Oscar winners – hot or not?

March 16, 2010

Image from Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Oscar winning movies don’t always equal DVD rental hits according to BigPond’s ‘Top 20’ most popular DVD rentals list.

Only one movie out of BigPond’s Top 20 DVDs over the past 12 months has won the coveted Best Picture Oscar.

The 2008 British film based on the novel Q&A, Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for 10 Oscars at the 81st Academy Awards and won eight including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It seems in this instance the public agrees with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Slumdog Millionaire taking second spot on the most popular DVD rentals list.

However, from here is where Aussies’ and the Academy’s tastes begin to differ.

Only eight out of the 20 most popular BigPond movie rentals have been nominated for an Academy Award, and only six have managed to take home one of the elusive gold statues, including The Dark Knight, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Comedies such as The Bucket List, chick flicks like Marley and Me and Twilight and action movies such as The Bank Job and Body of Lies feature in our Top 20 but all failed to impress the Academy Judges.

Nevertheless, it seems that none of us could look past the feel-good animated film WALL-E, which came in at number 12 on BigPond’s list and also won Best Animated Feature Film of the Year in 2009.

So, do Aussies using BigPond Movies or the Oscar judges have better taste in films? Check out some of the past hits and decide for yourself.

BigPond Movies Top 20 – most rentals in the past 12 months

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Slumdog Millionaire
Eagle Eye
The Bank Job
Burn After Reading
The Dark Knight
Gran Torino
Marley and Me
He’s just not that into you
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Quantum of Solace
Body of Lies
State of Play
The Duchess
The Bucket List

What do you think? It surprises us that Twilight is so far down the list!

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