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Old 13-01-2013, 18:37
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Was just about to say the same - Fiennes losing out to Tommy Lee Jones was a real shock to me - have never forgiven TLJ
yes, because clearly it's his fault that the academy voted for him!
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Old 13-01-2013, 18:48
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For me, it was the goddawful 'A Beautiful Mind', winning Best Picture over The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring for the 2001 Oscars. Shocking....
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Old 13-01-2013, 18:53
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For me, it was the goddawful 'A Beautiful Mind', winning Best Picture over The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring for the 2001 Oscars. Shocking....
In fairness, it's fairly evident that the big awards given to return of the king were intended as recognition for the trilogy as a whole.
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Old 13-01-2013, 19:15
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In fairness, it's fairly evident that the big awards given to return of the king were intended as recognition for the trilogy as a whole.
Can see that. But still doesn't take away from it being a poor choice as Best Picture winner, in my opinion.
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Old 13-01-2013, 20:48
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none of the LOTR films deserved best picture
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Old 14-01-2013, 01:52
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I sincerely hope that doesn't happen. I'll certainly consider it a shock if Hathaway doesn't win.
I hope it doesn't happen either, although I haven't seen the film yet, but I have the tiniest feeling it could happen.

She was excellent in All About Eve, but I preferred Gloria Swanson's performance in Sunset Boulevard. Still, I agree that Bette Davis deserved it over Judy Holliday's performance in Born Yesterday. Certainly an eye opener if not a shock.
I never got the love for Sunset Boulevard , whereas All About Eve is my all time favourite film, so obviously I preferred Bette Davis. I imagine it was case of the two of them splitting the vote, allowing Judy Holliday to come in and take it.
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Old 14-01-2013, 02:35
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Yes, there have been quite a few of those. Al Pacino is one that springs to mind.
The film chaplin was a bit all over the place but Downey was robbed,he also had the misfortune to be nominated against a dead man the next time(heath r.i.p ledger) he will probably get a special one when hes ancient for not being dead.! Love al pacino but didnt like scent of a woman.
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Old 14-01-2013, 04:44
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I think every year you get a few shocking snubs in terms of nominations - Ben Affleck & Kathryn Bigelow for director and Marion Cotillard & Leonardo DiCapri for Actress and Supporting Actor this year were total lunacy.

In terms of a win, Crash comes to mind as the only thing shocking really recently, although personally I preferred Crash and was quite pleased with that result. And I don't think it was a 'shock', but I think Meryl Streep beating Viola Davis last year wasn't the best result in the world.
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Old 14-01-2013, 08:12
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Not the biggest ever, but Kate Winslet winning for the Reader was a bit of a 'crap, she's been nominated 6 times for better films we better hurry and give it to her'. Her performance in Revolutionary Road in the same year was far superior. BUT she should have won for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. She was amazing in that.
I think she was amazing in all three. (Big Kate fan)

I was pretty shocked to see Denzel Washington win for 'Training Day', but that's mainly because I thought Russel Crowe had it in the bag.
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Old 14-01-2013, 09:14
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Imo, Catherine deserved it for Chicago, her performance is one of my all time favs by a supporting actress. However, Catherine has never done anything anywhere near amazing since Chicago so her oscar win was more of a curse than a blessing for her. It can go either way for a winner.
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Old 14-01-2013, 12:18
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ET winning over Blade Runner in the Best Visual Effects category.

Inception winning over Tron Legacy in the same category.

Daft Punk not even getting a nomination for their score for Tron Legacy.
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Old 14-01-2013, 16:03
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I think she was amazing in all three. (Big Kate fan)

I was pretty shocked to see Denzel Washington win for 'Training Day', but that's mainly because I thought Russel Crowe had it in the bag.
He apparently did but his antics at the Baftas cost him.

