The Oscars are Dead to Me

The last time I saw an Oscar best picture was the 2010 film “The King’s Speech”, which was an OK film. Shutter Island and Inception were both far, far better.

Since The King’s Speech, the only Oscar best picture that’s interested me is The Secret of Water (2017). It’s by Guillermo del Toro, who made the masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth, along with the two Hell Boy films and Blade 2. However, because of the Oscar buzz around it, I never did see the film.

Here are the other winners since 2010:

  • The Artist (2011), about a movie star.
  • Argo (2012), about a CIA operation using a Hollywood movie production as a cover
  • 12 Years a Slave (2013), about slavery.
  • Birdman (2014), about a washed up actor.
  • Spotlight (2015), about a newspaper investigating child molestation in the Catholic church.
  • Moonlight (2016), about a gay black man.
  • Green Book (2018), about a black musician in the ’60s.
  • Parasite (2019), a Korean language film about class discrimination.
  • Nomadland (2020), about a homeless woman.
  • CODA (2021), about a deaf family.

None of these interest me in the slightest, except perhaps Argo. In its case, the Hollywood movie angle was the factor that led me to shun it. Meanwhile, the same years had some great and fun films:

  • 2011: Source Code, In Time, Limitless, The Adjustment Bureau, Thor
  • 2012: The Avengers, The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit, Skyfall, Dredd
  • 2013: Oblivion, The Host, The Conjuring, Pacific Rim
  • 2014: John Wick, Kingsman, Edge of Tomorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Divergent, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • 2015: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, The Martian, Spectre
  • 2016: Split, Rogue One, Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Doctor Strange
  • 2017: Wonder Woman, It, Logan
  • 2018: Avengers: Infinity War, Venom
  • 2019: Avengers: End Game
  • 2020: Love and Monsters, Extraction
  • 2021: Dune, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Free Guy

The last great Oscar best picture winner was The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in 2003. The Departed in 2006 was a fine film, but Pan’s Labyrinth is a masterpiece, and I also prefer Zack Snyder’s over the top epic 300, the fantastic Casino Royale, and even the creepy horror film Silent Hill.

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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