Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1982

dtgirbp-1982Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

The Verdict

Biggest Snub:

Sophie’s Choice

My Overall Thoughts:

All 5 of the film nominated this year are pretty good, but I think that only two of them had a real shot of winning.

The big question of the night was whether the voters would go with the heartwarming technical spectacle created by Spielberg or the epic biopic superbly created by Attenborough.

History records that they went with the epic, but the question will always remains as to whether they made the correct choice or not.

My Rankings:


  • 5. – The Verdict – Newman once again shows how great an actor he is, but the story is a bit tedious and moves along too slowly.
  • 4. – Tootsie – Very funny film that showcased Hoffman’s ability to also do comedy.  Does a great job satirizing show business.
  • 3. – Missing – Excellent story about love of a child which shows how far a parent could go.  Lemmon is superb here
  • 2. – Gandhi – Kingsley is superb here in this epicly shot film.  Attenborough’s best film as director because it shows how he got everything to come together just right.
  • 1. – E.T. – Spielberg’s heartwarming film about friendship takes the cake as the best film of the year and still remains amazingly magical 34 years after it’s release

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No.  Gandhi is an amazing epic that works on so many levels, but ET is a much more heartwarming choice.

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

5 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 1982

  1. Loved Gandhi, but lets be honest E.T. should have won. However, many of those AMPAS members (all 17 branches I might add) are known for their bias (and I won’t go there in this response, being one of them), and felt that Steven and Universal Studios sought to buy the Oscar for Best Picture—with all the tie-ins to it—and rejected the film by not voting for it. Nevertheless, that wasn’t the first or last time that that will happen. But what a shame, as E.T. will continue to be discovered, generation after generation, and touch countless more hearts with the burst of love and compassion that it brings out of people. Great film.


  2. ET was so special. My favourite film of all-time (tied with Pulp Fiction – for very different reasons). I still cry every damn time. I need to see Sophie’s Choice still. Another great list, Rob! I had fun with my Rewind & Rank special series and ranking my Top 10 for 1982. You blend in these Oscar picks with some popcorn-munching blockbusters and it’s pretty tough. I’d love to see how you rank the Top 10. That would be super movie nerdy cool. Do you have a yearly Top 10 series already?


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