alfred hitchcock

Every year since 1929 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences meets up to decide who will be the winners at The Oscars. And every year a multitude of people will complain that these awards did not go to the right people. After the awards have been announced, there is the inevitable barrage of criticism from disgruntled cinephiles who disagree with the decisions made by The Academy.

But should film fans really care so much about these awards? At the end of the day, a film receiving the title of ‘Best Picture’ is still very much the same film it was before the award ceremony. The only difference is that now it has a flashy badge of approval from the group of elite individuals who constitute The Academy.

To narrow the selection down to one definitive film or one definitive acting performance must be an incredibly difficult task. In fact, to zoom in with a laser eye of objectivity and single out one winner is damn near impossible.

But for whatever reasons, The Academy makes their decisions and there is nothing we can do but accept it. I’m not going to pass judgement or criticise any of their choices. Instead, I’m going to provide a list of 10 immensely talented and influential directors, actors and cinematographers who are equally deserving of owning one of those small golden statuettes.

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This article was first posted on January 30, 2013