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  • Tom
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    One of my favourite films of all time is The Shawshank Redemption. I recently sat down to watch it again and it got me thinking about what nominations it received and didn’t receive at the Oscars. The film had 7 nominations and no wins. Its nominations were:

    • Best Picture (Niki Marvin)
    • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Morgan Freeman)
    • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Frank Darabont)
    • Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)
    • Best Editing (Richard Francis-Bruce)
    • Best Original Score (Thomas Newman)
    • Best Sound (Robert J. Litt, Elliot Tyson, Michael Herbock & Willie D. Burton)

    I was happy to see it nominated in this many categories. I would have given it nominations in all of the above as well as:

    • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tim Robbins) – replacing Nigel Hawthorne
    • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Whitmore) – replacing Paul Scofield
    • Best Director (Frank Darabont) – replacing Krzysztof Kieslowski
    • Best Art/Set Decoration – replacing Legends of the Fall  

    I’m interested to know how others feel. In particular regard to James Whitmore who I personally feel was robbed. His performance gets me everytime. 

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    benbraddock
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    I love the 7 that it did get..i wouldve added TIM ROBBINS
     also instead of Nigel Hawthorne or John Travolta..Travolta
    is actually awful and Hawthorne was blah..

    Add director and it wouldve been a 9 nomination film….
    Of course, DEAKINS shouldve won cinematography and I
    woul have been satisfied..

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    Malick
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    Is it possible to garner 7 oscar nominations and still be unappreciated?
    If so, Shawshank takes the cake. I still cannot understand why it
    didn’t do well @ the box office. The movie possesses all the components
    of a would-be smash. Thank goodness the general public corrected their
    error, by elevating the films status over the years. 

    Additional nominations:
    Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tim Robbins) instead of Nigel Hawthorne
    Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Whitmore) – instead of Chazz Palminteri
    *
    In another year, this wonderful actor, could’ve been our winner, instead of becoming a member of the egregiously snubbed club.  
    Best Director (Frank Darabont) –  instead of Krzysztof Kieslowski

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    M
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    #164698

    I still cannot understand why it
    didn’t do well @ the box office. The movie possesses all the components
    of a would-be smash. Thank goodness the general public corrected their
    error, by elevating the films status over the years.

    A period piece set in a prison with a cumbersome title does not have immediate public appeal.

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    M H
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    I like Shawshank fine, but I can’t imagine how anyone could think that Darabont’s direction was better than Kieslowski’s.

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    Filmatelist
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    I like Shawshank fine, but I can’t imagine how anyone could think that Darabont’s direction was better than Kieslowski’s.

    Seconded.  He gets the award for me.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Shawshank was part of what I think was the best Best Picture lineup since 1976. I would have been fine with any of them winning (except four weddings, even though I liked it). I also really like The Green Mile, so Darabont is clearly a very solid director.

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    Tom
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    Is it possible to garner 7 oscar nominations and still be unappreciated?
    If so, Shawshank takes the cake. I still cannot understand why it
    didn’t do well @ the box office. The movie possesses all the components
    of a would-be smash. Thank goodness the general public corrected their
    error, by elevating the films status over the years. 

    Additional nominations:
    Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tim Robbins) instead of Nigel Hawthorne
    Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Whitmore) – instead of Chazz Palminteri
    *
    In another year, this wonderful actor, could’ve been our winner, instead of becoming a member of the egregiously snubbed club.
     
    Best Director (Frank Darabont) –  instead of Krzysztof Kieslowski

    This is one of the main points of this thread. I never understood why this great supporting performance went unrecognised.  

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    babypook
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    #164703

    It didnt make it’s monies back and was rated R. Not fair really, but there it is.

    That film is word for word by the book, or short story. It’s the actors who make that film so very touching imo.

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    marcelo
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    [quote=”MalickFanboy”]Is it possible to garner 7 oscar nominations and still be unappreciated?
    If so, Shawshank takes the cake. I still cannot understand why it
    didn’t do well @ the box office. The movie possesses all the components
    of a would-be smash. Thank goodness the general public corrected their
    error, by elevating the films status over the years. 

    Additional nominations:
    Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tim Robbins) instead of Nigel Hawthorne
    Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Whitmore) – instead of Chazz Palminteri
    *
    In another year, this wonderful actor, could’ve been our winner, instead of becoming a member of the egregiously snubbed club.
     
    Best Director (Frank Darabont) –  instead of Krzysztof Kieslowski

    This is one of the main points of this thread. I never understood why this great supporting performance went unrecognised.  [/quote]

    TOTALLY AGREE, A WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE
     

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    Eddy Q
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    One of my favourite films of all time is The Shawshank Redemption. I recently sat down to watch it again and it got me thinking about what nominations it received and didn’t receive at the Oscars. The film had 7 nominations and no wins. Its nominations were:

    • Best Picture (Niki Marvin)
    • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Morgan Freeman)
    • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Frank Darabont)
    • Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)
    • Best Editing (Richard Francis-Bruce)
    • Best Original Score (Thomas Newman)
    • Best Sound (Robert J. Litt, Elliot Tyson, Michael Herbock & Willie D. Burton)

    I was happy to see it nominated in this many categories. I would have given it nominations in all of the above as well as:

    • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tim Robbins) – replacing Nigel Hawthorne
    • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Whitmore) – replacing Paul Scofield
    • Best Director (Frank Darabont) – replacing Krzysztof Kieslowski
    • Best Art/Set Decoration – replacing Legends of the Fall  

    I’m interested to know how others feel. In particular regard to James Whitmore who I personally feel was robbed. His performance gets me everytime. 

    I think you’re “replacing” the most interesting contenders where I’ve highlighted. Personally I find Tim Robbins’s character in Shawshank too much of an enigma, while Morgan Freeman hung him up to dry with very little effort. Robbins was far more notable in films like The Player and Mystic River, whereas Nigel Hawthorne was spectacular in Madness of King George. And if Darabont must be included, I’d boot out winner Robert Zemeckis, seeing as his previous Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit are both way superior to Forrest Gump. But honestly I have reservations with Shawshank, which is a decent film but nowhere near deserving of no. 1 position at IMDb.  

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    Tom
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    I think you’re “replacing” the most interesting contenders where I’ve highlighted. Personally I find Tim Robbins’s character in Shawshank too much of an enigma, while Morgan Freeman hung him up to dry with very little effort. Robbins was far more notable in films like The Player and Mystic River, whereas Nigel Hawthorne was spectacular in Madness of King George. And if Darabont must be included, I’d boot out winner Robert Zemeckis, seeing as his previous Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit are both way superior to Forrest Gump. But honestly I have reservations with Shawshank, which is a decent film but nowhere near deserving of no. 1 position at IMDb.  

    Thanks for your feedback Eddy. I really like hearing other opinions. I don’t mind Zemeckis’s win as I like Forrest Gump and obviously the “replacements” that I suggested are just my opinion. The beauty of these forums is that we are able to have these conversations and gain uderstanding of how our opinions differ to those of other posters. Thanks again for comments.  

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