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Note that it is tiered voting

But then what about the many many many many films that starred non-whites that should have won but didn't?

I chose EEAAO over the other ten because I think out of those ten it was the best movie - if it starred an all-Black cast, White cast or Asian cast would be immaterial.

A few years ago the Korean film Parasite won best picture. I gave it 4/5 which would have been my top pick this year.

But in 2020 it would have placed 5th.

Jojo Rabbit *****
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood *****
1917 ****
Joker ****
Parasite (Winner) ****
Ford v Ferrari ***1/2
Marriage Story ***
Little Women ***
The Irishman **1/2

I think people choose what they like the best. The Academy voters are skewing younger and Science Fiction "seems" to be more popular than ever and EEAAO is impressive visually (artistically).

Quite often in film history - multiple viewings of a film can help and if one begs for this is EEAAO. With a younger audience growing up with smartphones and more instant gratification and impressive video games (that often have superior stories to movies) I am not all surprised that young people like EEAAO - more than me for that matter.

Lastly, the Academy is preferential voting - so they choose their top 5. Actors choose actors and directors choose directors but everyone votes on picture.

That's why "polarizing films" don't tend to win. Many film critics (most of them) and people with degrees in the arts will choose Pulp Fiction for the best picture all day every day over Forrest Gump.

Pulp Fiction will gain far far more 5/5 ratings but it will also be off-putting to the old geezers who don't like the F-Word or any blood. So it will also get a lot more 0/5 ratings. Forrest Gump is amiable - it's a good movie, entertaining, a family movie - likely gets a boatload of 2nd or third votes. The other movie that year was The Shawshank Redemption which no one at the time actually watched. And poor ole Quiz Show probably would have won a bunch of other years but no chance against those three in 1994.

For me, it would have been
Pulp Fiction 5/5
Shawshank Redemption 5/5
Crumb 4.5/5
Quiz Show 4/5
Ed Wood 4/5
Forrest Gump 4/5
The Last Seduction 4/5
Maverick 4/5
Natural Born Killers 3.5/5
Heavenly Creatures 3.5/5
Speed 3.5/5

Anyway - I think this is the first year in many years where my pick actually won best picture. And really it would have been my 7th choice in 2020!

Edits: 03/14/23

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