“Cavalcade” tells a story from the point of view of well-to-do London residents Jane and Robert Marryot, whose family, friends, and servants endure the ups and downs of life from New Year’s Eve 1899 to New Year’s Day 1933.
The film had potential, considering the events that took place – the sinking of the Titanic and World War I – but other than that, it was a pretty empty film and did not deserve to win Best Picture.
Ordinary People - Best Picture, 1981
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, we began seeing more and more melodrama hitting the movie theaters, which is exactly why "Ordinary People" came around at the perfect time. Timothy Hutton won the award for Best Actor, and Best Director went to Robert Redford.
While we admit that the film had some dynamite performances, there needs to be more than outstanding acting to qualify to win the biggest film honor out there.
The Broadway Melody - Best Picture, 1930
The Oscars have come a long way since the beginning of the award shows, and the second Best Picture winner was the first sound movie ever to win an Oscar. For your common knowledge, the first movie was the silent production, "Wings."
In our opinion, "The Broadway Melody" could have won the worst picture that year as well. The musical is about two sisters who move to Broadway to find show tunes, but there's not much else to it.
The English Patient - Best Picture, 1997
It is absolutely mindboggling that this film took home nine out of the 12 Oscars it was nominated for - especially Best Picture. In short, this film took the excessive length of "Out of Africa" and cranked up its melodrama.
It's a story we've heard one too many times about a horribly burned pilot (Ralph Fiennes), tells the military nurse treating him (Juliette Binoche) his tale of love when he fell in love with a married British woman. An unsurprising, sub-par World War II film, if you ask us.
Slumdog Millionaire - Best Picture, 2009
The story of an orphaned young man, portrayed by Dev Patel, who rises from the slums and wins the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" only to be questioned about his past, was a shoo-in to win Best Picture.
It was an interesting concept, but the script wasn't strong, and the production was questionable. There have been plenty of films about India by Indian directors that have yet to be acknowledged.