Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” was an instant hit amongst critics and Academy members. It made its way onto becoming the most nominated film at the 2018 awards and won four out of its 13 nominations. As you may have already guessed, it won Best Picture, and while the strange film received mixed reviews, it also didn’t deserve to beat Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.”
One critic noted that the decision seemed like “a safe choice for an industry that wants to signal its values.”
Country Girl - Best Actress, 1955
The 1954 drama, "Country Girl," was a play turned into a movie. It told the story of an alcoholic has-been actor who has one last chance to resurrect his career and was an outstanding film back then. The film won two Oscars, one went to George Seaton for Best Screenplay, and the other to Grace Kelly for Best Actress.
Considering Kelly didn't deliver and was up against one of Hollywood's greatest, we feel that the latter should have gone to Judy Garland for her outstanding performance in "A Star Is Born."
Judy - Best Actress, 2020
Sure, "Judy" was a fine film, but considering the career-defining performances both Scarlett Johansson and Saoirse Ronan gave, Renée Zellweger shouldn't have won Best Actress. Johannson manages to take our breaths away in the powerful and subtle role of the woman mourning the end of her marriage in "Marriage Story."
And Ronan was the highlight of "Little Woman," making a name for herself among Hollywood greats like Meryl Streep and Emma Watson. The reasoning behind Zellweger's triumph is beyond us!
Green Book - Best Picture, 2019
The fact that "Green Book" won Best Picture confirmed exactly what the Academy was trying to avoid. Head over heels for the film, the journeys of a renowned Black pianist, portrayed by Mahershala Ali, and his white driver (Viggo Mortensen) through a tour of the South in the early 1960s, a "reverse 'Driving Miss Daisy'," of sorts just proved that they were a group of privileged people.
The story itself didn't have the depth to be considered a Best Picture winner, and yet, the 2019 awards begged to differ.
Chicago - Best Picture, 2003
Musicals became a hit again after "Chicago" won six Oscars, including Best Picture. Yes, the film's songs were catchy, and the costume design was beautiful, but when a film like steals Roman Polanski's well-deserved Oscar for "The Pianist," one has to wonder.
Despite his personal troubles, Polanski himself received an Oscar for Best Director for "The Pianist," as did lead actor Adrien Brody, but the biggest prize of Oscar night went to a film that was a little more upbeat.