Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1994

dtgirbp-1994Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Forrest Gump
Four Weddings and A Funeral
Pulp Fiction
Quiz Show
The Shawshank Redemption

Biggest Snub:

The Lion King

My Overall Thoughts:

This was one of the strongest years in Oscar History and each of the five nominees are amazing films that each in their own way are deserving and capable of taking home the Biggest Award based solely on the strength of the film.

Choosing the best of them isn’t an easy task because no answer could really be wrong.

Ultimately, the voters needed to choose the film that has the most universal connection for everyone and that in and of itself whiddles the list down to just two films which both deal with the lifelong effects of friendship; Both are superb films but the past two decades has been able to declare one slightly better than the other.

My Rankings:


  • 5. – Quiz Show – Redford directs this film superbly and shows how universal the idea of the importance of viewers on a “reality” show and the eternal question of integrity vs. greed.  It’s quite interesting that even now more than twenty years later, the ideas of greed and integrity still resonate in the news (sometimes even daily).
  • 4. – Four Weddings and A Funeral -Such and amazing Rom-com because it feels so down to Earth and realistic.  Grant was perfectly cast as the lead and the supporting characters all feel so genuine. One of the best rom-com’s ever!
  • 3. – Pulp Fiction -Tarantino created an amazing universe with this film and showed everyone how even crooks can have “normal” conversations that we all can relate to.  The characters are amazingly written and QT does it all with such amazingly convincing and engaging dialogue.
  • 2. – Forrest Gump -Great film that takes a look at modern US History and gives us a likeable character who becomes a large part of that history.  Hanks is superbly endearing here and it’s one of his best roles.  Zemekis does a wonderful job putting it all together from both a narrative and technical perspective.
  • 1. – The Shawshank Redemption – Extremely powerful film that holds up so well even after more than two decades.  Perhaps one of the best movies ever made because of its raw emotion.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t appreciated when it came out in the theaters and only was “noticed” once it came out on video.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not Really. FG is a great story with some loveable characters and amazing effects, but TSR is a much more powerful film that will always be considered the better film of the two.

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

2 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1994

  1. I’m in the minority that think Shawkshank is overrated. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it. However, the narrative is weaker than it should be. I don’t want to crap on it, but sometimes it relies on the voice-over to help orchestrate emotion. For me, I prefer the non-linear narrative of Pulp Fiction and its clever script, filled with eccentric characters and super flavourful dialogue. I just did my Top 10 for 1994. It will be online soon. Let’s just say, I hope we can continue the debate later 😉 Great year for nominees though. I totally agree. And Lion King was definitely snubbed.

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