Monday, February 25, 2008

...Time to correct the Oscar mistakes...

As a kid, I often naively loved to watch the Academy Award ceremonies and thought they were right in everything, even though a majority of the films nominted didn't mean nothing to me anyway. But I loved the glamour, cheerful atmosphere and the many stars going to the red carpet, often giving great speeches when they win the award. And the 5 second clips of the nominess always seemed great. Yet, with time, either because of the shallow nature of spectacles or of my apathy towards everything that's "the best", I got bored of it, and when back in '98 "The Truman Show" didn't win any award, I stopped watching it. I admit that the Academy Awards reward the right people from time to time, but I simply had to conclude that my taste and their's don't go hand in hand - I agree with them only about 20 %. To give them some credit, it is difficult to know everything and see every film each year. I myself can confirm that sometimes it takes me years until I stumble upon a film I missed during its premiere.

Truly, how to ignore the fact that the greatest talents of cinema, from Hitchcock, Sellers, Kinski, Kubrick, Fellini, Bergman, Murray, Godard and others never won the award, and still go on with the show as if nothing happened? It would be at least fair from the members to admit that they made a mistake, but I guess they don't have time to do so. Personally, I prefer the BAFTA and the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. But, even the Oscars made a few great choices. Here is my personal list of the categories that should have won from 1979 until 2006.


BEST DIRECTOR: Hal Ashby, „Being There“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Jerzy Kosinki, „Being There“
BEST ACTOR: Peter Sellers, „Being There“
BEST ACTRESS: Sally Field, „Norma Rae“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Robert Duvall, „Apocalypse Now“
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mariel Hemingway, „Manhattan“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Ko to tamo peva“; „The Blues Brothers“
BEST DIRECTOR: Slobodan Šijan, „Ko to tamo peva“; John Landis, „The Blues Brothers“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Dušan Kovačević, „Ko to tamo peva“
BEST ACTOR: Woody Allen, „Stardust Memories“
BEST ACTRESS: Sophie Marceau, „La Boum“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Danilo 'Bata' Stojković, „Ko to tamo peva“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Charlotte Rampling, „Stardust Memories“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Shin taketori monogatori: Sen-nen joo“
BEST DIRECTOR: Leiji Matusmoto, „Shin taketori monogatori: Sen-nen joo“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Leiji Matsumoto, „Shin taketori monogatori: Sen-nen joo“
BEST ACTOR: Jurgen Prochnow, „Das Boot“
BEST ACTRESS: Nancy Allen, "Blow-Out"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: John Gielgud, „Arthur“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jenny Agutter, "An American Werewolf in London"


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Tootsie“; „Blade Runer“
BEST DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott, „Blade Runner“
BEST SCREENPLAY: John Milius, Oliver Stone; „Conan the Barbarian“
BEST ACTOR: Dustin Hoffman, „Tootsie“; Klaus Kinski, „Fitzcarraldo“
BEST ACTRESS: Jessica Lange, „Tootsie“; Julie Andrews, „Victor/Victoria“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: John Lithgow, „The World according to Garp“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Glenn Close, „The World according to Garp“


BEST DIRECTOR: James L. Brooks, „Terms of Endearment“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Woody Allen, „Zelig“
BEST ACTOR: Robert Duvall, „Tender Mercies“
BEST ACTRESS: Shirley MacLaine, „Terms of Endearment“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jack Nicholson, „Terms of Endearment“; Dennis Quaid, „The Right Stuff“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Sandra Bernhard, „The King of Comedy“


BEST DIRECTOR: Joel Coen; „Blood Simple“
BEST SCREENPLAY: John Sayles, „The Brother from Another Planet“; Hayao Miyazaki, „Kaze no tani no Naushika“
BEST ACTOR: Danilo 'Bata' Stojković, „Balkanski Špijun“
BEST ACTRESS: Sally Field, „Places in the Heart“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: M. Emmet Walsh, „Blood Simple“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Diane Lane, „Streets of Fire“


BEST DIRECTOR: Michael Dinner, "Heaven Help Us"
BEST SCREENPLAY: Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley; „Witness; Charles Purpura; „Heaven Help Us“
BEST ACTOR: Harrison Ford, "Witness“
BEST ACTRESS: Mia Farrow, „The Purple Rose of Cairo“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Robert De Niro, „Brazil“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anjelica Huston, „Prizzi's Honor“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Maison Ikkoku“; „Hannah and her Sisters“
BEST DIRECTOR: Tomomi Mochizuki, Kazuo Yamazuki, „Maison Ikkoku“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Rumiko Takahashi, „Maison Ikkoku“
BEST ACTOR: Gerard Depardieu, „Jean de Florette“
BEST ACTRESS: Sumi Shimamoto, „Maison Ikkoku“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Caine, „Hannah and her Sisters“; Bill Murray, „Little Shop of Horrors“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Yuriko Fuchizaki, „Maison Ikkoku“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „A Chinese Ghost Story", "Oci ciornie"
BEST DIRECTOR: Ching Siu-Tung; „A Chinese Ghost Story“, Nikta Mikhalkov; "Oci ciornie"
BEST SCREENPLAY: Hiroyuki Yamaga, „Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise“
BEST ACTOR: Jack Nicholson, „Ironweed“
BEST ACTRESS: Holly Hunter, „Broadcast News“; Jennifer Grey, „Dirty Dancing“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: John Candy, „Planes, Trains & Automobiles“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Ma Wu, „A Chinese Ghost Story“, Yelena Safonova; "Oci ciornie"


