5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 2014

I first posted this article the day after the night before in 2015 when it was Birdhood versus Boyman. There will, though, be no talk of the twelve year project or the corridor tracking shots. I won’t be discussing narrative neglect of the homosexuality, or the under-rated Felicity Jones, or even touch on a great […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 2013

So with all the movies released in the year 2013 it came down to two. Was it not always about these two anyway? The Picture (12 Years a Slave) / Director (Gravity) split at the Oscar was on the cards for a long time in my eyes. Both movies were excellent achievements in very different […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 2012

So this was the year of Oscar contender movies like Hyde Park on Hudson, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Magic Mike. You can see where I am going already with this. Yes, none of them managed a single nomination between them. Matthew McConaughey was possibly the closest to being nominated, for Best Supporting Actor […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 2011

Two perfectly pleasant and accomplished movies, with a taste of France and the movies, went head to head in the end. Hugo and The Artist. But I am not going to talk about either of them today. Two gorgeously shot movies, that had opinions stretched either end of a see-saw also made the Best Picture […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 2010

There were many delights this year. Those delightful or funny or quirky movies we really liked that had no chance with Oscar. Some may pop up somewhere we critics awards, or even the Golden Globes. But the Oscars? Nope. I really enjoyed Easy A, the perfect platform movie for Emma Stone when you look where […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 2009

So there was Barbara Streisand, a woman with a significant level of success draped around her, on the stage again, this time to announce the winner of the Best Director Academy Award for 2009. That can’t be a coincidence, can it? That a previously (Oscar) snubbed woman director was selected to announce what would turn out to be […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 2008

Another peculiar Oscar year. Slumdog Millionaire was a great story and great movie, but it should not have dominated as it did with eight Oscar wins. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button had the most nominations, and was the least Fincher movie he has ever made – what does that tell us about what the Academy think […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 2007

So this was more like it regarding the quality of movies on offer at the Academy Awards. An Oscar race is not really an Oscar race without a swing in direction however. Early on it looked like Atonement ticked all the right boxes, and it was impressive. There was also talk of Juno sweeping the […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 2006

Generally considered one of the weaker year’s for Oscars. Yet they failed to find room in the Best Picture category for Little Children, Flags Of Our Fathers, Children of Men, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Last King Of Scotland, Volver, United 93. There will always be alternatives. I, nor any other blogger or movie-goer or critic, tends […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 2005

Crash. The verb to describe the significance of Jack Nicholson’s announcement, as well as the actual name of that Best Picture winner. It was a collision that knocked Brokeback Mountain off the road right at the very end. I won’t mention that this collision was not avoided by Lionsgate making a late DVD Screener dispatch, or some much […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 1997

Had a certain movie budget-bombed as it looked for a while it would, then this year would have been a well fought out race between LA Confidential and Good Will Hunting. The former seemed to be the favorite of the two for a while to nab Best Picture, but nine nominations apiece suggests there was […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 1996

When the Coen brothers realized the Academy liked them, they really liked them. Kind of. In the end liked big, romantic, sorrowful, war-time epics. A beautiful painting. The liked The English Patient. It was good, but it was not nine Oscars good. And it was not Fargo. In other news, Geoffrey Rush and Frances McDormand won in their […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 1995

The front-runners heading into the final straight of the race seemed to be Sense and Sensibility and Apollo 13. That was until the Oscar nominations were announced, Ang Lee and DGA winner Ron Howard were remarkably absent from the Best Director list (a la Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow). Tim Robbins (Dead Man Walking) and […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 1994

Oh how I would like to write about how Forrest Gump won over more voters than Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption. That alone is worthy of an article, an essay, Hell, a book. Forrest Gump is not awful by any stretch of the imagination, but Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption are movies with […]

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5 Oscar Could Have Beens: 1993

Well, if there was ever a year that was not really up for debate. The incredible Schindler’s List dominated, and was never in doubt, taking seven Oscars from a possible twelve. The Piano, the biggest rival, took three Oscars, for both Actresses, and Screenplay. Spielberg’s other huge success (he’ll never have a year like this […]

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