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  • Beau S.
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    Don’t know if this has been shared before, but in an interview two years ago Nick Nolte shared how he, Ian McKellen and Edward Norton reacted to losing the Roberto Benigni in 1998:

    ”I’ll tell you about the best time at an awards show I ever had. The year
    I was up for the Oscar for “Affliction,” Ian McKellen was up for “Gods
    and Monsters” and Ed Norton was up for “American History X.” We kept
    running into each other at all these awards shows and got to know one
    another. And the night of the Academy Awards, Ian said, “Nick, I don’t
    care if you get it, or if I get it, or if some kid with a bald head and
    tattoos gets it, but if that little fucking Italian guy gets it, I’m
    going to have a shit fit tonight.” I said, “Okay, that’s good; I’m with
    you on that.” And then we’re sitting there, and they go “Roberto
    Benigni!” And he’s doing his bit, walking over the chairs. I look over,
    and I saw Ed was gone and Ian was gone, so I got out of the chair, I
    walked off, and I knew they’d be at the bar. As I walked up to Ian he
    said, “Nolte, I don’t know why you thought you’d get an award; you only
    play yourself.” And Ian was playing a gay guy, so I said, “Look who’s
    calling the kettle black.” And we both turned on Ed and said, “What, did
    you think you’d win just because you shaved your head and got tattoos?”
    And Ed said, “Well I’m just proud to be here with you guys.” And we
    laughed and had a great time, a great time.”

    http://www.backstage.com/interview/sag-award-nominees-on-breaking-in-and-the-art-of-having-fun/

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    drenja
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    #124933

    Every one of them was more deserving than Begnini. Not to mention Jim Carrey who was not on the list. Shame.

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    Jason Travis
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    Love this. Another reminder of why I didn’t feel Roberto deserved Best Actor. Along with that fine company, he also defeated Tom Hanks in Ryan. But 1998 was a weak year for Lead Actor in a way; Jim Carrey (Best Actor Drama- Golden Globes, The Truman Show) doesn’t even get nominated. Has that ever happened where a lead actor wins the Globe in Drama, and then fails to be Oscar nominated? Rare I’m sure. 

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    Beau S.
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    Interesting how neither Globe winner was nominated that year.

    It’s not surprising that he missed, but I thought Jeff Bridges was also worthy for The Big Lebowski. He didn’t even get a Globe nod.

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    babypook
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    Lol. At least they could laugh at it, and then have a drink together afterwards.

     

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    CJO1234
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    They made a big mistake giving it to Benigni. I would have given it to both Norton and McKellen.

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    marcelo
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    Mc Kellen did one of the greatest permorfance of the decade. 

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    Atypical
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    This anecdote has been circulating for years. Glad those guys could have drinks and laughs over Benigni’s ridiculous win.

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    Gabriel
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    Yeah, giving Benigni wasn’t the Academy’s finest hour, let’s just put it that way. But it’s just further proof that you can’t always trust the Academy to award the most deserving (which is subjective to an extent, anyway). Robert Benigni’s win wasn’t the first ridiculous win in Oscar history, and it most certainly won’t be the last.

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    BrokenFan
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    lol I love that. Reminded me of a similar situation with Kathy Bates and Meryl Streep. They all end up going to a bar in the end. 

    This was one of those wtf wins that I did not support. Jim Carrey, man. How could they? 

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    babypook
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    Well you could see it coming.  SAG, BAFTA, BFCA; the film wins at Cannes, Cesar, Europeans. Even Chlotrudis gave it a win. And of course it had FLF all sewn up.

    Sigh.

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    BamaEd
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    Love that story. Still haven’t seen Affliction, but Norton and McKellan were stellar, as were Carrey and Hanks. They gave it to Roberto for his charm & such. Oh well. Still tough to believe the 3 of those men still don’t have an Oscar. Nolte was up just a few years ago, maybe they all can be again soon.

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    KT
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    I loved Steven Spielberg’s reaction in Tom Hanks’ box when I re-watched the Benigni video.  It was like, oh God, do I have to hold him up again?  It seemed pretty honest….and may speak to the reactions to Life is Beautiful Spielberg was reported having back in 1998 (he didn’t like it).

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    #124945

    This was MCKELLEN’s finest hour and the Benigni win was ridiculous..

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Umm… Interesting they didn’t mention Hanks was also nominated for Saving Private Ryan.

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