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15 Most Offensive Best Picture Oscar Wins We Wish We Could Undo

They all won it. But there are many people out there who still believe they didn’t at all deserve it. There were much better options that year.


A movie about white men fighting other white men for freedom while shouting war cries to make you throw up. That’s Braveheart for you. The fight scenes were good but literally everything else was bad. The movie’s pacing was horrible. And the lead character got way too much credit. Also did we need to watch them run around the woods for 20 straight minutes in real time?

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is not at all a bad movie. It is seen as cringe by many because of the movie’s cancerous fans. People who have watched Forrest Gump rave about it so much the people who haven’t seen it start visualizing a masterpiece. And what they get in the end does not live up to expectations. That’s what happens with Forrest Gump.

The English Patient

Hollywood tends to take adultery way too romantically. This World War Two movie tells the tale of a British pilot and cartographer who is horribly burnt. He is being treated by a military nurse where he tells his story of how he fell in love with a married woman while mapping the Sahara desert. The movie’s is slow and predictable as heck.

The Greatest Show On Earth

Legendary filmmaker Cecil B DeMille has given us movies like Cleopatra and Samson & Delilah. His next movie – The Greatest Show On Earth, won him an Oscar. But it was more of a pat in the back for his contributions to cinema. the movie was good, but not as good as the other nominations that year which included heavyweights like High Noon.

Driving Miss Daisy

This is a movie that did not age well. Fans of today’s generation call the movie a petri dish of racist undertones. An elderly white woman and her black driver, how come such audacity passed the censor board? And it somehow beat Born On The Fourth Of July. Spike Lee‘s Do the Right Thing did not even get a nomination.

A Beautiful Mind

To be frank, the movie is not that good to be nominated for the Oscars. It’s a great watch, no doubt about that. But for it to get Best Picture? You have to be blind to vote for a movie that is this uneven and riddled with plot-holes from start to finish.

Shakespeare In Love

This is a romance story between Shakespeare and one of the actors auditioning for a role in one of his plays. The actor is actually a woman masquerading as a man. On the surface, it looks like a mother of all fairy tale stories. But it’s just so damn random that the plot looses cohesion more than often.

Dances With Wolves

It Looks like just another product of the White Savior stereotype. Dances With Wolves does seem to make it look like the world would have never survived without a white man taking charge. Kevin Costner did his best. The movie falters a lot despite its positive messages about Native Americans.


Crash had an amazing cast. Ranging from Thandie Newton to Sandra Bullock and Don Cheadle, the movie looked promising. The story was out of bounds. The Director’s aim was to interweave the subplots to show everything is connected. Racism and xenophobia in LA was shown in all its glory. But it could have done much more. To top it off, the movie beat Brokeback Mountain, which showcased gay romance in a positive light.


At first glance, the movie’s not that bad. A lawyer defends women against the legal system. But the movie’s plot is not original. And there’s not much to see other than the lead characters. There were better options like The Pianist and Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers. They deserved to win, not this raunchy musical.


This movie right here beat Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Sidney Lumet’s Network. How the hell did it manage to do that is totally beyond us!!


Many people hate Argo with passion. They openly claim the movie was not worthy of winning Best picture. And that was especially true when it was against legendary movies like Life Of Pi and Les Miserables.

Out Of Africa

For the better or for worse, Out Of Africa is the kind of movie you instantly think about when you hear the word – “Oscars”. The movie tells the tale of a Danish woman and a big game hunter, played by Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, who fall in love in Nairobi. If you survive through the movie’s 160 minute run time, we would give YOU an Oscar.

Slumdog Millionaire

The movie is set in India. And believe it or not, Indians hate it. It conforms to long standing racist stereotypes about the country. All people think about when they hear India is giant slums with poor hygiene. To top it off, the movie ends on a song and dance routine. Like how stereotypical could you be Hollywood?

Around The World In 80 Days (1956)

David Niven plays an English chap who wagers that he can travel the world in under three months. And in his journey, he meets all kinds of colorful characters played by major stars of that era. If all it took were cameos by famous actors to win an Oscar, the MCU would be walking home with a lot more awards than it already has.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.