Monday, February 28, 2011

They Was Robbed

Oscar voters are mostly actors, who, famously, are not the sharpest tools in the shed. Demographically speaking they're also older and more conservative (while pretending to be liberal) than you'd think. Their choices when it comes to the Academy Awards are often embarrassing. And my God they've picked some clunkers as best picture over the years (Forrest Gump, Driving Miss Daisy, Titanic etc. etc.) But instead of sawing on that old violin again, I've come up with a list of films that in my own idiosyncratic opinion, should have won. I'm not a big film buff so my knowledge of older films is limited which is why I've made more substitutions in the last few decades.

1941: Citizen Kane instead of How Green Was My Valley.(This was also the year of The Maltese Falcon and Suspicion - not a bad year at the flicks).
1944: Double Indemnity over Going My Way
1951: A Street Car Named Desire over An American In Paris
1952: High Noon instead of The Greatest Show On Earth.
1958: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof over Gigi
1959: North By Northwest over Ben Hur
1961: Psycho over West Side Story
1964: Dr Strangelove over My Fair Lady
1967: The Graduate over In The Heat of the Night
1968: Point Blank over Oliver!
1969: 2001: A Space Odyssey over Midnight Cowboy
1974: Chinatown over The Godfather Part 2
(A little aside about the period 1974-1977: The greatest period in the history of American cinema? We had: Nashville, Jaws, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Dog Day Afternoon, Chinatown, The Conversation, Taxi Driver, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, A Woman Under The Influence, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Annie Hall, Slapshot, All The President's Men, Network...and from England, Elvis's favourite film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail) 
1976: Taxi Driver instead of Rocky
1979: Breaking Away or Apocalypse Now over Kramer Versus Kramer
1980: Alien over Ordinary People
1981: The Long Good Friday or Raiders of the Lost Ark over Chariots of Fire
1983: Blade Runner instead of Terms of Endearment
1984: Ghostbusters over Amadeus
1986: Hannah and Her Sisters over Platoon
1988: anything at all over Rain Man
1989: anything at all over Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Goodfellas over Dances With Wolves (Dances With Wolves beat Goodfellas?!...I mean, who can forget the famous steadicam shot?)
1991: Millers Crossing over The Silence of the Hams (sorry Lambs)
1994: Pulp Fiction over Forrest Gump
1995: anything at all over Braveheart
1996: Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch) over The English Patient
1997: Boogie Nights over Titanic
1998: The Thin Red Line over Shakespeare In Love
1999: The Matrix over American Beauty
2000: Ghost Dog over Gladiator
2001: Amelie over A Beautiful Mind
2003: Mystic River over The Lord of the Rings
2004: Sideways instead of Million Dollar Baby
2005: Brokeback Mountain over Crash
2006: The Queen over The Departed (Scorsese's worst film)
2007: Juno over No Country For Old Men
2008: Waltz With Bashir over Slumdog Millionaire
2010: Winter's Bone over The Kings Speech