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  • seoul
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    #182465

    Art Carney won for the stupid movie with the dog. He only had one single nomination and won for it,and then never nominated again and disappeared.
    Should have won: Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson equally iconic performances in Chinatown and Godfather II

    Sandra Bullock won for dying her hair blonde and walking around over Carey Mulligan’s lifetime performance in An Education.

    Gwyneth Paltrow won. Ok she deserved the nomination but 1998 race was strong and the Brazilian actress or Blanchett should have won

    Geraline Page won over Whoopi: No. I don’t care Page was overdue.Whoopi Goldberg is always the winner for me in The color purple

    Katharine Hepburn and Streisand tie: pointless tie.
    The only tie in history should be: Meryl in Sophie’s Choice and Jessica Lange in Frances

    Hilary Swank’s Two time Best Actress winner status: Whatttt???

    The whole 1999 Oscars with Gwyneth,Roberto,Judi Dench’s 7 minutes performance and Best Picture injustice.

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    TomHardys
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    Art Carney won for the stupid movie with the dog. He only had one single nomination and won for it,and then never nominated again and disappeared.
    Should have won: Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson equally iconic performances in Chinatown and Godfather II
    Sandra Bullock won for dying her hair blonde and walking around over Carey Mulligan’s lifetime performance in An Education.
    Gwyneth Paltrow won. Ok she deserved the nomination but 1998 race was strong and the Brazilian actress or Blanchett should have won

    Geraline Page won over Whoopi: No. I don’t care Page was overdue.Whoopi Goldberg is always the winner for me in The color purple
    Katharine Hepburn and Streisand tie: pointless tie.
    The only tie in history should be: Meryl in Sophie’s Choice and Jessica Lange in Frances
    Hilary Swank’s Two time Best Actress winner status: Whatttt???
    The whole 1999 Oscars with Gwyneth,Roberto,Judi Dench’s 7 minutes performance and Best Picture injustice.

    Couldn’t agree more. 

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    Berlin2002
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    #182468

    Kim Bassinger and Octavia Spencer come on down ! Kim Bassinger is in possession of an Oscar at the expense of
    Julianne ” Boogie Nights ” Moore? No way. Bassinger is pretty in ” L.A. Confidential ” and that’s about it. Being
    pretty is her strongest acting talent. Moore on the other hand walked a dangerous tightrope in what could have been
    a joke of a performance in the hands of a lesser actress. Julianne Moore knocked it out of the park. She had no peers
    in her category ( except for maybe Joan Cusack for ” In & Out ” )

    Octavia Spencer for “The Help “. Yeah, she needed “help ‘ alright. Nothing that a big Live from the Apollo hook couldn’t
    take care of. I thought her type of performance went out with Stepin Fetchit. With all due respect to Mr. Fetchit, he was
    a victim of his time and had no choice but to continue with that instutionalized stereotypical acting. Ms. Spencer
    what’s your excuse? Her on camera mugging and eye popping was so stereotypical that it wouldn’t even fit on
    a pancake box. I thought she was a Jim Henson creation run amok. Jessica Chastain the Academy owes you
    an apology. 

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    Anthony
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    #182469

    Here is a random one: I still cannot fathom how John G. Avildsen won Best Director for Rocky. Sure, it won Best Picture (which I really don’t support) but I keep feeling like it was just a way to give the movie a major award so it wouldn’t just win Picture and Editing. I just find it more appalling that he won when you had people like Sidney Lumet in the category who had yet to win and then Martin Scorsese who wasn’t even nominated for Taxi Driver. It may be my least favorite Director win of all time.

    Jack Palance winning for City Slickers…..completely random….and then that led to Tommy Lee Jones losing for JFK and then winning for The Fugitive therefore causing Ralph Fiennes to lose.

    Supporting Actor always leads to some pretty terrible wins.

    I feel bad saying this because it was a sweet performance but not Oscar worthy. Don Ameche should not have been nominated for Cocoon let alone win for it. I have had side a few times on this site that if they really wanted to honor someone for Cocoon, I felt Hume Cronyn left the stronger impression but I feel Ameche’s claim was the breakdancing which he primarily didn’t really do. It was truly an example of honoring someone with a de-facto lifetime acheivement award.

    George Chakiris winning doesn’t make sense either. It strictly seemed like lazy voting as he was swept up into the tide of the West Side Story’s 10 wins. Sure, he danced well and at least had some charisma unlike the wooden leads but that doesn’t mean you deserve an Oscar…especially with people like Montgomery Clift or Jackie Gleason in the category.
      
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    Berlin2002
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    Here is a random one: I still cannot fathom how John G. Avildsen won Best Director for Rocky. Sure, it won Best Picture (which I really don’t support) but I keep feeling like it was just a way to give the movie a major award so it wouldn’t just win Picture and Editing. I just find it more appalling that he won when you had people like Sidney Lumet in the category who had yet to win and then Martin Scorsese who wasn’t even nominated for Taxi Driver. It may be my least favorite Director win of all time.

    Jack Palance winning for City Slickers…..completely random….and then that led to Tommy Lee Jones losing for JFK and then winning for The Fugitive therefore causing Ralph Fiennes to lose.

    Supporting Actor always leads to some pretty terrible wins.

