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Oscars Challenge Recap Part 2: Hits and Misses

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

Now that I am able to complete the 11th to 20th Best Picture Winners (again in no particular order), It's time to look back to the previous 10 movies that I have watched. Once again, it is a pretty diverse list and for the first time, there is a musical so it's kind of surprising.

Here is a quick recap of those:

  1. Gigi (1958) - 31st

  2. Chicago (2002) - 75th

  3. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) - 3rd

  4. Nomadland (2020) - 93rd

  5. 12 Years A Slave (2013) - 86th

  6. The Departed (2006) - 79th

  7. The Hurt Locker (2008) - 82nd

  8. The Godfather (1972) - 45th

  9. Gladiator (2000) - 73rd

  10. Ordinary People (1980) - 53rd


I would be lying if The Godfather is not here. The action, story, and characters really made the film stand out for me. Another surprising and good movie is All Quiet on the Western Front. Considering it was made almost 90 years ago and still maintains the same quality that most of our modern war movies have is pretty fantastic. Ordinary People also was a good movie but it contains several hard-to-discuss scenes.

I feel like I love this list more than the previous one. Even though musicals were not my thing.


Definitely, Gigi is a miss. The story was pretty bland and not really something that suits my taste. I am not sure but it just didn't click for me. Nomadland may be a miss for me but it's one of those films that you need to watch multiple times to fully grasp the story.

Overall Take:

For the first 20 films, there are now definite standouts as well as those that are forgettable. I don't still see any pattern in how they choose these winners but I think they choose what is relevant at that time. But who knows?

My Top 10 picks:

I have given it a lot of thought and now that we have more than 10 movies in the bag, I can now rank my top 10. So here they are:

  1. The Godfather

  2. Amadeus

  3. No Country For Old men

  4. All Quiet on the Western Front

  5. 12 Years A Slave

  6. The Departed

  7. Rain Man

  8. American Beauty

  9. Ordinary People

  10. You Can't Take It With You

Looking forward to the 21st to the 30th films.

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