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    Gabriel Seehorn (gabspss)
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    What made Life is Beautiful being that bigger juggernaut during the Oscars of 1998? Was it Miramax?

    Golden Globes: 0 Nominations, not even for Foreign Film (Central Station won)

    Critics Choice: 2 Nominations (Picture and Foreign), won Foreign.

    BAFTA: 3 Nominations, won Best Actor but lost Foreign Film to Central Station

    It got 2 SAG nominations (Ensemble and won Actor)

    I mean, it was sort of a hit-and-miss, then it got 7 Oscar nominations.

    Picture, Director, Actor (won), Foreign Film (won), Screenplay, Editing and Score (won).

    The film was well received but also received a lot of criticism for its portrail of the Holocaust. Did they deserved the BP nom and winning over GG and BAFTA winner Central Station for Foreign Film?

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    RobertPius
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    It came out late in the year and was really popular at the time. I can remember Camryn Manheim (obscure memory I know!) on some talk show saying how she says to people if they didn’t like Life is Beautiful we can’t be friends.

    It peaked at just the right time and Benigni was a popular curiosity promoting it.

    Miramax certainly helped.

    At the time though it was a beloved film and the wins were heavily predicted. It is only over time that it has lost respect. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that he never really did anything else worthwhile so it made this film look like a fluke.

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    Gabriel Guarin
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    This sort of thing would not happen today.

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    Trash is Beautiful winning over Central Station was and is still a tragedy. The film should’ve been nominated for Razzies and Central Station should’ve taken its place in Score, Director, Screenplay and Picture anyways (plus been given the Actress win).

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    Carlo
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    Here in Italy is still considered a masterpiece and I’m surprised how much it lost respect abroad, especially on this forum.

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    vinny
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    love this movie.

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    JGibson
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    Ofc Oscars loved that film, with that ending pandering to US military plsss

    Yeah that whole ceremony should be forgotten except for Gods and Monsters win

    Chromatica and Fetch the Bolt Cutters AOTYs yeah

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    Gabriel Guarin
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    The movie has not aged well. The whole movie is roughly just him mugging while the Holocaust is happening around him.

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    I think for the general public who doesn’t read reviews and doesn’t care about this stuff it’s still held in fairly high regard. My dad and his whole side of the family love it

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    It won the TIFF people’s choice award, so it wasn’t like some obscure movie that only the industry embraced. I think they still use this movie in school when they teach the Holocaust. The score is probably the only win for the movie that hasn’t aged poorly, at least I haven’t heard anyone trash that.

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    I could never barely stand Benigni before he hit the big time internationally and I found Life is Beautiful puerile. The only saving grace of the film was Nicoletta Braschi. But I remember people at the time who never went to films much particularly foreign language films loving it and being dismayed when I screwed up my face at the mention of the film.

    And to think he only got even worse with The Tiger and the Snow and Pinocchio. He was surprisingly good and the best thing about one of Woody Allen’s worst films To Rome with Love.

    He also has the distinction in starting in Fellini’s worst film The Voice of the Moon. There is a good reason that film is not better known.

    And I’ll second Central Station should have scooped the pool. Hands down.

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