When you visit IMDB, you'll surprise that Oscar-winning films like Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, The Killing Fields and Hwnry V(1989)are forgottable. 90's films which get nominations like Secrets and Lies, Remains of The Day, The Crying Game and Goshford Park are underrated if you compare with The American nominations. They hate films like Lawrence of Arabia and The English patient as they are slow-paced and boring. But they praise Spielberg's four-hours art-house Schindler's List.When comedy that enters the nomination like Four Weddings, The Full Monty and Shakespeare in Love, they say that the films are not that good because they are comedy ones. Many americans say that Billy Elliot is crap but Hollywood actually never makes a down-to-earth like other countries do. If you check IMDB top 250, it'd rather put the hollywood version of Irish and Scottish like The Quiet Man and Braveheart rather than In The Name of Father. The british film that americans consider the best is The Third Man because it has nothing to do with "britishness" and using Hollywood legend Orson Wells (despite the novel's writer and the director were UK. There is no Powell's film in top 250 and Hitchock's favorite film certainly Psycho rather than 39 Steps. Do you think The Godfather deserves #1 (it's painful and depressing anyway).
Perhaps British films don't need nominations for best picture and going back to the category of foreign films like what Golden Globe did long time ago with Romeo&Juliet and A Passage to India.