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What's better: The Highest Grossing Movie of the Year or The Oscar Winning Best Picture? Join film fanatics and former college roommates Matt Furtado and Chris James as they start from the beginning of time (1927/28) and watch every Best Picture winner and Worldwide Top Grossing Film of each year. Each week, we will vote on who got it right, The People or Oscar!

What's better: The Highest Grossing Movie of the Year or The Oscar Winning Best Picture? Join film fanatics and former college roommates Matt Furtado and Chris James as they start from the beginning of time (1927/28) and watch every Best Picture winner and Worldwide Top Grossing Film of each year. Each week, we will vote on who got it right, The People or Oscar!
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What's better: The Highest Grossing Movie of the Year or The Oscar Winning Best Picture? Join film fanatics and former college roommates Matt Furtado and Chris James as they start from the beginning of time (1927/28) and watch every Best Picture winner and Worldwide Top Grossing Film of each year. Each week, we will vote on who got it right, The People or Oscar!






1976 - "Rocky"

"Adrian! Yo Adrian!" "Rocky" was the underdog sports story that won everyone over. Made for a minimal budget, Sylvester Stallone's passion project became the highest grossing film of the year and the winner of Best Picture. This is even more incredible when one considers 1976 also had films such as "Taxi Driver," "All the Presidents Men," and "Network." How does the film hold up today? With "Creed" a massive current success, how different or similar does the original feel?


1975 - "Jaws" vs. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Who's scarier - Jaws or Nurse Ratched? Two classic films face off in 1975. Jaws stole the crown from "The Godfather" to become the highest grossing movie of all time. This led to the birth of the blockbuster and many to fear the beaches. Meanwhile, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" became the 2nd film to sweep the top 5 categories - Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Writing. The tale of a rebellious patient of a mental institution exemplifies the rebellious streak of a new world...


1974 - "The Towering Inferno" vs. "The Godfather Part 2"

Can a sequel defend the honor of the original? Best Picture winner "The Godfather Part 2" is widely considered one of the best sequels of all time. How does that stack up against one of the most popular disaster flicks of the 70s? "The Towering Inferno" won over audiences, as Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and many others are trapped inside a fiery skyscraper.


1973 - "The Exorcist" vs "The Sting"

It's con men against the devil. Two of the most successful films of all time went up against each other at both the Oscars and the Box Office. "The Exorcist," widely regarded as one of the scariest films of all time, won the box office (9th highest grossing of all time) but lost Best Picture. "The Sting," Robert Redford and Paul Newman's con man buddy flick, won Best Picture and stands today as the 20th highest grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation. Which will the podcast...


1972 - "The Godfather"

We're gonna make you an offer you can't refuse. 1972 brings us only one film this week. Frances Ford Coppola's masterpiece "The Godfather" is a cultural touchstone that tops many "Best Of" movie lists of all time. The Italian mob drama owned the box office that year, while also wrestling the Best Picture Oscar away from "Cabaret," which won the most Oscars that year. Listen to our thoughts on the film.


1971 - "Diamonds Are Forever" vs. "The French Connection"

Who can take down a bad guy better - Popeye Doyle or James Bond? Gene Hackman and Sean Connery each engage in very different car chases in their respective 1971 films. Hackman won Best Actor in William Friedkin's gritty Best Picture winner "The French Connection." After stepping away from the role of James Bond for one film, Connery returned for one of the zaniest entries in the Bond franchise which includes a diamond encrusted satellite of destruction and an elephant who's good at slots.


The 1960s Oscars - Matt & Chris' Favorites

The People vs Oscar has come to the end of the 1960s. What began with musicals, Disney movies and romantic comedies ended with X-rated cowboy tales, murderous western figures and whatever 2001 calls itself. Join us as we count down our own personal winners of the best of the 1960s, as well as other films from this period to check out.


1969 - "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" vs. "Midnight Cowboy"

People seemed to love cowboys in 1969, albeit very different sort of cowboys. It's western week on The People vs Oscar! The people flocked to see movie stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The film takes the expectations of a traditional western and flips it on its head with charm. Meanwhile, the Oscars rewarded their first X-rated picture with "Midnight Cowboy." Jon Voight's Joe Buck isn't your traditional cowboy. He's more of a gigolo type that...


1967 - "The Jungle Book" vs "In the Heat of the Night"

We have our first film with an African American protagonist in the Oscar winning detective film "In the Heat of the Night." Challenging it is the final film Walt Disney directly supervised, "The Jungle Book." What wins out, the racially charged mystery or the colorful animated musical? Do either hold up in 2018? Listen to find out.


