Oscar Winners Aren't Always The Films We Remember

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A scene from the film "Citizen Kane." (Photo Courtesy of Williamcromar/Flickr)
A scene from the film "Citizen Kane." (Photo Courtesy of Williamcromar/Flickr)

This Sunday are the Academy Awards for the films of 2011 and "The Artist" is the front-runner for Best Picture. But given a decade or two, will it be other nominees such as "Hugo" or "The Descendants" that really stand the test of time?

Take the Oscars for the best films of 1941: John Ford's "How Green Was My Valley" won the Best Picture Oscar, but another nominee, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" is now widely considered by film critics to be one of the best film of all time.

Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe tells Here and Now's Robin Young that Academy voters tend to go for the films that best represent their values and not necessarily those that represent the greatest artistic achievement.

Oscars Nominees And Winners Through History

  • Underlined films are Best Picture winners.


  • Blossoms in the Dust — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Citizen Kane — Mercury
  • Here Comes Mr. Jordan — Columbia
  • Hold Back the Dawn — Paramount
  • How Green Was My Valley — 20th Century-Fox
  • The Little Foxes — Samuel Goldwyn Productions
  • The Maltese Falcon — Warner Bros.
  • One Foot in Heaven — Warner Bros.
  • Sergeant York — Warner Bros.
  • Suspicion — RKO Radio

  • The Greatest Show on Earth — Cecil B. DeMille, Producer
  • High Noon — Stanley Kramer, Producer
  • Ivanhoe — Pandro S. Berman, Producer
  • Moulin Rouge — Romulus Films
  • The Quiet Man — John Ford and Merian C. Cooper, Producers

  • Around the World in 80 Days — Michael Todd, Producer
  • Friendly Persuasion — William Wyler, Producer
  • Giant — George Stevens and Henry Ginsberg, Producers
  • The King and I — Charles Brackett, Producer
  • The Ten Commandments — Cecil B. DeMille, Producer

  • Coal Miner's Daughter — Bernard Schwartz, Producer
  • The Elephant Man — Jonathan Sanger, Producer
  • Ordinary People — Ronald L. Schwary, Producer
  • Raging Bull — Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Producers
  • Tess — Claude Berri, Producer; Timothy Burrill, Co-Producer

  • Atlantic City — Denis Heroux and John Kemeny, Producers
  • Chariots of Fire — David Puttnam, Producer
  • On Golden Pond — Bruce Gilbert, Producer
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark — Frank Marshall, Producer
  • Reds — Warren Beatty, Producers

  • Broadcast News — James L. Brooks, Producer
  • Fatal Attraction — Stanley R. Jaffe and Sherry Lansing, Producers
  • Hope and Glory — John Boorman, Producer
  • The Last Emperor — Jeremy Thomas, Producer
  • Moonstruck — Patrick Palmer and Norman Jewison, Producers


This segment aired on February 24, 2012.


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