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So, having had my fill of films of the 1990’s for a while,
I was travelling back in time to take care of some interesting DeOscarize issues in the 1930’s
when I chanced upon the year 1980.
Something didn’t sit right with me. At first I couldn’t put my finger on it. I remember 1980. I remember the MIRACLE ON ICE. Vividly.
1980 had more than its share of tragedies with the assassination of John Lennon
and the election of Ronald Reagan, destroyer of the American middle class,
who would also become the target of an assassin a few months later.
That happened one day before the Academy Awards Ceremony was scheduled to present awards for 1980 in early 1981.
Perhaps you recall that the would-be assassin’s motive involved impressing a young actress
who had made an impression on him in Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver.
Martin Scorcese was up for a couple of Academy Awards,
nominated Best Director 1980 for a film nominated Best Picture 1980.
I refer of course to Raging Bull
starring Robert De Niro;
just ten years later for being deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”.
Time is a reliable judge when it comes to the lasting qualities of a film, the same as any artistic endeavour.
So, we might wonder today how it is Raging Bull did not win Best Picture 1980 which it obviously deserved. Instead that distinction went to Ordinary People
directed by Robert Redford.
No place in the 100 greatest American flms ever made list from the AFI.
No recommendation, no nomination has been made regarding Ordinary People.
Is it possible that the incident involving Ronald Reagan
suddenly made Raging Bull cinema non grata?
Scorcese was accompanied into the theatre that night by FBI agents in fear of assassination. The director had to leave the auditorium before his categories were called. Is it possible? I think it’s probable. I would love for someone to set me straight on this because until proven otherwise there is no way Raging Bull loses Best Picture 1980
Thirty five years later we can finally make right another wrong in the long list of wrongs perpetrated by the election of this man for President.
Welcome to DeOscarize.com and affirm or appeal my decision to DeOscarize Ordinary People
a film by the way you will find to be quite dated and doesn’t come near the impact
that Raging Bull carries to this day so it shall be the NEW Best Picture 1980
unless I hear otherwise from you.
Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing Ordinary People. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there someone else you would DeOscarize Scofield for?
Let’s discuss it.
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The Next Edition of DeOscarize.com will have us rooting around in the 1930’s. Serious times but not to worry. In this alternate reality that we call DeOscarize.com, we never have to get too serious.
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