Where were all you people who love this film back in 1994? You certainly weren't with me in the theater on opening night.

Here’s a little random post while I finish working on some of my other posts.  These are all numbers from the IMDb.  It is kind of a representation of quasi-popular opinion on Best Picture nominees.  It’s popular opinion because these are numbers based on IMDb ratings and votes, something which anyone can do.  On the other hand, you have to care enough to at least register and do the voting.  So, kind of a mix of those who care about films and those who have too much time on their hands when they’re on the web.

So, here are some stats on films that were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Since the numbers on all of these tend to change, I’ll let you know that all these of numbers were pulled on April 29, 2010.

I’ve added a little updated inspired by one of the comments.  It’s at the end.

Top 10 Rating  (IMDb top 250 rank):

  1. The Shawshank Redemption  –  9.2  (#1)
  2. The Godfather  –  9.2  (#2)
  3. The Godfather Part II  –  9.0  (#3)
  4. Pulp Fiction  –  8.9  (#5)
  5. Schindler’s List  –  8.9  (#6)
  6. 12 Angry Men  –  8.9  (#7)
  7. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest  –  8.9  (#8)
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  8.8  (#11)
  9. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope  –  8.8  (#12)
  10. Casablanca  –  8.8  (#13)

for the record, #4 is The Good the Bad and the Ugly, #9 is Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and #10 is The Dark Knight

Low 10 Rating  (tie-breaker goes to film with higher vote total):

Doctor Dolittle - the worst Best Picture nominee of all-time - and that's me and the IMDb speaking

  1. Doctor Dolittle  –  6.0
  2. Alibi  –  6.0
  3. In Old Arizona  –  6.1
  4. One Night of Love  –  6.1
  5. Flirtation Walk  –  6.1
  6. Cimarron  –  6.2
  7. Three Coins in the Fountain  –  6.2
  8. Arrowsmith  –  6.2
  9. The Prince of Tides  –  6.4
  10. Airport  –  6.5

Top 10 Best Picture Ratings:

  1. The Godfather  –  9.2  (#2)
  2. The Godfather Part II  –  9  (#3)
  3. Schindler’s List  –  8.9  (#6)
  4. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest  –  8.9  (#8)
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  8.8  (#11)
  6. Casablanca  –  8.8  (#13)
  7. The Silence of the Lambs  –  8.7  (#24)
  8. Forrest Gump  –  8.6  (#36)
  9. American Beauty  –  8.6  (#37)
  10. Lawrence of Arabia  –  8.6  (#42)

Bottom 10 Best Picture Ratings:

  1. Cimarron  –  6.2
  2. Cavalcade  –  6.5
  3. The Broadway Melody  –  6.7
  4. Around the World in 80 Days  –  6.8
  5. The Greatest Show on Earth  –  6.8
  6. Gigi  –  6.9
  7. Out of Africa  –  7.0
  8. The Great Ziegfeld  –  7.0
  9. Tom Jones  –  7.1
  10. Chicago  –  7.2

Over-rated! Over-rated!

10 Films IMDb voters rate MUCH higher than me:

  1. Forrest Gump  –  8.6
  2. Braveheart  –  8.4
  3. The Green Mile  –  8.4
  4. The Smiling Lieutenant  –  8.1
  5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button  –  8
  6. The Good Earth  –  7.9
  7. Captains Courageous  –  7.9
  8. The 10 Commandments  –  7.9
  9. The Crowd  –  7.9
  10. Zorba the Greek  –  7.8

10 Lowest IMDb rankings that I give ****:

  1. The Accidental Tourist  –  6.7
  2. Bugsy  –  6.8
  3. Heaven Can Wait (1978)  –  6.8
  4. The Big Chill  –  7.0
  5. Broadcast News  –  7.0
  6. For Whom the Bell Tolls  –  7.0
  7. Four Weddings and a Funeral  –  7.1
  8. Born on the Fourth of July  –  7.1
  9. Tom Jones  –  7.1
  10. Chicago  –  7.2

Top 10 Vote-Getters:

  1. The Shawshank Redemption  –  489048
  2. Pulp Fiction  –  396749
  3. The Godfather  –  392126
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  –  371482
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  347066
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  –  312757
  7. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope  –  309465
  8. Forrest Gump  –  284165
  9. American Beauty  –  280437
  10. Gladiator  –  265438

Top 10 Fewest Vote-Getters

  1. The Patriot  –  0
  2. The White Parade  –  11
  3. East Lynne  –  34
  4. Skippy  –  109
  5. The Pied Piper  –  138
  6. Flirtation Walk  –  155
  7. One Night of Love  –  158
  8. Bad Girl  –  165
  9. State Fair  –  173
  10. The House of Rothschild  –  214

note:  The three fewest vote-getters are of course a lost film and two films that only exist in archives.  They are also the only three which I haven’t rated.

