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20 years later, can we agree The Truman Show deserved to win the BP Oscar?

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    Almost 20 years have passed since what I would argue the real Best Picture of 1998 was released, The Truman Show. If it wasn’t the “best” (since all art is subjective) then it was certainly the most memorable and inventive of any film that came out that year.

    Unfortunately, that Oscar year had what I would consider one of the worst line-ups in history, with not only the great Peter Weir-directed film being snubbed but also several other classics like Rushmore, There’s Something About Mary (DAMN that anti-comedy bias!), A Bug’s Life (the first movie I ever saw in a theater), The Prince of Egypt, Dark City, and The Big Lebowski wound up missing the cut for… Elizabeth? The PG-13 rated Holocaust comedy and one of my most deeply hated films of all time Life Is Beautiful? Saving Private Borefest? At least the eventual Picture winner Shakespeare in Love is a cute and entertaining film. However, is it more beloved and influential than literally any of those other movies I mentioned? Of course not!

    The Truman Show just seemed to have everything, the satire, the music, the performances, it was just firing on all creative and emotional cylinders as far as I’m concerned. Out of all the films from 1998 in the time that has past, it feels like the most universally accessible and like the one that has held up the very best.

    Hindsight is 20/20 as the saying goes, so almost 20 years since it was released, isn’t it obvious now that Jim Carrey starrer was the most genuinely impactful and Best Picture Oscar-worthy? Or is it just me?

    I could totally see some people arguing The Big Lebowski was the REAL best movie of ’98, and I wouldn’t argue with that considering what a funny movie that is, though I would say I think its success and standing as a classic is more due to the strength of the performances than it having a complex and thoughtful script. Truman Show had the great performances even without as thick of an ensemble while also having the layered writing to give it the edge in my book. As I said, it is all entirely subjective, though I am curious to hear your thoughts.

    For your Goldderby Film Awards consideration: Isle of Dogs for every category, especially Music Score for Alexandre Desplat!

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    It should have swept for Picture, Carrey, Harris, director, screenplay, score, and editing. And I love spreading the love.

    It is my all time favorite movie. It is so fun, unique, and powerful. It is a great crime it was snubbed. Although it was easily in sixth place and would have gotten in with the expanded nominees.

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    maxwylie09
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    No. The Thin Red Line should have won, considering it was the best film of 1998.

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    Carrey absolutely deserved a nom but otherwise, I don’t think the film was terribly robbed of Oscar love. If anything egregiously was, it was Pleasantville.

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    Jays
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    Carrey not being nominated (and not winning) is more of a travesty than the film itself not winning Best Picture

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    I prefer Shakespeare in Love but it would have made a great winner.

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    Jake
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    It should have been nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor, no doubt. It wouldn’t win over “Shakespeare in Love” but they were both amazing films in their genres.

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    Carrey was robbed, no doubt, but that’s about it. #TeamShakespeareinLove.

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    No. The Thin Red Line should have won, considering it was the best film of 1998.

    Based on what exactly? Cultural impact? Character development? Social relevance? Clever and or thought-provoking dialogue? I’m genuinely curious as to why the Malick film is the best of ’98 in your opinion.

    For your Goldderby Film Awards consideration: Isle of Dogs for every category, especially Music Score for Alexandre Desplat!

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    maxwylie09
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    No. The Thin Red Line should have won, considering it was the best film of 1998.

    Based on what exactly? Cultural impact? Character development? Social relevance? Clever and or thought-provoking dialogue? I’m genuinely curious as to why the Malick film is the best of ’98 in your opinion.

    Teridax, you really don’t need to keep emphasizing that everything here is an opinion; we’re all above the age of five, we know what counts as an opinion and what doesn’t.

    As for The Thin Red Line, it’s simply the best made film. There is both a consideration of cinematic history as well as an effort to break new ground.

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    Teridax
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    @maxwylie09 I wasn’t implying you were 5 years old LOL, you just clearly had your opinion worded as though it was fact. Thanks for explaining yourself.

    Also, “it’s simply the best made film. There is both a consideration of cinematic history as well as an effort to break new ground,” what?! Again, I’m still not clear regarding the “cinematic history” or how exactly you believe it was the “best made film.” Are you simply a Malick stan? Not that there is anything wrong with that, since people can stan for any talented filmmaker they want, I’m just asking for clarification.

    For your Goldderby Film Awards consideration: Isle of Dogs for every category, especially Music Score for Alexandre Desplat!

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    The screenplay should have won for sure and Carrey should have been nominated imo, but BP win might be a slight stretch though it deserved a nom

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    The Truman Show smacks of one of those dusty DVDs a high school English teacher pulls from the back of the bottom desk drawer. It has a big secret which the filmmakers drop clues for the viewer to discern before the big reveal. I can almost hear the steps on linoleum tile echo as the instructor walks to the front of the classroom and pauses the film to lead a discussion about nuance and foreshadowing. After the movie ends, students will be assigned an essay debating the pros and cons of embracing change. Twenty years later the film feels more like curriculum than an Oscar winning Best Picture.

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    No darling, it didn’t. The best film won that year.

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    Mmh. Beside Life is beautiful (which is a bad film; why our cinema is always recognized for the wrong movies?), I am not a fan of that Malick’s film (definitely not one of his bests, imo); Shakespeare in Love is fine and nothing more, Private Ryan more than fine but not great. That leaves us with Elizabeth, a very good movie with a magnificent central performance. I would put it at the same level of The Truman Show, in terms of quality, but yeah, The Truman Show feels more timely and relevant.

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