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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!Feel free to reach out with us with comments or suggestions at peoplevsoscar@gmail.com

Latest Episodes

2004 - "Shrek 2" vs. "Million Dollar Baby"

EIn 2004, animation fever overtook audiences. "Shrek 2" ran throughout the summer, becoming a worldwide sensation. With pop culture references abound, it feels like a time capsule of exactly when it came out. Similarly frozen in time is "Million Dollar Baby," which won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actress (Hilary Swank) and Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman). How well did Clint Eastwood's sports melodrama age? Did it age better than Shrek's jokes? Listen to find out.

71 MINNOV 11
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2004 - "Shrek 2" vs. "Million Dollar Baby"

2003 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

E"Do you remember the Oscars, Mr. Frodo? It'll be February soon. And the campaigns will be in blossom, and..." you know where this goes. "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" utterly dominated the year 2003. In addition to being a global box office juggernaut, the film swept the Oscars. It won all eleven categories that it was nominated for, including Best Picture. For this special episode, we invited "Lord of the Rings" expert Cody Pestana to discuss the final film of the original trilogy with us.

85 MINSEP 18
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2003 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

2002 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" vs. "Chicago"

EThe name on everybody's lips is going to be... Smeagol!" Get ready for lots of musical mash-ups. It's Chicago vs. Lord of the Rings! The second installment of Peter Jackson's fantasy saga won the box office, but saw the lowest Oscar nomination tally of the three films. Meanwhile, "Chicago" reinvigorated the musical and became the first musical to win Best Picture since the 60s. Will we sing the same tune of Oscar or move closer towards Mordor? Listen to find out!

109 MINAUG 29
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2002 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" vs. "Chicago"

2001 - "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" vs. "A Beautiful Mind"

E"You're an Oscar loser, Harry" 2001 marked the beginning of one of the biggest franchises of all time. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" became the highest grossing film of the year. However, the Oscars were much more taken with the "Lord of the Rings" franchise instead of our young wizard. Still, you can't tear Oscar from their biopics. Ron Howard's hit drama "A Beautiful Mind" won Best Picture, along with Best Director and Supporting Actress for Jennifer Connelly. Is Howard's mathematician biopic more magical than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Listen to find out.

78 MINJUL 29
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2001 - "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" vs. "A Beautiful Mind"

2000 - "Mission: Impossible 2" vs. "Gladiator"

EWe jump into the millennium with an action-packed bang in our latest episode. Though it's a new decade, new century and new millennium, the Oscars are always up to their old tricks. "Gladiator" marks a return to the swords and sandals epics of yesteryear, winning five Oscars including Picture and Actor (Russell Crowe). Far from Oscar this year was "Mission: Impossible 2," the sequel to Tom Cruise's lucrative '90s franchise that still runs today. Is this one of the highlights or low points? Listen to find out!

64 MINJUL 12
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2000 - "Mission: Impossible 2" vs. "Gladiator"

The 1990s Oscars - Matt & Chris' Favorites

EWe've reached the end of an era! The millennium is upon the podcast! But first, before we travel into the 2000s, let's look back at the best movies we watched in the 90s, as well as some other movies we didn't cover from that period that you should check out. Our lists have become rather unweildly in minisodes of the past, so this time we're only doing 10 picks each! Let us know some of your favorite movies from the 90s.

59 MINJUL 1
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The 1990s Oscars - Matt & Chris' Favorites

1999 - "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" vs. "American Beauty"

E1999 may be regarded by many as one of the all time great film years. However, both the People and the Oscars made very interesting choices this year. The highest grossing movie of the year was "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace," a highly anticipated blockbuster that seemed to age poorly the minute it was shown. Competing against it is Best Picture winner "American Beauty," the favorite movie of every mid-2000s high school student. Sam Mendes' film about suburban unrest and one man's mid life crisis takes on a different meaning with the recent allegations of star Kevin Spacey. Which of these two films will prevail? Tune in to find out.

