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Because of Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch. While O'Toole's is an epic tour-de-force, Peck is the embodiment of American idealism - so I can see why he won over the mostly American voters. I prefer the more complex and layered O'Toole performance but both roles are iconic.
Yes, Goodfellas should have mopped the floor with DWW
I love Goodfellas but Dances With Wolves is a beautiful film, too.
One of the worst is Do the Right Thing getting passed over for Driving Miss Daisy? Who went to see that film? I saw Do the Right Thing on a hot summer day that year and it's never left me and still as relevant today as it was then.
Another horrid upset was a few years ago seeing Sly Stallone snubbed for Creed for some guy in a little-seen film. If they can award people like Pacino and Newman for roles that weren't their best but as a sort of recognition for their career, then why not Stallone, whose role as Rocky was a fresh take on a familiar character?
Well said. I remember seeing DO THE RIGHT THING as well. And you’re right about Sly (I don’t remember who won that year?).
Mark Rylance in Spielberg's Bridge of Spies.
Thank you, @DaltonCraig007 .... I actually quite liked his performance!...
I think Hanks was so much better in Big and Denzel gave the best performance in Philadelphia, Hanks was playing a role that Hollywood just felt obliged to award because of the subject.
If he'd won for Private Ryan that would have been fine, he's done it the opposite of Pacino, got the award for work not really worthy then got better with age. Whereas Al got overlooked for 2 of his very best performances then awarded for some average drama rom com.
Hanks has actually got better with age.
Pacino's my favourite actor but you are so right, Denzel was incredible here, a tough actor for him to follow.
Pacino should have got it for at least one of those you mentioned, I think GF 2 is his all time best performance.
Denzel like Pacino won for the wrong film but they are in good company, Scorsese should never have had to wait till The Departed, think of how many films before he should have won for before that, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas?
Also Jean Dujardin for The Artist, to think that beat Tinker Tailor, Oldman should have won here, instead he had to put loads of makeup on and appear in a film not worthy of his talents to win.
Tinker was the full package, extraordinary performance, masterful film, why do the academy give Oscars to performances in OK to sub-standard films?
Surely a great performance should be in a great film, if not what is the point?
God DTRT lost to Driving Miss Daisy, just another example.
Social Network lost to The Kings Speech, granted Firth probably deserved it but Eisenberg was incredible.
Although for Fincher (should have won for Zodiac really) to be overlooked for this in the director category, some traditional chocolate box film over one of the most contemporary hotbox topic films of recent times, the academy what do they know?
I think he's possibly going the same way as Hitchcock, not bad company to be in though.
I'll be a bit controversial here and say I have always found Million Dollar Baby to be vastly overrated, less than the sum of its parts and therefore undeserving.
Not that the competition was that much more deserving, just that this movie was mostly predictable and the characters clichéd. It seems to get by on its last act, admittedly an interesting twist but not enough to save it from the predictability, right down to the final scene.
I generally do not care but are more often pleasantly surprised when I watch movies that get an Oscar label and help me choosing in watching them, I have seen movies I otherwise would not have seen.
I am generally glad for the folks who win and the people nominated they tend to be a list of movies I like to watch.
There are however so many movies I have not watched and would love to see that any Oscar list on any given year does not matter to me. Like on occasion to watch the show mostly because it somehow can entertain. The BAFTA's presentation is no longer interesting without Stephen Fry presenting this, I loved his quirky word choice it did lift the show.
You know me @peter
Well most of the world is not English speaking anyhow, and most successful movies are more dependent on Worldwide Box-office instead of the UD box-office solely.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930/1931)
It Happened One Night (1935)
The Lost Weekend (1946)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1947)
All About Eve (1951)
An American in Paris (1952)
From Here to Eternity (1954)
On the Waterfront (1955)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1958)
The Apartment (1961)
Lawrence of Arabia (1963)
Midnight Cowboy (1970)
The Godfather (1973)
The Godfather Part II (1975)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1976)
No Country for Old Men (2008)
The Artist (2011)
Without even knowing which others lost out, I'd say The Artist belongs in the latter category.
For a moment I thought it was a list of movies that you think did not deserve an Oscar.
I'd add to it The French Connection and Amadeus.