PS: Favorite Oscar-Nominated Best Picture Action Movie?

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Which of these Oscar-nominated Best Picture action-packed movies is your favorite?

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See the partial list of Oscar-nominated Best Picture action movies here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls047052559/
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SUPPLEMENTAL HONORABLE MENTION ACTION OSCAR NOMINEES

King Solomon's Mines 1950 | Movie 6.9 (5,060)

Battleground 1949 | Movie 7.5 (5,898)

Wake Island 1942 | Movie 6.9 (1,583)

In Old Chicago 1938 | Movie 6.9 (1,832)

Trader Horn 1931 | Movie 6.4 (769)
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Star Wars (1977)
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Favorite Oscar-Nominated Best Picture Action Movie BUMP

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I suppose A New Hope.
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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) would likely be my top pick among the other Action Oscar nominees. I could see Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and  Gladiator (2000) filling out the top three in votes.
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Inception
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I don't know how the Oscars are not giving a price to Christopher Nolan. Seriously, 
For example, he didn't even get a nomination for best director until Dunkirk. Anyway, I bet that he will never win an Oscar of his life because the academy doesn't like his directing style. They will put it in the same bucket as Stanley Kubrick. This is sad because Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan who are my favorite directors, both have never won an Oscar!!

The Dark Knight didn't even get a nomination, they need to catch up and give the best picture, best picture, best screenplay to Nolan.

For now, I will say that Nolan is too good for the Academy Awards.
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I feel the same that the most worthy Oscar nominees are not always recognized with a win. If you have followed the Oscars, this is very commonplace where individuals are not necessarily honored for their best work or even at all sometimes. Likewise, Alfred Hitchcock, David Fincher and Martin Scorsese have only one Oscar win between the three of them. While, I like The Departed (2006), it is nowhere near the most Oscar-worthy film of their combined efforts. I agree Kubrick and Nolan have made Oscar-worthy films, but they aren't the only ones who have been unfairly overlooked.

It is not personal, as it is sometimes a function of tough competition in a particular year, but also some biases by voters that favor campaigning and extraneous factors other than the work itself. I think this explains some of the one-hit wonder Oscars and make-up Oscars that have happened fairly regularly in the past. Sometimes, it is simple as having a story behind the project that voters rally behind or carries enough weight to overshadow a more deserving film.  To be fair, the Academy recognizes these short-comings and has taken a fresh look at the the mathematics of voting to make them fairer.

Hopefully, the new preferential counting of votes will favor more worthy nominees in future. In the old traditional vote counting system, razor thin margins from 5- way and 10-way races accounted for some questionable wins. More marginal Oscar nominees (flavor of the month, first timers, etc) with top heavy, but not very deep support often won when the vote was well split between all the nominees.

In the end, I think most people realize that the Oscar more often than not indicates a certain quality, but it does not indicate the definitive best of that year. A review of most top film lists show that all are littered with films that not only failed to win the big prize, a lot were never even nominated in the first place. Truly revolutionary work and genius are rarely understood within their own time in any field.