"Schindler's List", sappy? No way! That ending packed a punch. In fact, it's on my list of "favourite movie moments".(Some folks say Schindler's list had a sappy ending, but I found it moving.)
Hmm...however, I've a confession to make. Even though I was *totally* in lust with Liam Neeson at the time (no! Don't recoil from me in disgust! I like older men. What's the opposite of pedophilia? *koff koff*) - I actually wanted "The Piano" to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Again, because I found it to be more original.
Hmm..."The Green Mile"? Haven't seen it. Sounds like one of those serious, didactic movies frequently called a "tour de force" but in reality collapses under the weight of its own moral themes. Again, I could be wrong. Maybe it's really good. I've never been a fan of Tom Hanks, however - although I loved "Philadelphia".
Totally agree w/ you on "LOTR", kchamber. If they don't award either Best Picture or Best Director to Jackson next year, I'm going to scream in frustration. Like a harpy. Only worse.