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It has been said many times before at DeOscarize.com that he or she who directs the best picture should be considered by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be the Best Director.
That’s how it usually goes. On occasion, however, the Academy goes another way, as they say, and chooses a director who has not created the Best Picture of the year or at least,
the film that was chosen to be the Best Picture of that year.
PLEASE SEE “DeOscarize Rebecca, Best Picture 1940”.
The same thing happened in 1981 when Hugh Hudson
did not win Best Director for that year`s Best Picture, Chariots of Fire.
We dealt with that, too. Please See: “Chariots of Fire, Best Picture?! Really?”
Then in 1998 the Academy chose Shakespeare in Love to be that year`s best picture.
However its director John Madden did not win for Best Director.
That honour, that ticket to immortality was awarded to a director who had already achieved that immortality in 1993 by having directed the not just the #1 film at the box office for that year
But for also having directed that same year, the 8th greatest American film ever made I speak with reverence of Schindler’s List.
In filmic time, I’ve just returned from having re-screened Saving Private Ryan
and I have come to realize that the reason John Madden did not win Best Director 1998 was the same reason Hugh Hudson did not win in 1981 and Alfred Hitchcock
did not win in 1940 and that is, that the Academy tacitly knew that the film they chose for Best Picture was in fact, not. Extenuating circumstances or outrageous profits prevented the best movie from becoming the Best Picture. In 1998, I suspect the extenuating circumstance that gave Shakespeare in Love the win was Harvey Weinstein.
If he could get the Academy to choose The Artist,
he could certainly have gotten them to choose Shakespeare in Love instead.
It is a wonderful movie and there really should have been more comedies chosen as Best Picture over the years by the Academy.
But almost 20 years later, Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, particularly the first 30 minutes establishes a very good case for being the film that should have been Best Picture 1998,
the same as Reds should have been Best Picture 1981 and Grapes of Wrath 1940. As you can see DeOscarize.com has already dealt with the former two and now it’s time to put an emphasis on the latter.
At DeOscarize.com it’s time to approve or appeal my decision to DeOscarize Shakespeare in Love
and make Saving Private Ryan the NEW Best Picture of 1998 thereby preserving the added immortality that Steven Spielberg enjoys in retaining Best Director 1998.
Interesting. We started this with the intention of DeOscarizing Steven Spielberg and ended up DeOscarizing Shakespeare in Love, instead. That’s never happened before but now that it has, it just adds to the ebb and flow of the alternate reality that is this website. If you don’t like where you are, you can always phone home at DeOscarize.com.
Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing Shakespeare in Love. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there another moive that you would DeOscarize Shakespeare in Love for? Let’s discuss it.
Enjoy! Discuss! Prevail!
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