Tradition vs. artistry at the Oscars: On the legacy of the snubbed classic

Why the movies that have lost out for Best Picture supersede the winners, and why the ‘La La Land’ vs. ‘Moonlight’ battle is different

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As the final announcement of the 2017 Academy Awards arrived, I watched as a smiling Faye Dunaway took the Best Picture envelope from Warren Beatty’s hands. I knew exactly what she was going to say. It was basically a lock at this point, right? Just another box to check off
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Best Oscar-winners of past 10 years

Best Picture Winner: “12 Years a Slave” Runner-up: “No Country for Old Men” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” “Moonlight” “Spotlight” “The Hurt Locker” “The Artist” “Argo” “Slumdog Millionaire” “The King’s Speech” When comparing the last 10 years of Best Picture Oscar winners, it becomes easy to narrow down
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