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    Within the last two years, the Academy has been doing their best to invite new members that are younger and more diverse. As a result, we’ve been seeing films like Moonlight and The Shape of Water win Best Picture. Not to mention that other films like Get Out become much stronger contenders than you would ever expect.

    All this had me thinking one thing: If Academy members today were voting for the Oscars in previous years, how different do you think some of the results would be?

    Would Star Wars have won over Annie Hall?
    Would Apocalypse Now have won over Kramer vs. Kramer?
    Would Raging Bull have won over Ordinary People?
    Would E.T. have won over Gandhi?
    Would Born on the Fourth of July have won over Driving Miss Daisy?
    Would Goodfellas have won over Dances with Wolves?
    Would Pulp Fiction have won over Forrest Gump?
    Would Fargo have won over The English Patient?
    Would Saving Private Ryan have won over Shakespeare in Love?
    Would Brokeback Mountain have won over Crash?
    Would The Social Network have won over The King’s Speech?

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    Awardsfan1990
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    Saving Private Ryan winning Best Picture probably would have happened at least.

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    I’m also curious to hear about results in other categories. Like would Glenn Close have won Best Actress for Fatal Attraction over Cher in Moonstruck? I’ve always thought that (part of) the reason why Close didn’t win was because her character might’ve been too off-putting for Academy members (especially older ones) to rally around.

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    I’m also curious to hear about results in other categories. Like would Glenn Close have won Best Actress for Fatal Attraction over Cher in Moonstruck? I’ve always thought that (part of) the reason why Close didn’t win was because her character might’ve been too off-putting for Academy members (especially older ones) to rally around.

    Cher probably would have won today as well. The voters today aren’t any better than the ones from back in the old days..

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    Annie Hall is a better movie than Star Wars. Get over it nerds.

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    I’m also curious to hear about results in other categories. Like would Glenn Close have won Best Actress for Fatal Attraction over Cher in Moonstruck? I’ve always thought that (part of) the reason why Close didn’t win was because her character might’ve been too off-putting for Academy members (especially older ones) to rally around.

    Ball busting female characters usually lose. Judy Davis for Husbands and Wives, Close in Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons, Annette Bening in American Beauty and The Kids Are All Right.

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    Annie Hall is a better movie than Star Wars. Get over it nerds.

    I disagree. A movie’s purpose is to entertain and excite. Star Wars the most entertaining and exciting thing in 1977 by far. It also just happens to be a superior film to Annie Hall.

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    I’m also curious to hear about results in other categories. Like would Glenn Close have won Best Actress for Fatal Attraction over Cher in Moonstruck? I’ve always thought that (part of) the reason why Close didn’t win was because her character might’ve been too off-putting for Academy members (especially older ones) to rally around.

    I do remember Shirley MacLaine who I think read the nominees list saying something to the press afterwards that she didn’t like films about “stabbing.” So she didn’t vote for it obviously.

    Fatal Attraction was so polarizing some people thought it was misogynistic, some people thought it was a rip off of “Play Misty for Me” (Eastwood has said they basically remade his film.) It was a hotly discussed film. I don’t think the true brilliance of Close’s work settled in until later.

    Cher was kind of unstoppable this year. The film was very popular, she had had three big movies that year plus two years before when she was considered a shoo-in nomination for Mask she didn’t get one. She was a good sport though and got the biggest laugh of the night and was the most talked about person at the ceremony because of the full out Mad Maxish outfit she wore to present Supporting Actor to Don Ameche. In introducing her Jane Fonda says “wait until you see what is about to come out here.” If you watch the clip she jokes that “you can see a got my booklet on how to dress like a serious actress.” That gets a big laugh because the academy had actually sent out a booklet specifying how women should dress. The outfit really isn’t that outrageous nowadays but back then I guess it was.

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    I think Born of the Fourth of July lost since Platoon had just swept a few years before so they didn’t want to award Stone everything again. (they had to give him director since Bruce Beresford wasn’t even nominated)

    Raging Bull actually wasn’t totally praised when it came out. That is one film that really grew in acclaim. I think it would still have lost.

    I think Shakespeare in Love won over Saving Private Ryan do to large support from the actor’s branch. It basically was a film about an aspiring actress so I think that would still happen today.

    Gandhi probably wouldn’t win. That was back when they just loved their historical dramas. I’ve read people say that they were voting more for Gandhi’s politics than the film which let’s face it is rather dull. I like all four of the other nominees plus Sophie’s Choice better. I think Paul Newman would have won today too. A like seven time vet vs. a newcomer? (although Newman and his wife had criticized the academy a lot so that didn’t help him.)

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    Glenn Close should have won of Fatal Attraction over Cher for Moonstruck. I think part of it was a make up for Cher not getting nominated for Mask.

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    I disagree. A movie’s purpose is to entertain and excite

    By that logic, MCU movies should win the Oscars and Game of Thrones should have no competition at the Emmys.

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