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  • Jake
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    Woody Allen is the most successful screenwriter in the history of Oscars with the most wins (3) out of the most nods (16, all for his original works). He’s far above 2nd best ever, Billy Wilder (12 across two writing categories) and 2nd best in Allen’s category, Federico Fellini (6 nods with no wins).

    Recognition for his screenwriting:
    1. “Annie Hall” – WINNER
    2. “Interiors” – lost to “Coming Home”
    3. “Manhattan” – lost to “Breaking Away”
    4. “Broadway Danny Rose” – lost to “Places in the Heart”
    5. “The Purple Rose of Cairo” – lost to “Witness”
    6. “Hannah and Her Sisters” – WINNER
    7. “Radio Days” – lost to “Moonstruck”
    8. “Crimes and Misdemeanors” – lost to “Dead Poets Society”
    9. “Alice” – lost to “Ghost”
    10. “Husbands and Wives” – lost to “The Crying Game”
    11. “Bullets Over Broadway” – lost to “Pulp Fiction”
    12. “Mighty Aphrodite” – lost to “The Usual Suspects”
    13. “Deconstructing Harry” – lost to “Good Will Hunting”
    14. “Match Point” – lost to “Crash”
    15. “Midnight in Paris” – WINNER
    16. “Blue Jasmine” – lost to “Her”

    After Allen has made it clear that he doesn’t care at all about Academy Awards, even calling it meaningless, and went to jazz concert instead of his round of applause for “Annie Hall”, I feel he became a respected choice to include and have around but never really a threat to win unless the writing become so lauded it was undeniable (“Hannah…”) or there were too many years since his previous win and timing was right for lovable picture that wasn’t going to get anything anywhere else that night (“…Paris”).

    “Manhattan”, for example, got nothing besides screenplay and supporting actress nods and it is often cited as the greatest film he’s ever made (not by him, though), got showered by BAFTAs nominations (even for Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep) and remains a timeless classic. Time wasn’t as kind to “Breaking Away”, I’m afraid. Nostalgic, yet funny “Broadway Danny Rose” losing to overblown “Places in the Heart” (the only drama in that year’s line-up) didn’t stand a test of time, not to mention “Witness”, an ok drama with decent writing, actually winning over writing masterpiece “The Purple Rose of Cairo” (screenplay was the ONLY nomination for that film, another disgrace). “Hannah…” was undeniable then for its very acclaimed screenplay but I can’t help but wonder – if Woody was actually working hard to show that he cares, would he be able to snatch Best Picture and Best Director from “Patton” (“Annie Hall”/”Star Wars” analogy is slightly pushing it but not that far)?

    “Crimes and Misdemeanors” would be actually a great winner but then again 1989 was a year filled with classics in Best Original Screenplay category, easily better field than Best Picture. A shame then that the Academy went with good but still the safest choice out of the bunch, “Dead Poets Society”.

    Mind you, not all of his nods represent his best work. “Mighty Aphrodite” is the most head-scratching inclusion while “Match Point” and “Midnight in Paris” – both films that I liked, BTW, especially the former – were respected more for his return to form than for its own merits, given that both were just, more or less, repeats of his ideas executed better in the past. Both were good nominees but Allen won Oscar that clearly should have gone to Ashgar Farhadi. “Midnight in Paris” was the only critics’ darling in his filmography this century.

    For the record, Writers Guild of America gave him awards for “Broadway Danny Rose” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and nod for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” while he also won the Golden Globe for “The Purple Rose of Cairo” (which raises credibility of HFPA in a significant way).

    He won Best Director for “Annie Hall” and the film won Best Picture but since then it was oddly the former category where he landed with his films not included among the best 5 of the year.

    “Annie Hall” – won both categories
    “Interiors” – Best Director nominee
    “Broadway Danny Rose” – Best Director nominee
    “Hannah…” – nominated in both categories
    “Crimes and…” – Best Director nominee
    “Bullets…” – Best Director nominee
    “Midnight in Paris” – nominated in both categories (Best Picture had 9 nominees in 2011, although I believe film would be Best Picture nominee even with 5)

    I can’t recall any other filmmaker getting 4 Best Director nods without those films going for Best Picture.

    He got his single acting nod for “Annie Hall” which seems fair, even though I think he gave his greatest performance in “Broadway Danny Rose” or “The Front”, which wasn’t directed by him, and I wouldn’t mind him getting nominated for either of those.