83 MINJUN 18
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1999 - "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" vs. "American Beauty"

1998 - "Armageddon" vs. "Shakespeare in Love"

EIt's the end of the world and modern theater as we know it! The year 1998 brings us one of the biggest Oscar upsets, as the romantic comedy "Shakespeare in Love" pulled out a surprise victory over Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan." Private Ryan also narrowly missed the highest grossing title since Michael Bay's "Armageddon" packed moviegoers in theaters. In the epic fight between Shakespeare and Michael Bay, who comes out ahead? Listen and find out!

84 MINMAY 18
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1998 - "Armageddon" vs. "Shakespeare in Love"

1997 - "Titanic"

ENear, far, whereeeeeeeever you are... I believe that, Titanic gooooes on Love it or hate it, it's impossible to not have an opinion on Titanic. The romantic epic became the highest grossing film of all time in 1997 and won a record 11 Oscars from 14 nominations. It catapulted Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet to superstardom. In many ways, it defined pop culture for years. The People vs Oscar brings on a record 3 guests to delve to the deeps of the Atlantic. Let us know where you fall on the Titanic "love it/hate it" scale! Email us at peoplevsoscar@gmail.com.

69 MINAPR 27
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1997 - "Titanic"

1996 - "Independence Day" vs. "The English Patient"

EWhich movie about flying won in 1996? The winner of nine Oscars, "The English Patient" was a long, epic romance spanning two timelines. The movie was initially loved, only to have its reputation tarnished over the years (potentially from a whole Seinfeld episode about hating it). However, does it hold up better than "Independence Day," the massively successful blockbuster about aliens destroying the Earth? Does President Bill Pullman's monologue work better than sweet words from Ralph Fiennes? Did Juliette Binoche's Fresco painting withstand the aliens? Which movie did Lauren Bacall like better? Listen to find out.

63 MINAPR 13
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1996 - "Independence Day" vs. "The English Patient"

Latest Episodes

2004 - "Shrek 2" vs. "Million Dollar Baby"

EIn 2004, animation fever overtook audiences. "Shrek 2" ran throughout the summer, becoming a worldwide sensation. With pop culture references abound, it feels like a time capsule of exactly when it came out. Similarly frozen in time is "Million Dollar Baby," which won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actress (Hilary Swank) and Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman). How well did Clint Eastwood's sports melodrama age? Did it age better than Shrek's jokes? Listen to find out.

71 MINNOV 11
Comments
2004 - "Shrek 2" vs. "Million Dollar Baby"

2003 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

E"Do you remember the Oscars, Mr. Frodo? It'll be February soon. And the campaigns will be in blossom, and..." you know where this goes. "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" utterly dominated the year 2003. In addition to being a global box office juggernaut, the film swept the Oscars. It won all eleven categories that it was nominated for, including Best Picture. For this special episode, we invited "Lord of the Rings" expert Cody Pestana to discuss the final film of the original trilogy with us.

85 MINSEP 18
Comments
2003 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

2002 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" vs. "Chicago"

EThe name on everybody's lips is going to be... Smeagol!" Get ready for lots of musical mash-ups. It's Chicago vs. Lord of the Rings! The second installment of Peter Jackson's fantasy saga won the box office, but saw the lowest Oscar nomination tally of the three films. Meanwhile, "Chicago" reinvigorated the musical and became the first musical to win Best Picture since the 60s. Will we sing the same tune of Oscar or move closer towards Mordor? Listen to find out!

109 MINAUG 29
Comments
2002 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" vs. "Chicago"

2001 - "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" vs. "A Beautiful Mind"

E"You're an Oscar loser, Harry" 2001 marked the beginning of one of the biggest franchises of all time. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" became the highest grossing film of the year. However, the Oscars were much more taken with the "Lord of the Rings" franchise instead of our young wizard. Still, you can't tear Oscar from their biopics. Ron Howard's hit drama "A Beautiful Mind" won Best Picture, along with Best Director and Supporting Actress for Jennifer Connelly. Is Howard's mathematician biopic more magical than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Listen to find out.

