Looking Back At The Oscars 2001 Best Picture Nominees

Although we enjoy the Academy Awards every year, we always walk away with a sour taste in our mouths. Today I will continue my series on the Oscar winners. I will share my thoughts on who won, who should’ve won and who should’ve been nominated.

The first race I am going to tackle is the 2001 Best Picture race.

Here were the 5 films nominated for Best Picture.

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Gosford Park
  • In the Bedroom
  • Moulin Rouge

Who Won?

A Beautiful Mind was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and won 4 of them including Best Picture.

The movie follows John Nash (Russell Crowe), a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Who Should Have Won?: A Beautiful Mind

Russell Crowe followed up his fantastic performance in Gladiator with a fantastic portrayal of John Nash. Ron Howard (Director) and Akiva Goldsman (Writer) did a wonderful job of making you feel invested in what was happening. The downfall of John Nash was hard to watch but it was beautifully shot. Of the five films, this EASILY would have received my vote.

Who Should Have Been Nominated?: Ocean’s Eleven

You probably think I am crazy about this one but hear me out. The movie was funny, it was charming and it was downright a fantastic heist film. There were several instances in this film where you had NO clue where it was going. The film did a wonderful job of keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout. The writing was great, the acting was wonderful and the film was just over perfect.

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Honorable Mention: Training Day. Denzel Washington gave hands down one of my favorite performances of all-time.

Who would you have picked as the winner? And what film was missing from being nominated?

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