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    Judy Garland losing to Grace Kelly

    Yes!

    I wish there was some way we could see the tabulation of those ballots. At least knowing it was close would be some consolation.

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    Hoster1
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    Kubo losing Animated Feature to Zootopia.
    Emma Stone winning over Portman, Huppert and Negga.
    Jake Gyllenhaal snub for Nightcrawler and Amy Adams snub for Arrival.
    Lion getting Best Picture nomination.
    Pan’s Labyrinth not getting Best Picture nomination.
    George Miller losing Best Director to Inarritu.

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    One of the worst Oscar decisions I can never get over is the entire Best Original Song category the year that awful Sam Smith Spectre song won. Even John Legend couldn’t hide his disappointment when he announced “Writing’s On The Wall” as the winner. However, it is difficult to complain because the 2 best original songs in movies of 2015 were left out of that category entirely, “See You Again” from Furious 7 because that franchise wasn’t pretentious enough to even get a freaking song nod, and “One Kind of Love” from Love and Mercy which was ineligible because Oscars be randomly weird sometimes. “Simple Song #3” from Youth is so atrocious it embarrassed the music branch of the Academy as a whole, forever damaging their reputations as intelligent and informed critics of quality music. It is in my humble opinion one of the WORST nominees in ANY Oscar category in the 9 decades of the Oscars history. I can’t even remember the same of the song from J. Ralph that got the nod that year, but it was for an environmental documentary and sounded like a… (trying to figure out a nice way of saying this) like a drunk and mentally challenged person had watched too many Captain Planet episodes, and had no musical talent whatsoever. The fact 50 Shades of Grey is an Oscar-nominated motion picture is in of itself really laughable and insane, but even more so since they didn’t even bother to nominate what was generally the best song from the movie “Love Me Like You Do.” Instead, the music branch voters opted for the solid but less popular (even though I myself actually liked it) “Earned It.” All that they really had to choose from in terms of popularity and social relevance that mostly everyone could rally around was that Lady Gaga and Diane Warren rape survivor anthem “Till It Happens To You.” I thought the lyrics were repetitive and the song was forgettable, but I could at least buy that as an Oscar winner due to the song and films dealing with the cultural epidemic of sexual assault, including on college campuses.

    That entire category only had 1 song I actually liked and wasn’t annoyed by, and that was from a Razzie winner for Worst Picture! The other 4 ranged from mediocre to music so offensively and obscenely awful in its very composition, that it doesn’t even deserve to be called music. As far as I’m convinced, “Simple Song #3” is Anti-Music. As in, “music” that serves a subtle purpose in promoting the downfall and destruction of music as a legitimate art form in general. Spectre could have been credibly nodded by the Oscars for Cinematography, perhaps even for Thomas Newman’s Music Score. That song was considered a letdown by most (not by all, obviously) James Bond fans and had no business merely being nominated when the vastly superior Bond tunes from Thunderball, Moonraker, and especially Goldfinger weren’t even nominated.

    All in all, I can confidently point to this specific Song lineup as one of the weakest in any category in Oscar history, and I am thankful that for the last couple years the music branch and Oscar voters in general have provided us with generally more deserving nominees and winners, even though Sing Street’s snub for “Drive It Like You Stole It” still makes me a little sad.

    Note to myself: Don’t ever feed the trolls. Don’t get involved in others drama. Don’t let myself be swayed by others predictions, trust my gut more often!

    Note to all others: If you don’t happen to like me, ignore me. It is that simple.

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    Jake Gyllenhaal only having one nomination.

    I’m in the majority in thinking he should have been nominated for Nightcrawler, but I believe I am in the minority in thinking that he should have outright won Lead Actor as Lou Bloom that year.

    Note to myself: Don’t ever feed the trolls. Don’t get involved in others drama. Don’t let myself be swayed by others predictions, trust my gut more often!

    Note to all others: If you don’t happen to like me, ignore me. It is that simple.

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    Jake Gyllenhaal only having one nomination.

    I’m in the majority in thinking he should have been nominated for Nightcrawler, but I believe I am in the minority in thinking that he should have outright won Lead Actor as Lou Bloom that year.

    I would have given the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor to Riz Ahmed that year for Nightcrawler and would have nominated Renee Russo as well. This was before The Night Of made Ahmed into a somewhat familiar name for American audiences.

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    Jennifer Lawrence,Gwyneth Paltrow,Sandra Bullock-THE WORST BEST ACTRESS WINERS

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    I’m going to look at it by category. For me it would have to be:

    Best Original Song: “Down To Earth” (WALL-E) losing to “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire) and “Rainbow Connection” (The Muppet Movie) losing to “It Goes Like It Goes” (Norma Rae)

    Best Picture: HUGO losing to THE ARTIST

    Best Actor: Gary Oldman winning, at all

    Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams (The Fighter) losing to Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

    Best Original Screenplay: THE TRUMAN SHOW losing to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

    Best Animated Feature: WRECK-IT RALPH losing to BRAVE

     

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    Ian McKellen losing for his timeless, iconic performance as Gandalf in Fellowship of the Ring to Jim Broadbent’s category-fraud (but still good) performance in Iris.

