The Blind Side” was a touching movie and Sandra Bullock did a serviceable job (despite the bad southern accent), but there wasn’t anything about her performance that screams Oscar worthy.