One of the internal debates surrounding movies is over the films that won the Academy Award for Best Picture—and the ones that didn’t. Often times, the passage of time makes the decisions of Academy voters look foolish. Did they really vote for Dances with Wolves over Goodfellas? How is it that Forrest Gump won Best Picture over Pulp Fiction? Many movies that are now considered classics did not win the Oscar for Best Picture. And as the debate rages on, we here at Goliath take a look at the most egregious errors in Academy Awards voting. So here are 10 movies that should have won the Best Picture Oscar, but didn’t.
10. Star Wars (1977)
It’s hard to quantify the impact that Star Wars has had since it was first released. The film was a cultural phenomenon when it hit theatres in May 1977. It helped cement the prevalence of summer blockbusters, ushered in the age of sequels and changed the way movies are marketed and how merchandise from films is sold. It was also at the top of the box office and still stands as one of the most successful movies of all time. Star Wars was nominated for a total of 11 Academy Awards in 1977, including Best Picture. And most people forget that Star Wars actually won seven Oscars, including a special achievement award for the many alien creatures featured in the movie. However, Star Wars lost the Best Picture race at the 50th Academy Awards to Woody Allen’s intellectual comedy Annie Hall. Many people blame the genre for Star Wars losing Best Picture, as Academy voters have never been too kind to science fiction films.