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Retrospective Oscars - 1995

 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:18 am    Post subject: Retrospective Oscars - 1995 Reply with quote

Controversial year, this one...

Best Film

Pulp Fiction

Four Weddings and a Funeral

The Shawshank Redemption

Forrest Gump

Quiz Show

Best Director

Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction)

Woody Allen (Bullets Over Broadway)

Krzysztof Kieslowski (Three Colours Red)

Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump)

Robert Redford (Quiz Show)

Best Actor

John Travolta (Pulp Fiction)

Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption)

Nigel Hawthorne (The Madness of King George)

Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)

Paul Newman (Nobody's Fool)

Best Actress

Jessica Lange (Blue Sky)

Miranda Richardson (Tom and Viv)

Jodie Foster (Nell)

Susan Sarandon (The Client)

Winona Ryder (Little Women)

Best Supporting Actor

Samuel L Jackson (Pulp Fiction)

Martin Landau (Ed Wood)

Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump)

Paul Schofield (Quiz Show)

Chazz Palminteri (Bullets over Broadway)

Best Supporting Actress

Dianne Wiest (Bullets over Broadway)

Sally Field (Forrest Gump)

Helen Mirren (The Madness of King George)

Jennifer Tilly (Bullets over Broadway)

Rosemary Harris (Tom and Viv)

My picks for that year:

Best Film: The Shawshank Redemption
Best Director: Robert Redford (Quiz Show)
Best Actor: Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption)
Best Actress: Jessica Lange (Blue Sky)
Best Supporting Actor: Martin Landau (Ed Wood)
Best Supporting Actress: Dianne Wiest (Bullets over Broadway)

Ed Wood should have got nominations for best film, best director for Burton and best actor for Depp. Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro should also have been nominated for best actor in Quiz Show with Rob Murrow alongside Schofield in the supporting category.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shawshank has become TNT's Stairway to Heaven in terms of overplay (though admittedly that's where it ended up getting most of its audience and honors), and I think The Green Mile actually dulls its edge, but its still a great film and got seriously shanked at the Oscars, so it should take top spot with Best Picture.

Tarantino takes Director with ease.

Actor should have been Tim Robbins, but in a pinch... that's tough. Travolta's was a helluva comeback role, but Oscar? mmmm.. neh. I'd give it to Freeman- his stuff after his release from prison alone is worth it. Depp's inclusion would knock Freeman out of there as well.

Embarassingly enough I've seen none of the Best actress performances.

Landau still takes Supporting Actor with ease- Fuck Karloff!

Dianne Wiest still takes with her lovely Bullets performance- much more fun than the timid housefraus she's been typecast as.

Ed Wood should still have been more prominent, but then again, a lot of good films got lost in the drooling approbation of Forrest Gump: Hey, It'll be the cinematic equivalent of We Didn't Start the Fire or End of the World as we Know it, but you know, with RETARDS! Retards make history fun and palatable!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best Picture: Pulp Fiction
Best Director: Robert Redford, Quiz Show
Best Actor: Nigel Hawthorne, The Madness of King George
Best Actress: Jessica Lange, Blue Sky
Best Supporting Actor: Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction
Best Supporting Actress: Dianne Wiest, Bullets over Broadway

What should've been nominated and won:

Best Picture: Hoop Dreams
Best Director: Peter Jackson, Heavenly Creatures
Best Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Cobb
Best Actress: Sigourney Weaver, Death and the Maiden
Best Supporting Actor: Rodney Dangerfield, Natural Born Killers
Best Supporting Actress: Natalie Portman, Leon: The Professional
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good calls there on what should have been, Rob. Didn't Hoop Dreams not even get a best docu nomination because of some snafu?

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Good thing I wasn't drinking anything reading this, because after a mega crappy week that's had me laughing like a drain for twenty minutes. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MP Bartley wrote:
Good calls there on what should have been, Rob. Didn't Hoop Dreams not even get a best docu nomination because of some snafu?


The snafu simply being that the voters had their heads up their asses, and did for years until they finally smartened up.

According to Wikipedia, "The Award for Documentary Feature is arguably the most controversial of the Academy Awards. Many of the documentaries admired today as the most influential and critically acclaimed were not even nominated: notable examples include The Thin Blue Line, Roger and Me, and Hoop Dreams. The controversy over Hoop Dreams was enough to force the Academy Awards to change their documentary voting system."
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of the Academy's nominations:

Best Film: Quiz Show
Best Director: Robert Redford (Quiz Show)
Best Actor: Paul Newman (Nobody's Fool)
Best Actress: Jessica Lange (Blue Sky)
Best Supporting Actor: Samuel L Jackson (Pulp Fiction)
Best Supporting Actress: Rosemary Harris (Tom and Viv)

And from the Sommersby Awards:

Best Film: Three Colors: White
Best Actor: Tommy Lee Jones (Blue Sky)
Best Actress: Linda Fiorentino (The Last Seduction)
Best Supporting Actor: Gary Oldman (The Professional)
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Locane (Blue Sky)
Best Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski (Three Colors: White)

(Oh, and Rob, kudos to you for citing Peter Jackson's work in Heavenly Creatures, which still remains his best film.)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob Gonsalves wrote:
The snafu simply being that the voters had their heads up their asses


It did provide Letterman with one of the best jokes of the night, his top ten list of signs you won't be nominated. Number one: you're a touching documentary about poor, urban high school basketball players.

