CHARIOTS OF FIRE BEST PICTURE?! REALLY?

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WINNER Best Picture 1981 CHARIOTS OF FIRE

WINNER Best Picture 1981
CHARIOTS OF FIRE

 

 

As the year 2015 looms, I come to realize that the films of the early 1980’s are over 30 years old now.

That means they’re close to being classic films if they’re not already.

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WINNER BEST PICTURE 1982

That is perhaps why DeOscarize.com hasn’t really paid much attention to them because well, to me the movies I saw in the 1980’s

WINNER Best Picture 1984

WINNER Best Picture 1984

still feel like yesterday. However they weren’t seen yesterday and it sure doesn’t feel like yesterday to the majority of the people who now control…everything.

WINNER Best Picture 1985

WINNER Best Picture 1985

Nevertheless, there are some movies and movie performances that to my mind, did not deserve an Academy Award in the 1980’s. That’s what I thought then and I must say that time seems to be proving me right. For instance,  I would like us to consider my intention to DeOscarize Chariots of Fire Best Picture 1981.

WINNER Best Picture 1981

DeOscarize Best Picture 1981?

Am I sensing gasps of shock? They do love it so in Europe. They’ve made a play out of it. But is it a hit? Not yet.

 The music might just sell the play just like it sold the movie way back in 1981. Has a piece of music not sold a movie before? Of course it has. What about A Summer Place?

SNUBBED By The ACADEMY Best Original Song A SUMMER PLACE #1 on BILLBOARD 9 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS!

SNUBBED By The ACADEMY 1959
Best Original Song
A SUMMER PLACE
#1 on BILLBOARD 9 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS!

What about You Light Up My Life?

WINNER  Best Original Song 1977 YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE #1 BILLBOARD 10 WEEKS!

WINNER
Best Original Song 1977
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
#1 BILLBOARD 10 WEEKS!

And what about Chariots of Fire? It was the opening scene that won the award for the film because that music by Vangelis was playing over that viz.

WINNER Best Original Music Score 1981 VANGELIS for CHARIOTS OF FIRE

WINNER Best Original Music Score 1981
VANGELIS
for
CHARIOTS OF FIRE

Now play that viz some time without the music. Are you as impressed as everyone was in 1981? Not so much. So I say people went to see Chariots of Fire because of the music. That’s what made it a hit but what impressed the members of the academy that year was that the film had a production budget of only 15 million dollars, which even in 1981 was small change and it made almost 59 million dollars at the box office.

PRODUCTION BUDGET  $15 Million BOX OFFICE GROSS $58, 972, 904

PRODUCTION BUDGET
$15 Million
BOX OFFICE GROSS
$58, 972, 904

Meanwhile Warren Beatty spent 2 years and 32 million dollars to make the epic film Reds also nominated for Best Picture that year. He got back 64 millions.

NOMINEE Best Picture 1981 REDS

NOMINEE Best Picture 1981
REDS

Here’s the thing. Whenever a movie gets a Best Picture Award but its director doesn’t win Best Director,

WINNER Best Director 1981 WARREN BEATTY REDS

WINNER Best Director 1981
WARREN BEATTY
REDS

there’s something not quite right, usually with the movie.

NOMINEE Best Director 1981 HUGH HUDSON CHARIOTS OF FIRE

NOMINEE Best Director 1981
HUGH HUDSON
CHARIOTS OF FIRE

It happened in 1940. Rebecca won Best Picture

DeOscarized Best Picture 1940

DeOscarized
Best Picture 1940

but John Ford

WINNER Best Director 1940 JOHN FORD THE GRAPES OF WRATH

WINNER Best Director 1940
JOHN FORD
THE GRAPES OF WRATH

won Best Director for The Grapes of Wrath which should have won for Best Picture as well and finally did win NEW Best Picture 1940 at DeOscarize.com.

