Few days before The 86th Academy Award and that’s mean it is our time to shout out about what movie or actors would take the Oscars home (Jared Leto, yeah), what was undeserving of nomination (Jonah Hill? seriously?). We always watch the Oscar ceremonies every years, and each of us have personal opinion about better, worse, should, and have to. but the truth is sometimes member of the Academy do tend to make I can say unwise decisions. I am not saying that movies were necessarily bad, but only that their competition was stronger. Here the list of 5 of the worst Academy Award wining films and actor over last two decades :
5. ‘Shakespears in Love’ (1998) – Best Picture 71st Academy Award
yeeah, so that happened. ‘Shakespeare in Love’ beats ‘Saving Private Ryan’, yeah one of Steven Spielberg’s critical acclaim. I guess the voter have tired for the epics and wars film such as ‘The Thin Red Line’, ‘Elizabeth’, and even one of the greatest war film ever made ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and go with romantic picture featuring some good actors. and I thought that Harvey Weinstein practically doing “very good” campaign.
Seriously, Cate Blanchett should win the Oscar for her portrayal as Elizabeth I of England in ‘Elizabeth’. some saying it was one of the best role of her career. It happened because of Harvey again, I guess.
3. ‘Chicago’ (2002) – Best Picture 75th Academy Award
if we talk about Musical, ‘Chicago was a good musical film. but at The Oscar, we do not talk about one picture, but so many good movie that year. ‘Chicago’ was good, but it wasn’t the best. it looks like a “safe” choice over Roman Polanski’s ‘The Pianist’ which was better then the others.
2. ‘Crash’ (2005) – Best Picture 78th Academy Award
So many paper told that Crash was placed on first list of “Worst Winners of Best Picture Oscars“. Some of media told that 2005 was the year of politics returned to Hollywood, with Academy Award nominees, Middle East ‘Munich’, gay right ‘Brokeback Mountain’, American’s troubled political history ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ all on agenda. on paper, ‘Crash’ was not much politics on it gave little heartbreaking, so many saw it as the “safe” choice to ‘Brokeback Mountain’ which was one of the best film of the year and widely considered to be a front-runner for the Academy Award for Best Picture and has won so many awards in Best Picture category. ‘Brokeback Mountain’ won more Best Picture and Director awards than previous Oscar winners like ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘Titanic’ combined, no film that had won the Writer’s Guild, Director’s Guild, and Producer’s Guild awards failed to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and that only four times in the previous twenty-five years had the Best Picture winner not also been the film with the most nominations (I quoted). ‘Crash’ was not even nominated for the Golden Globe’s Best Picture and gone on to win the Academy Award. I’ll say it could have been ‘Brokeback Mountain’, or ‘Munich’ or ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ , or ‘Capote’ and film such as ‘Junebug’ is better choice to be nominated.
some critics would put ‘Crash’ on the first list, but I am so eager to put Denzel on my first list. It should went to Russell Crowe, we have eyes and ears. he was so brilliant in ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and no one doubt his performance as John Nash at that time. He won so many many award for that role and he deserved to win an Oscars. But I think it happened because of Crowe’s bad attitude. who knows.
Well, that my list of the worst Academy Award winners over the last 2 decades. If you do not agree with my list, or have your own list, please comment below!.
Note : if Jennifer Lawrence wins for her role as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in ‘American Hustle’ beating out Lupita Nyong’o in ’12 Years A Slave’, I will put her on my list.
Update 03/04/14: LOL. The Academy chose the right decition for Best Actress in Supporting Role by putting Lupita Nyong’o on that position.