Entertainment Weekly is attempting to do what every film fan has wanted to do for decades – right some of the most notorious Oscar wrongs in history.
EW has sent out (non-legitimate) Oscar ballots to over 7000 industry insiders, encouraging a vote based on lasting quality, rather than overwhelming publicity buzz.
The first five years to go under the microscope will be 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988 and 1983 (basically, every fifth ceremony for the last twenty-five years).
Of course, the real problem here is that you can’t change the nominations. For instance, it’s hard to choose the Best Picture for 2003 when Finding Nemo isn’t an available option. Here are some of the more notable showdowns:
“Sure Joseph You’ll be just as famous as your brother one day. Now please, put me down.”
OK, now we’re talking. Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love beat Elizabeth and Saving Private Ryan. Roberto Begnini (Life is Beautiful) beat Tom Hanks (SPR), Ian McKellan (Gods and Monsters) and Edward Norton (American History X) to Best Actor. Gwyneth Paltrow won Best Actress for Shakespeare, beating Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth.
This scene is as overblown and shamelessly in your face as Sean Penn’s performance in Mystic River. Zing!
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King beat Lost in Translation and Mystic River to be named Best Picture. Sean Penn won Best Actor for Mystic River, beating Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, and (for arguments sake) Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Carribbean.
What do you think? Any major crimes that need to be reported amongst these winners? Are there any changes you would make in other years? Is anyone prepared to defend Crash?