We may not like the winners of Academy Awards (Forrest Gump, anyone?), but we love arguing over them. A new batch of statuettes is about to be bestowed—here are our predictions for this Sunday’s ceremony—but in the interim, let’s reflect on the 10 times Oscar got it colossally wrong.
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10 worst Oscar snubs of all time
It’s the most significant movie of the past 26 years. Without it, there would be no Sopranos, no Quentin Tarantino. It’s probably Martin Scorsese’s all-time best, with tough competition from Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. But according to AMPAS, Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves is the superior film.
Mulholland Drive’s Naomi Watts
In poll after poll, David Lynch’s dark 2001 Hollywood fantasia takes the top spot as not merely a great film but the best movie of its decade. But the Oscars see it differently; Lynch lost his Best Director bid to A Beautiful Mind’s Ron Howard. And even though she played a dazzling double role, Naomi Watts wasn’t even nominated.
The classic scored six Oscar nominations, even one for special effects and those flying monkeys. As for the actor responsible for its most magical moment (singing “Over the Rainbow”), Garland had to make do with a special “Academy Juvenile Award.” Half the size of an actual Oscar, the bullshit token (basically a toy) would be the only Academy Award Garland would ever win.