Over the past 10 days, our all-time Oscar bracket, "The Godfather" proved to be the "best" Best Picture winner, beating out "Schindler's List" in the finals. Honestly. We didn't let Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway anywhere near our voting tabulations. But enough about the winners. What about the losers?
The crop of films that have been nominated for Best Picture (but didn't win) is arguably better than the group of films that actually won the big prize. But which one of these Best Picture losers is the BEST film? We're going to let the Fantasy Movie League community decide.
-All films that were nominated for Best Picture but didn't win were eligible. We limited it to no more than three losing films for any given year.
-Once we had our list of 64 finalists they were seeded according to the following formula:
Rotten Tomato score + IMDB user score (x10) + Egregiousness Factor = Final Score
-A little explanation on the "Egregiousness Factor." Each film was given a score from 1 (least egregious) through 5 (most egregious). For example, although "The Wizard of Oz" is a cinematic classic there was no shame in losing to "Gone With the Wind," so it scored a 1. However, every few years we have a "Goodfellas" losing to "Dances With Wolves" or a "Saving Private Ryan" losing to "Shakespeare in Love." Those types of films scored a 5.
Cast your votes, spread the word and make a case for your favorite Best Picture losers in the chatter.
If you are on the FML App, you can view the bracket on Brackify: Best of the Rest