78 MINJUL 29
Comments
2001 - "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" vs. "A Beautiful Mind"

2000 - "Mission: Impossible 2" vs. "Gladiator"

EWe jump into the millennium with an action-packed bang in our latest episode. Though it's a new decade, new century and new millennium, the Oscars are always up to their old tricks. "Gladiator" marks a return to the swords and sandals epics of yesteryear, winning five Oscars including Picture and Actor (Russell Crowe). Far from Oscar this year was "Mission: Impossible 2," the sequel to Tom Cruise's lucrative '90s franchise that still runs today. Is this one of the highlights or low points? Listen to find out!

64 MINJUL 12
Comments
2000 - "Mission: Impossible 2" vs. "Gladiator"

The 1990s Oscars - Matt & Chris' Favorites

EWe've reached the end of an era! The millennium is upon the podcast! But first, before we travel into the 2000s, let's look back at the best movies we watched in the 90s, as well as some other movies we didn't cover from that period that you should check out. Our lists have become rather unweildly in minisodes of the past, so this time we're only doing 10 picks each! Let us know some of your favorite movies from the 90s.

59 MINJUL 1
Comments
The 1990s Oscars - Matt & Chris' Favorites

1999 - "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" vs. "American Beauty"

E1999 may be regarded by many as one of the all time great film years. However, both the People and the Oscars made very interesting choices this year. The highest grossing movie of the year was "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace," a highly anticipated blockbuster that seemed to age poorly the minute it was shown. Competing against it is Best Picture winner "American Beauty," the favorite movie of every mid-2000s high school student. Sam Mendes' film about suburban unrest and one man's mid life crisis takes on a different meaning with the recent allegations of star Kevin Spacey. Which of these two films will prevail? Tune in to find out.

83 MINJUN 18
Comments
1999 - "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" vs. "American Beauty"

1998 - "Armageddon" vs. "Shakespeare in Love"

EIt's the end of the world and modern theater as we know it! The year 1998 brings us one of the biggest Oscar upsets, as the romantic comedy "Shakespeare in Love" pulled out a surprise victory over Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan." Private Ryan also narrowly missed the highest grossing title since Michael Bay's "Armageddon" packed moviegoers in theaters. In the epic fight between Shakespeare and Michael Bay, who comes out ahead? Listen and find out!

84 MINMAY 18
Comments
1998 - "Armageddon" vs. "Shakespeare in Love"

1997 - "Titanic"

ENear, far, whereeeeeeeever you are... I believe that, Titanic gooooes on Love it or hate it, it's impossible to not have an opinion on Titanic. The romantic epic became the highest grossing film of all time in 1997 and won a record 11 Oscars from 14 nominations. It catapulted Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet to superstardom. In many ways, it defined pop culture for years. The People vs Oscar brings on a record 3 guests to delve to the deeps of the Atlantic. Let us know where you fall on the Titanic "love it/hate it" scale! Email us at peoplevsoscar@gmail.com.

69 MINAPR 27
Comments
1997 - "Titanic"

1996 - "Independence Day" vs. "The English Patient"

EWhich movie about flying won in 1996? The winner of nine Oscars, "The English Patient" was a long, epic romance spanning two timelines. The movie was initially loved, only to have its reputation tarnished over the years (potentially from a whole Seinfeld episode about hating it). However, does it hold up better than "Independence Day," the massively successful blockbuster about aliens destroying the Earth? Does President Bill Pullman's monologue work better than sweet words from Ralph Fiennes? Did Juliette Binoche's Fresco painting withstand the aliens? Which movie did Lauren Bacall like better? Listen to find out.

63 MINAPR 13
Comments
1996 - "Independence Day" vs. "The English Patient"
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