Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 2002

dtgirbp-2002Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

Biggest Snub:

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Overall Thoughts:

This was a very disappointing year, because I truly believe that the voters chose the worst possible choice between the 5 nominees.

The fact that this was one of the few years where they split their votes between Director and Picture shows that it was probably quite a close vote between the two.

The other three nominees are all solid choices but there really is a clear film that is the best of the 5… unfortunately, the voters missed this one.

My Rankings:


  • 5. – Chicago – One of the worst choices for BP ever!  This film may have a catchy tune here or there, but overall, the story is just completely terrible.
  • 4. – The Hours – Three nice stories from different time periods that revolve around a similar theme. Great performances by Kidman, Steep and Moore help make this film quite memorable
  • 3. – Gangs of New York – Scorsese does a wonderful job of recreating 18th Century New York.  The characters are larger than life, but the story isn’t as impactful as it could be.
  • 2. – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Amazingly done by Jackson in so many narrative and technical aspects but the fact that it’s a middle film in a trilogy makes some people believe that it is missing a beginning and an end.
  • 1. – The Pianist – Such an amazing film that is done expertly by Polanski who won Best Director.  Brody’s performance here is so telling of the high level of this film and it really is the best of the year IMHO.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all!  Chicago is one of the worst choices for BP and they really fumbled the ball here when they should have given it to The Pianist which is a harrowing tale of survival in an impossible situation.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

13 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 2002

  1. I think Chicago won because it was a more upbeat film and at that time in 2002 I think the voters wanted to focus on something fluffier than the other more somber films. You’re right though it was the least deserving of the lot and any other year I think it would have lost.


  2. For me, the best movie of 2002 was CITY OF GOD. Big time. What an amazing character piece. It felt like Scorsese. Incredible energy and visuals. Sprawling story of Brazil’s violence amongst youths, told across decades. One of the best movies of the decade!


  3. “Chicago” is not only the worst Best Picture choice ever (yes, even worse than “The Greatest Show On Earth,”) but simply a bad film. It’s the only Oscar winner I actually had to turn off because it was so dreadful. What the hell were they thinking?

    “Gangs of New York” was the best English-language film of the year. As Dan says, “City of God” was the best non-English language film of the year.


    • Chicago isn’t the worst BP winner, there are worse if u can believe that – Tom Jones was horrendous and a few of the early ones were really boring to sit through, but it’s the worst “modern” winner IMHO.

      I liked GoNY, but still think The Pianist is much more powerful


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