The Oscar ceremonies always judge the movies of a particular year from January 1st through December 31st, and they then hold the ceremony in February or March of the following year.
If those who complained found the test unworkable, that should be on them and not you. This is a particularly glaring weakness with all-time great years like 1994 and 1997 , as people do NOT mean 'Schindler's List' when they speak of '94's Best Picture, just as they do NOT mean 'The English Patient' for '97. What they REALLY mean is Forrest Gump and Titanic, respectively. Changing it to what it now is in order to kowtow to a vocal minority weakens the quiz.
Agreed on The King's Speech (and I say this as a stutterer).
By the way, there should be books written about 1994 for movies. If you spread out 3 of the 5 nominees amongst the following years (1994-1996) they might have won all 3 years, and Forrest Gump was - in my opinion, the weakest of the 3. If I had to rank the top 5 of 1994 - the best year ever for nominees - I'd go:
1.) The Shawshank Redemption - Best movie ever...imdb #1
2.) Pulp Fiction - imdb top 10
3.) Forrest Gump - All-time great film but today we wonder how it beat out the two I listed above it.
4.) Quiz Show - Excellent film...could have won in a year like 96, 02, 05, or 08
5.) Four Weddings and Funeral - Good but not worthy to be listed w/ these 4 classics.
2.) Pulp Fiction (and I think they are also the 1st and 2nd best of the year)
3.) Hudsucker Proxy
4.) Quiz Show
5.) The Paper
6.) Forrest Gump
7.) The Professional
8.) The Lion King
9.) Four Weddings and a Funeral
The only way to really gauge which group makes up the minority is to compare the outrage (and content of the arguments) that you received when you used the release year with what you're getting now that you're using the award year.
It's a bit of a temptest in a teapot either way, though, as I mentioned above. If you remember that Unforgiven won Best Picture, that fact that it gets displayed in an unexpected box doesn't negate that you just typed an acceptable answer. But FWIW, I've never associated the award year with the movie. Like someone else pointed out, that's like associating 1986 with the Chicago Bears Super Bowl championship. It's "the '85 Bears".
The Best Picture of 1939 is Gone With The Wind.
This shouldn't surprise greatly - AMPAS haven't voted with the public since ... hmm ... Lord of the Rings?
For example, the inscription on this screenplay award for Citizen Kane, given February 26, 1942, is inscribed 1941. It is the 1941 Oscar, not 1942. http://natedsanders.com/UserFiles/Image/36926.jpg
Ops where is La La Land? :-o
Although I will give Jordan Peele credit in that the Screenplay Oscar was pretty well-deserved.
Also, I thought Us was better. And I'm surprised it got ZERO nominations.
And, if it matters much, know that I am a white male, and a movie being about Africa does not make it any better for me.
My gender and the racial labels others ascribe to me are irrelevant to my opinion.
Gone with the Wind was a 1939 film. Not 1940. Ridiculous way of thinking! And who even watches the awards anymore??
Nowhere near enough time really though.
Just about missed "The Great Ziegfield", whew!
Put each movie name from 1970 to 2022 in a hat and pick one out. The odds are high that you'll enjoy whatever you pick.
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