I have read Denzels was a bit of a recognition of previous work and that he should have won for Malcolm X.
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Old 14-01-2013, 22:20
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Forrest Gump winning Best Picture over Pulp Fiction.
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Old 14-01-2013, 23:21
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Forrest Gump winning Best Picture over Pulp Fiction.
Forrest Gump seems to be one of those films that is barely mentioned when I talk about past films with friends.
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Old 14-01-2013, 23:38
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Forrest Gump winning Best Picture over Pulp Fiction.
Forrest Gump seems to be one of those films that is barely mentioned when I talk about past films with friends.
I think it's only a shock retrospectively, it certianly wasn't a shock that it won at the time, it was totally expected. But when you look back and see it was up against Shawshank and Pulp Fiction, arguably the two definitive films of the whole decade, it does look like an odd choice.
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Old 14-01-2013, 23:48
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I think it's only a shock retrospectively, it certianly wasn't a shock that it won at the time, it was totally expected. But when you look back and see it was up against Shawshank and Pulp Fiction, arguably the two definitive films of the whole decade, it does look like an odd choice.
Agreed. I don't like Gump, but at the time, the general consensus was that it was brilliant.

Pulp Fiction was also highly regarded and many argued that it should have won.

Shawshank, on the other hand - was quite obscure. It was only when released on VHS that it picked up strong word of mouth following and became regarded as an all time great.
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Old 15-01-2013, 00:43
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Forrest Gump winning Best Picture over Pulp Fiction.
Yes, a ridiculous decision. I guess the Academy preferred a folksy schmaltz fest about how great the US is over something genuinely innovative but subversive. History has shown that Pulp Fiction is by far the better film. Does ANYONE ever watch Forrest Gump anymore?
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Old 15-01-2013, 00:53
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I've always hated that Titanic beat LA Confidential, which IMO was far more deserving of the big awards. Never considered it a shock, though.
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Old 15-01-2013, 01:45
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Gwynneth Paltrow winning over Cate Blanchett

in fact, Gwynneth Paltrow even being nominated

dreadful performance...if that wasn't a fix, nothing was
I feel your pain

Rocky winning best picture and beating All The Presidents Men and Taxi Driver

Cuba Gooding Jr winning for Jerry Maguire over Edward Norton in Primal Fear

Slumdog Millionaire over Benjamin Button
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Old 15-01-2013, 03:19
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I was pretty shocked to see Denzel Washington win for 'Training Day'
I remember reading a tabloid or columnist's view that said it was necessary for the Americans to honour Denzel and Halle Berry that year, as a show of post-9/11 cultural unity. Zzzz.
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Old 15-01-2013, 03:29
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Inception winning over Tron Legacy in the same category.

Daft Punk not even getting a nomination for their score for Tron Legacy.
TRON: Legacy was very hard done by that year in the technical categories. Just one nomination in bloody Sound Editing? What a joke.
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Old 15-01-2013, 06:48
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Was stunned they gave Roman Polanski best director for The Pianist, you'd think the whole he raped a 13 year old thing may have been an issue.
But that was because of not awarding his previously. Like so many others before him. Hence why Al Pacino won for crap like Scent of a Woman.
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Old 15-01-2013, 06:52
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Even though I loved Bridesmaids and Melissa McCarthy I was a little bit surprised to see her get an Oscar nomination, she was very good in the film but would you call it Oscar worthy?
Yep. People seem to forget too that Depp was nominated for the 1st Pirates movie.

However i think the Oscars bring this on themselves. They usually completely ignore Sci Fi, Comedy & Horror no matter how good it is. So it comes as a surprise when someone is nominated.
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Old 15-01-2013, 11:19
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Jim Carrey not even being nominated for The Truman Show. Mind you, 1999 was a very tough year in the Actors category.

Not exactly a shock as such, but I've always thought that if Tarantino released Reservoir Dogs these days, Tim Roth's performance would be praised and possibly nominated. I can only think it was because the film and director were relatively, if not completely, un-known back in 1992 that the film was ignored.
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Old 15-01-2013, 13:49
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I've always hated that Titanic beat LA Confidential, which IMO was far more deserving of the big awards. Never considered it a shock, though.
No, not a shock - there was so much hype around Titanic that people seemd to overlook the fact that it was a cliched love story with a CGI-fest at the end. LA Confidential was a brilliant revival of the 1940s cop genre yet got only a token Oscar for Kim Basinger IIRC. I think that the recent release of Gangster Squad has reminded eveyone just how good LA Confidential is.
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