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February 24, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | February 24, 2009 |

No wonder everyone is so sick of the Academy Awards. Historically, they almost never get it right. For instance, look at the movies you named last week as the best of the aughts; only one with several mentions won a Best Picture award this decade. And just look at the Best Picture winners from 2000 - 2005: Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Chicago, Lord of the Rings, Million Dollar Baby and Crash. Those are hardly classics. Indeed, if you look over the list of winners in the best picture and best actor/actress categories over the last 25 years, very few of the winners, in hindsight, seem to have aged well. Crash may have won in 2005, for instance, but it’s Brokeback Mountain that we’ll still be watching in 2015.

A while back, Dan looked at a number of movies that were unfairly passed over for inferior Academy Award winners. Today, with the benefit of hindsight, I’m checking off the 10 Most Deserving Winners of the last 25 years — not just in relation to the competition they were up against the year they were nominated, but in relation to the last two and a half decades of film. These are movies and performances that, unlike Forrest Gump or Shakespeare in Love, the Academy can actually look back and feel proud of their collective decision. And, believe it or not, although there were a lot of movies and performances that were passed over that will survive the test of time, there weren’t a lot of incredibly deserving winners to choose from.

10. Platoon for Best Picture.
9. Javier Bardem for Best Supporting Actor in No Country for Old Men
8. Jodie Foster for Best Lead Actress in The Accused
7. Benecio Del Toro for Best Supporting Actor in Traffic
6. Susan Sarandon for Best Actress in Dead Man Walking
5. Paul Newman for Best Actor in The Color of Money
4. Anthony Hopkins for Best Actor in the Silence of the Lambs
3. No Country for Old Men for Best Picture.
2. Frances McDormand for Best Actress in Fargo
1. Silence of the Lambs for Best Picture.

A Seriously Random List LIX / Dustin Rowles

Lists | February 24, 2009 |

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