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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Biggest Head Scratching Oscar Snubs

In honor of the Oscars and my recent post of predictions, I got to thinking how The Town was snubbed of an Oscar nomination.  I decided to look through history and do a little history into movies that we love and still talk about, and the movies that beat them.  Thus, here is my list of the biggest Oscar snubs in history (in no particular order)....

1. Citizen Kane
Considering this film tops so many lists as one the greatest if not the best film ever made, I'm shocked it did not win.  You know what won?  How Green Was My Valley.  What movie you ask?  I had the same question.  Also nominated that is far more famous than How Green Was My Valley is the classic noir film The Maltese Falcon.

2. Pulp Fiction
One of the most defining, brutal, honest, inspirational, well-written, badass, quotable movies ever made.  It was a complex blending of different storylines that included and focused on themes of redemption, forbidden love, vengeance, and reconciliation, and yet lost to the popular, but not as well crafted Forrest Gump.  I honestly believe Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption split the vote and what emerged was Forrest Gump.

3. Apocalypse Now
Guess what won.  I'll give you a hint.  It came out in 1979.  It's called Kramer vs. Kramer.  I'll let you in on another secret, The Academy made a mistake.  How many people have seen Kramer and how many people have seen the epic Apocalypse Now?  That's what I thought.

4. Saving Private Ryan
Admittedly, it lost to Shakespeare in Love which is phenomenal in its own right.  But if we could award this award based on the first ten minutes, or based on scale, or ambition, or quality blending of incredibly human stories of love, friendship, bonding, and sacrifice on the scale of WWII, instead of on marginally better audience reaction, then Saving Private Ryan wins every time.

5. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring/The Twin Towers
They lost to A Beautiful Mind and Chicago respectively.  Again, scope, scale, ambition, story, freshness, and awesomeness are clearly not weighted heavily enough because every single Lord of the Rings movie was the best movie of their respective year.  At least they awarded Return of the King 11(!) Oscars to award the entire series.

6. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
One of the most incredible films ever made.  It also belongs on the list of amazing movies no one watches.  The plot is what make this movie so incredible: When one rogue American military general obsessed with bodily fluids and hydration suffers paranoia he launches all of America's B-52 bombers to nuke the shit out of Russia, the President, Russian ambassador, Dr. Strangelove (a defected German scientist), a British communications officer, and a passionate gum-chewing American general must find a way to recall the planes before they drop a bomb and detonate Russia's doomsday device.  We follow the stories of the paranoid general and the British officer, the President and war council in the Pentagon, and the flight crew of a B-52 bomber.  One of the funniest, most well written script ever.

This year's biggest snubs:

  1. Christopher Nolan for Best Director.
  2. Daft Punk for Best Original Score.
  3. Andrew Garfield for Best Supporting Actor.
  4. The Town for Best Picture.

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