October 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm #70268
While watching American Beauty for like the 50th time I just couldnt stop thinking how unforgivable it is that Annette Bening didnt win an oscar for one of the best performances ever! maybe it didnt mark history or something but its pure perfection…
In these cases I don´t mean that the actual winner that year didn´t deserve it as well but that someone else did such an unforgettable job that he/she should have recieved what is (at the end of the day) the single most important recognition/award there is (in america at least)….
Don´t really have other ones in mind right now other than fincher for tsn but I wanted to know what are your thoughts regarding those people that should have won without a doubt for a certain movie (not just actors but in every other category…) Gimme a top 3 or 5…October 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm #70270
U2 losing their Oscar for Eminem LOLOctober 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm #70271
Bette Davis – Whatever happened to baby jane
Judy Garland – A Star is Born
Ralph Fiennes – Schindlers List
And thats only some of themOctober 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm #70272
#1 — Brokeback Mountain losing to Crash.October 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm #70273
Oscar losses I can generally deal with and get over. Lol. Oscar wins are somewhat different.
Sigh…..October 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm #70275
Every time Alfred Hitchcock lost best director. The idea that The Apartment was better directed than The Apartment, or On the Waterfront than Rear Window, defies every standard of what makes for great directing I am aware of.
For me, nothing else comes close.
Most Oscar wins are “unforgiveable” in terms of them usually not being deserving. Because of their combination of wide popular and critical support and what the lost to, Bonnie and Clyde and The Social Network rankle me the most. (Though I actually like In the Heat of the Night in its case – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner or The Graduate winning would have been far worse). I wish Heath Ledger had won best actor for Broken Mountain, the main claim to greatness that film had.October 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm #70276
Cate Blanchett losing to god awful Paltrow.
Also Bening rightfully lost to Swank. Talk about over the top.October 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm #70277
SF, you mean Psycho in the first case (and that’s not even mentioning all of the snubs his films have had).
Per “big” categories (and in my lifetime = post-1993):
Picture – Ben-Hur over Anatomy of a Murder (in my lifetime? The King’s Speech over The Social Network)
Best Director – Elia Kazan for On the Waterfront over Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (in my lifetime? Ron Howard for A Beautiful Mind over David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive)
Best Leading Actor – Gary Cooper in Sergeant York over Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (in my lifetime? Jamie Foxx is Ray over Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby)
Best Leading Actress – Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore over Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence (in my lifetime? Frances McDormand in Fargo over Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves).October 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm #70278
Yes! Emily Watson is one of the most frustrating loses (not to count every leading von trier ladie that was snubbed—bjork, kidman, dunst)October 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm #70279
Brokeback Mountain losing to Crash.
Judy Garland in A Star is Born losing to Grace Kelly in The Country Girl
the song “The Man that Got Away” losing to “Three Coins in the Fountain.”
Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca losing to Paul Lukas in Watch on the Rhine. Yeah I know…Paul who???
Alfred Hitchcock for Psycho losing to Billy Wilder for The Apartment
Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath losing to James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story
Both Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story and Bette Davis in The Letter losing to Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle
Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull losing both Best Director and Best Picture to Robert Redford’s Ordinary People. That’s not to say that Ordinary People isn’t a superb – it is!! – but Raging Bull is just that much better.
Dustin Hoffman in Lenny, Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, and Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II all losing to Art Carney in Harry and Tonto! I am seriously??? SERIOUSLY??!!
A Streetcar Named Desire and A Place in the Sun losing to An American in Paris
Steven Speilberg’s ET losing Best Director and Best Picture to Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi. Gandhi is not a bad film…but how many of us would want to see it twice?
Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters or Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan or Edward Norton in American X or Nick Nolte in Affliction all losing to Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful. Wow…just wow.
Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain losing to Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote. I think Hoffman was terrific…but Ledger was superb.
I’m going to stop here…because if I keep going I’ll never stop.October 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm #70280
The entire year of 1999 (71st Academy Awards) was pitiful. Everything about the God-awful Shakespeare in Love being an Oscar-winning film resulted in the most unforgiveable Oscar losses ever.
Picture – should have gone to literally anything else nominated. I would pick Saving Private Ryan with The Thin Red Line a very close second.
Director – I understand and support Spielberg’s win, but I would have voted for Terrence Malick. Either one winning is fine with me.
Actor – They obviously wanted to give Benigni his own personal Oscar, but this was Ian McKellen’s award, or even Edward Norton’s, who made American History X watchable.
Actress – Biggest WTF win ever. Should have been an easy win for Blanchett.
Supp Actor – the least infuriating win of the night, would’ve given to Duvall
Supp Actress – I understand the “we’re sorry for giving Helen frickin Hunt the award you deserved beyond belief last year” sentiment going for Dench but it wasn’t enough to justify this win, especially with Lynn Redgrave’s performance in Gods and Monsters in the category.
Orig Screenplay – This are just ridiculous. You have the option of rewarding the underrated writing of one of the greatest war films of all time AND The Truman Show, but instead you choose a old-time melodrama with Stoppard’s name on it?
Adap screenplay – I will support any win for Gods and Monsters, but you have another one of the greatest war films of all time here. Terrence Malick, holla!October 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm #70281
To be fair, while (IMHO) the BP win for Shakespeare in Love goes down as being the most unforgivable act the Academy ever committed, it did have a pretty crackling script, at least as far as dialogue is concerned. I’m also curious as to whether or not I would actually award the screenplay for a Terence Malick film. I’m not really sure how to judge one of his films as far as a screenwriter would be concerned, given the paucity of dialogue (excluding voiceovers) and how much of the impact or acclaim he’s drawn seems to come more for his visual work.
October 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm #70282
Dolly Parton losing for her song ( Travelin Thru )
Julianne Moore losing for The Hours ( and speaking of the hours does anyone else think that Meryl Streep should have been nominated for the Hours instead of Adaption.? ) lol
Cate Blanchett losing to Gwenyth Paltrow
Clark Gable losing for Gone With The WindOctober 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm #70283
^Yes I do agree with Dolly Parton losing!
Glenn Close losing to Cher (I still find it hard to believe that Cher actually has an Oscar and Glenn Doesn’t!)
Judi Dench losing to Helen Hunt. (They really fucked up Best Actress twice in a row 97 & 98. My god.)
Sigourney Weaver, Sissy Spacek, and Kathleen Turner all losing to Marlee Matin.
Julianne Moore losing to Nicole Kidman. (I don’t remember a single important or even memorable aspect of Kidman’s performance.)
Gloria Swanson and Bette Davis losing to Judy Holliday (Either one should have easily won over Judy’s forgettable performance.)
Kate Winslet losing to Mira Sorphino (This win has to be one of the biggest jokes in Academy history right there with Paltrow’s win.)
Anyone who lost againt Roberto Benigni and Kevin Spacey in Best Actor was robbed.
Bill Murray losing to Sean Penn.