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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.
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
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.
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.
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?
What about You Light Up My Life?
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.
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.
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.
Here’s the thing. Whenever a movie gets a Best Picture Award but its director doesn’t win Best Director,
there’s something not quite right, usually with the movie.
It happened in 1940. Rebecca won Best Picture
but John Ford
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.
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,
a Best Actress Nomination,
Best Supporting Actress winner
and Best Supporting Actor Nomination
as well as Warren Beatty’s win. Chariots of Fire had one acting nomination
which lost to Sir John Gielgud in 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.
I believe Reds should have won Best Picture 1981
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.
You may recall the folks who produced When Harry Met Sally used that same technique to great effect.
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.
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.
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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