“Oh God, they’re going to give an Academy Award to Rocky IV, aren’t they?”
~You, the Reader
We are now three articles and over 12,000 words into our ambitious attempt to re-award every single Academy Award from 1970 to 2009 while finding at least one way to screw over the favorite movie of every single one of our readers. It’s been a whirlwind ride, with some hard decisions and a lot of movies we had no clue even existed. But now it’s time to dive deep into the mid-to-late 80’s, a decade which has seen a lot of awards not only changing hands, but going to movies that weren’t even originally nominated. But then again, they thought shoulder pads were a great idea in the 1980’s, so it’s not surprising that the Academy messed things up back then.
Once again to hash out the rules. Each year is listed not by the film’s release, but by the date of the ceremony (so 1985’s entry is for films released in 1984, etc). We’ll tell you the original winners, and nominees, along with their IMDB user rating, and then will re-award that year’s Oscar. It could go to the same movie, but more often than not it’ll be going to someone else.
So let’s dive in, shall we? There were some pretty competitive years in this batch.
Re-Awarding the Academy Award for Best Picture (1985-1989)
Posted in America Fun Fact of the Day, Re-Awarding the Academy Award for Best Picture (1970-2009)
Tagged A Passage to India, A Room With a View, A Soldier's Story, Academy Awards, Amadeus, America, Back to the Future, Broadcast News, Children of a Lesser God, Dangerous Liaisons, Die Hard, Fatal Attraction, Hannah and Her Sisters, Hope and Glory, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Mississippi Burning, Moon Struck, Oscars, Out of Africa, Places in the Heart, Platoon, Princess Bride, Prizzi's Honor, Rain Man, Re-Awarding the Oscars, Rocky IV, The Accidental Tourist, The Color Purple, The Killing Fields, The Last Emperor, The Mission, Witness, Working Girl
“How have I NOT won an Oscar?”
As we established in yesterday’s fun fact, the Oscars are not always fair. Sometimes they can be cruel, political film awards that completely ignore some classic American performances. That’s why we decided to do something about it, and forcibly steal other actors’ hard earned Oscars and give them to more worthy recipients. So, here, please see our final two American Oscar Award winners.
Posted in The Best of the Rest
Tagged Academy Awards, Air Force One, Amadeus, America, American Graffiti, Bruce Willis, F. Murray Abraham, Gangs of New York, Han Solo, Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones, Jack Bauer, Life is Beautiful, Network, Oscars, Peter Finch, Richard Kimble, Roberto Benigni, Rocky, Rocky IV, Sylvester Stallone, Witness