As there have only been 76 ‘Best Picture’ awards, it is clear that not every great movie can have been given a BP award. This means that claims that a particular picture now considered great (or even considered great at the time) cannot have been recognized. That is assuming that we all believe that there are more than 76 ‘great’ movies in the English language. Plus some years such as 1939 had several deserving candidates, only one of which could win. On the other hand, it might be interesting to see how many of the BP winners have stood the test of time. As an attempt at understanding how films are viewed, not by one individual critic but by a consensus I compared the Oscar winners to two different lists, familiar to forum members: the Sight & Sound best picture list and the AFI 100 Best Picture list. Although there are some anomalies with this methodology, because very recent films will not have had time for proper due consideration (at least compared to films made 20+ years ago), I still found the results interesting: On both the S&S and AFI lists were: All About Eve Annie Hall Apartment, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Casablanca Godfather Part II, The Godfather, The Gone with the Wind Lawrence of Arabia On the WaterFront One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Schindler's List Unforgiven rr 14 films out of a possible 75 (leaving off the last two year’s winners, but adding one for the dual winners the first year). This works out to 18.67% of the winners being universally recognized as great films (the definition of universal is to be included on both lists). One film was on the S&S list that was not on the AFI list: Sunrise. And 18 more films were on the AFI list only: All Quiet on the Western Front Amadeus Ben-Hur Dances with Wolves Deer Hunter, The Forrest Gump French Connection, The From Here to Eternity It Happened One Night Midnight Cowboy Muitny on the Bounty My Fair Lady Patton Platoon Rocky Silence of the Lambs, The Sound of Music, The West Side Story This gives us a total of 33 films which a significant number of ‘experts’ believe to be important, or great films. This means is only 44% of the winners are still considered to be films of the very first rank by one or the other of these august bodies. This is not to say that many of the films not one either list: All the King's Men American Beauty American in Paris, An Around the World in Eighty Days Beautiful Mind, A Braveheart Cavalcade Chariots of Fire Chicago Cimarron Driving Miss Daisy English Patient, The Gandhi Gentleman's Agreement Gigi Gladiator Going My Way Grand Hotel Great Zigfeld, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Hamlet How Green Was My Valley In the Heat of the Night Kramer vs. Kramer Last Emperor, The Life of Emile Zola, The Lost Weekend, The Man for All Seasons, A Marty Mrs. Miniver Oliver! Ordinary People Out of Africa Rain Man Rebecca Shapkspeare in Love Sting, The Terms of Endearment Titanic Tom Jones Wings You Can't Take It with You only that films such as Gladiator and The Last Emporer, even as good as their supporters believe them to be, don’t make the consensus cut of great films. It would of course be possible to find respected, individual critics who support most of the ignored films, but at this point i9n time, these winners are not on either list. What does this mean? I’m not sure, other than winning an Oscar is no predictor as how a film will later be considered. And I expect that it means that voting is often influenced by issues of the day, personalities and what kind of film won in the immediate, prior years.