The Oscars 2017: 10 movies which should’ve won Best Picture

Who will be taking home the Oscar statues in 2017? Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Who will be taking home the Oscar statues in 2017? Picture: Ian West/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony is almost here. While we are all dealing with an acute case of Oscars fever, the chairman of King's Lynn Community Cinema Club, Ian Barton, looks back at previous winners of Best Picture - and the movies that should have beaten them.

How Green Was My Valley with Maureen O'Hara & Donald Crisp. Picture: 20th Century Fox

How Green Was My Valley with Maureen O'Hara & Donald Crisp. Picture: 20th Century Fox

1942 - How Green Was My Valley

'Citizen Kane, which only won Best Original Screenplay, is now widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.'

Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons in Hamlet. Picture: Archant Archive

Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons in Hamlet. Picture: Archant Archive

1949 - Hamlet

'The Red Shoes by Powell and Pressburger has become recognised as a classic, and has been an inspiration for many future directors, including Martin Scorsese.'

Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton and Gloria Grahame in The Greatest Show on Earth. Pictur

Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton and Gloria Grahame in The Greatest Show on Earth. Picture: Paramount Pictures/Archant Archive - Credit: Paramount Pictures/Archant Archive


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1953 - The Greatest Show on Earth

'Rather overblown, especially when compared to perhaps the greatest of all Westerns, the tense, morally ambiguous High Noon.

English actor David Niven, who starred in Around the World in 80 Days. Picture: PA

English actor David Niven, who starred in Around the World in 80 Days. Picture: PA - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

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1957 - Around the World in 80 Days

'It's fun, but I'd recommend The Searchers, probably John Wayne's finest two hours, yet not even nominated by the Academy.'

Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People. Picture: Paramount Pictures Corporation/A

Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People. Picture: Paramount Pictures Corporation/Archant Archive - Credit: Paramount Pictures Corporation/Archant Archive

1981 - Ordinary People

'Robert Redford's fine drama features an excellent ensemble cast, but for my money not as good as Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, an astonishing portrayal of the life of the 50s boxer Jake La Motta.'

Dan Ackroyd, Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy. Picture: Warner Bros/Archant Ar

Dan Ackroyd, Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy. Picture: Warner Bros/Archant Archive - Credit: Warner Bros/Archant Archive

1990 - Driving Miss Daisy

'An engaging well-performed piece exploring race in the USA, but contrast it with Spike Lee's explosive Do the Right Thing. New York is on the verge of racial conflict, and you can really feel the heat of the city streets.'

Kevin Costner and Graham Greene in Dances with Wolves. Picture: Guild Film Distribution Ltd/Archant

Kevin Costner and Graham Greene in Dances with Wolves. Picture: Guild Film Distribution Ltd/Archant Archive - Credit: Guild Film Distribution Ltd/Archant Archive

1991 - Dances with Wolves

'Poor old Scorsese is robbed again, this time the gangster classic Goodfellas is the one that misses out on the top award.'

Forest Gump. Picture: Paramount Pictures/Archant Archive

Forest Gump. Picture: Paramount Pictures/Archant Archive - Credit: Paramount Pictures/Archant Archive

1995 Forrest Gump

'A bit too American folksy for my taste, and I'd suggest that either Pulp Fiction or Shawshank Redemption would have been more worthy winners.'

Shakespeare in Love. Picture: Archant Archive

Shakespeare in Love. Picture: Archant Archive - Credit: Archant Archive

1999 - Shakespeare in Love

'This warm, witty film won seven Oscars in total, but for a real cinematic experience I think Saving Private Ryan should probably have won Best Picture to go alongside Spielberg's Best Director award.'

John Goodman, Alan Arkin and actor-director Ben Affleck in 'Argo'. Picture: AP Photo/Warner Bros

John Goodman, Alan Arkin and actor-director Ben Affleck in 'Argo'. Picture: AP Photo/Warner Bros - Credit: AP

2013 - Argo

'It's a reasonably engaging drama, but pretty much instantly forgotten. Try Zero Dark Thirty or Life of Pi instead.'

King's Lynn Community Cinema Club

The club was established nearly seven years ago by local film enthusiasts who were keen to bring a varied selection of cinematic delights to its membership.

Screenings take place on the second Thursday of every month at the St George's Guildhall, Kings Street, showing independent films, world cinema, hand-picked selection of vintage classics as well as little-known gems.

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