Movies That Did Not Deserve an Oscar

The Oscars are the most prestigious movie awards in the world. The voting roster consisted of 5,783 members in 2012. Membership into this roster is by invitation. Fortunately, each member on it is a professional in the film industry, so the voting patterns rarely reflect any bias. In other words, most of the Hollywood movies that win an Oscar deserve it. Here are some of the undeserving Oscar winners.

– The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker was a war film about the Iraqi war. It focused on a bomb disposal team targeted by Iraqi insurgents. This movie won six Oscars in 2009. More specifically, it won Best Picture, Best Sound Editing, Best Director, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Screenplay. Interestingly, the Hurt Locker is the lowest grossing movie to win Best Picture. This film failed to impress many veterans because of its unrealistic approach to the Iraqi war. It focused more on action than on a realistic interpretation of wartime conditions. For example, the soldiers wore the wrong uniform and the tactical approaches to their mission were impractical.

– Shakespeare in Love

This film focused on an imaginary affair between William Shakespeare and Viola de Lesseps. The movie depicted this relationship as having occurred when Shakespeare was writing Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare in Love won several Oscars including one for Best Picture. In this particular category, it beat formidable rivals such as Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg. Interestingly, Shakespeare in Love grossed $289 million in Box Office sales while Saving Private Ryan earned $481.8 million. The former film was full of historical inaccuracies such as mentioning tobacco plantations in Virginia when the Virginia colony had not come into existence at that time.

– Crash

This 2004 film featured a star-studded cast that included Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Chris Bridges, and Terrence Howard among others. Each character was of equal importance in the movie. Crash won three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Screenplay. The film earned more than seven times its budget, but it is still one of the lowest grossing films to win Best Picture. The problem with it is that the plot was not spontaneous. Instead, it appeared contrived. Paul Haggis, the director of the film, admitted in 2015 that Crash did not deserve the award for Best Picture.

– Forrest Gump

The basis of this movie was a 1986 novel by Winston Groom, which had the same name as the film. It focused on the experiences of a kind-hearted, athletic, and slow-witted man from Alabama. Forrest Gump won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It earned over $677 million at the Box Office. The principal argument about the film is that the character does not develop. At the end of the movie, he still sees things as he did when the film started. In contrast, Jenny’s life is too dramatic. She suffers from child abuse. She rebels against society, and she experiences heartbreak. Moreover, Jenny contracts a virus, and then she dies.

– Out of Africa

The basis of this 1985 film was an autobiographical book written by Karen Blixen. It won twenty-eight film awards including seven Oscars. More specifically, it won Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Director among others. Interestingly, it now has a score of 56% on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 44 individuals. The reasons cited for its poor performance include its length, 161 minutes, and its slow pace.


written by: BestSEOWriter2010s