The Grapes of Wrath NEW Best Picture 1940

The Grapes of Wrath
NEW Best Picture 1940

I think there’s a similar situation here between Reds and Chariots of Fire because Warren Beatty won Best Director 1981 for Reds. Reds also had a Best Actor nomination,

NOMINEE Best Actor 1981 WARREN BEATTY REDS

NOMINEE Best Actor 1981
WARREN BEATTY
REDS

a Best Actress Nomination,

 

NOMINEE Best Actress 1981 DIANE KEATON REDS

NOMINEE Best Actress 1981
DIANE KEATON
REDS

Best Supporting Actress winner

WINNER Best Supporting Actress 1981 MAUREEN STAPLETON 1925 - 2006 REDS

WINNER
Best Supporting Actress 1981
MAUREEN STAPLETON
1925 – 2006
REDS

 

and Best Supporting Actor Nomination

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actor 1981 JACK NICHOLSON REDS

NOMINEE
Best Supporting Actor 1981
JACK NICHOLSON
REDS

as well as Warren Beatty’s win. Chariots of Fire had one acting nomination

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actor 1981 IAN HOLM CHARIOTS OF FIRE

NOMINEE
Best Supporting Actor 1981
IAN HOLM
CHARIOTS OF FIRE

which lost to Sir John Gielgud in Arthur.

 

WINNER Best Supporting Actor 1981 SIR JOHN GIELGUD 1904 - 2000 ARTHUR

WINNER
Best Supporting Actor 1981
SIR JOHN GIELGUD
1904 – 2000
ARTHUR

So no acting awards, no directing award yet it still gets Best Picture? It was the song and the profit margin that did it and frankly that’s just not good enough for posterity’s sake.

NIGEL HAVERS 1981 CHARIOTS OF FIRE BEST PICTURE 1981 DeOSCARIZED

NIGEL HAVERS 1981
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
BEST PICTURE 1981
DeOSCARIZED

I believe Reds should have won Best Picture 1981

 

NEW Best Picture 1981 REDS

NEW Best Picture 1981
REDS

NEW Best Picture 1981 REDS

NEW Best Picture 1981
REDS

because of its vastness of location and theme, its amazing cast of wonderful actors and its unique and compelling technique of incorporating testimonials of real figures who were intimate with the times and the characters portrayed.

HENRY MILLER 1891 - 1980 WITNESS IN REDS

HENRY MILLER
1891 – 1980
WITNESS IN REDS

You may recall the folks who produced When Harry Met Sally used that same technique to great effect.

SNUBBED By The ACADEMY Best Picture 1989 WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

SNUBBED By The ACADEMY
Best Picture 1989
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

 

 

WITNESSES TO LOVE WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 1989

WITNESSES TO LOVE
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 1989

 

 

SNUBBED By The ACADEMY 189 BEST ACTOR BILLY CRYSTAL BEST ACTRESS MEG RYAN WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

SNUBBED By The ACADEMY 1989
BEST ACTOR
BILLY CRYSTAL
BEST ACTRESS
MEG RYAN
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

 

 

ESTELLE REINER 1914 - 2008 "I'll have what she's having."

ESTELLE REINER
1914 – 2008
“I’ll have what she’s having.”

Also, as the disparity of incomes between rich and poor increases, as the middle class disappears, Warren Beatty’s Reds is even more relevant today than it was during the beginning of the end of the middle class thanks to the dreadful Reagan administration.

1981 The beginning of the end... left: NANCY REAGAN center: WARREN BEATTY right: DIANE KEATON

1981 The beginning of the end…
left: NANCY REAGAN
center: WARREN BEATTY
right: DIANE KEATON

 

Unless we hear a compelling argument against this proposal, on behalf of DeOscarize.com, I hereby DeOscarize Chariots of Fire and make Warren Beatty’s Reds the NEW Best Picture of 1981 a film that will only become more important in the firmament of film greatness.

NEW Best Picture 1981 REDS Produced, Written, Directed, Starring WARREN BEATTY

NEW Best Picture 1981
REDS
Produced, Written, Directed, Starring
WARREN BEATTY

Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing Chariots of Fire. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there someone else you would DeOscarize Chariots of Fire for? Is there a film more deserving than Reds in 1981? Let’s discuss it.

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 Copyright © 2014 Thomas O’Neill

 

 

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