Last Sunday I believe there were two reactions to The Artist winning the Academy Award® for Best Picture. The first reaction was “Well saw that coming” and the second reaction was “What the hell is The Artist

In the midst of award season everyone, the voters and fans, get caught up in the politics of everything. The production companies, websites, advertisements will all tell the voters, the fans and the critics why their film should be considered. The Artist was a good movie, but what will be the true movie that defined 2011?

It may not even be an Oscar® nominee. Keep in mind The Empire Strikes Back was not nominated for Best Picture, and it is considerably the best Star Wars film, and considerably one of the best films of all time. This list just ranks the Oscar® nominated films, the ranking indicates which film will truly stand the test of time.

In 1996 the classic Coen Brother film Fargo lost Best Picture to the movie The English Patient. Also Saving Private Ryan lost to Shakespeare in Love.  I’ll be frank, this year didn’t have anything to spectacular. If I was to do last years (when The King’s Speech won) I would’ve said the number one actual Best Picture was Toy Story 3. Because I believe that it will stand the test of time, and it was overlooked because of the typical politics surrounding award season.

Without further ado, here are the Top 9 Best Films nominated for Oscar® 2012:

1. Hugo

2. The Tree of Life

3. The Descendants

4. Midnight in Paris

5. The Artist

6. Moneyball

7. War Horse

8. The Help

9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

This list doesn’t show my personal likes or dislikes, more of a statistical evaluation of how the films will stand the test of time, and how they stand as cinematic achievements. Hugo was a very magical, yet different film. I personally dislike The Tree of Life but I have to face it, that there is simply no movie out there like it.

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