15 BIGGEST OSCAR MISTAKES

THE FANTASTIC 1970s…

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48th ACADEMY AWARD

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Milos Forman

Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick

Dog Day Afternoon, Sidney Lumet

Jaws, Steven Spielberg

Nashville, Robert Altman

The Mistake: The only mistake is that all of these films came out in the same year…

 

49th ACADEMY AWARD

Rocky, John G. Avildsen

All The President’s Men, Alan J. Pakula

Bound for Glory, Hal Ashby

Network, Sidney Lumet

Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese

The Mistake: Well, like in the previous one there is no mistake…Hal Ashby, Lumet, Pakula, Scorsese with films like Bound for Glory, Network, absolutely fantastic All The President’s Men and Taxi Driver all in one year! This will not repeat until my favorite film year, 1999 that was bursting from talent of the new generation we have the pleasure to watch in cinema….

 

AND THE OSCAR SHOULD GO TO…

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75th ACADEMY AWARD

Chicago, Rob Marshall

Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese

The Hours, Stephen Daldry

The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, Peter Jackson

The Pianist, Roman Polanski

The Mistake: Anyone BUT Chicago! My heart is with Gangs

 

69th ACADEMY AWARD

The English Patient, Anthony Minghella

Fargo, Ethan and Joel Johen

Jerry Maguire, Cameron Crowe

Secrets & Lies, Mike Leigh

Shine, Scott Hicks

The Mistake: Fargo, obviously

 

63rd ACADEMY AWARD

Dances with Wolves, Kevin Kostner

Awakening, Penny Marshall

Ghost, Jerry Zucker

The Godfather Part III, Francis Ford Copolla

Godfellas, Martin Scorsese

The Mistake: Again, obviously, Godfellas

 

71st ACADEMY AWARD

Shakespeare in Love, John Madden

Elizabeth, Shekhar Kapur

Life is Beautiful, Roberto Benigni

Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg

The Thin Red Line, Terrence Malick

The Mistake: People are putting Spielberg in front. Perhaps they have never seen Malick’s Thin Red Line (1998). Those who have seen it know that this is the obvious choice.

 

83rd ACADEMY AWARD

The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper

127 Hours, Danny Boyle

Black Sawn, Darren Aronofsky

The Fighter, David O. Russell

Inception, Christopher Nolan

The Kids are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko

The Social Network, David Fincher

Toy Story 3, John Lassiter

True Grit, Eathan And Joel Cohen

Winters Bone, Debra Granik

The Mistake: Social Network (2010) by David Fincher. I have written and talked about this ever since this film came out. There is nothing more I can say. Social Network is a small masterpiece and on multiple levels whereas The King Speech is…well, nothing special and nothing new. Furthermore, all of the other nominees are a class above the King’s Speech…but fine.

 

14th ACADEMY AWARD

How Green is My Valley, John Ford

Blossoms in the Dust, Mervyn LeRoy

Citizen Kane, Orson Welles

Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Alexander Hall

Hold Back the Dawn, Mitchell Leisen

The Little Foxes, William Wyler

The Maltese Falcon, John Huston

One Foot in Heaven, Irving Rapper

Sergeant York, Howard Hawkes

Suspicion, Alfred Hitchcock

The mistake: Citizen Kane by (at the time 26 years old) Orson Welles. If it weren’t for this film, God only knows what would film look like today.

 

67th ACADEMY AWARD

Forrest Gump, Robert Zemeckis

Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mike Newell

Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino

Quiz Show, Robert Redford

The Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont

The Mistake: Two words, PULP and FICTION. I understand that people are in love with Forrest Gump and The Shawshank Redemption and I agree these films are nice, smart, and good… although I personally prefer Quiz Show over these two. However, the best film of this year if not even the decade is without a doubt Tarantino’s masterpiece Pulp Fiction. And if anyone deserved the Oscar this year, it was Tarantino and Lawrence Bender, the film’s producer.

 

WHERE IS…?

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55th ACADEMY AWARD

Gandhi, Richard Attenborough

E.T.:The Extra-Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg

Missing, Costa Gavras

Tootsie, Sydney Pollack

The Verdict, Sidney Lumet

The Mistake: Where is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982)?!?

 

41st ACADEMY AWARD

Oliver!, Carol Reed

Funny Girl, William Wyler

The Lion in Winter, Anthony Harvey

Rachel, Rachel, Paul Newman

Romeo and Juliet, Franco Zeffirelli

The mistake: Where is Stanley Kubrick with 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)?!

 

72nd ACADEMY AWARD

American Beauty, Sam Mendes

The Cider House Rules, Lasse Hallstrom

The Green Mile, Frank Darabont

The Insider, Michael Mann

The Sixt Sense, M. Night Shyamalan

The Mistake: American Beauty (1999) is the last time I saw a fair Academy Award decision, however, the fact that Being John Malkowich (although Jonze was nominated for Best Direction), Fight Club, Magnolia and The Matrix were overlooked in favor of films like The Cider House Rules or The Green Mile just gave us the glimpse of what will the 21st century look like.

 

81st ACADEMY AWARD

Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher

Frost/Nixon, Ron Howard

Milk, Gus van Sant

The Reader, Stephen Daldry

The Mistake: The fact that the Academy failed to nominate The Dark Knight (2008) by Christopher Nolan was such a huge mistake, which influenced the decision for expanding the list from 5 to 10 nominees for Best Picture, immediately the following year.

 

85th ACADEMY AWARD

Amour, Michael Haneke

Argo, Ben Affleck

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

Les Miserables, Tom Hooper

Life of Pi, Ang Lee

Lincoln, Steven Spielberg

Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow

The Mistake: In the choice for 10 films, the Academy wittingly chose only 9 films leaving the obvious candidate and the best films of 2012 not just according to me, but also according to many leading film critics out there. Leaving Paul Thomas Anderson and his wonderful The Master (2012), is such a terrible decision….but to each his own.

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