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2013-02-20 08:23:29 AM
4 votes:
Any year that Alan Rickman was never nominated for an Oscar.
2013-02-20 08:03:11 AM
4 votes:
No mention of Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan???
2013-02-20 09:36:23 AM
3 votes:
Titanic over LA confidential

Shakeapeare in Love over anything
2013-02-20 09:30:06 AM
3 votes:

varmitydog: Thanks, elvisaintdead.

No way Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" was better directed than "Oliver". If one hadn't read the book, one didn't know what the hell was going on in "Space Odyssey". And to call "Oliver" "the weakest contender of the bunch" over "The Battle of Algiers", "The Lion in Winter" and Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" is asinine. Sorry Mr. Movie Snob, they got this one right. Oliver was a great little film, for a family movie musical it was a near perfect adaptation of Dicken's classic.


I don't mind Space Odyssey losing to Oliver for best direction. Directing large swaths of people  to dance in-sync is much harder than telling a single actor to "stare at the camera for 10 minutes" while intercutting trippy lamp effects. Plus the Hollywood mantra of "kids are hard to direct in movies"...Remember that Hollywood awards prizes not only based on the finished product, but also based on an insider's knowledge of how hard it was to make that product.

I can see an argument of best picture (in hindsight, of course), but not really with the director award.
2013-02-20 08:43:20 AM
3 votes:
List fails without upload.wikimedia.org


Brokeback Mountain crushed this POS everywhere but with the Academy.
2013-02-20 08:17:32 AM
3 votes:
I can rewatch Gandhi anytime because Ben Kingsley was mesmerising. Like George C. Scott as Patton, Kingsley WAS Gandhi.
2013-02-20 10:51:09 PM
2 votes:
Amelie is the greatest non-alcoholic panty remover in all history.

/just saying
2013-02-20 01:17:17 PM
2 votes:

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 01:06:00 PM
2 votes:
In other news, some people still take the Oscars seriously.

The Oscars are the Hollywood version of this debacle:
upload.wikimedia.org
2013-02-20 12:13:59 PM
2 votes:
I thought Benigni was great.  Charisma and energy goes a long way.
2013-02-20 09:45:35 AM
2 votes:

mjohnson71: picodenico: No mention of Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan???

This right here. Plus many other of the Mirimax jammed-down-our-throat wins.


Why the Stoppard hate?

Shakespeare in Love is one of the greatest scripts ever written. And one of the finest casts ever assembled.  It's so godamm good you can completely ignore  the female lead (like nearly the entire ensembles does)  and it kicks even more ass. I am probably biased because its also the most realistic depiction of producing a new play ever put on film but its still a great movie.


WhoIsWillo:

The Lion in Winter is an absolutely incredible movie.

it's a great cast more than a great movie. But that's kind of nitpicking.
2013-02-20 08:08:10 AM
2 votes:
Best Cinematography - Amelie for sure.
2013-02-20 07:53:26 AM
2 votes:
1. Say what you will about Golden Compass, at least I could tell what was going on at any given moment. The fight scenes in Transformers were an unwatchable mess.

8. Even if you didn't care for Fellowship, you can't deny the beauty of the cinematography, and the Academy will always favor big, sweeping camera work over smaller more intimate camera work no matter how good the latter may be.

9. Citizen Kane just pissed off the wrong man.

10. 2001 was a victim of the fact that even science fiction literature hadn't fully shed its pulp image in the public consciousness, so Kubrick even being nominated was quite a coup.
2013-02-21 08:20:05 AM
1 votes:

Khazar-Khum: 1982.

Ben Kingsley over Paul Newman for Best Actor.

Don't believe me? Watch Newman's face when he's photographing the invalid. He goes from 'whatever' to 'holy he11, this girl will never be normal again--and I'm the only one who can help her'. In that one scene, as he goes from detached drunk to regaining his humanity,  he so badly outclasses Kingsley they're not even on the same planet.

