In many circles, Orson Welles’ masterpiece, “Citizen Kane,” is considered to be the greatest film ever made. But cinephiles who know their history will recall that “Kane” didn’t win the Best Picture Oscar in 1941 – that distinction went to John Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley.” Ford’s pastoral coal mining drama isn’t a bad movie, but how many graduate-level film school classes are devoted to dissecting it? When it comes to cinema’s highest honor, the Academy often gets it right; “The Godfather,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Schindler’s List” and “Slumdog Millionaire” all took home the Best Picture Oscar in their respective year.
But some might argue that from time-to-time Academy voters miss the mark. Was Forrest Gump” more worthy than “The Shawshank Redemption” or “Pulp Fiction?” Should Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” have lost to Kevin Costner’s “Dances With Wolves?” What films and performers do you think got snubbed by Oscar voters? How can the Academy improve their voting?
Jason Bailey, film editor, Flavorwire; contributor, the Atlantic