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#21 Posted on 25.3.02 0306.23
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I agree SPF, heres my beef. Fucking No Man's Land beats Amelie for best foreign??? Did they give a 3rd world country a sympathy vote? Gosford Park for best original screenplay over Memento??? And here is the biggest WTF, Moulin Rouge lost best editing to Black Hawk Down??? I know Opie was going to get his Oscar for his paint by the numbers, formalic Weep fest. The damn movie was finished in April but he held it off for that oh so important late Oscar arrval. But some of the wins were strange.

P.S. Ghost World got robbed for best adapted Screenplay.
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#22 Posted on 25.3.02 0633.23
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Actually, No Man's Land was a good movie. Just very different from Amelie. Maybe Academy voters thought they were being "topical".

I did think it was strange the way things were spread around.

Of course, Beautiful Mind didn't deserve to win. What else is new? This will be just another footnote in Oscar history. I mean, when people can write books listing injustices for EVERY year of the awards, you know you need to take them with a grain of salt.

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#23 Posted on 25.3.02 0805.26
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Well, I was disappointed by AMELIE's loss. I haven't seen NO MAN'S LAND so I can't say it was a robbery or anything, but that movie would have to be pretty amazing to be better than AMELIE.

I think LOTR got about what it deserved. It wasn't really a mature enough film to get the non-techincal awards. But as I said earlier, I expect THE TWO TOWERS to be much different as the characters get a chance to develop.

I'm about halfway through MOULIN ROUGE, and I can totally see why it didn't pick up more awards--it's definitely the type of film one either loves or hates--I'm leaning toward the latter after about 40 minutes.

I think the biggest story was really Jim Broadbent pulling off a huge upset in Best Supporting.

Is Peter Jackson trying to look like Stanley Kubrick or what?
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#24 Posted on 25.3.02 0834.18
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What the fuck...What the FUCK. Lord Of The Ring got HOSED. I mean, GOD. And before I start here, let me tell you that I hadn't even read the trilogy before seeing the film.

A Beautiful Mind is an enjoyable film to watch. It presses the right buttons, it has decent performances, good directions, it is a slick Hollywood heartwrencher. BUT THAT'S IT. Has it broken any new ground? No. Has it given us anything we haven't seen done better before? No. Is it even the best drama of the past twelve months? No.

Contrast this with LOTR. An epic film, one that has been anticipated for years, one rare case which actually lived up to that anticipation. It is magic, it is gripping, it is dramatic, it is superbly-acted and directed. And yet all this creativity is ignored. The only awards it gets are the backhanded compliments of the technical categories. Peter Jackson took a film which had been ignored for thirty years by directors, which had never been approached due to it's sheer scope and scale, and made it a reality. He's crafted an enduring, epic, incredible film which will no doubt stay in the minds of hundreds and thousands of people, and which may well bring along the same craziness that Star Wars did. He has done sometihng that other director DARED do. And yet he gets screwed by fucking Richie from Happy Days. Dear God, what a joke. You can actually feel the backlash from fans and critics building up as we speak.

And don't get me started on Best Adapted Screenplay. Here is a film that CHANGED key details of the biography it was adapted from, for the sake of Hollywood schmaltz. It was written by the same man responsible for sinking the Batman franchise. He took an interesting, unique story, and changed it into the usual cookie-cutter Hollywood drama. What a fucking joke.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the travesty that is the biggest awards ceremony of the year. I hope Twin Towers and Return Of The King sweep the damn things the next two years in a row to make up for this.
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#25 Posted on 25.3.02 1754.12
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LOTR really did seem to have a bad night, not even best supporting actor. I thought atleast director/best picture will split between LOTR and Beautiful mind/

So disapointed that Amelie didn't win best foriegn film, heck I wanted her to be in the best actress and speaking of that Halle Berry (wasn't she on swordfish) win over Nicole Kidman or Sissy Spacek

Did someone want to stick it to Russell Crowe, his movie won best picture, best director, best supporting actress, and best writing... It's saying it's great inspit of Crowe...LOL... He might beat up someone else up.. I'm happy for Denzel Washington.
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#26 Posted on 25.3.02 1921.40
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It's probably not fair to Crowe, but he probably lost the Oscar due to his offscreen behavior. I think people forget the Awards is basically a popularity contest--act like a jerk offscreen and you'll hurt your chances.

On the other hand, I think a lot of it was also the political pressure to give the award to a black actor.

