1. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Yes this movie was about the dreams and aspirations of a slum dweller who rises to riches all for the sake of love. It is also a film about bad acting, slow plot and stereotyping. And what was with the song –and-dance number at the end? It felt more like mockery than paying tribute to Bollywood musicals. The movie was just another reminder of the downtrodden state of India and its people – a reaffirmation for the narrow mindsets of the West that India is a land of chaos and no sanity.
2. Crash (2005)
A movie that used racist slurs to show how bad racism is. Ironic? Or just a bad film? I choose the latter. A series of mini movies rolled into one trying to show the ugly face of racism didn’t go down too well with me. It perpetuated the stereotypes it tries to debunk. The characters felt more like plug-ins than actual people. What point the Academy was trying to make with this one I will never know.
3. Gladiator (2000)
This movie had me running to my balcony to stare at clear blue skies for an hour. The drabness of the cinematography is only reinforced with the movie’s length. It makes me cringe when this one is compared to classics like Spartacus and Ben-Hur. (Russell Crowe’s Best Actor trophy was equally shock-inducing).
4. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
I had no words when this one won. Why? Just why? WHY???!!!
5. Titanic (1997)
Surprised to see this one on the list? I get a lot of ‘omg-what-did-you-just-say’s for voicing my opinion on this one, but Titanic made me feel like James Cameroon should stick to the sci-fi genre. Terminator 2 was more deserving of an Oscar than this tired love story. I kid you not, I felt no compassion for Jack or Rose. Only when the ship began to sink, did I start paying attention. I know people who claimed to watch this is in the theatres 15 times! Really? You couldn’t find a better way to doze off? Everything from the casting to the costumes felt so wrong in this film. It ignited no sentiment, no sympathy and no approval for the Oscar win from my end. For me this movie should have sunk to depths deeper than the great abyss of the ocean floor and remained there till it was forgotten in totality.
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