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'The Hurt Locker' ranked lucky 13 on Rotten Tomatoes Oscars countdown

March 11, 2010 |  9:23 am

 "The Hurt Locker" comes in at No. 13 on the Rotten Tomatoes ranking of all 83 best picture winners at the Oscars. The inclusion of this year's critics' darling pushes last year's top pic -- "Slumdog Millionaire" -- down one spot to No. 32. All of the Oscar champs were "sorted by the strict and rigorous standards of Tomatometer science" into this overall list, which has some real head-scratchers.

Rotten Tomatoes Oscars "Casablanca" -- the last best picture winner chosen from 10 nominees -- rates only slot No. 14 while "Gone With the Wind" is one place above "The Hurt Locker" at No. 12. And ranking above "Slumdog Milliionaire" on the list are such overrated past champs as "All the King's Men" (No. 24 ) and "Unforgiven" (No. 22). The first best picture winner -- "Wings" -- landed at just No. 29 while "Sunrise" -- which that same year won the only Oscar ever given for "unique and artistic production" -- merited slot No. 17.

For the folks at Rotten Tomatoes, the top 10 Oscars best pictures, in descending order, are: "The Godfather," "All About Eve," "On the Waterfront," "Rebecca," "Marty," "The Lost Weekend," "Lawrence of Arabia," "The Godfather, Part II," "An American in Paris" and "The French Connection."

Overall this list is lacking. The introduction to the photo gallery suggests that the best picture winners are ranked according to critics' scores, but they're not. Below is a breakdown of the lowest-ranked best pix. The percentage number given is its RT score. Notice, for example, that "The Greatest Show on Earth" has an RT score of only 41%, but it's ranked above "Cimarron," which is in last place with a 54% score.

78.) "The Great Ziegfeld" (60%)
79.) "The Life of Emile Zola" (68%)
80.) "The Greatest Show on Earth" (41%)
81.) "Cavalcade" (62%)
82.) "Broadway Melody" (40%)
83.) "Cimarron" (54%)

And notice the obvious pattern to this list. The old flicks are all pushed to the bottom. Whatever happened to that familiar refrain, "They just don't make pictures like they used to!"?

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Top photo: "Gandhi" still. Credit: Columbia

Bottom left photo: "Titanic" still. Credit: Fox

Bottom right photo: "Forrest Gump" still. Credit: Paramount

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