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „The Last Temptation of Christ“; „Drowning by Numbers“, "The Land Before Time"
BEST DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese, „The Last Temptation of Christ“; Don Bluth, "The Land Before Time"
BEST SCREENPLAY: Yoshiki Tanaka, "Legend of the Galactic Heroes"
BEST ACTOR: Willem Dafoe, „The Last Temptation of Christ“
BEST ACTRESS: Carmen Maura, „Mujeres al borde de un ataque“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Kei Tomiyama, "Legend of the Galactic Heroes"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Barbara Hershey, „The Last Temptation of Christ“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Kiki's Delivery Service“; „Driving Miss Daisy“
BEST DIRECTOR: Hayao Miyazaki, „Kiki's Delivery Service“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Ron Howard, "Parenthood"
BEST ACTOR: Lothaire Bluteau, „Jesus de Montreal“
BEST ACTRESS: Jessica Tandy, „Driving Miss Daisy“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Sean Connery, „Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade“, Martin Landau, "Crimes and Misdemeanors"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Michelle Pfeiffer, „Dangerous Liaisons“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Dances with Wolves“
BEST DIRECTOR: Kevin Costner, „Dances with Wolves“, Joel Coen, „Miller's Crossing“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese, „Goodfellas“, Michael Blake, „Dances With Wolves“
BEST ACTOR: Ray Liotta, „Goodfellas“; Fred Ward, "Henry & June"
BEST ACTRESS: Maria de Medeiros, "Henry & June"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Robert De Niro, "Goodfellas"; Albert Finney, „Miller's Crossing“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mary McDonnell, „Dances with Wolves“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Only Yesterday“
BEST DIRECTOR: Isao Takahata, „Only Yesterday“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Isao Takahata, „Only Yesterday“
BEST ACTOR: Steve Martin, „L.A. Story“
BEST ACTRESS: Irene Jacob, „La double vie de Veronique“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Anthony Hopkins, „The Silence of the Lambs“; Dan Aykroyd, "My Girl"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Winona Ryder, „Night on Earth“


BEST DIRECTOR: Junichi Sato, Kunihiko Ikuhara, „Sailor Moon“; Clint Eastwood, "Unforgiven"
BEST SCREENPLAY: Naoko Takeuchi, „Sailor Moon“
BEST ACTOR: Campbell Scott, „Singles“
BEST ACTRESS: Kotono Mitsuishi, „Sailor Moon“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Gene Hackman, „Unforgiven“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rika Fukami, „Sailor Moon“; Bridget Fonda, „Singles“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Groundhog Day“; „Schindler's List“
BEST DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg, „Schindler's List“; Jane Campion, „The Piano“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis; „Groundhog Day“
BEST ACTOR: Bill Murray, „Groundhog Day“
BEST ACTRESS: Romane Bohringer, „Mina Tannenbaum“; Juliette Binoche, „Trois couleurs: Bleu“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Ralph Fiennes, „Schindler's List“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Forrest Gump“; „Trois couleurs: Rouge“
BEST DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis, „Forrest Gump“; Krzysztof Kieslowski, „Trois couleurs: Rouge“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary; „Pulp Fiction“
BEST ACTOR: Tom Hanks, „Forrest Gump“
BEST ACTRESS: Irene Jacob; „Trois couleurs: Rouge“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Samuel L. Jackson, „Pulp Fiction“; Morgan Freeman, „The Shawshank Redemption“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Robin Wright, „Forrest Gump“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Shin Seiki Evangelion“
BEST DIRECTOR: Hideaki Anno, „Shin Seiki Evangelion“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Dušan Kovačević, Emir Kusturica, „Underground“
BEST ACTOR: Johnny Depp, „Dead Man“
BEST ACTRESS: Susan Sarandon, „Dead Man Walking“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Gary Farmer, „Dead Man“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mira Sorvino, „Mighty Aphrodite“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Breaking the Waves“
BEST DIRECTOR: Lars von Trier, „Breaking the Waves“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Cameron Crowe, „Jerry Maguire“
BEST ACTOR: Zdenak Sverak, „Kolya“
BEST ACTRESS: Emily Watson, „Breaking the Waves“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Vince Vaughn, „Swingers“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, „Secrets & Lies“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Love and Death on Long Island“; „Festen“; „Daria“
BEST DIRECTOR: Thomas Vinterberg, „Festen“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Abbas Kiarostami, „Ta'm e guilass“
BEST ACTOR: John Hurt, „Love and Death on Long Island“
BEST ACTRESS: Tracy Grandstaff, „Daria“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Burt Reynolds, „Boogie Nights“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Janeane Garofalo, „Romy and Michele's High School Reunion“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „The Truman Show“; „Saving Private Ryan“; „Kareshi Kanojo no Jijyou“
BEST DIRECTOR: Peter Weir; „The Truman Show“; Steven Spielberg; „Saving Private Ryan“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Andrew Niccol, „The Truman Show“
BEST ACTOR: Sean Penn, „The Thin Red Line“
BEST ACTRESS: Atsuko Enomoto, „Kareshi Kanojo no Jojyou“; Kristel Diaz, „Los amantes del circulo polar“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Ed Harris, „The Truman Show“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jane Adams, „Happiness“


