1. Shakespeare In Love
It's still seriously hard to talk about. 1998 was an interesting year for films… in the most bland sense of the word. All the Best Pic nominees were either World War II films, or Elizabethan films set in England: Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, Life is Beautiful, Elizabeth, and Shakespeare in Love. Yes, these are all great films. Yes, there was one movie that was supposed to win – Saving Private Ryan. It's one of the most staggering war films ever put on film, the highest grossing picture of 1998, and regarded as the Schindler's List of the more traditional World War II genre. So how the hell did Shakespeare in Love pull it off? I have no idea. Really. All I know is that when Harrison Ford read the Best Pic winner, you could tell he was pissed with the rest of America.