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Oscar Mistakes.
« on: May 31, 2013, 12:31:59 AM »
It has been said from time to time that the Academy tends to make some mistakes when they give out the Oscars. They give it to people or films that shouldn't have won, were weaker or sometimes for political reasons. So, post up about Oscar winners that really shouldn't have won. And, I'm going to say, try and limit it to three at a time or less because, well, posts could become quite long.

1991 Oscars: GoodFellas losing out to Dances With Wolves for Best Picture.

2010 Oscars: Mickey Rourke losing out to Sean Penn for Best Actor.

2011 Oscars: The Social Network losing out to The King's Speech for Best Picture.
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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2013, 12:44:05 AM »
Nominating Sharon Stone for Best Actress for Casino was a big mistake. Just cause she cried a lot and overacted every scene, that doesn't mean the performance is good.

Zodiac not getting any nominations is a crime. Mark Ruffalo was superb and worthy of a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The screenplay, though everywhere, plays out like a real case file and Best Director for David Fincher for sure. Only he could have made a police procedural like this so entertaining.
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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2013, 03:44:25 AM »
DON'T GET ME STARTED!


1981

Raging Bull loses Best Picture to Ordinary People.

Joe Pesci loses Best Supporting Actor to Timothy Hutton.

Martin Scorsese loses Best Director to Robert Redford.

Raging Bull is not only missing from the Best Adapted Screenplay category, there are only four nominees!!

Raging Bull should have left Ordinary People down for the count.  IMHO

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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2013, 04:21:14 AM »
Technically, that's all one, Dave. Lol. =)

I would also like to add Sin City receiving no nominations in 2006, not even for Visual Effects, considering the whole movie was filmed on green screen or Supporting Actor for Mickey Rourke.

One of my most annoying, in 1995, Forrest Gump beat out Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption and Quiz Show (all superior movies in my opinion).
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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2013, 05:49:44 AM »
I'm not the best at these things, but isn't the most famous one the failure of citizen Kane - often considered to be the best film ever - not to get best film over something set in Wales! Was it, how green is my valley, or something like that!

On the plus side every time I see merril Streep and think OMG she does get nominated, and often wins, like the Maggie thatcher film - she was amazing.

I was also seriously impressed with Forest Whittaker in the Last King of Scotland - I think it was the only award, at the ocscars, the film got which is even more impressive.



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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2013, 08:26:23 AM »
The ones I remember at the moment...

2001 - Christian Bale in American Psycho not even getting nominated! There is nobody else on this Earth who could've nailed Patrick Bateman's character so well. His acting might just seem average but when you finish reading the book, he's picked up about every quirk there was, even pronouncing some lines like they were said in the book. One of my favourites - "You… are… a… fool!" I bellow.
She jabbers back, undaunted, pointing relentlessly at the stains on
the sheets.
"Stupid bitch-ee? Understand?" I shout, red-faced, on the verge of
tears. I'm shaking and I yank the jacket away from her, muttering
"Oh Christ.""

2004 - Naomi Watts in 21 Grams losing to Charlize Theron. Nothing against Theron but I was absolutely awestruck that Watts didn't win, the best acting I've seen from any woman in any film. Complete BS IMO.


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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2013, 01:00:40 AM »
Dave, something tells me you really, REALLY like Raging Bull....lol
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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2013, 04:04:08 AM »
Sorry.  I didn't realize it was so obvious. ;)

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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2013, 12:47:45 AM »
I was just taking a shot in the dark, Dave  ;D

I know a lot of people like Shakespere in Love, but Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line were much better films. I actually prefer TRL over SPR, but both films are really well done.
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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2013, 08:17:58 AM »
I still think Shawshank Redemption deserved at least one Oscar in 1994. Poor buggers lost out to Forrest Gump almost every time...

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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2013, 08:31:00 AM »
Shawshank Redemption is in my all time top ten, but at the time, Forrest Gump was just so unique. An impossible not to love film. I can see why people were blown away by it. Everyone loved that film.

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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2013, 08:36:39 AM »
No doubt about it, Forrest Gump is an excellent film and I can see why it was so successful. It's just unfortunate that Shawshank was released at a time where there was so much competition from Forrest Gump. Both excellent films.

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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2013, 09:00:49 AM »
Shawshank Redemption is in my all time top ten, but at the time, Forrest Gump was just so unique. An impossible not to love film. I can see why people were blown away by it. Everyone loved that film.

Pia, you and your generalizations... Lol.

Not only is it possible to not love it, but I don't even like it. It's your typical Eric Roth fluff movie with some solid visuals.
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Re: Oscar Mistakes.
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2013, 12:55:14 AM »
Forrest Gump has most of the elements to win Best Picture. Big budget, sprawling idea, big director/actor, an epic timeline to it. Never was my cup of tea, though. It's a very safe film that never pushes the boundaries of film except for visual effects, which, of course is a Zemeckis hallmark.
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