    Actually, I just have a whole list of Lord of the Rings-related snubs.

    Fellowship of the Ring: Sir Ian losing Supporting Actor.

    The Two Towers: Elijah Wood not being nominated for Actor, Christopher Lee and Andy Serkis missing  Supporting Actor nominations, Peter Jackson not being nominated for Director.

    The Return of the King: Viggo Mortensen not being nominated for Actor, Sean Astin not winning Supporting Actor, Miranda Otto losing out on a Supporting Actress nod.

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    Crash

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    Nobody ever complains about this win, but Sweet Bird of Youth was one of the dumbest “classic” movies I’ve ever seen, and I say this as a fan of many Tennessee Williams adaptations, including Cat On a Hot Tin Roof which also starred Paul Newman and was also directed by Richard Brooks. Ed Begley’s one-dimensional performance somehow defeated Omar Sharif’s breakthrough work in Laurence of Arabia and one of my favorite actors from that era for his only Oscar nod, Telly Savalas who may not have been that amazing in Birdman of Alcatraz but was surely more believable and engaging as a character than Begley’s generic villain Tom “Boss” (LOL to that cliche!) Finley. Victor Buono was solid in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane and I would have supported his win even though he was overshadowed by Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in the film.

    I just hate that a hammy and obnoxiously cartoonish performance like Ed Begley’s can be called an “Oscar-winning performance” because it robs the Oscar win of a lot of credibility. At least with Citizen Kane losing Picture you can still say How Green Was My Valley was a great film in of itself and that Hearst’s influence likely led to a lot of negative sentiment towards the film. With something like Begley winning for Sweet Bird of Youth, there is no excuse that I can think of for giving that definition of a caricature an award.

    Note to myself: Don’t ever feed the trolls. Don’t get involved in others drama. Don’t let myself be swayed by others predictions, trust my gut more often!

    Note to all others: If you don’t happen to like me, ignore me. It is that simple.

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    The thing with Ed Begley winning was that the role was played on Broadway by Sidney Blackmer who I love from Rosemary’s Baby. I wonder if he played it differently.

    I just noticed they did a TV remake with Elizabeth Taylor where Rip Torn played the role. I’ll have to watch that sometime. It is on Amazon Prime.

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    The thing with Ed Begley winning was that the role was played on Broadway by Sidney Blackmer who I love from Rosemary’s Baby. I wonder if he played it differently.

    I just noticed they did a TV remake with Elizabeth Taylor where Rip Torn played the role. I’ll have to watch that sometime. It is on Amazon Prime.

    Hopefully the new version is better executed, though hearing about Rip Torn’s casting doesn’t inspire hope, since he fell out of his prime as an actor a while ago in my opinion.

    To be fair, the one thing about the 1962 version of Sweet Bird of Youth I distinctly remember liking was Geraldine Page. She had terrible material to work with, but she played her part as well as it could be played.

    Note to myself: Don’t ever feed the trolls. Don’t get involved in others drama. Don’t let myself be swayed by others predictions, trust my gut more often!

    Note to all others: If you don’t happen to like me, ignore me. It is that simple.

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    Much to say here about Sweet Bird of Youth.

    The film is a shell of the source material. In the Tennessee Williams play, Boss Finley is running for office in St. Cloud, Florida based a racial purity platform. At one point his thugs castrate a black man.

    Chance Wayne who boastfully left his hometown of St. Cloud some time ago to achieve stardom meets aging movie legend Alexandra Del Lago. He becomes her lover. Paul Newman and Geraldine Page recreated their Broadway success for the film.

    The couple arrives in St. Cloud. Chance wants to see his former lover Heavenly, daughter of Boss Finley. She is a changed woman having survived a sexually transmitted disease contracted from Chance that led to a botched surgery and a hysterectomy. She is distant. Her father and brother want a bloody revenge.

    When Chance understands that his affair with Alexandra will not lead him to an acting career, he remains in St. Cloud when she leaves, knowing that he too will most likely suffer castration.

    None of this is in the 1962 film which, of course, features a happy ending.

    The 1979 cable version features one of the last starring roles for Elizabeth Taylor. Mark Harmon replaces Paul Newman. He is unwatchable. Rip Torn takes the role of Boss Finley. Torn played Finley’s son, Tom Jr. on Broadway and in the 1962 film. His stage performance resulted in a Tony nomination. The Nicholas Roeg directed movie restored all the sordid details but cut 90 minutes off the 1962 running time.

    All in all, it’s better to see the play.

    (And Omar Sharif deserved the 1962 Best Supporting Actor Oscar over Ed Begley)

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    Wow! I’m actually quite fond of Begley’s slimy, larger-than-life turn, though Victor Buono would’ve ultimately earned my vote.

    THE OSCAR 100 (#75-71): Agnes Moorehead, Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Barbara Stanwyck and Jean Hagen

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    Another inexplicable snub I will never understand: Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot. Had she been nominated, I dare say she would have deserved to win!!

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