My votes:

Best Picture: Quiz Show
Director: Redford
Actor: probably Hawthorne (Depp wuz robbed)
Actress: I'm with Kandel on the embarrassing fact of not seeing any (except for bits of Nell, which was lame)
Supp. Actor: Landau (Karloff? SIDEKICK?!)
Supp. Actress: Weist (although my loathing of Gump surprisingly doesn't spill over to Field, whom I think did a great job)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also I wanted to add that Best Adapted Screenplay that year should've gone to Paul Attanasio for Quiz Show. That script and Donnie Brasco are enough to put him in the pantheon of great screenwriters.

People say Shawshank and Pulp Fiction got robbed that year, but for me Quiz Show was the great intelligent drama of 1994 no schmaltz, no gimmicks, just a great story well-told.

And for the record, I genuinely enjoyed Gump when I saw it on opening weekend, before all the Gump hype hit. It probably helped that it was one of the first films I saw in a fully-kitted-out Dolby Digital Surround theater. I enjoyed it as a sort of gentle fable. I prefer the book, though.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Cornelius wrote:

Supp. Actor: Landau (Karloff? SIDEKICK?!)


It was close, for me. I certainly didn't mind seeing Landau get it, but I would've been thrilled if Jackson got it. The whole moral arc of the movie is in his character.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, I'd like to see Danny Peary update his Alternate Oscars, which ends, I believe, in 1992.

Wikipedia wrote:
Peary currently mostly concentrates on sports books


A damn shame.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think if it was fresh in the mind and we were waiting for announcements of the nominations, I'd be more supportive of the Jackson win- the problem is, he's been called upon to re-hash the character in so many goddamn permutations (even a bit in my favorite and most layered performance of his in Unbreakable), that I just can't do it in hindsight- and Landau's character work and transformation was astounding and an unquestionable highlight in a not inconsiderably brilliant career.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best Film
Pulp Fiction

Best Director
Krzysztof Kieslowski (Three Colours Red)

Best Actor
John Travolta (Pulp Fiction)

Best Actress
Ugh, couldn't find one I liked

Best Supporting Actor
Martin Landau (Ed Wood)

Best Supporting Actress
Rosemary Harris (Tom and Viv)

"Gump"? My nominee for the most overrated film of all-time.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob Gonsalves wrote:
MP Bartley wrote:
Good calls there on what should have been, Rob. Didn't Hoop Dreams not even get a best docu nomination because of some snafu?


The snafu simply being that the voters had their heads up their asses, and did for years until they finally smartened up.

According to Wikipedia, "The Award for Documentary Feature is arguably the most controversial of the Academy Awards. Many of the documentaries admired today as the most influential and critically acclaimed were not even nominated: notable examples include The Thin Blue Line, Roger and Me, and Hoop Dreams. The controversy over Hoop Dreams was enough to force the Academy Awards to change their documentary voting system."


I think Crumb was also robbed as well in that Documentary nod. The Academy changed it's reqs due to that film and Hoop Dreams from what I remember.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slyder wrote:
I think Crumb was also robbed as well in that Documentary nod. The Academy changed it's reqs due to that film and Hoop Dreams from what I remember.


Crumb, for me, is the best film of 1995, period (admittedly, not a big accomplishment since 1995 sucked). However, I wasn't surprised that it wasn't nominated, and if it had been nominated, it wouldn't have won. Even today, it wouldn't win. They tend to look for documentaries that agitate for social/political change or are relevant to the larger world or have some historical import. Crumb, brilliant as it is, doesn't fit that description. If it's simply portraiture, it needs to be uplifting in some way, like Best Boy. There's a reason the Maysles or Fred Wiseman have never won.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob Gonsalves wrote:
Crumb, for me, is the best film of 1995, period (admittedly, not a big accomplishment since 1995 sucked).


Braveheart (and yes, it's damn good entertainment)? Babe? Toy Story? Apollo 13? Dead Man Walking? Casino? Leaving Las Vegas? Twelve Monkeys? A Little Priness? Shit, there's more...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Braveheart won Best Picture that year is a sad commentary on the year. Out of the nominated flicks, Babe should've won.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Totally agree, Rob. But I think we all know how much more respect a film is given when it's directed by such a high-profile actor. Sad but true.
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Used to be, anytime a man played a retard or a woman played a whore, they were halfway to Oscar City on principle. Now the voters worship biopics; if you really want a statue, whatever you do, don't play a fictional character.

Having been recently informed of the Academy's social composition, I don't see how anyone in their right mind could trust the outfit any further than a third-grader can throw a piano. Did y'all know Dakota Fanning is on the roster? They, like, want this kid's opinion on The Departed and Inland Empire. W. T. F.
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