Cavalcade is the Best Picture winner that the fewest people seem to have seen. And those that saw it didn't like it.

Top 10 Fewest Vote-Getters among Best Pictures:

  1. Cavalcade  –  975
  2. The Life of Emile Zola  –  1706
  3. The Great Ziegfeld  –  1930
  4. The Broadway Melody  –  1956
  5. Wings  –  2934
  6. Going My Way  –  3224
  7. Tom Jones  –  3893
  8. The Greatest Show on Earth  –  4139
  9. Gentleman’s Agreement  –  4454
  10. All the King’s Men  –  4521

Here is the list of all the Best Picture winners, followed by how they rank in their respective year among Best Picture nominees in terms of vote totals.  This is to get the idea of whether things get seen more simply for being a Best Picture.  If they didn’t finish in first, I list the film that got the most votes of the nominees that year.

  • 1927-28  –  Sunrise  (1)  /  Wings  (2)  –  Sunrise, of course, won Best Artistic Production – the other Best Picture
  • 1928-29  –  The Broadway Melody  (1) – more than the other four nominees combined
  • 1929-30  –  All Quiet on the Western Front  (1)  –  over nine times as many votes as the other four nominees combined
  • 1930-31  –  Cimarron  (1)  –  barely more than the other four nominees combined
  • 1931-32  –  Grand Hotel  (1)  –  barely less than the other seven nominees combined
  • 1932-33  –  Cavalcade  (8)  –  I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
  • 1934  –  It Happened One Night  (1)  – more than the other 11 nominees combined – highest vote total of any pre-1939 nominee
  • 1935  –  Mutiny on the Bounty  (1)
  • 1936  –  The Great Ziegfeld  (6)  –  Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • 1937  –  The Life of Emile Zola  (8)  – The Awful Truth
  • 1938  –  You Can’t Take It With You  (3)  –  The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • 1939  –  Gone with the Wind  (2)  –  more than 8 of the other nominees combined, but still 23,000 less than Wizard of Oz – first year in which all nominees receive at least 1000 votes
  • 1940  –  Rebecca  (2)  –  a thousand behind The Great Dictator
  • 1941  –  How Green Was My Valley  (4)  –  less than 1/18th of the votes Citizen Kane got
  • 1942  –  Mrs. Miniver  (3)  –  The Magnificent Ambersons, surprisingly
  • 1943  –  Casablanca  (1)  –  at 161,291, the highest vote total of any pre-1971 nominee
  • 1944 –  Going My Way  (3)  –  less than 1/10th what Double Indemnity has
  • 1945  –  The Lost Weekend  (2)  –  Spellbound
  • 1946  –  The Best Years of our Lives  (2)  –  less than 1/5th what It’s a Wonderful Life has
  • 1947  –  Gentleman’s Agreement  (4)  –  Miracle on 34th Street
  • 1948  –  Hamlet  (3)  –  Treasure of the Sierra Madre has more than the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1949  –  All the King’s Men  (2)  –  Twelve O’Clock High  –  most recent year in which no nominee has more than 5000 votes
  • 1950  –  All About Eve  (2)  –  Sunset Blvd. has more than the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1951  –  An American in Paris  (2)  –  A Streetcar Named Desire has more than the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1952  –  The Greatest Show on Earth  (2)  –  High Noon has more than the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1953  –  From Here to Eternity  (2)  –  Roman Holiday
  • 1954  –  On the Waterfront  (1)  – almost twice as many votes as other 4 nominees combined
  • 1955  –  Marty  (2)  –  one of only two years post 1950 in which no film has 10,000 votes
  • 1956  –  Around the World in 80 Days  (4)  –  The 10 Commandments
  • 1957  –  The Bridge on the River Kwai  (2)  –  only half the votes 12 Angry Men has
  • 1958  –  Gigi  (2)  –  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • 1959  –  Ben-Hur  (1)  – over twice as many votes as other 4 nominees combined
  • 1960  –  The Apartment  (1)  – over three times as many votes as other 4 nominees combined
  • 1961  –  West Side Story  (1)
    • first year where all films but 1 break 10,000 votes – other film is Fanny which is one of four post-1960 films to receive fewer than 1000 votes  (the others are Sons and Lovers, Rachel Rachel and A Touch of Class)
