Let’s Second Guess The Academy: Best Picture 1993

Dazed and ConfusedOccasionally, I like to do a little thing that I call “Let’s second guess the Academy.”  This is when we look at the films that have won Academy Awards in the past and we ask ourselves, “Should that film have won?”

For this latest edition of Let’s Second Guess the Academy, let’s take a look at 1993.  The 1993 Academy Awards were dominated by Schindler’s List.  Steven Spielberg’s powerful Holocaust drama won both best picture and best director.   It remains the film by which all other Holocaust dramas are judged.

But did Schindler’s List deserve to win?  Or would you have preferred to see one of the other four nominees win the title of Best Picture of 1993?  Let us know by voting below!

Now, here comes the fun part.  Let’s say that Spielberg never got around to directing Schindler’s List.  And maybe The Piano never played in the states and The Fugitive bombed at the box office.  Let’s say that none of the five best picture nominees had been eligible to be nominated in 1993.  Which five films would you have nominated in their place?

Below, you can vote for up to five alternative nominees.


4 responses to “Let’s Second Guess The Academy: Best Picture 1993

  1. My list of the top Oscar winners for 1993 look something like this. I don’t think any of you will have much of a problem with my list.

    Best Picture: Schindler’s List – Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment; produced by Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig
    Best Director: Steven Spielberg for Schindler’s List
    Best Actor: Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler for Schindler’s List
    Best Supporting Actor: Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth for Schindler’s List
    Best Actress: Holly Hunter as Ada McGrath for The Piano
    Best Supporting Actress: Anna Paquin as Flora McGrath for The Piano
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Schindler’s List; written by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
    Best Original Screenplay: The Piano; written by Jane Campion

    So there you have it. I agree with the Academy on six of the top eight categories.


  2. For Best Picture, I would have nominated all of the actual nominees except for The Remains of the Day. Instead, Much Ado About Nothing would have joined The Fugitive, In the Name of the Father, The Piano, and Schindler’s List in the Best Picture category.


    • Also for Best Director, I would have taken off James Ivory (The Remains of the Day) and Robert Altman (Short Cuts), and replaced them with Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) and Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado About Nothing). They would join Jane Campion (The Piano), Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father), and Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List) in the Director race.


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