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The worst Oscar winners!

March 01, 2005 17:46 IST

Mel Gibson's Braveheart has topped the charts of history's worst Oscar winners.

 

The film has been placed alongside other strong contenders like A Beautiful MindThe Greatest Show On Earth, and Forrest Gump.

 

The rating of worst films was published by British movie magazine Empire to coincide with the Oscars. 

 

'Braveheart, winner of the Best Picture Oscar in 1996, was a typical piece of Pom-bashing,' said the magazine.

 

'It's Mel Gibson's all-time worst Best Picture. The writer, Randall Wallace, might have merited praise for making 14th century

history relevant to audiences who thought King Edward was a potato or a cigar, but his dialogue has all the thudding subtlety

of a parody,' Empire said.

 

A Beautiful Mind, featuring Russell Crowe as mathematician John Nash, has been rated second for its 'galling' win in 2002.

 

'Critical worth is almost irrelevant where bestowing the Best Picture award is concerned. The Oscars aren't about quality.

They're peer group nods of approval and, as a result, there has been a surfeit of unworthy Best Pictures and, rest assured, there will be many more to come,' Empire writer Patrick Peters declared.

 

The top ten worst Oscar-winning films include:

1. Braveheart (1995)

2. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

3. The Greatest Show On Earth (1952)

4. Ordinary People (1980)

5. Forrest Gump (1994)

6. Terms Of Endearment (1983)

7. Around The World In 80 Days (1956)

8. Cavalcade (1933)

9. Rocky (1976)

10. How Green Was My Valley (1941)

ANI