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  • Beau S.
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    #116439

    This losing has to be one of the biggest Oscar crimes, ever.

    Its nominations should have been (* means win):
    Best Picture*
    Best Director*
    Best Actor (Ray Liotta)
    Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro)
    Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)*
    Best Supporting Actress (Lorraine Bracco)
    Best Adapted Screenplay*
    Best Film Editing*
    Best Sound Editing
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Cinematography*
    Best Costume Design

    The cinematography snub is shocking, considering all of the tracking shots.

    Bracco loses to Bening for me by a hair.

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    #116441

    Let Whoopi have Sup Actress. Bening wants and deserves a Best Actress statuette.

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    KT
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    Definitely agree with you on cinematography.  Classic example of the divide between how the Academy judges cinematography (oh, pretty!!) and what cinematography really is.  The cinematographers not nominating the film suggests to me it wasn’t as widely liked back in 1990 as we might expect today. 

    There was no way Dances With Wolves was going to lose.  It basically won everything except awards for its actors (even editing, which totally belonged to Goodfellas).  It was seen as important, it was huge at the box office.  Goodfellas was divisive, as Scorsese pictures typically were.  Best Director is the category that most infuriates me, but the result makes sense.  Scorsese’s bane is basically the movie-star-turned-director.  He lost to Redford, Costner, and Eastwood, the first two on their first films and the latter being a much more significant director than the others (and arguably the king of Hollywood).  With the Academy, the actors always win out, even over cinema as art form, which the Oscars are *supposed* to honor.

    Joe Pesci winning was fantastic.  Very glad to see that happen.  He definitely gives the best performance in the film.

    I disagree on Bening.  Whoopi Goldberg deserved the Oscar for her fantastic comedic performance in Ghost.  She was a huge standout back in 1990, and was a huge part of film working as well as it did.  I loved what she brought to Ghost.  “Sam, let me tell her in my own words….Molly, you in danger girl.”

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    Beau S.
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    I agree that Whoopi is great in Ghost (a movie I like quite a bit) but she is my BA winner for The Color Purple and I think both Bening and Bracco did terrific work. It was a strong year for supporting actress.

    Bening is certainly deserving of a BA Oscar (here’s hoping “The Face of Love” actually gets released) but her performance in The Grifters is one of the highlights of the movie, which I like a lot as a whole as well.

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    allabout oscars
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    #116444

    GOODFELLAS
    should have won
     BEST PICTURE, DIRECTOR, SUP ACTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHY FILM EDITING

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    Halo_Insider
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    So Beau, you’re actually one of the first I’ve seen to bring De Niro up as a Supporting Actor nominee. Do you have him competitive for the win, or is he more of a filler nom in a weak year? 

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    Beau S.
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    Pesci is the clear winner imo, but De Niro is strong competition and its a somewhat weak year for the category. However, De Niro (in my personal Oscar history) has won four Oscars (one supporting, three lead – all by 1980) and he is my second place finisher for Cape Fear, so I don’t think I’ll ever be giving him another win unless he turns in such a tour-de-force, clear winner of a performance (which might be possible since it looks like he’s trying to stage a comeback).

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    KT
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    ^^^ He’s the actor who should have been the first to three Best Actor wins.  And I agree, it should have happened by 1980: Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, and Raging Bull.

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    Beau S.
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    ^^^ He’s the actor who should have been the first to three Best Actor wins.  And I agree, it should have happened by 1980: Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, and Raging Bull.

    He’s actually the third to do it in my Oscar world. Paul Newman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hud, The Hustler) and Marlon Brando (Streetcar, Waterfront, Godfather) were the first and second, respectively.

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    KT
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    In your ideal Oscar world, does Daniel Day-Lewis also have three awards?

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    Beau S.
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    He does; but three Oscars is less of a feat in my ideal Oscar world.

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    I want to be part of your world.

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    vozas
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    Whoopie’s win is not that different from Sandra Bullock’s one a few years ago, albeit not that rage-inducing since it was in supporting and there wasn’t any internet to rant over it back then. Ghost hasn’t aged well AT ALL, nor has Whoopi’s performance, as entertaining as it may have been in the 90s. Imho I do see it as one of the very first “popularity” (i.e. she is so much fun and such a nice person let’s give her something for that) wins of which the Academy Awards have become very well known for over the past decade.

    Supporting actress was kinda uninspiring that year but Diane Ladd should’ve taken it. Bracco or Bening would be worthy winners too, their movies were both stellar and so were their performances. Mary McDonnell was laughable.

    I totally agree with allabout oscars. I would’ve awarded those exact same Oscars to Goodfellas that year. Pretty weak year tbh.

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    Choice Chayawat
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    To me, Whoopi was perfect in Ghost. It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing that role after seeing how she portrayed it. I still laughed everytime watching the scene at the bank. What a unique and memorable performance! Bracco did a very good job in Goodfellas, just not Oscar-worthy.

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    vinny
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    Whoopi deserved that Oscar for Ghost. Can we talk about best actor that year. Liotta was robbed.

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