1965 - "The Sound of Music"

The hills were very much alive with the Sound of Music in 1965. The juggernaut musical still to this day is the #3 highest grossing movie of all time, adjusted for inflation. Back in 1965 it managed to also win five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. This week, Matt and Chris sit down with super-fan Dani Gregorie to delve further into what makes "The Sound of Music" such a classic.


1963 - "Cleopatra" vs. "Tom Jones"

It's Diva vs. Playboy Though both 1963 films deal with the sexual escapades of their titular characters, the two could not be more different. "Cleopatra" is Elizabeth Taylor's epic that, despite being the highest grossing film of the year, still did not turn a profit and nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox. "Tom Jones," on the other hand, is a low budget English romp that holds the distinction of being the only film to have three supporting actress nominees. Who's the bigger sexpot? Tune in...


1962 - "Lawrence of Arabia"

Journey with Matt, Chris and Special Guest Cody through our enlightening trek through the desert. Everyone in 1962 went crazy for "Lawrence of Arabia." Not only was the film the Best Picture winner, but it was the highest grossing film of the year. This was a first time viewing experience for a few on the podcast. How did it play to a first time viewer? Check it out now.


1961 - "101 Dalmatians" vs. "West Side Story"

Escapist Puppies or Star Crossed Lovers? 1961 brings us quite a formidable pair of films to compare. People turned out in droves for "101 Dalmatians," a classic Disney thriller with one of the most memorable villains. However, the Oscars continued to go with another musical. This time, they fell in love with "West Side Story," the engaging Romeo & Juliet tale of star crossed lovers. Which film wins our votes? Tune in to find out!


The 1950s Oscars - Matt & Chris' Favorites

The '50s have come to an end, which means it's time to look back on our favorites from the decade. Join us for our special People vs Oscar minisode where we look back on our favorite performances, craft elements and overall films from the decade. Stay tuned towards the end to hear some other films from the era that we'd recommend that were not covered on the podcast.


1959 - "Ben-Hur"

You couldn't escape the juggernaut that was "Ben-Hur" in 1959. The film currently stands as the fourteenth highest grossing film of all time, between "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Avatar." On top of that, it took home a record 11 Oscars, an Oscar record it holds with "Titanic" and "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." But does the film hold up to all those accolades? Hop in your chariot and give our "Ben-Hur" episode a listen!


1958 - "South Pacific" vs. "Gigi"

Put on your dancing shoes and fine tune your voice. It's musical week at The People vs Oscar! 1958 brings us two very different classic musicals to dive into. The Oscars gave nine Oscars (a then record) to "Gigi," a light musical that could not have aged worse against our current climate. On the other end, "South Pacific" brings us to a wartime beach for a fun romp that also struggles in spurts. Which musical gets our vote? Tune in to find out.


1957 - "The Bridge on the River Kwai"

Everyone in 1957 couldn't get enough of "The Bridge on the River Kwai." David Lean's epic film recounts the experience of a British officer and POW who is tasked to build a bridge for his captors. Meanwhile, his American allies seek to destroy the bridge which could help the enemy in war. The film was both the highest grossing film of the year and winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. But does the film hold up? Listen to find out.


1956 - "The Ten Commandments" vs. "Around the World in 80 Days"

1956 was all about the sprawling epic. Both the People and Oscar chose three hour epics that could not be more different. Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments," based on the Book of Exodus, was not just the highest grossing film of the year, but still stands as one of the top 10 highest grossing films of all time, adjusted for inflation. The Oscars went global with "Around the World in 80 Days," the movie equivalent of a lazy Sunday spent watching a TV stuck on The Travel Channel....


1955 - "Lady and the Tramp" vs. "Marty"

Love and Italian food are in the air in 1955. Both the people and Oscar went for unlikely romances. "Marty" follows a lonely butcher who falls for a meek schoolteacher. Nothing says Oscar like leading man Ernest Borgnine. Meanwhile, Disney had a hit on their hands with the ultimate star crossed dog lovers in "Lady and the Tramp." Which romance made our hearts soar? Listen to find out.


1954 - "Rear Window" vs. "On the Waterfront"

1954 was an embarrassment of riches. Both films this week landed on AFI's Top Movies of All Time and are housed in the National Film Registry. "Rear Window" remains one of Alfred Hitchcock's finest masterpieces and still is suspenseful today. "On the Waterfront" features some of the best writing and acting ever, including possibly the best Marlon Brando. See which one gets our vote on the latest "People vs Oscar" episode.


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