Dir. Ridley Scott
Oscars: Best Picture (Douglas Wick, David Franzoni, Branko Lustig); Best Actor (Russell Crowe); Best Costume Design (Janty Yates); Best Sound (Scott Millan, Bob Beemer, Ken Weston); Best Visual Effects (John Nelson, Neil Corbould, Tim Burke, Rob Harvey)
Other Nominees: Chocolat; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Erin Brockovich; Traffic
If a film is relatively critically unpopular at the time of its release, how stand its chances to hold up when rewatched a good 15 years after its release? Obviously Gladiator had its fans when it was released; it grossed $457M and earned scores of 76% and 64% on review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. These are fairly low scores for a Best Picture winner, and they speak more to the film’s success as a popular work of moviemaking than as a benchmark in film history. Gladiator was the first film in over 50 years to win the Academy’s top prize without a corresponding win for its writer(s) or director. To put it simply, it was a popular film that rode its chariot of bravura to the podium.