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Trivial Top 20: Worst Winners of Best Picture Oscars®

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Crash Paul Haggis

1. Crash Paul Haggis, 2005
Slumdog Millionaire

2. Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle, 2008
Chicago

3. Chicago Rob Marshall, 2002
Forrest Gump

4. Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis, 1994
A Beautiful Mind

5. A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard, 2001
Gladiator

6. Gladiator Ridley Scott, 2000
American Beauty

7. American Beauty Sam Mendes, 1999
Shakespeare in Love

8. Shakespeare in Love John Madden, 1998
Braveheart

9. Braveheart Mel Gibson, 1995
Titanic

10. Titanic James Cameron, 1997
Driving Miss Daisy

11. Driving Miss Daisy Bruce Beresford, 1989
Dances with Wolves

12. Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, 1990
The Greatest Show on Earth

13. The Greatest Show on Earth Cecil B. DeMille, 1952
The King's Speech

14. The King’s Speech Tom Hooper, 2010
The English Patient

15. The English Patient Anthony Minghella, 1996
Amadeus

16. Amadeus Milos Forman, 1984
Around the World

17. Around the World in 80 Days Michael Anderson, 1956
Chariots of Fire

18. Chariots of Fire Hugh Hudson, 1981
Gandhi

19. Gandhi Richard Attenborough, 1982
Mrs. Miniver

20. Mrs. Miniver William Wyler, 1942
Terms of Endearment

21. Terms of Endearment James L. Brooks, 1983
Return of the King Peter Jackson

22. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Peter Jackson, 2003
The Sound of Music

23. The Sound of Music Robert Wise, 1965
Ben-Hur
24. Ben-Hur
William Wyler, 1959
Rain Man

25. Rain Man Barry Levinson, 1988
Million Dollar Baby

26. Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, 2004
Cimarron Wesley Ruggles

27. Cimarron Wesley Ruggles, 1930/31
Rocky Sylvester Stallone

28. Rocky Sylvester Stallone, 1976
No Country for Old Men

29. No Country for Old Men Joel & Ethan Coen, 2007
Out of Africa

30. Out of Africa Sydney Pollack, 1985
Tom Jones

31. Tom Jones Tony Richardson, 1963
The Deer Hunter Michael Ciminio

32. The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino, 1978
Oliver!

33. Oliver! Carol Reed, 1968
Ordinary People

34. Ordinary People Robert Redford, 1980
Kramer vs. Kramer

35. Kramer vs. Kramer Robert Benton, 1979
The Sting

36. The Sting George Roy Hill, 1973
Cavalcade

37. Cavalcade Frank Lloyd, 1932/33
Platoon

38. Platoon Oliver Stone, 1986
Man for All Seasons

39. A Man for All Seasons Fred Zinnemann, 1966
Marty

40. Marty Delbert Mann, 1955
The Life of Emile Zola

41. The Life of Emile Zola William Dieterle, 1937
Schindler's List

42. Schindler’s List Steven Spielberg, 1993
My Fair Lady

43. My Fair Lady George Cukor, 1964
Gigi

44. Gigi Vincente Minnelli, 1958
The Heat of the Night

45. In the Heat of the Night Norman Jewison, 1967
The Great Ziegfeld

46. The Great Ziegfeld Robert Z. Leonard, 1936
All Quiet on the Western Front

47. All Quiet on the Western Front Lewis Milestone, 1929/30
Midnight Cowboy

48. Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger, 1969
Gone with the Wind

49. Gone with the Wind Victor Fleming, 1939
West Side Story

50. West Side Story Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins, 1961

Poll Participants: Thom Andersen, Geoff Andrew, Nico Baumbach, Michael Chaiken, Richard Combs, David Edelstein, David Ehrenstein, Jesse P. Finnegan, Scott Foundas, Marco Grosoli, Haden Guest, Matthew Hubbell, Harlan Jacobson, Laura Kern, Michael Koresky, Olaf Möller, Mark Olsen, Nicolas Rapold, Jonathan Robbins, Gavin Smith, Manuel Yáñez-Murillo

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