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2013-02-20 09:55:44 AM

T.M.S.: it's a great cast more than a great movie. But that's kind of nitpicking.


I still don't understand how Peter O'Toole didn't win Best Actor for that movie.
 
2013-02-20 10:01:12 AM

Sybarite: the Academy will always favor big, sweeping camera work over smaller more intimate camera work no matter how good the latter may be.


And thus they chose Out of Africa as 1985's best picture.  And its competition was The Color Purple.
 
2013-02-20 10:08:31 AM
Year: 1999
Nominees: Roberto Benigni ("Life is Beautiful"), Tom Hanks ("Saving Private Ryan"), Ian McKellen ("Gods and Monsters"), Nick Nolte ("Affliction"), Edward Norton ("American History X")
Who won: Roberto Benigni
Who should have: Ian McKellen or Nick Nolte Edward Norton
 
2013-02-20 10:17:21 AM

gunga galunga: No mention of that movie that Harvey Weinstein hornswaggled the Academy into voting for because he launched a blitzkrieg marketing campaign perfectly timed right when everybody stopped talking about the other top Oscar contenders but there was still a couple of weeks left during voting?


Philadelphia?
 
2013-02-20 10:24:59 AM
The troll becomes visible right around the time "Tootsie" is mentioned as being a clearly better candidate for best picture over "Gandhi".
photo.xemphimonlines.com

"Gandhi baked is good."
 
2013-02-20 10:26:58 AM
Shakespeare in Love beating Saving Private Ryan is one thing, but AMERICAN HISTORY X didn't even get a nomination for Best Picture in 1999.

Elizabeth, The Thing Red Line and Life is Beautiful were the other nods. Ridiculous snub if you ask me.
 
2013-02-20 10:29:23 AM

GoodyearPimp: List fails without Forrest Gump winning over Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption.


I disagree. While I personally prefer Pulp and Shawshank over Gump, any one of those movies could have taken Best Picture. They are all fantastic films. The kind of movies that once they are on, you can't stop watching...
 
2013-02-20 10:31:11 AM

rocky_howard: JasonOfOrillia: 5 Best original song in '85.
What won: "I Just Called to Say I Love You"
What should have: "Footloose" or "Ghostbusters"

Disagree.  Against All Odds by Phil Collins is a song that still holds up.


Do you like Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where, uh, Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums.Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Take the lyrics to "Land of Confusion". In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. "In Too Deep" is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as, uh, anything I've heard in rock. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like "In the Air Tonight" and the aforementioned "Against All Odds". But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is "Sussudio", a great, great song, a personal favorite.



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2013-02-20 10:31:58 AM
It's not that I couldn't follow the plot of Transformers, is was the action sequences I couldn't follow.  It was just a blur of machines fighting, and they weren't distinguishable enough to tell who was doing what to whom.  The Transformers looked awesome when they were just walking around and talking, but when fighting, I had no idea who was the good or bad guy.  Except when they did that slow down the film at the moment of impact thing, which is way overused.  It got worse as the movies progressed in the series too, if it's not Optimus or Bumblebee fighting, I have no idea who is who.  Maybe they should color coordinate them better?
 
2013-02-20 10:34:03 AM

homarjr: GoodyearPimp: List fails without Forrest Gump winning over Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption.

I disagree. While I personally prefer Pulp and Shawshank over Gump, any one of those movies could have taken Best Picture. They are all fantastic films. The kind of movies that once they are on, you can't stop watching...


Forrest Gump is a terrible, annoying attempt at emotional manipulation movie.

/also Raiders of the Lost Ark > Chariots of Fire
 
2013-02-20 10:36:09 AM
Clearly a stretch: "Best Cinematography - 74th Academy Awards" Once you're nitpicking "Best Cinematography" from a decade ago you've officially got nothing left to live for.

Listen, there is nothing wrong with Andrew Lesnie's work on "The Fellowship of the Ring."
Then why did you write about it?

It was more than deserving of a nomination.  However, is it more remarkable than Deakins ASC winning "Man Who Wasn't There"?
They're at about parity. Clearly a victor was decided in 2002.

