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The Oscars will be presented four weeks from today and include as top honor the feature film that Academy members consider the Best Picture of 2010. But the Academy has bestowed the honor on some rather unworthy films over the years. Here are three that didn’t even deserve to be nominated.
1. Titanic (1997): Let’s face it, James Cameron’s “king of the world” sinking-ship epic is a Harlequin romance set in a historical event. Sure, there’s visual spectacle here – but that’s no substitute for a good script, and I reckon it isn’t hard to make pretty pictures with a gargantuan budget.
2. The English Patient (1996): I like to call this over-long Anthony Minghella work the Boring English Boring Patient – Boring. Nearly three hours of dreary, sappy, truly bad romance. I’ve never read the novel on which it is based, but surely it’s better than this cinematic snoozer.
3. Gladiator (2000): OK, Ridley Scott’s sword-and-sandals flick includes a smoking-hot Connie Nielsen. But I can’t see much else to put this movie in Top 10 lists, never mind a Best Picture trophy. Russell Crowe’s a fine actor, and never gives a bad performance, but this isn’t one of his better ones.
So … What say you? Am I wrong about any of these flicks? What’s your choice for most undeserving Best Picture winner of the last 20 years?Click here for reuse options!