Which Best Picture Oscar winner is the most overrated?

The 'best picture' doesn't always win the award come Oscar time. We've assembled a list of the past...

The 'best picture' doesn't always win the award come Oscar time. We've assembled a list of the past 16 winners and want you to vote for the least deserving of an Academy Award.

Mark Daniell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

The films that win Best Picture at the Oscars are supposed to be able to stand the test of time. Watch ‘em anytime or anyplace. They also say something about the year they were made. There were a lot of dark titles in 2007 – the year No Country for Old Men won – but it was the Coen brothers’ nihilistic fable in which all the characters lost that captured Oscar voters’ hearts.

It has stood the test of time. Ditto Martin Scorsese’s crime-thriller The Departed the year before.

But the right film doesn’t always win. As Jim Slotek will argue in this weekend’s paper, Avatar changed the movie landscape forever in 2009. But it was James Cameron’s ex Kathryn Bigelow who won big for The Hurt Locker.

Looking back at recent Best Picture winners, there are plenty that deserved to win – the aforementioned No Country for Old Men and The Departed – but films like 2011’s The Artist or 2005’s Crash were mostly forgettable and won against more worthy pictures. Likewise, The King’s Speech ran roughshod over films people still actually talk about – Inception and Toy Story 3.

So yeah, there are a lot of overrated films that perhaps didn’t deserve to win.

We’ve assembled winners from the past 16 years and we want you to choose the one instance where Oscar got it wrong.

Join us back here Sunday night for our Academy Awards live-blog.


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