oscar’s worst snubs revisited

I’m still pissed that Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” was passed over by Academy voters, but it’s not the first time they fucked up.

I posted a series last year detailing Oscar’s worst oversights (among the nominated):

Best Supporting Actor and Actress

Notables: Madeline Kahn (“Blazing Saddles”), Piper Laurie (“Carrie”), William H. Macy (“Fargo”), Ben Kingsley (“Sexy Beast”)

Best Actor

Notables: Peter Sellers (“Being There”), Robert Duvall (“The Apostle), Al Pacino (“Serpico”), Anthony Hopkins (“Remains of the Day”), Robert DeNiro (“Taxi Driver”), Paul Newman (“The Verdict”)

Best Actress

Notables: Dame Judi Dench (“Notes on a Scandal”), Julianne Moore (“Far From Heaven”), Sigourney Weaver (“Aliens”), Stockard Channing (“Six Degrees of Separation”), Laura Linney (“You Can Count on Me”)

Best Director

Notables: Sidney Lumet (“Network” and “The Verdict”), Martin Scorsese (“Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas”), Hal Ashby (“Being There” — bypassed in favor of the director of “La Cage aux Folles”), David Lynch (“The Elephant Man” and “Blue Velvet”), Woody Allen (“Crimes and Misdemeanors”), Joel Coen (“Fargo), Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”)

Best Picture

Notables: “Network,” “Taxi Driver,” “Being There,” “Raging Bull,” “The Elephant Man,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Fargo,” “The Verdict,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Goodfellas”

Best Screenplay

Notables: “Manhattan,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors”, “Do the Right Thing,” “Unforgiven,” “The Verdict,” “Goodfellas,” “The Player,” “Election,” “Ghost World,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Notes on a Scandal,” “City of God,” “You Can Count on Me”

oscar outrage

The best movie of the year was completely shut out by the idiots who run the Academy. “Gran Torino” wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, Best Director or Best Actor.

Clint Eastwood was robbed. You-know-who was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. And I’m sure he’ll fucking win.

Hey Oscar voters: Get off my lawn!

UPDATE: Nikki Finke writes that “Gran Torino” was too “blue collar” for Oscar voters:

The voters blanked Clint Eastwood for Best Actor, despite the fact he’s never won in that category, and for Best Director, which he’s won twice. I’d suspected that the Gran Torino story, dialogue and message wouldn’t appeal to the Oscar elite because it’s too blue collar. But, as I’ve said before, if you want to properly handicap the Oscars, just figure out who is envied or hated most by the Academy voters. This year, Clint certainly deserved a major category nomination, and the geriatrics love the guy cuz he’s still got a prostate and balls. But Hollywood is also jealous of him because he’s won too many times. The community figures if he wins any more Oscars, then the awards might as well be renamed the Clints. So the Academy pries the viewfinder from his liver-spotted hands and picks from younger directors to make that walk to the podium.