This week’s question is the result of a discussion about the 90th Academy Awards ceremony happening this weekend: What year was your favorite Best Picture lineup at the Oscars? Sean O’Neal Rocky’s Best Picture win for movies made in 1976 (49th Academy Awards) is often held up as one of the perennial examples of “When The Oscars Got It Wrong,” its victory over Taxi Driver, Network, All The President’s Men, and (to a lesser extent) Bound For Glory yet more evidence of the Academy’s fallible, milquetoast tastes. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that all of these were nominated, nor what an incredible year it was for film. Any Best Picture lineup that can boast Martin Scorsese’s seminal urban noir, Sidney Lumet’s scathing media satire, and Alan J. Pakula’s seminal political thriller (and the best film ever made about journalism) in a single go is one for the ages—and that’s even true for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, a movie that might have seemed like a lightweight, sentimental favorite in comparison to those other three, but one that’s loomed undeniably large in American mythology ever since. To me, the ’76 Best Picture lineup represents the Oscars ideal: arthouse dark horses,… Read full this story
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