    I feel bad saying this because it was a sweet performance but not Oscar worthy. Don Ameche should not have been nominated for Cocoon let alone win for it. I have had side a few times on this site that if they really wanted to honor someone for Cocoon, I felt Hume Cronyn left the stronger impression but I feel Ameche’s claim was the breakdancing which he primarily didn’t really do. It was truly an example of honoring someone with a de-facto lifetime acheivement award.

    George Chakiris winning doesn’t make sense either. It strictly seemed like lazy voting as he was swept up into the tide of the West Side Story’s 10 wins. Sure, he danced well and at least had some charisma unlike the wooden leads but that doesn’t mean you deserve an Oscar…especially with people like Montgomery Clift or Jackie Gleason in the category.
      
    More to come later.
     

    Dang you beat me to the punch! I was just getting ready to step up on my soapbox and rally against John Avildsen’s Best
    Director win for ” Rocky “. You pretty much said it all and well said at that.

    Palance and Ameche’s wins didn’t bother me. The Best Supporting categories are excuses to honor veterans
    and newbies.

    You spoke out against George Chakiris’ win. Sacrilege I say ! I love his win. Yeah, he danced his way to an Oscar
    and I’m onboard with that. Dancing is acting without words. He told ‘Nardo’s story from start to finish through
    battements, grand jetes and pirouettes. Jerome Robbins (wrote ) choreographed a great script for him and
    Chakiris delivered.

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    #182471

    I’m not a fan of Unforgiven or The English Patient, so their wins over Howards End and Fargo, respectively, irk me. I also thought L.A. Confidential was 17,468 times better than Titanic, but I get that one.

     

    The one that kills me most that no one else will care about is the mediocre script for Precious beating the brilliant adaptation Up in the Air for Adapted Screenplay. Why, people??

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    Sandrine Onaissi
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    #182472

    Not giving anything to Boyhood and Linklater, after them winning everything except the Guilds. I want to kill them since.

    Seriously. I found that so unfair.

    But then I tried to forget since my dad says me that Oscars are too flashy and Hollywoodly to be about the true, authentic cinema. Thanks dad

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    #182473

    “Crash” winning over “Brokeback”

    Hooper and “The Kings Speech” winning over Fincher and “The Social Network.”

    Bullock winning over anyone else in that category.

    Paltrow winning over Blanchett.

    Janet Leigh losing to Shirley Jones. 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Art Carney winning for Harry and Tonto over Nicholson and Pacino, especially the latter. Al Pacino’s performance in The Godfather Part II is one of the most influential film performances ever, and is arguably the greatest performance ever by a male actor. Nicholson was a revelation, as well, in Chinatown.

    Shakespeare in Love winning Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan. Shakespeare in Love is a good movie, but nothing in it is better than the opening 30 minutes of Saving Private Ryan alone, let alone the movie as a whole.

    Sandra Bullock winning Best Actress over Carey Mulligan and Gabby Sidibe. Do I really have to say anything? What a joke.

    Tommy Lee Jones winning Best Supporting Actor over Ralph Fiennes. In 1991, Tommy Lee Jones unfairly lost in this category to Jack Palance in City Slickers. TLJ, by far, had the best performance in the category, despite having less time than his counterparts. That is the possible reason why he won here over Fiennes’ tour de force performance in Schindler’s List. Fiennes’ loss is even more baffling considering how much The Academy loved the film.

    Tom Hooper winning Best Director over David Fincher and “The King’s Speech” winning Best Picture over “The Social Network”. I, personally, didn’t see Hooper winning Best Director. Fincher won basically every precursor award up to the Oscars, and I thought he had it in the bag. Wow, was I surprised and perplexed. Hooper’s name was announced, and I wasn’t happy. Hooper’s direction was very good, but nothing compared to Fincher’s. Then, Best Picture was announced, and I was doubly annoyed when The King’s Speech won Best Picture. I should’ve saw it coming, though, because a film like that is right among The Academy’s lines.

    Roberto Beningi over Everyone. I still don’t see how Beningi won this award over all of the talent in that category, especially Norton, McKellen and Note.

    Judi Dench winning Best Supporting Actress for a 7 minute performance. I love Dami Judi as much as the next guy, but this was just a MAJOR injustice. I think that Brenda Blethyn should’ve won for Little Voice.
     

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    babypook
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    #182475

    Well, there are lots of wins that I didnt agree with or that caused eye-ball rolling to occur. But, I’m over it. It’s like having rocks piled onto my brain, brick by brick, until my skull has become so thick, I dont feel it. Lol.

    I guess one of the most heinous films making anyone’s “Hall of Fame” is the worst one for me. Birth of A Nation.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    #182476

    I frequently disagree, but some of the most agregious for me are:

    Robert Donat defeats James Stewart for Best Actor
    In the Heat of the Night defeats the Graduate for Best Picture
    Rex Harrison defeats Peter O’Toole for Best Actor
    Rocky defeats Network for Picture and Director
    Gene Hackman defeats Jaye Davidson for Best Supporting Actor
    And of course, Gandhi defeats E.T for Best Picture.

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    seoul
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    #182477

    Katharine Hepburn won Best Actress over Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant’s Woman. NOO!!!

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    seoul
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    #182478

    Octavia Spencer’s standing ovation. What a joke.

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    Berlin2002
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    #182479

    Octavia Spencer’s standing ovation. What a joke.

    Absolutely. I was hoping they were standing to rush the stage to snatch that Oscar from her to give it to it’s
    rightful owner Jessica Chastain.

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    #182480

    Matthew McConaughey is the worst win ever.

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