PS: Favorite Oscar-Nominated Best Picture Black & White Movie?

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Which of these Oscar-nominated Best Picture movies initially released entirely or mostly in black & white is your favorite?

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See the partial list of Oscar-nominated Best Picture black & white film stock movies here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls045886041/
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Schindler's List.
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ElM.

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Paper Moon wasn't a BP nominee.
I didn't even need to check, I know all BP nominees by heart from 1944 to 2008... something owe to years of Oscar-related poll suggestions
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Thanks, I usually double check even the most obvious ones. As Oscar, doesn't seem to have most obvious nominees.Paper Moon just got enough votes to be rated in the Top 250 last year, currently at Top Rated Movies #238, peaking at #207, despite it being disadvantaged as a B&W. Meanwhile, in hindsight A Touch of Class (1973) doesn't seem so deserving of its spot among the Oscar nominees. I never realized Jodi Foster reprised the role in the TV series, Paper Moon (1974–1975).
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It's been a personal challenge to watch all BP nominees of one year, so far I've done this for 10 years... I couldn't get that Touch of Class movie yet... but I'm looking forward to discovering it.
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I am like you, if it highly rated or Oscar-nominated I make a point to try to see it. I don't care if it is an older film, B&W, foreign or subtitled or whatever. It can be can be challenge to keep up each year with worthy new films, never mind to work the backlog of ones that I somehow missed or came out before I was born. I haven't heard anything about A Touch of Class (1973), but I got think with five Oscar nominations it has to be worthy of watch.
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You could add ROMA.
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'Good poll idea and a good list with some great films; 'tough choice. The syntax makes the title sound a bit awkward, I think. Maybe try "Favorite Black & White Best Picture Nominee" or "Favorite Black & White Best Picture Oscar Nominee" or "Favorite Black & White Oscar Best Picture Nominee?" 
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Favorite Black & White Best Picture Oscar Nominee
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Oh, I just noticed that 'Judgement at Nuremberg' is listed twice. 
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Corrected, 'Judgement at Nuremberg' is listed once.
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FYC:

'The Elephant Man' and 'The Last Picture Show' are completely in black and white, I think. I can't quite remember but according to IMDb, they are. 

There's this search but I don't know exactly which ones were entirely or almost entirely in black and white:

https://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature&groups=oscar_best_picture_nominees&colo...

This is such a good idea for a poll. 
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I had them on the list, I removed them as I like to keep the options under thirty to start,
Rebecca (1940) and Roma (2018) took their spots.


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Please remove the duplicate that Ruby mentioned.
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My first thougth when I saw the title is that during decades it was very common to have black and white movies before color became the norm.

If there is a criteria to choose only some movies out of the many there are, it should be specified.

Before Gone With the Wind every single nominee and winner where black and white, why aren't they considered? 
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Which top ranked title on the list do suggest Roma (2018) is more deserving than and that Roma should replace to gain a spot on list and why?
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it should replace this one  Captains Courageous because Roma has a better rating. Also, this historical a 2018  Black and White only the second movie to have been nominated in Best Motion Picture and Best Foreign Language Film. I think it deserve to be on the list
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I am not sure rating to which you refer. Captains Courageous (1937) 8.0 IMDb, 89% Rotten Tomato Audience Score and 91% Google is rated higher on than Roma (2018) 7.9 IMDb 75% Rotten Tomato Audience Score and 75% Google on all the audience measures. Critically speaking, Roma (2018)'s Rotten Tomato TOMATOMETER 96% seems to slightly edge Captains Courageous (1937)'s Rotten Tomato TOMATOMETER 93% rating. Whereas on other critics measures like Roma's Meta Critic's MetaScore 96 is not comparable since Captains Courageous (1937) not rated.

I am not moved by your argument of it being the flavor of the day or what awards it hasn't won yet. Roma is a U.S. production, despite being in Spanish, but If being a foreign film is a factor these other Best Picture nominees seem to have as compelling an argument as Roma for inclusion: 1938's Grand Illusion, 1969's Z and 2011's The Artist.  I think a wait-and-see approach is needed to see if Roma lives up to the hype on Oscar night.
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First i refer to imdb Roma has 7.9 with 76 079 votes in date of February 17. Captains Courageous has 8.0 with 7 776 votes in date of February 17.

You can see that  Captains Courageous  is less popular than Roma. In brief, Captains Courageous  will anyway get the less amount of votes in the all list if the poll takes live.
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I am still confused by your reasoning, isn't a 7.9 rating less than 8.0 rating, making Roma the lower rated film of the two. Roma's page as of today has the highest page views on all the titles and exceeds Captains Courageous' page in traffic. It certainly will garner more votes due to that, but I am not sure that is a reason by itself to include a film. Plus, its limited availability outside of Netflix would seem to limit the number of poll takers who have seen or can see the "boycotted" film (Movie Theater Chains Will Snub the Oscar-Nominated 'Roma' | GQ). However, I did remove Captains Courageous from the poll list.

I have also changed the scope of question to "best" from 'favorite" to make it less about popularity and more about the superior film. Roma still has a strong case on that basis with its Meta Critic's MetaScore 96 and other high ratings. Plus, Roma's ten Oscar nominations isn't anything to snear at either. Johnny Belinda (1948),
Mrs. Miniver (1942),  A Streetcar Named Desire (1951),  The Song of Bernadette (1943), and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) all had a dozen plus Oscar nominations and still didn't make the B&W poll list. While, Roma has a case for inclusion. I don't think it is the slam dunk you think it is, when compared to equally or more worthy titles that are also on the cusp on inclusion.
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Casablanca