Or Idziak's trend setting work in "Black Hawk"?
Yes, I'm very glad all modern combat films from "Jarhead" to "The Hurt Locker" look like a brighter, less washed out "Saving Private Ryan" beach scene.
 
2013-02-20 10:44:42 AM
And it's brought up in most Oscar threads, but Bill Simmons' suggestion that Oscar voting should take place on a five year delay is brilliant.  Would really save the Academy some embarrassment.  Assuming they get embarrassed over their insane picks, which I doubt
 
2013-02-20 10:49:08 AM

Mugato: homarjr: GoodyearPimp: List fails without Forrest Gump winning over Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption.

I disagree. While I personally prefer Pulp and Shawshank over Gump, any one of those movies could have taken Best Picture. They are all fantastic films. The kind of movies that once they are on, you can't stop watching...

Forrest Gump is a terrible, annoying attempt at emotional manipulation movie.

/also Raiders of the Lost Ark > Chariots of Fire


Name a movie that doesn't attempt to manipulate you emotionally?
 
2013-02-20 11:05:10 AM
"Of course, the robots were an absolute Marvel created by ILM. Weeks later, even New Line executives were still shocked that "Compass" (which never made enough at the box office worldwide to justify a sequel) took the honor. "

The Golden Compass didn't have a sequel because the studio screwed up.  The domestic box office was weak, so they sold the international rights.  It did great business internationally.  At that point, the studio said "fark it" and gave up on trying to turn it into a franchise.  Too bad, it was a pretty entertaining film.  I could even tell what was happening in the fight scenes.  Unlike a certain movie involving robots.
 
2013-02-20 11:06:38 AM
I, for one, am shocked that not one Brian Troma movie has won an Academy Award.

/No "Class of Nukem High"?
//SHOCKED, I tell you.
 
2013-02-20 11:11:42 AM

rcantley: My Fair

Lady beat Dr. Strangelove for best picture. But by all means, let's whine about

Dr. Strangelove is excellent, but so is My Fair Lady. They're different, to be sure, but both were aboslutely worthy of winning Best Picture.

My biggest snub: Rainbow Connection not winning Best Original Song. It's one of the best songs ever written, and was completey deserving of an Oscar. ACADEMY! Y U NO LIKE MUPPETS?
 
2013-02-20 11:18:48 AM
Clueless list. The writer seems to have no idea how certain things get Oscars and how they get them. It's all about juice. Just like any industry awards show.

If the Ghostbusters song had won, would Huey Lewis got to have accepted the trophy?
 
2013-02-20 11:23:43 AM
List fails without Celine Dion over Elliott Smith, 1997.
 
2013-02-20 11:47:43 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: JasonOfOrillia: 5 Best original song in '85.
What won: "I Just Called to Say I Love You"
What should have: "Footloose" or "Ghostbusters"

Disagree.  Against All Odds by Phil Collins is a song that still holds up.

Plus if they gave it to Ghostbusters it should have gone to Huey Lewis.


Came here to say this ^^^^^^^^
 
2013-02-20 11:57:24 AM

Lee451: I, for one, am shocked that not one Brian Troma movie has won an Academy Award.


Wait, Troma is named after a person? I always just assumed it was a misspelling of "trauma" for reasons unknown.

/the more you know!
 
2013-02-20 11:58:47 AM
I'm still pissed at Eddie Murphy's "Nutty Professor" beating "Star Trek: First Contact" for best makeup. How the hell could this:

24.media.tumblr.com

Be more impressive than this:

movies.trekcore.com

That's not just a Borg. That's a KLINGON Borg!
 
2013-02-20 11:59:21 AM
Year: 1988

Nominees: Anne Dudley ("The Full Monty"), Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and David Newman ("Anastasia"), Hans Zimmer ("As Good As It Gets"), Danny Elfman ("Men in Black"), James Newton Howard ("My Best Friend's Wedding")

Who won: Anne Dudley ("The Full Monty")

Who should have: Danny Elfman ("Men in Black") or James Newton Howard ("My Best Friend's Wedding")

Why: Dudley, better known as a member of Art of Noise, won thanks to a groundswell of support for the indie sensation "Monty" which was the most blatant "comedy" out of the five nominees. Truthfully, Elfman's "MIB" theme is still recognized to this day and Howard's "Wedding" theme was one of his most heartbreaking.  Either was more worthy than the "Monty" score (can you remember it without going to YouTube?).  The fact "MIB" was seen as an action film and "Wedding" a romantic comedy didn't help in a year when members wanted to reward "Monty" somewhere and "Titanic" was dominating every other category.

