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  • Joe Burns
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    I absolutuley love The Piano- Its so weird, strange, disarming, enchanting.  Harvey Keitiel isn’t exactly the most convincing love interest for Holly Hunter’s Ada, but the film is so luminious that it really doesn’t matter. It’s so great that it was able to have such a strong showing at the Oscars 20 years ago because it seems like a really off beat choice for them.  From what I’ve read, it was the only film that had ANY chance of beating Schlindler’s List for the top 2 awards, but there was no way that would happen. 

    What do you think of this film? Do you remember when it came out? Do you think it was more deserving then Schlindler? Was Anna Paquin’s win a shocking upset or a more mild one?   Is it one of your favorite films? 

    P.S: The score was absolutuley ROBBED of an Oscar nomination and of the win! Could be the worst snub ever! Such a stunning score!  

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I thought the film was interesting, and though it’s not one of my favourite films, I definitely admire it. It wasn’t going to beat Schindler’s list. That really seemed like one of the most runaway victories, and it would have been looked at as a huge mistake. It was before my time, but as I understand it, Paquin’s win was shocking, but in my opinion, well-deserved.

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    Gain
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    #149902

    An very unusual and unique film.Deserved everything it’s got,especially the win of Holly Hunter.That was one of my favorite performances ever.
    And I agree that the score was absolutely robbed. 

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    Eddy Q
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    #149903

    Michael Nyman’s score for The Piano was robbed (a curious omission), but if it had been nominated John Williams still would’ve deserved to win for Schindler’s List, one of his best with those amazing Itzhak Perlman solos. I even played them a bit myself when I was younger.

    Holly Hunter’s win was one of the most deserved in history, and Jane Campion’s script is also superb. I lean towards Rosie Perez in Fearless for supporting actress but Anna Paquin is still a deserving winner.

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    #149904

    One of my favorite six or seven movies from the 90’s. ‘Schindler’s was too big of a juggernaunt however. I wouldn’t have minded Hunter losing to Basset. Still don’t get how the score was snubbed. One of the more odd snubbings ever not just because it was on point and the movie received a good deal of nominations otherwise, but because it was one of the movie’s driving forces.

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    Well, I’m not so found to it like most here, I fear. Not that I hated the film in any way, but it’s just not that magical or sensual (I actually have a problem with the Keitel/Hunter love scenes…)  to me. It has some veeeery akward and strange moments, some of them quite unwillingly funny. 
    The cinematography and score are beautiful plus Holly Hunter (though she would not be my personal #1 that year) and especially Anna Paquin as her energetic daughter deserved their wins, I can’t say the same about the script though. But that’s just my personal opinion.

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    JayDF
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    #149906

    Without question THE PIANO was my favorite film of 1993 and I personally wanted it to reap both picture and director.  I have no problem with the SCHINDLER’S LIST victories, because the film was certainly worthy of the honors.

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    #149907

    Anyone who’s seen a good deal of Campion’s work knows its strangness and humor is definitely on purpose. It may not work for some, but it’s one of reasons the film has stood the test of time. Otherwise, it’d just be a decent period piece. 

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    Emmys2011
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    I think its one of the best film not to win best picture. I think it deserved the top win and it makes me sad every time I remember they didn´t. But then I remember the actual winner and I can´t argue against such a perfect film. Any other year I would´ve said they were robbed of the best picture win…

    I love its three wins. I have to say I´m still baffled the score was snubbed. I still listen to that one, and very often. Its plain ridiculous that it didn´t win, not that it wasn´t nominated, but that it don´t take home that most deserving oscar… 

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    Anyone who’s seen a good deal of Campion’s work knows its strangness and humor is definitely on purpose. It may not work for some, but it’s one of reasons the film has stood the test of time. Otherwise, it’d just be a decent period piece. 

    Well, I admit I’ve only seen Bright Star from her filmography and that was fine.
    Maybe I was simply not expecting strangeness/humor so much in The Piano. 

    Still, no one can love everything. 

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    I absolutuley love The Piano– Its so weird, strange, disarming, enchanting.  Harvey Keitiel isn’t exactly the most convincing love interest for Holly Hunter’s Ada, but the film is so luminious that it really doesn’t matter. It’s so great that it was able to have such a strong showing at the Oscars 20 years ago because it seems like a really off beat choice for them.  From what I’ve read, it was the only film that had ANY chance of beating Schlindler’s List for the top 2 awards, but there was no way that would happen. 

    What do you think of this film? Do you remember when it came out? Do you think it was more deserving then Schlindler? Was Anna Paquin’s win a shocking upset or a more mild one?   Is it one of your favorite films? 

    P.S: The score was absolutuley ROBBED of an Oscar nomination and of the win! Could be the worst snub ever! Such a stunning score!  

    Me too.

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    #149911

    In any year without Schindler’s List the film would have easily won. I’m just so glad Holly expectedly won and of course the great surprise win by Paquin made it the sweeter.

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    Thanks for mentioning the score!  It’s gorgeous.  How can a film named The Piano go overlooked in the music category?  Nyman did strong work for this film….also for Gattaca a few years later, loved his work there.

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    #149913

    Amazing film. The best of the decade. Simply a masterpiece.

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    Adore “The Piano”! In any other year, I would have loved seeing it sweep the Oscars. Not the best timing going against the juggernaut known as “Schindler’s List,” but its Oscars haul is nothing to dismiss regardless (including two very deserved acting wins). I agree that it’s insane that Michael Nyman’s incredible score was snubbed that year.

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