RT Podcast

"Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong" About... The Oscars' 'Best Picture' Winners

Is our Tomatometer ranking of the greatest Best Picture winners of all time right? We're breaking down the top 10 and beyond in the latest episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong.

by | April 22, 2021 | Comments

The Godfather

(Photo by courtesy Everett Collection)

This Sunday, a new Best Picture Oscar winner will join the club of 93 movies that have taken out the Academy’s highest honor since the awards were first held in 1929. Will it be frontrunner Nomadland? Will Judas and the Black Messiah make history with an upset? Will Netflix finally get a Best Pic win with Mank or The Trail of the Chicago 7?


Listen Now: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Google Podcasts | Radio Public | Deezer | iHeart | Art19


Those are all fun questions – and questions that will be answered in short time. With Oscars in the air, though, we decided to ask a different question in the latest episode of our podcast, Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong: What are the greatest Best Picture winners of all time? And does Rotten Tomatoes’ ranking of the 93 movies to win Best Picture so far stack up to scrutiny?

That list, which ranks the past Best Picture winners by Tomatometer – weighting for factors like year of release and the number of reviews available for each film – places screwball classic It Happened One Night in top position, just ahead of last year’s groundbreaking South Korean winner, Parasite. Also in the top 10: Expected classics like Casablanca and The Godfather, along with a few surprises (The Shape of Water?).



Is that the right top 10? Should “Big” winners Lawrence of Arabia, Titanic, Ben-Hur and more be placed higher up the list? Should Forrest Gump really be so close to the bottom of the pile? Joining regular hosts Jacqueline Coley and Mark Ellis is Indiewire executive editor and chief film critic, awards expert, and co-host of podcast Screen Talk, Eric Kohn: together, they will break down our epic list of Best Picture winners – and give us their predictions for the performances and films they think will win big this year.

Check in every Thursday for a new episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast From Rotten Tomatoes). Each week, hosts Jacqueline and Mark and guests go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies and TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: “Rotten Tomatoes is wrong.”



If you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at rtiswrong@rottentomatoes.com.


Meet the hosts

Jacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.

Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he’s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.


On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.


