By Sasha Roberts
Ordinary People over Raging Bull. How Green Was My Valley over Citizen Kane. Spotlight over Mad Max: Fury Road (seriously, but that’s for another list). It’s not news that the Oscars often make decisions that some consider to be… a little wide of the mark. Again and again, films held to be classics have been overlooked. But at least they received some recognition, all be it in the form of nominations or wins in other categories.
But many great films go completely unrecognised. Films that depict life in all its beauty and ugliness. And maybe this is where they go wrong for the Academy – the truth can hurt, and the Oscars are meant to be a party.
The following movies are today generally accepted as classics. None of them are little known pieces that you’ve probably never heard of (apart perhaps from the last one). The point of this list is simply to remind ourselves that the Oscars aren’t the last say in what’s good and what’s not.
“Well of course I already know that,” you might be thinking. But if, for example, La La Land had not received the recognition that only the Oscars can bestow, would we still talk about it today? Regardless of your opinion of it, it’s important to remember that La La Land, having been blessed with Oscar gold, became part of the cultural conversation; lots of people went to see it and talked about it simply because the Academy nominated it.
And that discussion cuts both ways – La La Land was probably going to win Best Picture before Hollywood noticed some people thought they were racist, which means that a film like Moonlight gets nominated and so the conversation shifts, hopefully for the better.
The criteria for these choices, listed chronologically, is that they all came out
From:: Taste Of Cinema