Best Picture vs. popular movies
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The Best Picture Oscar was created to go to the most esteemed and excellent picture of the year. However, the films the Academy chooses in any given year don’t always endure. Best Picture winners are often forgotten, while films that weren’t even nominated rise up in the cultural imagination and become important, noteworthy classics. Some of the most beloved films, the ones audiences remember and watch again and again with new generations, didn’t win Best Picture. In fact, it’s rare for the Academy to choose films that are the most popular. They often choose serious subjects over comedies and weighty historical topics over fantasy and science fiction. The Best Picture Oscar overwhelmingly goes to dramas directed by men—only a tiny percentage of nominated films have been directed by women. Read on to check out the films you probably love that didn’t win the most-coveted Oscar. Find out 21 things you didn’t know about the Academy Awards.
1933: King Kong
This monster movie classic was about way more than a giant monkey on the loose in the big city. King Kong delivers heartfelt tragedy in a story about love and longing and never fitting in. We can all relate to pathos like that! The film also showcased technical feats with state-of-the-art special effects that included stop motion animation and scale models of the famous ape and other creatures. The visuals seamlessly weave the effects with live-action footage. The movie has since been recognized as one of the greatest films of all-time, but it wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar. That year the Best Picture Oscar went to Cavalcade, a period drama about an upper-class British family’s upheaval after the turn of the century. Find out the little known connection between Star Wars and King Kong.