And really, I can't believe people really thought LOTR would get much more than what it got. I thought there was an outside chance that it could pick up a couple of the majors, but I think that was because I liked the film so much, and also because I hadn't seen a lot of the other films nominated. Fantasy and science fiction films just don't do very well at awards time--the same reason you don't see fantasy and science fiction authors winning Pulitzers. It isn't taken seriously by enough people. In other movies, the actors interact with each other--most of the time in fantasy films they do a lot of their interaction with special effects. LOTR is better than most since it's based on better material; personally, I like it better than any of the Star Wars films. But for it to win the big awards, it will probably have to be in a pretty weak field--sort of like the year SILENCE OF THE LAMBS won all the major awards.
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#27 Posted on 26.3.02 1217.06
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Uh, it WAS in a weak field.
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#28 Posted on 26.3.02 1300.14
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My mistake, I should have made it more clear I was talking about the second and third films. The first film was a great popcorn movie, but I don't think it really had the complexity to lure Oscar voters. The next two films will be different, hopefully.
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#29 Posted on 26.3.02 1346.36
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Well, I probably could have stood to see it losing out to In The Bedroom, but A Beautiful Mind was hackneyed, cliched and had "OSCAR" stamped all over it in indelible ink. It's a shame to see the Academy following such a predictable and stupid route, just because of the theme of the film. Oh well-I should have known this would happen-in any just world, Forrest Gump would've had the pants beaten off it by Pulp Fiction. I guess the Academy loves the handicapped.
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#30 Posted on 26.3.02 1450.20
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Let's see...

Dances with Wolves over Goodfellas (1990)

How Green was My Valley over Citizen Kane (1941)

and the best of all time

Rocky over Network, All the President's Men, Taxi Driver and Bound for Glory (1976)

As I said in another post, you can do this for EVERY year of the Oscars.

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#31 Posted on 26.3.02 1513.08
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I think this Salon.com article really sums up my feelings about the show perfectly.

Click Here

This has to be my favorite part, about Halle Berry:

"When they tried to pry her off the stage, she made that screeching Bilbo Baggins monster addiction-face when he Wants the Ring. It was a heavy, strange, grand-mal meltdown. America squirmed."

This gets funnier every time I read it, because I see both scenes clearly in my mind.

////Edit: BTW, It's a two-page article, and the link to the second page can be hard to spot.

(edited by Papercuts! on 26.3.02 1314)
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#32 Posted on 26.3.02 1716.11
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On the other hand, I think a lot of it was also the political pressure to give the award to a black actor.

I think it's less about that and more about the political pressure to give the award to Denzel Washington. He should have won a best actor award by now and he hadn't (plus Crowe won the damn thing last year). It's the Al Pacino winning for "Scent of a Woman" phenomenon.

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#33 Posted on 30.3.02 0312.46
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Tonight I heard what might possibly be the dumbest thing that has ever graced my ears. A friend of mine has a girlfriend (wow, impressive), and she has a brother (I know this seems boring at first, but to refer to him as a "friend" would be wrong). Her brother said to me tonight that he thought that Russel Crowe got robbed this year. He thought that Crowe's performance in Beautiful Mind was better than Denzel's Training Day. Keep in mind, this kid doesn't do drugs, so that theory is out of the question. Comparing Crowe to Denzel in terms of acting ability is absolutely insane. Crowe couldn't beat up Denzel's jock.

If the awards were really a popularity contest, then why hasn't Denzel won best actor more often? Everyone seems to agree that he's a nice guy, but yet he never wins shit.
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#34 Posted on 30.3.02 0522.13
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Denzel has just had some bad luck in terms of his nominations and who he's been up against:

1987 - Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Cry Freedom" for which he could have very easily won. Problem is Sean Connery gets his one and only nomination, so he gets the "sorry you never got anything before" Oscar.

1989 - Wins Best Supporting Oscar for "Glory"

1993 - Nominated for Best Actor for "Malcolm X". Runs into the Al Pacino "sorry you never got anything before" Oscar juggernaut.

1999 - Nominated for Best Actor for "The Hurricane". The film was hurt by the fact-checking issues on the film, so it was tainted for the Academy. Also, Kevin Spacey did do a great job in the film called Best Picture that year. Much as they like Denzel, just not a good year to choose him.

And really, there haven't really been any other chances to honor him. He was good in Remember the Titans, but not up to Oscar level. So I think they've done as good a job of showing Denzel the love as they could over the years...sadly sometimes even the cool kids lose the chance to be Prom King when a cooler kid is running that year ;)
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#35 Posted on 2.4.02 1120.18
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Leaving aside who should have won this year (Gene Hackman, and he wasn't even nominated), Crowe really is a great actor and should have won best actor for "The Insider" and should have been nominated and probably won at least best supporting actor for "LA Confidential".

He probably shouldn't have for "Gladiator", though...but I already forget who else was up. So winning for that last year after not winning for the others is probably some balancing thing. Anyway, Denzel Washington winning was equally cool and even better in the long run if it means he keeps taking more interesting roles and fewer middle-of-the-road things like "Remember the Titans" or "Fallen". He's great when he picks things that let him show it.
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