When they gave it to him for "Color of Money" it was clear they were trying to make it up to him for all the years of top performances he'd given and they'd ignored.

Kingsley, meanwhile, stars in Uwe Bolls' latest masterpiece.


I always did like "The Verdict," one of my fave Newman flicks.
But ease up on Ben Kingsley. It may not be worthy of a lifetime pass for any bad films, but I think Kingsley's work in "Sexy Beast" allows for a lot of forgiveness.
2013-02-20 08:52:32 PM
1 votes:
Biggest travesty is Al Pacino not winning an Oscar until '93 for Scent of a Women, and he didn't even deserve that one over Denzel for Malcolm X.
2013-02-20 07:19:30 PM
1 votes:

Spanky McStupid: Biggest theft 1995

Best Picture

Apollo 13
Braveheart    (Won)
Babe
Sense and Sensibility
Il Postino


Film                            Director

Braveheart               Mel Gibson    (Won)
Babe                          Chris Noonan
Dead Man Walking    Tim Robbins
Leaving Las Vegas    Mike Figgis
Il Postino                    Michael Radford

Ron Howard was robbed - probably because the Academy still considered him "Opie"


No, it wasn't Ron Howard, it was Tom Hanks. He'd won two years prior for Philadelphia, and the year before for Forrest Gump. They just couldn't give yet another Oscar to a Tom Hanks film. At the time I was pretty happy about it because I loved Braveheart, but that film hasn't aged well. Apollo 13 is still awesome, though. (Fun Fact: it was the first movie I saw with the DVD commentary, which was Jim Lovell and his wife. It was fascinating!)
2013-02-20 05:09:11 PM
1 votes:

Galvatron Zero: 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.


Not to mention that there was absolutely no chemistry between Jake Gyllenhall and Heath Ledger.  When a starcrossed lovers story ends in tragedy, the viewer should be moved, if the movie was done well.  I was all like, meh.
2013-02-20 04:55:39 PM
1 votes:
Scorsese was screwed over many times.  He lost Best Director for Raging Bull to Robert Redford and his whiny, WASPy, self-indulgent piece of crap, Ordinary People.
2013-02-20 03:50:48 PM
1 votes:
Honestly, you'd have a harder time finding Oscars that got it right. Almost everything they award is garbage.
2013-02-20 03:13:28 PM
1 votes:

velvet_fog: frepnog: 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.

1/10.


no troll.  real people can not watch that movie.  it is like watching paint dry.  there is no entertainment to be found.
2013-02-20 03:01:36 PM
1 votes:

Galvatron Zero: 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.


Well, if you wanna go down that road (NTTAWWT), American Beauty was much, much worse.  Severely closeted, apparently homophobic uber-jarhead gets all shooty when he worries his secret might get out.
2013-02-20 02:32:40 PM
1 votes:

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:

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Be more impressive than this:

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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:

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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).
2013-02-20 02:26:31 PM
1 votes:
...norovirus...
2013-02-20 02:25:56 PM
1 votes:
...for just one hour.
2013-02-20 02:25:19 PM
1 votes:
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 02:16:18 PM
1 votes:
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 02:10:10 PM
1 votes:

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 02:08:38 PM
1 votes:

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 02:08:31 PM
1 votes:

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 01:59:22 PM
1 votes:
@ 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 01:57:10 PM
1 votes:
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 01:56:03 PM
1 votes:
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 12:24:05 PM
1 votes:

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 12:17:40 PM
1 votes:
 After "Crash" winning the Oscars lost all relevancy to me.
 /also, "LA Confidential" losing to "Titanic".
2013-02-20 11:11:42 AM
1 votes:

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 11:06:38 AM
1 votes:
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 10:49:08 AM
1 votes:

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 10:44:42 AM
1 votes:
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 10:31:11 AM
1 votes:

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 10:29:23 AM
1 votes:

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 10:26:58 AM
1 votes:
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 10:17:21 AM
1 votes:

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 09:36:23 AM
1 votes:
My Fair Lady beat Dr. Strangelove for best picture. But by all means, let's whine about Transformers getting screwed.
2013-02-20 09:34:30 AM
1 votes:
No Annie Hall over STAR FARKING WARS?
2013-02-20 09:27:31 AM
1 votes:
Am I the only person who had absolutly no trouble picking out what was going on in transformers? Or do to many people not have proper attention spans?

