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Crashing the Oscars, and Other Embarrassingly Stupid Academy Decisions

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik March 6, 2006 at 1:34AM

Crashing the Oscars, and Other Embarrassingly Stupid Academy Decisions
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I can't say I wasn't disappointed or surprised, but look at the Academy's track record.

2003: "Chicago" beats "The Pianist," "Gangs of New York," and "Lord of the Rings"
2002: "A Beautiful Mind" beats "In the Bedroom," "Gosford Park" and "Lord of the Rings"
2001: "Gladiator" beats "Crouching, Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Erin Brockovich," and "Traffic"

And the list goes on, with smarmy winners like "Braveheart," "Forrest Gump," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Dances with Wolves," and "Rain Man," and losers like "Raging Bull," "Dangerous Liasons," "Do the Right Thing," "Goodfellas," "My Left Foot," and "Crimes and Misdemeanors," just to name a few.

I'll never forget back in 1990 when "Ghost" beat "Alice," "Avalon," and "Metropolitan" for best original screenplay. I lost any illusions that the Academy knows anything about good movies then. So with the "Crash" win (still I can't bear to write it), it only confirms what the Academy has represented for the last couple decades: sentimentalist, nauseating, embarrassingly stupid movies for the lowest common denominator.

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