Tag Cloud

justice league universal monsters razzies king kong comic superhero SundanceTV docudrama Awards critics high school 2015 binge independent renewed TV shows Image Comics versus toy story screen actors guild Grammys 2020 mutant The Academy Reality Competition crime satire video Disney+ Disney Plus Comedy Central E! Lucasfilm serial killer Nickelodeon FX on Hulu Nominations Countdown stand-up comedy Paramount Network SDCC Dark Horse Comics know your critic Mindy Kaling new zealand teaser international Emmy Nominations Captain marvel facebook die hard scorecard Academy Awards Pop TV hollywood prank First Reviews transformers indiana jones DC Comics zombie Sundance Now Biopics The Walking Dead true crime Trophy Talk Amazon Prime Video Pixar TNT ID Warner Bros. TCM classics disaster new star wars movies VH1 new york dc romantic comedy robots DGA Pet Sematary Thanksgiving television medical drama reboot japanese BBC America aliens YouTube Red docuseries ABC Signature war Horror WGN james bond remakes worst movies live action Adult Swim Quiz documentaries chucky MTV NBC 20th Century Fox doctor who USA comics TV movies First Look Reality all-time rt archives Schedule Super Bowl game of thrones finale diversity Netflix Christmas movies Food Network LGBTQ strong female leads harry potter adaptation TCA Winter 2020 screenings DC streaming service pirates of the caribbean Tumblr IFC Vudu ratings nature Toys Musicals BAFTA Hallmark fast and furious Amazon Studios CBS TBS spanish animated MCU festivals Tomatazos game show Fox News romance FX laika AMC golden globes E3 DC Universe Shudder Amazon Women's History Month golden globe awards Star Trek TV renewals criterion Superheroes Hulu talk show nbcuniversal adventure zero dark thirty 2019 Elton John cooking WarnerMedia GLAAD ESPN spy thriller 2018 Creative Arts Emmys witnail psycho blaxploitation RT History tv talk composers boxing Universal Pacific Islander lord of the rings marvel cinematic universe joker TV One space Animation crime thriller History Holidays Family Set visit children's TV The Walt Disney Company PaleyFest CW Seed police drama Mary Poppins Returns Marathons cancelled TV series parents archives Apple TV+ 4/20 DirecTV CNN popular Netflix Stephen King PBS Marvel streaming movies Fall TV Sneak Peek Esquire BET Awards USA Network YouTube Premium Freeform deadpool natural history scene in color American Society of Cinematographers Rocketman toronto asian-american Mary Tyler Moore elevated horror Valentine's Day godzilla Classic Film Disney series news twilight Country science fiction Summer Paramount aapi Comic Book 71st Emmy Awards Apple TV Plus stoner dramedy CMT Showtime BBC Tubi Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt mockumentary Podcast christmas movies Red Carpet theme song Sundance TV emmy awards New York Comic Con Comedy spinoff Starz Infographic south america The Arrangement 007 halloween blockbusters Rom-Com Peacock Music Winners Winter TV quibi dragons ViacomCBS Amazon Prime Trailer cancelled TV shows Mystery football PlayStation Lionsgate Cannes Polls and Games telelvision festival Disney streaming service stop motion Legendary Cosplay Logo hidden camera obituary sports streaming slashers Action BBC One Crackle book singing competition fresh Spectrum Originals video on demand Pop worst Mudbound target venice Western sitcom 24 frames latino Year in Review nfl Certified Fresh best Calendar Sony Pictures Sci-Fi rotten Britbox 2016 Walt Disney Pictures jurassic park GIFs Election HBO TV Land scary movies Premiere Dates Endgame Broadway Mary poppins Crunchyroll TLC canceled spanish language films IFC Films political drama mission: impossible Watching Series cults crossover Binge Guide spain Nat Geo Paramount Plus NYCC Hallmark Christmas movies reviews Kids & Family Black History Month Fox Searchlight Musical TruTV TCA Awards Anna Paquin YA Arrowverse heist movie 45 indie Lifetime movie politics 72 Emmy Awards President Bravo Ovation biography FXX franchise Cartoon Network 21st Century Fox 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards discovery ABC Family revenge dceu Comics on TV See It Skip It The Purge TV Spring TV superman Best and Worst 93rd Oscars Travel Channel Martial Arts period drama Black Mirror Syfy Alien miniseries Ellie Kemper Song of Ice and Fire Trivia name the review spider-man cancelled television San Diego Comic-Con Disney Channel Video Games Ghostbusters Hear Us Out directors HBO Max Opinion Christmas Heroines thriller National Geographic a nightmare on elm street RT21 Avengers french TCA 2017 Chernobyl kong A&E Extras cops HBO Go cars MSNBC Lifetime Christmas movies award winner hist Film Festival VICE Turner APB sag awards cartoon saw Discovery Channel Sundance 99% Teen Television Academy kids X-Men trailers breaking bad OWN dogs Superheroe Marvel Television 2017 unscripted anthology monster movies Awards Tour rotten movies we love documentary cancelled Tarantino child's play comiccon ITV anime movies VOD FOX Masterpiece green book Box Office vampires women italian Turner Classic Movies travel Fantasy Brie Larson australia Rocky book adaptation hispanic Pride Month kaiju sequel cats crime drama TIFF foreign free movies A24 Rock Oscars historical drama Exclusive Video blockbuster Apple cinemax rom-coms The Witch 2021 technology Pirates richard e. Grant Film CBS All Access TCA GoT Disney Plus Drama The CW zombies Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Television Critics Association social media what to watch comedies comic books black Funimation sequels OneApp Acorn TV werewolf canceled TV shows Writers Guild of America BET boxoffice batman Star Wars ghosts halloween tv dark LGBT Baby Yoda jamie lee curtis ABC Emmys supernatural concert Epix casting Photos Shondaland based on movie YouTube Character Guide Spike Holiday SXSW El Rey Interview psychological thriller Columbia Pictures Marvel Studios