Oscars! hang your heads in shame. Here’s 15 reasons how the mighty Academy got it so so wrong.
Fargo (1996) One of the most brilliantly crafted, finely tuned pieces of filmmaking to grace our screens, but did it win Best Picture? No, it lost out to the English Patient, a plodding, overly-long, insubstantial, boring extravagance. Although Frances McDormand did win Best Leading Actress. Apocalypse Now (1979) There are few better films than Apocalypse Now. Francis Ford Coppola’s seminal Vietnam picture, combining the horrors, the insanity and the futility of war. But alas, no Best PIcture award was forthcoming. That went to divorce-drama Kramer vs. Kramer. *Shakes head* Citizen Kane (1941) Regarded by many, critics and film fans all over the world as the greatest film ever made, and yet it still didn’t win. It somehow lost out to the overly-sentimental, completely forgettable lush-fest How Green is my Valley. One of Oscar’s most shameful moments. King Kong (1933) One of cinema’s greatest triumphs. A film that has inspired more people than perhaps any other and practically invented a whole new way of making movies. But did it win Best Picture? Actually no, it didn’t actually get any nominations at all. For anything. Nothing. Se7en (1995) What a brilliantly structured film. The perfect detective thriller. Impeccable storyline, brilliant characterisation and beautifully shot. But like King Kong, it received absolutely no love whatsoever. No nominations for anything, made worse by the fact that on the nominations for Best Picture were Babe, and Sense & Sensibility. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) There simply has never been a film that everyone likes, but if there was, it would be this one. Classic. Astounding. The definitive musical. But the Oscars didn’t agree, they preferred the flamboyantly forgettable the Greatest Show on Earth. What an injustice. Raging Bull (1980) A Scorsese / De Niro masterpiece and arguably one of the greatest films of the 80’s. Raw, emotionally powerful, Dramatic, Haunting and beautiful. Yet it lost out for Best Picture to Robert Redford’s Ordinary People. Robert Redford’s what? Yeah exactly. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Kubrick’s seminal masterpiece. A perfectly-formed production of technical brilliance. It’s a visual odyssey, that somehow managed to lose out on the Best Picture Oscar to ‘Oliver!’ A film that practically killed the Hollywood musical.