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  • Rooney Mara
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    I´m a huge fan of this film and, for me, it´s quite surprising how it did in the Oscars (getting the screenplay win and picture nod) with such a dark and twisted plot.
    How was the movie recived at the time?
    Was Jaye Davidson concidered for the win? Did he have media hype?

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    Hackman was the front runner. Davidson was a dark horse alternative. Screenplay is a consolation prize for audacious auteur nominees. Movies that won’t win director or picture. The Crying Game was huge in the pop culture. The public was encouraged to keep the movie’s secret. In an era when such a thing was possible and part of the communal fun.

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    I never saw this movie but by the trailer it looks very compelling and obscure. My kind of film.

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    I never saw this movie but by the trailer it looks very compelling and obscure. My kind of film.

    Jesus Christ you’re young.

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    The Crying Game may have been the most important film for the Weinsteins (maybe only Pulp Fiction approaching). After their initial Oscar success with My Left Foot, their multiple nominations and more importantly huge commercial success ($62 million, inflation adjusted, $120 million, more than triple what they did with Philomena or AOC, double what 12 Years a Slave did) gave them the boost that soon led them to being acquired by Disney.

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    [quote=”tomhardys”]I never saw this movie but by the trailer it looks very compelling and obscure. My kind of film.

    Jesus Christ you’re young.[/quote]

    This again? Jesus. 

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    I never saw this movie but by the trailer it looks very compelling and obscure. My kind of film.

    This movie is a must-see imo. The cast is stellar; Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Stephen Rea, and of course, Jaye Davidson, and the screenplay a very worthy winner.

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    This again? Jesus.

    The people who will make you feel old are those who are under ten years your junior.

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    Hackman was the front runner. Davidson was a dark horse alternative. Screenplay is a consolation prize for audacious auteur nominees. Movies that won’t win director or picture. The Crying Game was huge in the pop culture. The public was encouraged to keep the movie’s secret. In an era when such a thing was possible and part of the communal fun.

    I didnt think Davidson had much of a chance, with Hackman winning every precursor that matters. I wonder what would have happened if Jaye had won that year; he is/was such a reluctant actor. I was rooting for Stephen Rea , although RDjr, Washington, Eastwood, were all deserving of consideration. But with the double nomination for Al Pacino, and the sense that it was his time, even though he didnt exactly ‘clean up’ on his way there. I think he’s ‘better’ in Wag the Dog, but he needed a Lead win and would likely have lost to Hackman anyways.

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    Unforgiven is a great film, but I still was more entranced and enthralled by The Crying Game.

    The film just took so many different turns that it felt like completely different movies and yet, it all flowed and fit together perfectly.

    Stephen Rea was wonderful in his subtle role and Jaye Davidson was great being the film’s big selling point. I love this cast as well, with the supporting characters being led by the great Miranda Richardson.

    I think the film deserved to win Picture, Director, and Editing in addition to Screenplay…I wouldn’t have minded wins for Rea or Davidson even though I often choose Washington and Hackman in their respective races.

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    Here’s a clip. Couldnt resist posting it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=p0qVhhIfWr4

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    One of my great embarrassments at the movies was falling asleep during my initial screening of The Crying Game and missing the big reveal. I couldn’t understand all the fuss until a second screening much later.

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    Even though this came out before I was born(don’t worry tomhardys, you’re not the only young one) I watched it a couple years ago not knowing the twist, but knowing there was one. I initially felt like it was just centred around the twist, but then with further thought, I actually came to the opposite conclusion entirely. It really was a great thought provoking film, and Davidson is my sentimental choice, but it was a fantastic lineup that year. I would have considered Pacino, Nicholson and Hackman all worthy winners as well, and would have liked Pacino to have won for Glengarry or Wag the Dog instead. I’m glad it got screenplay, and I liked Unforgiven too much to take away it’s BP/BD wins.

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    The screenplay win is well-earned, and while that’s the only aspect of the film I wanted to win the Oscar, it’s an incredible feature and deserved every nomination it received. Knowing only of the test beforehand, I was really impressed by the character work that went into the film, particularly with the early scenes between Rea and Forest Whitaker. 

    Question: Was Pacino in Wag the Dog? I saw multiple mentions of it, but I don’t recall him having a part. Is it possible you guys were thinking of Donnie Brasco from the same year? 

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    The screenplay win is well-earned, and while that’s the only aspect of the film I wanted to win the Oscar, it’s an incredible feature and deserved every nomination it received. Knowing only of the test beforehand, I was really impressed by the character work that went into the film, particularly with the early scenes between Rea and Forest Whitaker. 

    Question: Was Pacino in Wag the Dog? I saw multiple mentions of it, but I don’t recall him having a part. Is it possible you guys were thinking of Donnie Brasco from the same year? 

     

    Lol!!! It was Dustin Hoffman in Wag the Dog. Pacino was nominated for Glengarry Glen Ross that year in supporting. Hahahaha! I get the two of them mixed up once in a while. You have to admit, they look similar, from a distance anyways.

    Sorry.

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