This Sunday, the 85th Academy Awards ceremony will bring Hollywood's biggest stars to Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre for the annual celebration of the year's best—or, shall we say, most adored by a small faction of high-minded voters—motion pictures. At the moment, Ben Affleck's Argo and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln are looking like the frontrunners for Best Picture, while on the acting front, Silver Linings Playbook and Les Misérables have strong chances to put statues in the hands of Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, respectively.

Those are all respectable films (Les Mis aside), though only Argo made it onto our own list of 2012's best movies. Regardless of how many statues each of those flicks garners come Sunday night, moviegoers who truly cherish the celluloid medium can go to sleep happy knowing that worthwhile productions have been honored—even if they're not actually the year's best in the eyes of folks outside the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Remember, it could always be worse: Just imagine if Battleship got nominated for, say, Best Visual Effects and won, or, somehow, Tom Cruise did the same for his supporting performance in the horrendous Rock of Ages. Both scenarios sound crazy? You'd be surprised at just how bad the AMPAS can get with their award distribution.

For a clearer picture of the Academy's biggest follies, consult our list of The 25 Worst Movies That Won Oscars. To think, all of these underwhelming films will forever be associated with the "Academy Award winner" tag. For shame.

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Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)

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