Can you believe this movie didn't get the Academy Award?
By Richard T. Jameson
Special to MSN Movies
Everybody gets to gripe about the Academy Awards. Sometimes it's a matter of
"How could you nominate that mess for anything but oblivion?" Sometimes it's
disbelief at a great performance or great camerawork being passed over to reward
something not-necessarily-bad but not nearly as good. Then there are the
compensation awards — giving somebody an Oscar for second-tier work because
their first-rate achievements have somehow never won in the past. (Certainly not
meaning you, Martin Scorsese!)
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Those are all fun conversations to have, but in this case we want to call
attention to something different — some amazing, mostly appalling oversights.
There's a surprising abundance of great and/or universally admired and/or
culturally indispensable and/or dearly beloved films that were ignored by Oscar
the year they came out. In some cases, totally ignored: not even a nomination,
let alone a statuette.
Fortunately, most of our candidates have been, or will be, redeemed in the
fullness of time — in many instances outlasting and outshining the pictures that
beat them in their day. Better yet, all of them are available for us to resee
and reevaluate. Pass the popcorn.
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