Stuart Rachels


My Picks vs. the Oscars

Who has better taste--me or the Academy? Here are the winners for Best Picture, starting in 1970, coupled with my favorite movies of the year. Oscar and I agree on only Patton (1970), The Godfather (1972), Ordinary People (1980) and No Country for Old Men (2007). Let me know whose picks you like more--count 'em up. And don't tell me that their movies are better, even though you'd rather watch mine.

An asterisk indicates that I have not seen the Best Picture in question. Of course, the Academy might not have seen my movie either.

1970: Patton; Patton
1971: The French Connection; Dirty Harry
1972: The Godfather; The Godfather
1973: The Sting; The Day of the Jackal
1974: The Godfather: Part II; Chinatown
1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Monty Python and the Holy Grail
1976: Rocky; Taxi Driver
1977: Annie Hall; [no pick]
1978: The Deer Hunter; Animal House
1979: Kramer vs. Kramer; The In-Laws
1980: Ordinary People; Ordinary People
1981: Chariots of Fire*; Eye of the Needle
1982: Gandhi; Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1983: Terms of Endearment*; The King of Comedy
1984: Amadeus; This Is Spinal Tap
1985: Out of Africa*; Prizzi's Honor
1986: Platoon* [I saw Full Metal Jacket--does that count?]; Hoosiers
1987: The Last Emperor; Raising Arizona
1988: Rain Man; The Thin Blue Line
1989: Driving Miss Daisy*; Field of Dreams
1990: Dances with Wolves*; Reversal of Fortune
1991: The Silence of the Lambs; Slacker
1992: Unforgiven; One False Move
1993: Schindler's List; The Fugitive
1994: Forrest Gump; Pulp Fiction
1995: Braveheart; Casino
1996: The English Patient; Fargo
1997: Titanic; Jackie Brown
1998: Shakespeare in Love; There's Something About Mary
1999: American Beauty; Man on the Moon
2000: Gladiator; Memento
2001: A Beautiful Mind; Mulholland Dr.
2002: Chicago*; Unfaithful
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King*; Touching the Void
2004: Million Dollar Baby; The Machinist
2005: Crash; Munich
2006: The Departed; Over the Hedge
2007: No Country for Old Men; No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire; Tropic Thunder
2009: The Hurt Locker; Up

How did I do?