Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Retro Oscars. You heard it here first!

On the subject of the Oscars, which is topic of the moment, I totally agree with those who say Scorsese deserves an Oscar, but I have a suggestion, since I think it's unlikely The Departed deserves one.

Marty S should be the recipient of the first-ever retroactive Oscar. I believe the Academy should fess up and start retracting some of the dumb Oscars they gave in the past and start awarding those films that were overlooked.

So, I say Raging Bull deserves a Retro Oscar for Best Picture.

Forrest Gump? No, I've never seen it, and I never want to. Will that prevent me from having an opinion? Hell no! Retract that motherfucking Oscar and give it to Pulp Fiction.

And so on. Good idea? Yes, I think so. What Oscars would you rescind, and in favour of which movies nominated the same year?

Note: If you need help, go here and enter the year you are interested in and click Search to find out what was nominated and what won in each category.

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Blogger Ink Casualty said...

Forrest Gump deserved what it got! Amazing film and you are doing yourself harm by avoiding it

30 January, 2007 17:57  
Blogger Lee said...

I would like a retroactive award for something.

30 January, 2007 18:12  
Blogger martinobhoy said...

* I'll go the other way and say Forrest Gump is awful and should be avoided at all costs.

Anyhoo retrospective Oscars:

1976 - Taxi Driver instead of Rocky

1980 - Raging Bull instead of Ordinary People

1989 - My Left Foot instead of Driving Miss Daisy

1994 - Pulp Fiction instead of Forrest Gump

1995 - Il Postino instead of Braveheart

1996 - Fargo instead of The English Patient

1997 - LA Confidential instead of Titanic

1998 - Life Is Beautiful instead of Shakespeare In Love

But above all

1990 - Goodfellas instead of Dances With Feckin Wolves! What were they thinking?

30 January, 2007 18:19  
Anonymous candyminx said...

Goodfellas instead of Dances With Wolves

30 January, 2007 20:36  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

Hmmm...Saving Private Ryan instead of Shakespeare in Love. Life is Beautiful was a foreign film.

Hitchcock never won an oscar and he is one of our greatest filmmakers ever.

30 January, 2007 21:25  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

Oh snap...Dances with Wolves was Amazing and so was Forrest Gump. Forrest Gum got what it deserved and Fiction won best screenplay which is what it deserved in my opinion. (*)...man you need to watched The Departed.

30 January, 2007 21:28  
Blogger Aidan said...

Nice idea. As well as the obvious Taxi Driver, Raging Bull (hmm, maybe The Elephant Man instead, actually) and Goodfellas fiascos...

1964: Peter Sellers, for Dr Strangelove, instead of Rex Harrison, for My Fair Lady.
1974: Lee Strasberg, for The Godfather Part II, instead of Robert DeNiro, for The Godfather Part II.
1975: Al Pacino, for The Godfather Part II, instead of Art Carney, for Harry and Tonto.
1975: Dog Day Afternoon instead of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
1976: Robert DeNiro, for Taxi Driver, instead of Peter Finch, for Network.
1979: Apocalypse Now instead of Kramer Vs Kramer.
1982: Tootsie instead of Gandhi.
1982: Teri Garr, for Tootsie, instead of Jessica Lange, for Tootsie.
1988: Tom Hanks, for Big, instead of Dustin Hoffman, for Rain Man.
1992: Robert Downey Jr, for Chaplin, instead of Al Pacino, for Scent Of A Woman.
1994: Nigel Hawthorne, for The Madness Of King George, instead of Tom Hanks, for Big.
1997: Julianne Moore, for Boogie Nights, instead of Kim Basinger, for LA Confidential.
2002: Daniel Day-Lewis, for Gangs Of New York, instead of Adrien Brody, for The Pianist.
2003: Mystic River or Lost In Translation instead of Lord Of The Rings.

And many more... Great game!

30 January, 2007 23:55  
Blogger snowbug said...

Wow, everyone here is good at this!! I think it's a great idea, but I don't really have any nominees...I used the link, but I don't know enough about the nominees for this year.

I do agree with taking away the "shakspeare in love" crap, and I'd also say "lost in translation" was the most boring movie ever, actually roommmate nominates to take their best actor away too

31 January, 2007 00:55  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i already know one, and i'm going to post it before i read what other people have commented, because darned if it wasn't the one year i actually yelled at the tv while watching the oscars...

HELL NO did shakespeare in love beat out saving private ryan!!

shakespeare is basically a bloated romantic comedy... and not even a very good one, at that

okay... i'm stepping off my soap box now, and i'll read the rest :)

31 January, 2007 04:08  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

and i agree with shea that hitchcock should have been recognized at some point (he's one of my very favorites)

31 January, 2007 04:11  
Blogger Aidan said...

Oops, couple of typos in mine - for Pacino's 1974 film, and Hanks's 1994. D'oh.

01 February, 2007 01:42  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Wow, I am super-impressed with the answers here from everyone. Some I obviously don't agree with -- stand up, Shea -- but it's great to see some fab choices in there, especially Aidan's analysis of actors, too. Thanks all.

01 February, 2007 12:39  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

And Capote lost out to Brokeback Mountain... Can you believe that?!

04 February, 2007 13:14  

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