5 Movies that Deserved an Oscar but didn’t get it
The Oscars are the most prestigious awards in the world of entertainment and it is no surprise that most actors, directors and film makers crave an Oscar for their works. An Oscar nomination is a big thing, but an Oscar award is something truly out of the ordinary, since it is considered to be a stamp of cinematic brilliance. Yet, an Oscar is not always the best judge of a great movie. In the past there have been several instances when Oscar awards have been criticized for the award going to an undeserved party.
This blog takes a look back at 5 of the best films that deserved an Oscar but didn’t get any:
· The Thin Red Line (a 1998 Movie)
The film marked the return to film making of renowned director Terrence Malick after he had taken a twenty year hiatus. The film was nominated for an Oscar in seven different categories. The movie had a famed director at the helm, a stellar cast but the Oscar voters preferred another war movie Saving Private Ryan instead, actually shutting the movie out completely and instead rewarding forgotten films like Life is Beautiful and Shakespeare in Love, etc.
· Grand Illusion (a 1937 Movie)
The movie Grand Illusion to this very day is considered one of the greatest movies ever made. A French film that had the distinction of being the first foreign film to receive a nomination for Best Picture, was ignored by the Oscar award voters who instead chose to give the gong to the movie You Can’t Take It With You which was made by Frank Capra and which was considered inferior to the French master piece in every way.
· Vertigo (a 1958 Movie)
Alfred Hitchcock and the Academy was never a match made in heaven and like his compatriot Stanley Kubrick, the Oscars have been unusually harsh to the Master of Suspense. This wasn’t more evident than when one of Cinema’s best movies to date Vertigo was nominated only in two award categories namely Sound and Art Decoration and it got an award in neither of the two categories.
· The Tree of Life (a 2012 Movie)
It is not always that a film that is able to get the Palm d’Or at Cannes is completely ignored at the Oscars. Yet, this is what happened to the brilliant 2012 spectacle The Tree of Life. The movie was nominated for three categories which included Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Film, but lost out in all three categories. Even more hysterical is the fact that it lost its Best Picture award to the movie The Artist. To this day it is considered a farce.
· Taxi Driver (a 1976 movie)
When you have Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro in one movie and you come home from the Oscars empty handed one cannot help but feel wronged. Whole the movie garnered four nominations it got none. One of the biggest talking points was the fact that Martin Scorsese wasn’t even nominated for the Best Director category.
The list of movies that have been wronged is longer than one which could fit in one blog post. It is just ripe to remember that the Academy has been responsible for some of the most controversial snubs in cinematic history.
A Selection of * Top 21 Movie Quotes
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” ~ Gone With the Wind
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” ~ The Godfather
“You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” ~ On the Waterfront
“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” ~ The Wizard of Oz
“Here’s looking at you, kid.” ~ Casablanca
“Go ahead, make my day.” ~ Sudden Impact
“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” ~ Sunset Blvd
“May the Force be with you.”
~ Star Wars
“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” ~ All About Eve
“You talking to me?” ~ Taxi Driver
“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” ~ Cool Hand Luke
“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” ~ Apocalypse Now
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” ~ Love Story
“The stuff that dreams are made of.” ~ The Maltese Falcon
“E.T. phone home.” ~ E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
“They call me Mister Tibbs! ” ~ In the Heat of the Night
“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” ~ White Heat
“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” ~ Network
“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” ~ Casablanca
“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” ~ The Silence of the Lambs
“Bond. James Bond.” ~ Dr. No* According to the American Film Institute Top 21 movie quotes in 100 years of film.
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