"All they do is give out awards. Greatest Fascist Dictator: Adolf Hitler." —Woody Allen.

Sure, awards are inherently dopey but let's have some fun with the Oscars anyway. What are the best movies that were nominated for Best Picture but did not win? Here’s my list of the Top Twenty. Also, you can choose a movie even if you think it wasn’t the best movie of that particular year. For instance, I have Chinatown on my list even though I wouldn't have given it the top prize over The Godfather II.

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Grand Illusion
The Thin Man
The Maltese Falcon
Citizen Kane
Great Expectations
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Sunset Blvd
12 Angry Men
Bonnie and Clyde
M*A*S*H
The Last Picture Show
Chinatown
Dog Day Afternoon
Taxi Driver
Jaws
Tootsie
The Right Stuff
Nashville

Dangerous Liasons

Honorable Mention: Raging Bull, The Philadelphia Story, E.T., Hope and Glory, Breaking Away, Prizzi’s Honor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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And hey, while we are at it, how about the Top Ten Worst Movies to Win Best Picture? (There are so many, I know…)

The Greatest Show on Earth
Mrs. Miniver
The Sound of Music
Chariots of Fire
Ordinary People
Rainman
Million Dollar Baby
Crash
Dances with Wolves
Forrest Gump

Whatta ya got?