February 28, 2014 at 3:49 pm #143875
I caught this great war thriller on TV the other night and I can’t believe it didn’t get any Oscar love.
Washington and Hackman were great. The script was also fantastic (apparently Quentin Tarantino was an uncredited rewriter). And it is in my opinion the greatest score Hans Zimmer has ever composed.
I thought it was miles better than that year’s winner which was Braveheart.
Thoughts?February 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm #143877
The Academy for the most part ignored a lot of great “dark” movies that year in addition to Crimson Tide including Se7en, Usual Suspects (which fortunately managed to win 2 Oscars), To Die For, Dolores Claiborne and I’m sure many others that I’m forgetting. They went for crowd-pleasing fare like Apollo 13 and Babe instead.
I didn’t think Crimson Tide, while a very good film, was BP worthy and both of its leads had been nominated and won before the film came out, so I’m fine with them both sitting the race out (Hackman won for superior performances, though I think Denzel is better here than both of his winning performances). I will say that it deserved an editing nomination.
And that score definitely deserved to win.February 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm #143878
There were a lot of great films in 1995, which makes it a shame that it had one of the more underwhelming BP line-ups of recent memory. Aside from Apollo 13, there’s nothing that I’d really keep. Not sure what my choice for Best of the year is, but it isn’t Braveheart. And it wasn’t just dark films that got overlooked, either. I think Toy Story would’ve made for a fantastic nominee in the top category, and might even be my choice to win. It’s certainly stood the test of time as a more groundbreaking achievement than most pictures of that year.
Other than that, probably Se7en or Apollo 13.
Another film I’m a fan of is Michael Mann’s Heat, so I found it disappointing that it couldn’t score any nominations. I’m not saying it needed anything major, but a Sound or Editing nomination would have been nice. It has a pretty stellar Score, too, come to think of it.February 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm #143879
Good film. In an extended field it would have made the Best Picture lineup. I’ve always liked Tony better than Ridley.
And yes, Zimmer’s score was sensational.February 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm #143880
1995’s one of those years where the Academy was just weird. I’ve never seen Crimson Tide (never thought much of it, will have to check it out if you guys say it’s good), but there were definitely some oversights that year.
Se7en was definitely one of the best, but its snub was typical of the Oscars, always ignoring dark crime thrillers (except for Silence of the Lambs – how did that movie ever get Oscar attention?).
Same goes for Heat, but I understand the critical reception wasn’t perfect, same goes for another 95 fave of mine, Casino.
The Usual Suspects snub for BP is downright strange, especially considering its win in two major categories.
My favorite film of the year, though, was Toy Story. How Babe got in rather than it is just irritating.February 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm #143881
Hey, I’ve got a question for you guys. It’s been on my mind for a while, but I’ve never known how to bring it up before. Had Se7en taken off with the Oscars, would you have supported a Best Actor nom for Morgan Freeman? It’s not the typical Oscar role but I greatly enjoyed the weariness that he brought to the part and he actually tied for 3rd place at the National Society of Film Critics.March 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm #143882
Hey, I’ve got a question for you guys. It’s been on my mind for a while, but I’ve never known how to bring it up before. Had Se7en taken off with the Oscars, would you have supported a Best Actor nom for Morgan Freeman? It’s not the typical Oscar role but I greatly enjoyed the weariness that he brought to the part and he actually tied for 3rd place at the National Society of Film Critics.
I would support that nomination. He was geat in that movie.
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