LA Confidential instead of Titanic!
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Agree with LA Confidential over Titanic for the most part. The Academy was inconsistent for sure, giving Titanic the Oscar for being a movie "experience," but not to Avatar.
3 other obvious ones that were not on the list:
Raging Bull losing to Ordinary People
Close Encounters or Star Wars losing to Annie Hall
Streetcar Named Desire losing to An American in Paris
Close Encounters over Annie Hall? What? How about Brokeback Mountain over Crash, Private Ryan over Shakespeare in Love, Fargo over English Patient, Goodfellas over Dances with Wolves-a REAL should have one situation
Good countdown but There Will Be Blood should have crushed No Country For Old Men! It was the best film of the 2000s.
I don't know if it should have won - the Academy wasn't 'into' that sort of thing at the time - but "Wizard of Oz" came out the same year "Gone With the Wind" won Best Picture.
I like to compare that situation - a fantasy losing to a 'historical' piece - to the year "Close Encounters" (the 'historical' piece) was totally eclipsed by "Star Wars" (the fantasy).
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