With the Oscars coming up this weekend, one report looks back on 10 past Best Picture winners going back to 1942 to rethink the awards and try to pick a better winner.
Starting with an obvious one, the report by Brian Truitt in USA Today notes that while “How Green Was My Valley” won Best Picture in 1942, in hindsight “Citizen Kane” might have been a better choice. Truitt notes that John Ford’s coal country drama claimed not only Best Picture but a total of five Academy Awards, with “Citizen Kane” — which Truitt says is “widely regarded as the best movie ever made” — winning only for its screenplay.
A couple of other examples: “Kramer vs. Kramer’s” Best Picture Oscar in 1980 beat out, among others, “Apocalypse Now,” and “Forrest Gump” took home the trophy in 1995 over “Pulp Fiction.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to USA Today to see the full list.