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Second Best: 25 Greatest Best-Picture Oscar Losers

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For more than 85 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have given out prizes for Best Picture — which means there’s also been more than eight decades’ worth of Best Picture losers. And considering that the Academy has gotten it wrong plenty of times, many of those also-rans have become part of the cinematic canon, supplanting in our collective appreciation the movie that bested them the year they were nominated.

With that in mind, here’s a list of the 25 best Best Picture losers. Sure, it’s an honor just to be nominated — but it’s even better to have stood the test of time. And like the Oscars themselves, this list is sure to inspire plenty of outrage, name-calling and second-guessing. Let the arguments commence.

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