Is Oscar the gold standard in its anointing of the best pic laurel?

We juxtapose the Academy’s choice with the four major critcs’ orgs (the National Board of Review, usually first out of the gate, is a hybrid of critics, academics and industry players) that helps shape public opinion and create momentum in the Oscar race.

2004 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Million Dollar Baby      
Sideways      
Finding Neverland        

2003 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
LOTR: Return of the King      
American Splendor      
Mystic River        

2002 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Chicago        
Far From Heaven        
The Pianist        
About Schmidt        
The Hours        

2001 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
A Beautiful Mind        
Mulholland Drive      
In the Bedroom        
Moulin Rouge        

2000 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Gladiator        
Traffic        
Crouching TIger, Hidden Dragon        
Yi yi (One and a Two)        
Quills        

1999 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
American Beauty      
The Insider        
Topsy-Turvy *      
Being John Malkovich *        

1998 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Shakespeare in Love        
Saving Private Ryan      
Out of Sight        
God and Monsters        

1997 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Titanic        
L.A. Confidential  

1996 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
The English Patient        
Secrets & Lies        
Fargo        
Breaking the Waves        
Shine        

1995 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Braveheart        
Leaving Las Vegas      
Babe        
Sense and Sensibility        

1994 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Forrest Gump *      
Quiz Show        
Pulp Fiction *    

1993 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Schindler’s List

1992 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Unforgiven    
The Player        
Howard’s End        

1991 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
The Silence of the Lambs    
Bugsy        
Life Is Sweet        

1990 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Dance With Wolves      
Goodfellas    

1989 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Driving Miss Daisy      
My Left Foot        
Do the Right Thing        
Drugstore Cowboy        

1988 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Rainman        
The Accidental Tourist        
LIttle Dorrit        
The Unbearable Lightness…        
Mississippi Burning        

1987 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
The Last Emperor        
Broadway News        
Hope and Glory        
The Dead        
Empire of the Sun        

1986 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Platoon        
Hannah and Her Sisters      
Blue Velvet        
A Room With a View        

1985 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Out of Africa        
Prizzi’s Honor        
Brazil        
Ran        
The Color Purple        

1984 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Amadeus      
Passage to India      
Stranger than Paradise        

1983 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Terms of Endearment    
The Night of the Shooting Stars        
Betrayal        

1982 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Gandhi    
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial        
Tootsie        

1981 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Chariots of Fire      
Reds        
Atlantic City      

1980 Oscar NSFC NBR NYFC LAFC
Ordinary People    
Raging Bull        
Melvin and Howard        

NSFC = National Society of Film Critics

NBR = National Board of Review

NYFC = New York Film Critics Circle

LAFC = Los Angeles Film Critics

*Note: There were ties for the top pic in 1994 (NBR) and in 1999 (NSFC)

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