April 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm #543931
This was a historic year for the academy because Beauty and the Beast the first(and if the academy didn’t change the rules back in 2009) the only animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. As much as I love The Silence of the Lambs(4th favourite film ever in my opinion) I wanted Beauty and the Beast to win( my favourite film ever). In a perfect world both would have won. But, that was never going to happen.
Who do you think should have won? Or think should have been nominated?April 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm #543933
Easy one for me, “Beauty and The Beast”. Best Disney movie Ever besides Toy Story 3.April 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm #543934
God no. I enjoy Beauty and the Beast too, it’s a wonderful movie right from that absorbing prologue and opening music, which I love. Definitely one of Disney’s best, with a great songbook. But Silence of the Lambs is the deserving winner, in fact one of the strongest best picture winners in the past 20 years. This year the Oscars absolutely got it right…and it’s amazing in every respect that this movie remained in the voter consciousness having opened before the previous year’s Oscar ceremony in February 1991, that the Academy voted for a psychological thriller and female-centered story, and that the resulting controversy didn’t derail it’s chances. This film is riveting, and the onscreen chemistry between Hopkins and Foster absolutely electric. One of the all-time great American films.
I’d also like to say that JFK is a damn good film, one of Oliver Stone’s best directing efforts and impeccably edited, combining several different mediums 35mm 18mm news footage. It loses points for me in its emphasis on telling rather than showing, in several very very long scenes where one character explains what’s going on to Kevin Costner. That being said, the subject is fascinating and Stone conveys his thesis quite well.April 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm #543935
The Silence of the Lambs, very closely followed by Beauty and the Beast. Two of my all-time favourite movies.April 7, 2013 at 4:36 am #543936
It is very, very, very, very close but The Silence of the Lambs gets my vote with Beauty and the Beast nipping right at its heels. Both are drastically different but both absolutely memorable masterpieces in their own ways.
As for the other three, JFK is overrated, Bugsy is good but not exactly Best Picture material (I need to rewatch it), and The Prince of Tides felt like one step above a Lifetime movie only with slightly better performances.
Movies that were snubbed: Barton Fink, Life is Sweet, My Own Private Idaho, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and Thelma & Louise….any of those five should have replaced the above 3. SILENCE and BEAUTY would obviously remain.April 7, 2013 at 9:10 am #543937
I never really liked “Bugsy”. It’s good but I never really thought “Wow this movie is Oscar worthy”. “The Prince of Tides” is another one I thought really wasn’t as great.April 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm #543938
Bugsy is the weakest link here, such a ”meh” movie.April 8, 2013 at 1:42 am #543939
‘Silence of the Lambs’ easily but had ‘Thelma and Louise’ got in that would get my vote.April 8, 2013 at 11:50 am #543940
No question about it, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is an impressive film…but I wish if there had to be only one animated best picture nominee for the 2000’s it would have have been THE LION KING or THE LITTLE MERMAID.
1. The Silence of the Lambs
2. Beauty and the Beast
4. The Prince of Tides
5. BugsyApril 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm #543941
As it is, this is a pretty enjoyable year, but it could have really been improved if Bugsy and Prince of Tides had been replaced. Personally, I would have gone with Barton Fink as a BP nominee, but Thelma & Louise, Terminator 2, and Boyz N the Hood would have been satisfying substitutes, as well.
Regardless, Silence of the Lambs stands tall as my pick.April 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm #543942
Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite films of all time, so that would’ve instantly got my vote. However, Silence of the Lambs was equally as deserving and incredible, so I am glad that won. With the exception of JFK, the rest of these nominees are mediocre. 1991 was such a bad year in films, just based off of the BP and acting lineups.April 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm #543943
Beauty and the Beast