Sunday, February 26, 2012

And the Oscar should have gone to...

With the Oscars tonight, I've decided to make a top 10 list of the biggest mistakes/snubs since 1980.

10. "Glory" was not nominated for Best Picture in 1989. This was a loaded year with "Driving Miss Daisy", "Born on the Fourth of July", "Dead Poets Society", "Field of Dreams", and "My Left Foot" all competing for Best Picture. "Glory" should have been nominated and should have won.

9. Charles Grodin not being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Midnight Run" in 1988. When you steal a movie like that from De Niro, you deserve some love.

8. "The Big Lebowski" being shut out in 1998. Bridges, Goodman, and the Coens saw what happened when you fuck a stranger in the ass.

7. Tom Hanks not winning for "Cast Away" in 2000. I liked Russell Crowe in "Gladiator" but no one could have done what Hanks did with very little to no dialogue for 90 minutes.  Plus he made you care about a volleyball.

6. Samuel L. Jackson not winning for "Pulp Fiction" in 1994. Has there ever been anyone better with Tarantino's dialogue?

5. "Forrest Gump" winning Best Picture over "Pulp Fiction" and "The Shawshank Redemption" in 1994. I know WHY it won, I just don't have to happy with it. Gump was a safe choice as opposed to the other two but which one movie still has (magic) legs in 2012? Nice special effects, great performance by Hanks, but the other two movies are all-time classics.

4. "The English Patient" winning over "Fargo" in 1996. Again, another safe pick by the Academy but "Fargo" was the best thing the Coens ever did. A great movie that was hurt by being released in early 1996.

3. "Ordinary People" over "Raging Bull" in 1980. Watch both movies now and tell me what holds up.

2. "Dances With Wolves" over "Goodfellas" in 1990. Costner made a great movie but Goodfellas is a masterpiece. This shouldn't have been up for debate.

1. "Shakespeare in Love" over "Saving Private Ryan" in 1998. How does Spielberg win Best Director that year but the movie doesn't? I still can't get over this.


  1. Replies
    1. I think he has 1986 and 1998

  2. I *did* care about a volley ball, how did you know?

  3. I think Travolta should have been won the Oscar in 1994 just for shooting Marvin in the face.