Will 'Selma' Win Best Picture At The Oscars? These 16 Best Picture Losers Prove Winning Isn’t Everything

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You know that the world of high-end film competition is in a dire state when a movie like Selma is projected to lose against the likes of The Imitation Game and American Sniper. Snubbed in all other major categories, the nearly prophetic "inside baseball" civil rights feature by director Ava DuVernay feels like a lame duck amongst its stylistically dormant and thematically dead Best Picture contenders, an issue not only of qualitative injustice but of sociopolitical alarm.

And yet, even though Selma isn't likely to walk home with a Best Picture Academy Award come show night, that doesn't mean it won't be heralded as the defining movie of 2014. Just look back at history: there have been plenty of years, as far back as 1940 and as recently as 2010, that are best represented by a movie that didn't go on to win the big Oscar. Movies like Rebecca, From Here to Eternity, Driving Miss Daisy, and The King's Speech may have earned the top prize, but these runners up are by all accounts the most memorable films of their respective years.

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