- Gregory Ellwood


What?  Really?  1988?  Try a decade later boys.  1998 is more like it.
 
2013-02-20 12:13:59 PM
I thought Benigni was great.  Charisma and energy goes a long way.
 
2013-02-20 12:14:21 PM

Fano: gunga galunga: No mention of that movie that Harvey Weinstein hornswaggled the Academy into voting for because he launched a blitzkrieg marketing campaign perfectly timed right when everybody stopped talking about the other top Oscar contenders but there was still a couple of weeks left during voting?

Philadelphia?


Was that Weinstein? I thought Harvey's horse in the race for that year (1993) was The Piano. Which like so many other Weinstein films got the big campaign going into overdrive at the last moment. But there was absolutely no beating Schindler's List that year. Harvey got his revenge against Spielberg five years later with the Shakespeare in Love vs Saving Private Ryan thing.

And on a completely unrelated note, did you see that newly released 30 minute feature on the Weinstein-produced Silver Linings Playbook  hosted by Dr. Oz where he declares it one of the most compelling films he's ever seen?

http://www.indiewire.com/article/harvey-weinstein-contracts-oscar-br ai n-fever-has-dr-oz-appear-in-30-minute-silver-linings-promo
 
2013-02-20 12:17:40 PM
 After "Crash" winning the Oscars lost all relevancy to me.
 /also, "LA Confidential" losing to "Titanic".
 
2013-02-20 12:24:05 PM

squealie: After "Crash" winning the Oscars lost all relevancy to me.
 /also, "LA Confidential" losing to "Titanic".


Pretty much how I felt about the Grammy's when Christina Aguilera beat Susan Tedeschi for Best New Artist
 
2013-02-20 12:28:08 PM

gunga galunga: Fano: gunga galunga: No mention of that movie that Harvey Weinstein hornswaggled the Academy into voting for because he launched a blitzkrieg marketing campaign perfectly timed right when everybody stopped talking about the other top Oscar contenders but there was still a couple of weeks left during voting?

Philadelphia?

Was that Weinstein? I thought Harvey's horse in the race for that year (1993) was The Piano. Which like so many other Weinstein films got the big campaign going into overdrive at the last moment. But there was absolutely no beating Schindler's List that year. Harvey got his revenge against Spielberg five years later with the Shakespeare in Love vs Saving Private Ryan thing.

And on a completely unrelated note, did you see that newly released 30 minute feature on the Weinstein-produced Silver Linings Playbook  hosted by Dr. Oz where he declares it one of the most compelling films he's ever seen?

http://www.indiewire.com/article/harvey-weinstein-contracts-oscar-br ai n-fever-has-dr-oz-appear-in-30-minute-silver-linings-promo


You've got to be joking. I enjoyed the movie OK, but this praise for playbook has to stop. It's a by the numbers romcom with a gimmick.
 
2013-02-20 12:39:52 PM

highbrow45: Year: 1999
Nominees: Roberto Benigni ("Life is Beautiful"), Tom Hanks ("Saving Private Ryan"), Ian McKellen ("Gods and Monsters"), Nick Nolte ("Affliction"), Edward Norton ("American History X")
Who won: Roberto Benigni
Who should have: Ian McKellen or Nick Nolte Edward Norton


Totally.

Whatever happened to that guy?

/I know what happened to him. It's just that I was hoping for more.
 
2013-02-20 01:02:54 PM

JasonOfOrillia: 5 Best original song in '85.
What won: "I Just Called to Say I Love You"
What should have: "Footloose" or "Ghostbusters"

Disagree.  Against All Odds by Phil Collins is a song that still holds up.