BEST DIRECTOR: Wes Anderson, „Rushmore“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Alan Ball, „American Beauty“
BEST ACTOR: Bob Hoskins, „Felicia's Journey“
BEST ACTRESS: Elaine Cassidy, „Felicia's Journey“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Bill Murray, „Rushmore“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Wo hu cang long“, "InuYasha"
BEST DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, „Wo hu cang long“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Rumiko Takahashi, "InuYasha"; Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai, „Wo hu cang long“
BEST ACTOR: Chow Yun-Fat, „Wo hu cang long“
BEST ACTRESS: Zhang Ziyi, „Wo hu cang long“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Benicio Del Toro, „Traffic“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kate Hudson, „Almost Famous“


BEST DIRECTOR: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, „Amelie“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, „Amelie“; Baz Luhrmann, "Moulin Rouge"
BEST ACTOR: Tom Wilkinson, „In the Bedroom“
BEST ACTRESS: Audrey Tautou, „Amelie“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Steve Buscemi, "Ghost World“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Helen Mirren, „Gosford Park“; Jenya Dodina, „Made in Israel“


BEST DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg, „Minority Report“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Siu Fai Mak, Felix Chong, „Mou gaan dou“
BEST ACTOR: Adrien Brody, „The Pianist“
BEST ACTRESS: Oksina Akinshina, „Lilja 4-Ever“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Paul Newman, „Road to Perdition“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rosario Flores, „Hable con ella“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom“; „American Splendor“
BEST DIRECTOR: Kim Ki-duk, „Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom“; Peter Jackson, „The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Kim Ki-duk, „Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom“
BEST ACTOR: Paul Giamatti, „American Splendor“
BEST ACTRESS: Hope Davis, „American Splendor“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Bud Spencer, „Cantando dietro i paraventi“; Tim Robbins, „Mystic River“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kang Hye-jeong, „Oldboy“


BEST DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, „Sud pralad“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, „Sud pralad“
BEST ACTOR: Don Cheadle, „Hotel Rwanda“
BEST ACTRESS: Sibel Kekilli, „Gegen die Wand“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Banlop Lomnoi, „Sud pralad“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Natalie Portman, „Closer“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Što je Iva snimila 21. Listopada 2003.“
BEST DIRECTOR: Carlos Reygadas, "Batalla en el cielo "; Tomislav Radić, „Što je Iva snimila 21. Listopada 2003.“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Tomislav Radić, Ognjen Sviličić, „Što je Iva snimila 21. Listopada 2003.“
BEST ACTOR: Ivo Gregurević, „Što je Iva snimila 21. Listopada 2003.“
BEST ACTRESS: Reese Witherspoon, „Walk the Line“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: George Clooney, „Syriana“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Masha Mati Prodan, „Što je Iva snimila 21. Listopada 2003.“


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: „Gwoemul“, "Death Note"
BEST DIRECTOR: Joon-ho Bong, „Gwoemul“
BEST SCREENPLAY: Chul-hyun Baek, Joon-ho Bong, „Gwoemul“; Tsugumi Ohba, Toshiki Inoue, "Death Note"
BEST ACTOR: Ken Watanabe, „Letters From Iwo Jima“
BEST ACTRESS: Helen Mirren, „The Queen“
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Steve Carell, „Little Miss Sunshine“; Hie-bong Byeon, „Gwoemul“


BEST DIRECTOR: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud; "Persepolis"
BEST SCREENPLAY: Diablo Cody; "Juno"; David L. Paterson, "Bridge to Terabithia"
BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis; "There Will Be Blood"
BEST ACTRESS: Ellen Page, "Juno"; AnnaSophia Robb, "Bridge to Terabithia"


BEST ACHIEVEMENT: "Gake no Ue no Ponyo", "Vals Im Bashir"
BEST DIRECTOR: Hayao Miyazaki; "Gake no Ue no Ponyo", Ari Folman; "Vals Im Bashir"
BEST SCREENPLAY: Ari Folman, "Vals Im Bashir"


J Luis Rivera said...

The fact that only Americans and British people have real chances of winning is reason enough to not take them seriously

Marin Mandir said...

I agree. Some have already joked that they should be called "American Awards". But, to be fair, in the last couple of years they actually improved - and it's hard to pick only 4 best actors out of thousands and thousand in one year.

There are now a few very talented actors and actresses nominated that deserve to get their spot in the sun.