I’m back, folks. If only for this review. Now that I’m 18, I feel that I’ve gained a more direct view on film. I’m beginning to venture into the industry myself, and being a cinephile, I have MANY issues with the Academy. First being that almost every year, the get the awards wrong. They tend to find something political and say “hell, this is the big thing! This will get some buzz! THIS is the future of cinema, because I am an older person that is in touch with modern American society.” So, with this knowledge, I went on a journey through the years. I’ve done something similar to this before, but just for gits and shiggles, I decided to go about making a list of almost all of the awards (excluding the sound editing department and costume department because I am not heavily versed in those fields) that the Academy flopped on. Some of the years had multiple possible winners for Best Picture because I just couldn’t decide which film was the best of that year. So,  without further ado, let’s go reverse-chronologically.

 

2013

BEST PICTURE

Winner – Argo

Snubbed – Cloud Atlas / Django Unchained

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Winner – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan de Boer & Donald R. Elliot: Life of Pi

Snubbed – Cloud Atlas

 

 

2012

BEST PICTURE

Winner – The Artist

Snubbed – Source Code / Super 8

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner – Michael Hazanavicius: The Artist

Snubbed – J.J. Abrams: Super 8

 

BEST ACTOR

Winner – Jean Dujardin: The Artist

Snubbed – Michael Fassbender: Shame

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Winner – Ludovic Bource: The Artist

Snubbed – Michael Giacchino: Super 8

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner – Robert Richardson: Hugo

Snubbed – Emmanuel Lubezki: The Tree of Life

 

BEST EDITING

Winner – Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Snubbed – Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey: Super 8

 

 

 

2011

BEST PICTURE

Winner – The King’s Speech

Snubbed – Inception

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner – Tom Hooper: The King’s Speech

Snubbed – Christopher Nolan: Inception

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner – King’s Speech

Snubbed – Inception

 

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Winner – In a Better World

Snubbed – Biutiful

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Winner – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross: The Social Network

Snubbed – Hans Zimmer: Inception

 

 

2010

BEST PICTURE

Winner  – The Hurt Locker

Snubbed – Inglourious Basterds

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner – Kathryn Bigelow: The Hurt Locker

Snubbed – Quentin Tarantino: Inglourious Basterds

 

BEST ACTOR

Winner – Jeff Bridges: Crazy Heart

Snubbed – Sam Rockwell: Moon

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner – The Hurt Locker

Snubbed – Inglourious Basterds

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner – Mauro Flore: Avatar

Snubbed – Robert Richardson: Inglourious Basterds

 

BEST EDITING

Winner – Chris Innis & Bob Murawski: The Hurt Locker

Snubbed – Sally Menke: Inglourious Basterds

 

 

2009

BEST ACTOR

Winner – Sean Penn: Milk

Snubbed – Mickey Rourke: The Wrestler

 

BEST ACTRESS

Winner – Kate Winslet: The Reader

Snubbed – Meryl Streep: Doubt

 

 

 

2008

BEST PICTURE

Winner – No Country For Old Men

Snubbed – Sunshine

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner – The Coen Brothers: No Country For Old Men

Snubbed – Danny Boyle: Sunshine

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner – Diablo Cody: Juno

Snubbed – Alex Garland: Sunshine

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner – The Coen Brothers: No Country For Old Men

Snubbed – Andrew Dominik: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Winner – Dario Marianelli: Atonement

Snubbed – John Murphy: Sunshine

 

BEST EDITING

Winner – Christopher Rouse: The Bourne Ultimatum

Snubbed – Chris Gill: Sunshine

 

 

 

2007

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner – Guillermo Navarro: Pan’s Labyrinth

Snubbed – Wally Pfister: The Prestige

 

 

 

2005

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner – Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Snubbed – Brad Bird: The Incredibles

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner – Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor: Sideways

Snubbed – David Magee: Finding Neverland

 

 

 

2004

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner – Russell Boyd: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Snubbed – Cesar Charlone: City of God

 

 

2003

BEST PICTURE

Winner – Chicago

Snubbed – Road to Perdition

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner – Roman Polanski: The Pianist

Snubbed – Sam Mendes: Road to Perdition

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner – Pedro Almodovar: Talk To Her

Snubbed – Jay Cocks, Steve Zaillian & Kenneth Lonergan: Gangs of New York

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner – Ronald Harwood: The Pianist

Snubbed – David Self: Road to Perdition

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Winner – Elliot Goldenthal: Frida

Snubbed – Thomas Newman: Road to Perdition

 

 

 

2002

BEST PICTURE

Winner – A Beautiful Mind

Snubbed – Memento

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner – Ron Howard: A Beautiful Mind

Snubbed – Christopher Nolan: Memento

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner – Akiva Goldsman: A Beautiful Mind

Snubbed – Christopher Nolan: Memento

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Winner – Jim Broadbent: Iris

Snubbed – Joe Pantoliano: Memento

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner – Andrew Lensie: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Snubbed – Wally Pfister: Memento

 

BEST EDITING

Winner – Pietro Scalia: Black Hawk Down

Snubbed – Dody Dorn: Memento

 

 

 

2001

BEST PICTURE

Winner – Gladiator

Snubbed – Requiem For a Dream

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner – Ridley Scott: Gladiator

Snubbed – Darren Aronofsky: Requiem For a Dream

 

BEST ACTRESS

Winner – Julia Roberts: Erin Brokovich

Snubbed – Ellen Burstyn: Requiem For a Dream

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Winner – Marcia Gay Harden: Pollock

Snubbed – Jennifer Connelly: Requiem For a Dream

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner – Stephen Gaghan: Traffic

Snubbed – Darren Aronofsky: Requiem For a Dream

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Winner – Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Snubbed – Clint Mansell: Requiem For a Dream

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner – Peter Pau: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Snubbed: Matthew Libatique: Requiem For a Dream

 

BEST EDITING

Winner – Stephen Mirrione: Traffic

Snubbed – Jay Rabinowitz: Requiem For a Dream

 

 

 

2000

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Winner – John Corigliano: The Red Violin

Snubbed – Thomas Newman: American Beauty

 

BEST FILM EDITING

Winner – Zach Staenberg: The Matrix (this made me laugh, actually)

Snubbed – Tariq Anwar: American Beauty

 

 

 

Well, this has been, from the 2000 Oscars to this year’s Oscars, my opinion on what should have won. Thank you for viewing and making your way to this end. If you feel the same or differently, please comment, I’d like to hear differences or agreements.