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1971. This is one of those Oscar years where the obvious Oscar choices were overlooked in favor of a genre flick that many love (I don't, to be honest). Despite the fact that I'm not all over the French Connection bandwagon, I'm kind of happy that it won, because it's one of those rare occasions where the Academy didn't merely go for tailor-made bait. Still, for me this film was about so much more than that particular film, and when you consider the fact that Oscar actually nominated a slate of pretty incredible films (and such range), I'm a little sad that my least favorite of the lineup actually won. For me, this year was pretty much about two films, which raked in almost all of my personal wins (and are nominated everywhere), and it's one of those instances where I feel like two masterpieces were birthed and it's an absolute shame they can't both be named Best Film of the Year. It's also the first year so far where an American film has won Best Picture! So, with all that out of the way, I present to you the Fisti Awards for 1971!