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Oscar Bitchfest: 10 Oscar Nominations We Wish They'd Rescinded

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by Peter Knegt and Matthew Hammett Knott
January 30, 2014 1:22 PM
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"The Iron Lady"

So yesterday the Academy decided to take back an Oscar nomination for original song "Alone Yet Not Alone" due to its composer (a  Music Branch executive committee member) internally promoting the song.  This was the first time a nomination was retroactively disqualified for alleged campaign malpractice, though we're pretty sure this ain't the first time there's been such a thing (I mean, aren't the Oscars one giant campaign malpractice?). Either way, the news got us thinking and wishing and bitching... About 10 nominations from the past we wish had been rescinded... Please feel free to post your own in the comments.

"Doctor Dolittle" for best picture
Knegt: I'm going way back here (please don't ignorantly think I'm under the impression the Eddie Murphy version got a best picture nomination), but seriously, picture it: It's 1967. A great year for film. And "The Graduate," "Bonnie and Clyde," "In The Heat of the Night" and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" are all -- to varying degrees ("Dinner" isn't the greatest, but compared to "Dolittle" its Citizen fucking Kane) -- reasonably among the Academy's choices to represent it in the best picture category. And then they nominated "Doctor Dolittle" alongside it? A little Hollywood history: "Dolittle" was basically 20th Century Fox trying to match the insane successes of their "Sound of Music." Except it went three times over its $6 million budget (a huge number back then) and was released to bad reviews and bad box office. But Fox decided to pour a shit ton of money into an Oscar campaign that included huge, pricey dinners for Academy members. Talk about 

campaign malpractice (and if you find this interesting, read Mark Harris' "Pictures at a Revolution" -- seriously).

Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady”

Knott: Obviously Meryl is an acting god. And there was something extraordinary about her rendition of Margaret Thatcher. But only in the same way that there was about the Amy Winehouse drag queen I saw in a club in Havana a few years back. Let’s be honest - this was not an immersive performance in any sense. The acting was impossible to miss, in the worst possible way. I was more impressed by Jim Broadbent’s baffling impersonation of a creepy children’s entertainer pretending to be Casper the friendly ghost. That same year, Viola Davis showed us all how to give a great performance in a bad film. And she was robbed.

Meryl Streep for "August: Osage County"

Knegt: I can't believe we are back-to-back attacking Meryl! I love Meryl Streep. She is potentially my favorite person living. And I stand by the vast majority of her Oscar nominations (even "The Iron Lady"), and bow down to almost everything she's done. But not "August: Osage County." I mean, it was definitely a hoot to watch in a grand soap operatic kind of way, but in a year when Emma Thompson, Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Brie Larson were all in the running, did the Academy really need to give Meryl nomination number 18 for this over-the-top performance? No.

"Cold Mountain"
Renee Zellweger for everything

Knott: It feels like a bad dream, looking back on the previous decade and seeing that Ms Zellweger departed it an Academy Award winner and two-time Best Actress nominee. But it is almost beyond belief that such garlands were for “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, “Chicago” and “Cold Mountain”. Hell, where was the Special Achievement award for “Miss Potter”? I am all for the Academy rewarding non-dramatic roles more often - so I can stomach the first two nominations. But stumbling around on a hillside with a bad accent and a dodgy hat and beating Patricia Clarkson in the process is no fair way to get your hands on your very own golden boy.

Elizabeth Taylor for "BUtterfield 8"
Knegt: Elizabeth Taylor somehow won her first Oscar for perhaps her worst performance: A super campy take on a call girl in a film that even she OPENLY hated. In fact, she only made "BUtterfield 8" because she had to. She was under contractual obligation at MGM and to be allowed to depart to Fox to make "Cleopatra," she made the film under protest to fulfill her obligation. Her now-famous response to the success of the film, even after it finally gave her a golden boy: "I still say it stinks." We agree, as does the Academy's bizarre decision to reward it (over Shirley MacLaine in "The Apartment"!).

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  • Joe | May 9, 2014 11:53 PMReply

    While the nomination of Meryl for "August" didn't piss me off... Cate Blanchett winning for "Blue Jasmine" did... but that's because I loved Judi Dench and Sandra in their respectively nominated films... While I did love Viola Davis in the Help... I also loved Meryl in the Iron Lady... both films depicted a look into the past... I liked both... that was a coin toss for me.... (but realistically after Helen Mirren won (which was totally deserved not knocking her at all because in this gay man's opinion she is great) for "The Queen" I kind of figured Meryl would get it for Thatcher... just saying
    And I am going to go there... either Meryl or Whoopi should have won when nominated for "Out of Africa" or "The Color Purple"... I detested The Trip to Bountiful... though I watched it after seeing "fried green tomatoes" and because they seem like similar on some fronts that "fried" just told better could be the reason for my distaste for Bountiful... that or John Heard

  • Nick | April 24, 2014 1:54 PMReply

    This "Streep fatigue" is stupid. Now people are saying she is "too good". People can't stand it when someone is considered one of the greats. I don't hear anything about overrated Jennifer Lawrence. Streep deserved her Oscar for "The Iron Lady" and her nomination for August: Osage County. She didn't overact, she was brilliant people were just bitter just because Emma Thompson didn't get in. By the way, she wasn't insulting Emma or ruining her chances the comments were made the day before the nominations closed so obviously they already written Emma out of the nominations. Mad because your favorite actress didn't get in?

