Thursday, March 01, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Oscar-Nominated Films That Should've Won
For the ninth week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. The subject is on the Oscars as it’s kind of a big deal in the world of American cinema as it’s about prestige and to say that a film means a lot. Even if the film is total shit. Here are three Oscar nominees for Best Picture that should’ve won the Oscar instead of the film that did win:
1. E.T.: the Extraterrestrial over Gandhi
Gandhi is an excellent film but it’s got too many elements that makes the film very conventional in what is expected in an epic bio-pic from Richard Attenborough. What Steven Spielberg did with E.T. is take something that feels very personal to him as it play into his themes of family and children dealing with divorce and such. Yet, at the heart of the film is this relationship between this young boy and an alien which his siblings would befriend and would want to protect as it’s just a magical film that still moves me since I saw it as a kid on TV.
2. Dead Poets Society over Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy sucked. It’s an overrated piece-of-shit movie that is definition of Oscar-bait. It’s got sappy moments with an unlikeable protagonist with her driver being more of a token figure than a real character. Other nominees such as My Left Foot, Born on the 4th of July, and Field of Dreams are films should’ve won but there were so many films from 1989 that should’ve been nominated. Dead Poets Society maybe guilty of some of the Oscar-bait tropes in terms of visuals and inspiring moments but it at least had characters that are compelling and with some development but also some dramatic weight that is earned as it’s one of Peter Weir’s great films and it includes an iconic performance from the late, great Robin Williams.
3. Goodfellas over Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves sucked ass. It’s overlong, it’s boring, and never really provides anything compelling as well as featuring an absolutely misleading title since it’s more about a cavalry officer who would be given that name for playing with wolves but never dances with them. There were better Best Picture nominees in Awakenings and Reversal of Fortune as they still have something to offer while The Godfather Part III shouldn’t have been nominated despite some nice moments. Martin Scorsese’s gangster drama is what should’ve won as it is just endlessly engaging and filled with unique visuals that many young filmmakers would’ve love to come up with. It also has some amazing performances including a deserving Oscar for Joe Pesci and people still quote that film as well as relive moments that are just a joy to watch.
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