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December 1, 2011 6:57 AM | By Kim Linekin
Oscars best picture battles

The Hurt Locker vs. Avatar (2010)

The Hurt Locker vs. Avatar (2010) (© 20thC.Fox/Everett /Rex Features)
  • The Hurt Locker vs. Avatar (2010) (© 20thC.Fox/Everett /Rex Features)
  • Brokeback Mountain vs. Crash (2005) (© Lions Gate/Focus/Everett/Rex Features)
  • The Pianist vs. Chicago (2002) (© Miramax/Everett / Rex Features;)
  • Saving Private Ryan vs. Shakespeare in Love (1998) (© RAC/David James/Getty Images)
  • Fargo vs. The English Patient (1996) (© Miramax/Everett / Rex Features;)
  • Pulp Fiction vs. Forrest Gump (1994) (© Everett Collection / SNAP/ Rex Features)
  • Silence of the Lambs vs. Bugsy (1991) (© Tristar/Everett / Rex Features)
  • Goodfellas vs. Dances with Wolves (1990) (© Warner Bros/Everett /SNAP/Rex Features)
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Does the Academy favour edgy, artistic films or comforting fare when it comes time to vote on best picture? Take a look at these battles from past years to find out.

2010's Best Picture battle was between "The Hurt Locker," an edgy look at a U.S. bomb squad operating in Iraq, and "Avatar," a soothing look at a harmonious alien race and the humans who arrive to muck up their environment. Strangely enough, the edgy picture won. "The Hurt Locker" centres on a maverick whose need to be in a death-defying job triumphed over his wife and child's need for him to be home with them. That makes the film far less comforting than "Avatar," which follows a maverick choosing to leave his aggressive compatriots so he can join a race of gentler beings. We suspect plain old quality of storytelling is the main reason behind the Academy's pick, and that's a refreshing thought.

Feb 25, 2013 1:49AM
I never seen network or taxi driver but seen all the rocky movies or anything Stalone is in.
Don't like gory movies that have no purpose
Feb 25, 2013 1:47AM
Kramer vs Kramer was a beautiful film great actors. 
Feb 25, 2013 1:46AM
We loved Dances with Wolves and watch it all the time we bought the movie and watch on tv when it is played on late nights. I cant stand joe pesci and do not like him in any movie. Casino was terrible as well.
Feb 25, 2013 1:44AM
I think even making a picture like  Silence of the Lambs is so stupid and idiots seeing the film try and do the same thing so not decent to show and stupid. Prince of Tides was excellent as was Beauty and the Beat, JFk and Bugsy.  Seen them all i love movies and have been watching academy awards since i was a **** and stayed up late with my mother. 
Feb 25, 2013 1:40AM
I liked Forest Gump best not that my opinion matters. lol
Feb 25, 2013 1:35AM
I think Broke back mountain being about  Gays was too soon to be shown as now it would not matter people have accepted it more.  My husband hated the film because of the gay scenes. I liked the movie.
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