2004 Academy Awards: The Hardest Decision in Best Picture History

In 2003, multiple films were made that were instant classics. From fantastic fantasies to dramatic dramas (yes, those are meant to be redundant), the year's films were amazing. So, here is my pick for what should have been the Best Picture of 2003. Best Picture: Nominees: >Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - Peter Jackson >Mystic River - Clint Eastwood >Lost in Translation - Sofia Coppola >Cold Mountain - Anthony Minghella >Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl - Gore Verbinski >21 Grams - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu >City of God - Fernando Meirelles >In America - Jim Sheridan >The Last Samurai - Edward Zwick >Kill Bill Vol. 1 - Quentin Tarantino >Dogville - Lars von Trier >Identity - James Mangold >Matchstick Men - Ridley Scott You see what I have to deal with?! So many fantastic movies! So now, after DAYS of deciding, I can now say with confidence that the best film of 2003 is: City of God The film was a tiny bit better than Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, 21 Grams and Identity, and it had some of the most moving plot elements of all time.


  1. While I can agree that City of God should have one best picture it is unfortunate because the previous years they didn’t give Jackson best Picture because they new the third one was coming out and it was wrapping all 3 movies into one best picture award.

  2. I agree that this year was specifically a difficult decision, but personally I think 1994 was the year with the most difficult decision. I may be biased however because Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, and Pulp Fiction are my three favorite movies, but still I think it was a more difficult year than 2004. Although I will agree 2004 was a tough year, I mean Mystic River did win both Best Actor and Best Supporting.

  3. Agreed with you on that one, Orange. 1994 was quite difficult.

  4. And,to add on to my last statement, the list of nominees announced this morning for last year is equally if not more difficult. Fantastic list.

  5. Eh, I beg to differ. They left Nolan out of Best Director, which royally pissed me off. And, in my opinion, it isn’t a difficult decision. But a good selection, at the very least.

  6. I may have improperly phrased then, “good selection” works perfectly. And the absence of Nolan is upsetting.

  7. It is a good selection, I’ll give you that. A plethora of diversity.

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