I'd go with that pick too. 'Ghostbusters' is completely disqualified because Ray Parker Jr. ripped off Huey Lewis' "I Want a New Drug".

What was cringeworthy though was Phil Collins sitting in the audience at the awards show being forced to watch somebody butchering his song instead of having him perform the song himself.
 
2013-02-20 01:06:00 PM
In other news, some people still take the Oscars seriously.

The Oscars are the Hollywood version of this debacle:
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2013-02-20 01:12:06 PM
2) no, either Fanny and Alexander or Blade Runner
4)nowhere close on Gaslight as an option
 
2013-02-20 01:16:44 PM

Bith Set Me Up: I'm still pissed at Eddie Murphy's "Nutty Professor" beating "Star Trek: First Contact" for best makeup. How the hell could this:

[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x300]

Be more impressive than this:

[movies.trekcore.com image 850x358]

That's not just a Borg. That's a KLINGON Borg!


Holy crap! I never noticed that. I have seen that movie over a 100 times and I never noticed that was a Klingon Borg.
 
2013-02-20 01:17:17 PM

squealie: After "Crash" winning the Oscars lost all relevancy to me.
 /also, "LA Confidential" losing to "Titanic".


Crash was such an odd win.  It was so manipulative.  Branden Fraser's presence didn't help the film any either.

Brokeback Mountain wasn't what I would call Oscar material either.  Very good film.  More deserving than Crash... but for an Oscar?  There have been much, MUCH better films that have *lost* in years past.

So many issues with Brokeback Mountain.  It keeps being lauded for being this great step for cinema in its portrayal of gay lead characters yet it does such an injustice to the GLBT community -- portraying the characters as manipulative liars with commitment issues and ending, unsurprisingly, in tragedy.  Bravo.
 
2013-02-20 01:17:40 PM

enderthexenocide: this movie should have won the award for best makeup in 1993:
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but it wasn't even nominated.  you know what won best makeup that year?  mrs. doubtfire.  now don't get me wrong, mrs. doubtfire did have some nice makeup i guess, but how can you even compare it to the ridiculous makeup effects in this movie?  freaked was totally robbed.


Hell that should have received best picture, best actor in a leading role, and best supporting actor (for Mr. T).

/How many women does it take to screw in a light bulb?
 
2013-02-20 01:29:44 PM

Bith Set Me Up: I'm still pissed at Eddie Murphy's "Nutty Professor" beating "Star Trek: First Contact" for best makeup. How the hell could this:

[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x300]

Be more impressive than this:

[movies.trekcore.com image 850x358]

That's not just a Borg. That's a KLINGON Borg!


I could be wrong but didn't The Time Machine get nominated for best makeup and LoTR TT get passed over?
 
2013-02-20 01:37:51 PM
What won: "I Just Called to Say I Love You"
What should have: "Footloose" or "Ghostbusters"


Are. You. Farking. Kidding me.

Terrible nominees, but "Against All Odds" is the only nominee that remotely resembles past Oscar winners. Footloose is a joke, and Ghostbusters is a call-and-response ripped off from Huey Lewis. Total pop throwaways. Either one would have made the Oscars a laughingstock, especially Footloose.
 
2013-02-20 01:56:03 PM
I don't care how  technically good of a movie  Citizen Kane is, the undeniable fact is that there's a reason it's a hallmark of boring movies.   Because it was painfully boring.  We get it, Randolph Hearst was a douche of biblical proportions.   Didn't take me 3 hours to tell you so.
 
2013-02-20 01:57:10 PM
Wait wait wait wait.

NOBODY has mentioned Dances with Wolves winning over Goodfellas? One of the most infamous Academy blunders in history?

Shame on all of you.
 
2013-02-20 01:59:22 PM
@ the 1977 awards ceremony.

Rocky took "Best" picture over Taxi Driver, Network, All The President's Men and Bound for Glory.

Complete and total horsepucky, says I.
 
2013-02-20 02:02:12 PM

FriarReb98: 3 hours


Which cut of the movie are you viewing? Can you allow me to view it too? My copy only runs 119 minutes.
 
