Oscars 2014: The Toughest Best Picture Races Ever

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2013 was, as we film critics have reiterated endlessly in the pages of CraveOnline, an extraordinarily good year for movies. As such, all nine films nominated for Best Picture Academy Award this year are, at the very least, notable in some way, with some genuine classics mixed in; I have a feeling movies like Her, The Wolf of Wall Street, and especially Gravity will be referenced again and again in the years to come. We all have our suspicions as to what film will actually win the Oscar come March, but actually deciding between some of these movies will be tough.

And while some films are still baffling in the mere fact that they were nominated for Best Picture (Seabiscuit? Really? Jerry Maguire? You sure about that?), there have been other years that have been veritably jam-packed with excellent nominees. If you think 2013 will be a tough call, take a look at some of the close-call races from the Oscars of yesteryears.  


Witney Seibold is the head film critic for Nerdist, and a contributor on the CraveOnline Film Channel, and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. You can read his weekly articles Trolling, and The Series Project, and follow him on “Twitter” at @WitneySeibold, where he is slowly losing his mind.