Second-guessing the Oscar Best Picture winners

While they're meant to recognize the very best of film, the Academy Awards winners don't always line up with popular tastes when it comes to the Best Picture of the Year.

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It's extremely rare for the Best Picture of the Year to also rake in the most money at the box office, and in many cases, the Academy's favourite film simply doesn't stand the test of time. Several films have garnered multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture, only to fade into obscurity a few years later, while other films not nominated for an award have gone on to become timeless classics.

Here's a look back at the last 10 years of Academy Award winners, along with the box office winners and the consensus top-rated film according to the website Rotten Tomatoes. The Rotten Tomatoes scores are collated from critics' review since the film's release, so they more accurately reflect today's view of the film.


Oscar winner: Crash

Box office leader: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Critics' favourite: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


Oscar winner: The Departed

Box office leader: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Critics' favourite: Casino Royale


Oscar winner: No Country for Old Men

Box office leader: Spider-Man 3

Critics' favourite: Ratatouille


Oscar winner: Slumdog Millionaire

Box office leader: The Dark Knight

Critics' favourite: The Wrestler


Oscar winner: The Hurt Locker

Box office leader: Avatar

Critics' favourite: Up


Oscar winner: The King's Speech

Box office leader: Toy Story 3

Critics' favourite: Toy Story 3


Oscar winner: The Artist

Box office leader: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2

Critics' favourite: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2


Oscar winner: Argo

Box office leader: Marvel's The Avengers

Critics' favourite: Argo


Oscar winner: 12 Years a Slave

Box office leader: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Critics' favourite: Gravity


Oscar winner: Birdman

Box office leader: American Sniper

Critics' favourite: Boyhood


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