  • 1962  –  Lawrence of Arabia  (2)  –  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 1963  –  Tom Jones  (3)  –  Cleopatra
    • final year where no film reaches 10,000 votes
  • 1964  –  My Fair Lady  (2)  –  Dr. Strangelove has over twice as many votes as other 4 nominees combined
  • 1965  –  The Sound of Music  (1)  –  more than other 4 nominees combined
  • 1966  –  A Man for all Seasons  (2)  –  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
  • 1967  –  In the Heat of the Night  (3)  –  The Graduate
  • 1968  –  Oliver  (3)  –  The Lion in Winter
  • 1969  –  Midnight Cowboy  (2)  –  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid gets more than other 4 nominees combined
  • 1970  –  Patton  (1)
  • 1971  –  The French Connection  (2)  –  A Clockwork Orange has more than 3 times as many votes as other 4 nominees combined
  • 1972  –  The Godfather  (1)  – more than 6 times as many votes as other 4 nominees combined
  • 1973  –  The Sting  (2)  –  The Exorcist
  • 1974  –  The Godfather Part II  (1)  –  twice as many votes as other 4 nominees combined
  • 1975  –  One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest  (1)
    • Cuckoo and Jaws are the first pair of films from the same year to break 100,000 votes
  • 1976  –  Rocky  (2)  –  Taxi Driver
  • 1977  –  Annie Hall  (2)  –  Star Wars has more than 4 times the votes as the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1978  –  The Deer Hunter  (1)  –  more than twice as many votes as the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1979  –  Kramer vs Kramer  (2)  –  Apocalypse Now has more than 3 times as many votes as the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1980  –  Ordinary People  (3)  –  Raging Bull
  • 1981  –  Chariots of Fire  (2)  –  Raiders of the Lost Ark has nearly 6 times as many votes as the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1982  –  Gandhi  (2)  – less than half the votes that E.T. has
  • 1983  –  Terms of Endearment  (2)  –  The Right Stuff
  • 1984  –  Amadeus  (1)  –  almost 3 times as many votes as the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1985  –  Out of Africa  (3)  –  Witness
  • 1986  –  Platoon  (1)  – twice as many votes as the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1987  –  The Last Emperor  (1)
  • 1988  –  Rain Man  (1)  – more votes than the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1989  –  Driving Miss Daisy  (4)  –  Dead Poets Society
    • first year where every nominee has at least 10,000 votes
  • 1990  –  Dances with Wolves  (3)  –  GoodFellas has almost as many votes as the other 4 nominees combined
    • first year where every nominees has at least 25,000 votes
  • 1991  –  The Silence of the Lambs  (1)
    • last year where any film fails to reach 10,000 votes (Bugsy and The Prince of Tides)
  • 1992  –  Unforgiven  (1)
  • 1993  –  Schindler’s List  (1)  –  more than the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1994  –  Forrest Gump  (3)  –  The Shawshank Redemption
    • has the top two and three of the top 8 vote-getters
    • the only year where the nominees combined have over 1,000,000 total votes
  • 1995  –  Braveheart  (1)  –  more votes than the other 4 nominees combined
  • 1996  –  The English Patient  (3)  –  Fargo
  • 1997  –  Titanic  (1)
  • 1998  –  Shakespeare in Love  (3)  –  Saving Private Ryan
  • 1999  –  American Beauty  (1)
    • the only year besides 1994 in which two films break the 200,000 vote barrier  (the other is The Sixth Sense)
  • 2000  –  Gladiator  (1)
  • 2001  –  A Beautiful Mind  (2)  –  The Fellowship of the Ring has more votes than the other 4 nominees combined
  • 2002  –  Chicago  (4)  –  The Two Towers
  • 2003  –  The Return of the King  (1)  –  more votes than the other 4 nominees combined
  • 2004  –  Million Dollar Baby  (1)
  • 2005  –  Crash  (1)
  • 2006  –  The Departed  (1)
  • 2007  –  No Country for Old Men  (1)
  • 2008  –  Slumdog Millionaire  (1)
  • 2009  –  The Hurt Locker  (5)  –  Avatar
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