When I was young, in the olden days, people actually “WON” the Oscar. . The Oscar didn’t “go to” someone, they won it.
But that all changed in 1989 with the 61st annual Academy Awards when someone, somewhere decided the movie competition should be less … competitive. Sounds like a Canadian may have infiltrated their system.
So they got rid of the phrase “and the winner is”, brought in Merv Griffin, Snow White and Rob Lowe and created the worst Oscar awards in history. It’s been a rocky road ever since. Actually, it’s been a rocky road since the get go.
It’s taken me a long time to understand that just because a movie won “Best Picture” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best picture of that year. Or any year.
Which I’m sure is annoying, the way a hungry monkey plucking out your eyeballs is annoying, to the people who make the actual best film.
Take for instance this list. The movies that won the Best Picture Oscar, and the movies from the same year that just weren’t good enough.
Won – How Green Was my Valley
Lost – Citizen Kane, is now regarded by critics as the greatest film ever made .
Won – The Greatest Show on Earth
Lost – High Noon, starring
John Wayne Gary Cooper.
Won – Around the World in 80 Days
Lost – Giant, starring James Dean
Won – Ordinary People (not a bad movie, but was it better than … )
Lost – Raging Bull
Won – Forest Gump
Lost – Pulp Fiction
Lost – The Shawshank Redemption
(I would be equally upset if the order here was reversed. Why not give them all Oscars and take away they ones they gave to Marisa Tomei and Titanic?)
1996 – Won – The English Patient (have yet to meet a single living person who sat through the whole thing)
Lost – Fargo (have yet to meet a single person who saw it and didn’t love it)
1998 – Won – Shakespeare in Love
Lost – Saving Private Ryan
So clearly winning the Oscar doesn’t really make a picture the best. Remembering, watching and loving a movie 20, 30 or 40 years later does.
And now I’d like to announce who The Art of Doing Stuff tea towel goes to. This weekend I held an Oscar picks contest. I’ve marked all the entires.
Anddddddd the winner is …. Sharon Borrege with a score of 19/24. She forgot to fill out the Best Actress category and STILL got 19 out of 24.
I scored 11 and the fella scored 13. So we suck and don’t win a tea towel.
Sharon on the other hand does. So send me your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send one off to you! Thanks to all for taking part.