Seriously at no point when I watched it in theatres did I not know what was going on in the film.
2013-02-20 09:26:30 AM
1 votes:
Oscar nominations:
John Goodman - 0
John Torturro - 0
Steve Buscemi - 0
2013-02-20 09:07:53 AM
1 votes:

Sybarite: 8. Even if you didn't care for Fellowship, you can't deny the beauty of the cinematography, and the Academy will always favor big, sweeping camera work over smaller more intimate camera work no matter how good the latter may be.


That's a ridiculous list for that year, though; any of those five winning would have been just fine.
2013-02-20 09:07:17 AM
1 votes:

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.


varmitydog: Thanks, elvisaintdead.

No way Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" was better directed than "Oliver". If one hadn't read the book, one didn't know what the hell was going on in "Space Odyssey". And to call "Oliver" "the weakest contender of the bunch" over "The Battle of Algiers", "The Lion in Winter" and Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" is asinine. Sorry Mr. Movie Snob, they got this one right. Oliver was a great little film, for a family movie musical it was a near perfect adaptation of Dicken's classic.


I saw 2001 when it was released when I was 5 years old & I knew what was going on.
It's not that complicated

/I am significantly stupider nowadays
2013-02-20 08:59:32 AM
1 votes:
Slumdog Millionaire absent.
2013-02-20 08:47:12 AM
1 votes:
This one should also probably have been included:  i.huffpost.com
2013-02-20 08:41:12 AM
1 votes:

varmitydog: Thanks, elvisaintdead.

No way Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" was better directed than "Oliver". If one hadn't read the book, one didn't know what the hell was going on in "Space Odyssey". And to call "Oliver" "the weakest contender of the bunch" over "The Battle of Algiers", "The Lion in Winter" and Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" is asinine. Sorry Mr. Movie Snob, they got this one right. Oliver was a great little film, for a family movie musical it was a near perfect adaptation of Dicken's classic.


The Lion in Winter is an absolutely incredible movie.
2013-02-20 08:38:26 AM
1 votes:

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.
2013-02-20 08:32:04 AM
1 votes:
Thanks, elvisaintdead.

No way Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" was better directed than "Oliver". If one hadn't read the book, one didn't know what the hell was going on in "Space Odyssey". And to call "Oliver" "the weakest contender of the bunch" over "The Battle of Algiers", "The Lion in Winter" and Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" is asinine. Sorry Mr. Movie Snob, they got this one right. Oliver was a great little film, for a family movie musical it was a near perfect adaptation of Dicken's classic.
2013-02-20 08:30:28 AM
1 votes:
List fails without Forrest Gump winning over Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption.
2013-02-20 08:21:51 AM
1 votes:
Year: 1969
Nominees: Stanley Kubrick ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), Gillo Pontecorvo ("The Battle of Algiers"), Anthony Harvey ("The Lion in Winter"), Carol Reed ("Oliver!"), Franco Zeffirelli ("Romeo and Juliet")
Who won: Carol Reed
Who should have: Stanley Kubrick


Actually, it's Pontecorvo who should have won for The Battle of Algiers.
2013-02-20 08:21:10 AM
1 votes:
this movie should have won the award for best makeup in 1993:
trouperproductions.com

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.
2013-02-20 08:14:00 AM
1 votes:
Um, The Full Monty did not come out in 1988.

Check yer typos, article writer.
2013-02-20 08:03:46 AM
1 votes:
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.
2013-02-20 07:49:38 AM
1 votes:
 
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