2013-02-20 02:08:31 PM

chapman: "Of course, the robots were an absolute Marvel created by ILM. Weeks later, even New Line executives were still shocked that "Compass" (which never made enough at the box office worldwide to justify a sequel) took the honor. "

The Golden Compass didn't have a sequel because the studio screwed up.  The domestic box office was weak, so they sold the international rights.  It did great business internationally.  At that point, the studio said "fark it" and gave up on trying to turn it into a franchise.  Too bad, it was a pretty entertaining film.  I could even tell what was happening in the fight scenes.  Unlike a certain movie involving robots.


The Golden Compass didn't have a sequel because Christian right-wing outrage.  They couldn't handle a big budget kid's movie that taught that the church is evil and they certainly couldn't keep producing films in the series until they killed god.

even tho the film actually gutted the philosophical stuff and barely even hinted that the bad guys were the church.
 
2013-02-20 02:08:38 PM

Sinbox: @ the 1977 awards ceremony.

Rocky took "Best" picture over Taxi Driver, Network, All The President's Men and Bound for Glory.

Complete and total horsepucky, says I.


Really? In a discussion that includes Mrs. Doubtfire winning Best Makeup for a single facial piece you want to quibble over which was the "best" of 5 GREAT movies?

How do you sh*t with an ass that tight?
 
2013-02-20 02:10:10 PM

FriarReb98: I don't care how  technically good of a movie  Citizen Kane is, the undeniable fact is that there's a reason it's a hallmark of boring movies.   Because it was painfully boring.  We get it, Randolph Hearst was a douche of biblical proportions.   Didn't take me 3 hours to tell you so.


Citizen Kane is a pretentious turd shat from a pretentious anus.  It is practically unwatchable no matter what wiz-bang camera bullcrap it has.
 
2013-02-20 02:14:55 PM

yves0010: Bith Set Me Up: I'm still pissed at Eddie Murphy's "Nutty Professor" beating "Star Trek: First Contact" for best makeup. How the hell could this:

[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x300]

Be more impressive than this:

[movies.trekcore.com image 850x358]

That's not just a Borg. That's a KLINGON Borg!

Holy crap! I never noticed that. I have seen that movie over a 100 times and I never noticed that was a Klingon Borg.


There actually quite a few throughout the film:

movies.trekcore.com

movies.trekcore.com

movies.trekcore.com
 
2013-02-20 02:16:18 PM
Life is Beautiful was a great movie.
True, everything he has done before and since has been crap, but I don't deny him that Oscar.
 
2013-02-20 02:25:19 PM
Dan the Schman: 

Your subjective definition of great greatly differs from my own. To me, Rocky didn't warrant inclusion alongside the others in that listing, let alone being chosen over them. Yeah, I suspect the others split the voting, but...well, it's just a stupid popularity contest anyway.

To paraphrase a tune from the early 1990s, it shouldn't bother me...but it mildly does.

And: i've had the monovirus this past week, so I wish that i could stop s*itting for. I really do.
 
2013-02-20 02:25:56 PM
...for just one hour.
 
2013-02-20 02:26:31 PM
...norovirus...
 
2013-02-20 02:26:40 PM

Rocket To Russia: I stopped taking the article seriously when it said ET or Tootsie should have won over Gandhi.


/that's should HAVE, not should OF, people


This ^^
 
2013-02-20 02:32:40 PM

Bith Set Me Up: yves0010: Bith Set Me Up: I'm still pissed at Eddie Murphy's "Nutty Professor" beating "Star Trek: First Contact" for best makeup. How the hell could this:

[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x300]

Be more impressive than this:

[movies.trekcore.com image 850x358]

That's not just a Borg. That's a KLINGON Borg!

Holy crap! I never noticed that. I have seen that movie over a 100 times and I never noticed that was a Klingon Borg.

There actually quite a few throughout the film:

[movies.trekcore.com image 850x358]

[movies.trekcore.com image 850x358]

[movies.trekcore.com image 850x358]


I never noticed the small details of the Borg.  Still one of my favorite Star Trek Movies and the best of the TNG era. Also, they are one of three fictional creatures that scare the hell out of me (Xenomorphs and Weeping Angels being the others).
 
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