One of the best decisions that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences ever made was to travel back to the good old days and re-expand the Best Picture category’s nominations to 10. There are just too many good movies made in any given year, and to limit the number that could be recognized as one of the best, if not THE best, is just a shame and borderline insult to so many good movies. It still doesn’t help that the number is as small as 10, because 100 would probably be more accurate and especially allow a movie like White House Down to get proper recognition at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday.
But even if 100 movies could be nominated for Best Picture, and 100 actors and actresses nominated for their performances as well, we’d still have people complaining that certain movies and people were being snubbed, because that’s how movie criticism works. We can’t simply let the Academy voters do their jobs, when it’s far easier and certainly more controversial to disagree and say that they’re awful at choosing the best films. They’re just people, after all, and they make the decisions because they know what they’re doing.
That said, the Academy is full of morons. There have been more egregious Oscar snubs in the decades leading up to Sunday’s big show than there have correct picks, and I picked the 10 worst Oscar snubs that I could think of right off the top of my head. I have to say, I’m pretty confident that these are the worst of all-time. But feel free to disagree or whatever.
The 71st Academy Awards, Best Actress (1998)
Best Actress Winner: Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love
Nominees: Cate Blanchett, Fernanda Montenegro, Meryl Streep, Emily Watson
The 71st Academy Awards ceremony is widely regarded as one of the worst in history, as many people believe that Shakespeare in Love did not deserve Best Picture and especially Best Actress. In my humble opinion, Paltrow wasn’t even the third-best actress in a movie in 1998, because she couldn’t hold a candle to…
Should Have Won: (Tie) Neve Campbell and Denise Richards, Wild Things
Let’s face it, everything leading up to this point and beyond was a workshop in classic theatre.
The 70th Academy Awards, Best Actor (1997)
Best Actor Winner: Jack Nicholson, As Good as it Gets
Nominees: Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Peter Fonda, Dustin Hoffman