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    Not sure Woody himself being out there campaigning would’ve made much of a difference in terms of wins – it’s not like his films’ distributors and performers stayed on the sidelines with him. None of his Oscar losses came as a real surprise.

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    I hate the fact that he doesn’t want the awards but still lets his movies (himself) be in contention for awards. Why not let someone who is not famous and could benefit form being an Oscar nominee have that slot ? love his movies and i don’t care that he doesn’t like the awards but always bugged me he took up the space.

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    I hate the fact that he doesn’t want the awards but still lets his movies (himself) be in contention for awards. Why not let someone who is not famous and could benefit form being an Oscar nominee have that slot ? love his movies and i don’t care that he doesn’t like the awards but always bugged me he took up the space.

    Awards help finance his movies for distributors. And actors love his movies because they can be a road to a career nomination or win.

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    I hate the fact that he doesn’t want the awards but still lets his movies (himself) be in contention for awards. Why not let someone who is not famous and could benefit form being an Oscar nominee have that slot ? love his movies and i don’t care that he doesn’t like the awards but always bugged me he took up the space.

    Awards help finance his movies for distributors. And actors love his movies because they can be a road to a career nomination or win.

    I only take issue with his writing/ acting nominations for him … if he doesn’t want them then he should take himself out of consideration. i think the other actors and his movies are fine in contention

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    I don’t know, if I was a screenwriter I would want to know I was in the final 5 nomination through my work and not over someone deeming themself inelligible or taking themself out of competition

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    I don’t know, if I was a screenwriter I would want to know I was in the final 5 nomination through my work and not over someone deeming themself inelligible or taking themself out of competition

    Yea True … I just think how many people could have had a career boost with a nomination that at the end of the day wont affect Woody at all.

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    It’s not like Allen has a say in the matter of submitting. All he can control is his level of campaigning (none) and his presence on Oscar night (playing a damn clarinet somewhere in NYC instead).

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    I would vote the shit out of Interiors before I vote for Coming Home’s screenplay. Interiors is amazing work from everybody involved. And just a year after Annie Hall?. Same with Manhattan, a year after Interiors? Common. But I haven’t seen Breaking Away so I can’t judge fully. What a streak though.

    But I have to agree, campaigning means nothing in any of these cases since his wins are as logical as his losses. I hadn’t really thought about Purple Rose of Cairo losing to Witness, a fine movie, but please, Purple Rose is pretty damn great. It should’ve won instead.

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    I would’ve given Woody Oscars for…

    Annie Hall (Best Original Screenplay)
    Manhattan (Best Original Screenplay)
    Broadway Danny Rose (Best Original Screenplay)
    Hannah and Her Sisters (Best Picture/Director/Original Screenplay)
    Crimes and Misdemeanors (Best Director)
    Alice (Best Original Screenplay)
    Match Point (Best Original Screenplay)

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    Does Allen not want the awards or does he just not want to go to the ceremonies?

    Katharine Hepburn never showed up but you can tell from things she said that she was happy to have won the most.

    Even George C. Scott later admitted that he really wanted the Oscar and just turned it down out of spite because he felt he had been overlooked in the past. He won an Emmy around 1980 which you have to submit for plus he attended the Tonys when he was nominated in 1997 or so.

    I sort of thing on some level everybody likes to win an award even if they don’t admit it.

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    It’s not like Allen has a say in the matter of submitting. All he can control is his level of campaigning (none) and his presence on Oscar night (playing a damn clarinet somewhere in NYC instead).

    he could decline the nomination … idk it just irks me lol

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    It’s not like Allen has a say in the matter of submitting. All he can control is his level of campaigning (none) and his presence on Oscar night (playing a damn clarinet somewhere in NYC instead).

    he could decline the nomination … idk it just irks me lol

    That wouldn’t stop the Academy from bestowing the nomination or the win, nor does it free up a slot for #6. A “decline” would only be an empty and symbolic gesture.

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    He clearly knows it can only help his pictures and co-workers and, after all, he’s made it in 2002 to introduce New York film montage so not that he is very against it. He just simply doesn’t care. I believe his films between “Interiors” up to “Sweet & Lowdown” plus 3 or 4 after that would score much better than they did if he would devote himself to campaigning and would be open about wanting it.

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    The Academy has their favorites. And Allen and K Hepburn represent want it means to be adored by them when you show outright disdain for the process of participation.

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