On Sunday night, the 84th Oscars is recognizing some of the great works in the film industry in 2011.
Some of the most popular movies released last year, such as the final “Harry Potter” flick and “The Hangover Part II,” do not appear on the nomination ballot for the Oscars' best picture award.
In fact, a movie's popularity or total gross earnings often has no relationship to the best picture nomination list. For 2011, not a single film on the list of top moneymakers is also on the Academy Awards list.
Some local movie enthusiasts gathered at Ragtag Cinema on Sunday evening for the Ragtag Oscar Watch Party. The Missourian asked people at the party about their favorite movies of 2011 that did not make the Oscars list.
Check out the lists of top-grossing movies and of best picture nominees, then click through a slideshow of what we heard from Columbia movie buffs.
2011 top domestic grosses, according to the Box Office Mojo data:
- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
- “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
- “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”
- “The Hangover Part II”
- “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
- “Fast Five”
- “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
- “Cars 2”
- “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”
Nominations for the Oscars’ best picture of 2011:
- “The Artist”
- “The Descendants”
- “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
- “The Help”
- “Midnight in Paris”
- “The Tree of Life”
- “War Horse”
We asked local movie fans to estimate how much time they spent watching movies in 2011, and to tell us which of their favorite movies wasn't on the Oscars' best picture list. Here are some of their answers. What would your answer be? Answer in the comments below.