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The "Best Picture" Losers

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Last month we looked at The Closing Moment of Every Best Picture Winner, a montage of 86 closing scenes from Best Picture Academy Award winners. Now, editor Monté Patterson is back with 86 scenes from notable losing films that arguably should have won—at least based on what people think on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.

Here's how this works. You watch the brief clips and try to sort out which movie is which. This time, there's a year on each clip—this can be a help, though there is a version without the years if you prefer. So identifying the films themselves (there's a list below the video) is the first step. Arguing about whether each would be a worthy Best Picture in the comments is your second mission. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

The "Best Picture" Losers: A Final Image Montage (with Years) from The Final Image Films on Vimeo.

From the video's description:

2014 The Wolf of Wall Street
2013 Django Unchained
2012 The Help
2011 Toy Story 3
2010 Up
2009 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2008 There Will Be Blood
2007 Letters From Iwo Jima
2006 Brokeback Mountain
2005 Ray
2004 Mystic River
2003 The Pianist
2002 Moulin Rouge
2001 Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
2000 The Green Mile
1999 Saving Private Ryan
1998 L.A. Confidential
1997 Fargo
1996 Sense and Sensibility
1995 The Shawshank Redemption
1994 In the Name of the Father
1993 Scent of a Woman
1992 Beauty and the Beast
1991 Goodfellas
1990 Dead Poets Society
1989 Dangerous Liaisons
1988 Hope and Glory
1987 Hannah and Her Sisters
1986 The Color Purple
1985 The Killing Fields
1984 The Right Stuff
1983 E.T.
1982 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1981 Raging Bull
1980 Apocalypse Now
1979 Midnight Express
1978 Star Wars
1977 Taxi Driver
1976 Jaws
1975 Chinatown
1974 Cries and Whispers
1973 The Emigrants
1972 A Clockwork Orange
1971 MASH The Movie
1970 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
1969 The Lion in the Winter
1968 The Graduate
1967 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
1966 Doctor Zhivago
1965 "Dr. Strangelove"
1964 America, America
1963 To Kill a Mockingbird
1962 Judgment at Nuremberg
1961 Elmer Gantry
1960 Anatomy of a Murder
1959 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1958 12 Angry Men
1957 The Ten Commandments
1956 Mister Roberts
1955 The Caine Mutiny
1954 Roman Holiday
1953 The Quiet Man
1952 A Streetcar Named Desire
1951 Sunset Blvd
1950 The Heiress
1949 The Treasure of Sierra Madre
1948 Great Expectations
1947 It's a Wonderful Life
1946 Mildred Pierce
1945 Double Indemnity
1944 The Ox-Bow Incident
1943 The Magnificent Ambersons
1942 Citizen Kane
1941 The Great Dictator
1940 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
1939 La Grande Illusion
1938 Captains Courageous
1937 Dodsworth
1936 Top Hat
1935 The Thin Man
1934 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
1932 The Champ
1931 Skippy
1930 The Love Parade
1930 In Old Arizona
1929 Seventh Heaven

*TRIV: The April 1930 ceremony was for movies released between 2 August 1928 and 31 July 1929. The November 1930 ceremony was for movies made between 1 August 1929 and 31 July 1930.

**TRIV: Data crowdsourced from the IMDb rating and Rotten Tomatoes show that the losers' scores were often higher than that year's winner.

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The Time Douglas Adams Met Jim Henson
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On September 13, 1983, Jim Henson and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams had dinner for the first time. Henson, who was born on this day in 1936, noted the event in his "Red Book" journal, in characteristic short-form style: "Dinner with Douglas Adams – 1st met." Over the next few years the men discussed how they might work together—they shared interests in technology, entertainment, and education, and ended up collaborating on several projects (including a Labyrinth video game). They also came up with the idea for a "Muppet Institute of Technology" project, a computer literacy TV special that was never produced. Henson historians described the project as follows:

Adams had been working with the Henson team that year on the Muppet Institute of Technology project. Collaborating with Digital Productions (the computer animation people), Chris Cerf, Jon Stone, Joe Bailey, Mark Salzman and Douglas Adams, Jim’s goal was to raise awareness about the potential for personal computer use and dispel fears about their complexity. In a one-hour television special, the familiar Muppets would (according to the pitch material), “spark the public’s interest in computing,” in an entertaining fashion, highlighting all sorts of hardware and software being used in special effects, digital animation, and robotics. Viewers would get a tour of the fictional institute – a series of computer-generated rooms manipulated by the dean, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and stumble on various characters taking advantage of computers’ capabilities. Fozzie, for example, would be hard at work in the “Department of Artificial Stupidity,” proving that computers are only as funny as the bears that program them. Hinting at what would come in The Jim Henson Hour, viewers, “…might even see Jim Henson himself using an input device called a ‘Waldo’ to manipulate a digitally-controlled puppet.”

While the show was never produced, the development process gave Jim and Douglas Adams a chance to get to know each other and explore a shared passion. It seems fitting that when production started on the 2005 film of Adams’s classic Hitchhiker’s Guide, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop would create animatronic creatures like the slovenly Vogons, the Babel Fish, and Marvin the robot, perhaps a relative of the robot designed by Michael Frith for the MIT project.

You can read a bit on the project more from Muppet Wiki, largely based on the same article.

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Everything That’s Leaving Netflix in October
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Netflix subscribers are already counting down the days until the premiere of the new season of Stranger Things. But, as always, in order to make room for the near-90 new titles making their way to the streaming site, some of your favorite titles—including all of 30 Rock, The Wonder Years, and Malcolm in the Middle—must go. Here’s everything that’s leaving Netflix in October ... binge ‘em while you can!

October 1

30 Rock (Seasons 1-7)

A Love in Times of Selfies

Across the Universe

Barton Fink


Big Daddy


Cradle 2 the Grave

Crafting a Nation

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Daddy’s Little Girls

Dark Was the Night

David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (Season 1)

Day of the Kamikaze

Death Beach

Dowry Law

Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief

Friday Night Lights (Seasons 1-5)

Happy Feet

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison




Love Actually

Malcolm in the Middle (Seasons 1-7)

Max Dugan Returns


Million Dollar Baby

Mortal Combat

Mr. 3000

Mulholland Dr.

My Father the Hero

My Name Is Earl (Seasons 1-4)

One Tree Hill (Seasons 1-9)


Picture This

Prison Break (Seasons 1-4)

The Bernie Mac Show (Seasons 1-5)

The Shining

The Wonder Years (Seasons 1-6)


October 19

The Cleveland Show (Seasons 1-4)

October 21

Bones (Seasons 5-11)

October 27

Lie to Me (Seasons 2-3)

Louie (Seasons 1-5)

Hot Transylvania 2

October 29

Family Guy (Seasons 9-14)


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