  • Dean | April 10, 2014 5:38 PMReply

    I disagree about Renee in Chicago. She was wonderful as Roxie Hart. I AGREE about Rich Little (oops I meant Meryl Streep)--who is revolting in everything.

    The other enormous joke was Denzel Washington in Training Day--one big HUH??

  • gerard kennelly | February 4, 2014 7:58 PMReply

    streep for iron lady instead of mara for TGWIDT was a disgrace

  • Donella | February 3, 2014 8:54 PMReply

    I'd love for Jackass: Bad Grandpa to win Best Makeup & Hairstyling over Dallas Buyers Club and The Lone Ranger just to hear the presenter shout Jackass! from the podium.

  • Laura Hope Crewes | February 3, 2014 8:51 PMReply

    I expect a great deal of compalints about my "undeserving" list:

    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN -- Best Picture
    THE ENGLISH PATIENT -- Best Picture
    THE LAST EMPEROR -- Best Picture
    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH -- Best Picture
    Marsha Mason -- everything she was ever nominated for
    Ann-Margret -- TOMMY (a particularly bad year for actresses)
    Doris Day -- PILLOW TALK
    Nancy Kelly -- THE BAD SEED (if you think Meryl overacted in AUGUST, watch Nancy in this)
    Johnny Depp -- SWEENEY TODD (Love Johnny, but . . .)
    Roberto Benigni -- LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
    Walter Matthau -- KOTCH (WTF . . . )
    Charlton Heston -- BEN-HUR
    Mickey Rooney -- BABES IN ARMS

    I could go much further, but . . . perhaps another day.

  • dean | April 10, 2014 5:39 PM

    I LOVED Walter Matthau in Kotch.

  • Edward Copeland | February 3, 2014 6:44 PMReply

    Renee Zellweger deserved her nomination for Bridget Jones. There are way too many nominations worthy of being rescinded to try to list them. It's the multitude of deserving omissions that always bug me more. That list stretches long as well, but I'll just mention Edward G. Robinson never being nominated for ANY film.

  • None | February 3, 2014 5:44 PMReply

    Crash was a great film! No one was cheated. Brokeback was good as well but didn't stay true to the novella. Plus it was disappointing that Heath Ledger's character got drunk at every opportunity. Not a good example.

  • nikos | February 3, 2014 4:53 PMReply

    M. Mann/ Q. Tarantino/ D. Fincher/ R. Scott / P. Weir/ P. T. Anderson: between them 0 awards for direction. If you add Martin Scorsese then you get the grand total of... 1 ... enough said

  • Tea | February 3, 2014 4:47 PMReply

    I agree with the fact that Viola Davis got robbed by Meryl Streep in the Iron Lady. And don't get me started on Out of Africa over Color Purple and Witness, Rocky over Network, Ghandi over Raiders of the Lost Ark, The English Patient over Fargo (pure blatant robbery), Dances with Wolves (which I did enjoy but still...) over Goodfellas (another proverbial purse snatch), The Kings Speech over The Social Network and The Kids are Alright. And who does Amy Adams and Julianne Moore have to blow to win an Oscar?

  • Luis | February 3, 2014 11:02 PM

    If we go to talk about how many times the Academy has cheated the list would go long for example Robert Donat (Goodbye Mr. Chips) over James Stewart (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), Helen Hunt for a dull movie over Judi Dench in one of her best performances and who can't forget the ridiculous award to Marisa Tomei for a dumb performance. The Academy preaches that they award excellency while the truth is all is merely campaign that could go or not with what I mentioned first in the sentence.

  • Tea | February 3, 2014 8:12 PM

    Thanks Laura. Actually, I was thinking Chariots of Fire over Raiders, though, Ghandi over ET is also another disgrace.

  • Laura Hope Crewes | February 3, 2014 8:07 PM

    RAIDERS wasn't nominated the same year as GANDHI. You might be thinking of E.T.

  • JAX | February 2, 2014 4:45 AMReply

    ELIZABETH TAYLOR hated "Butterfield 8" because it was made to exploit her then reputation as a scarlet woman. Despite that, she did a sizzling turn with two big high points: the opening where she wakes up alone in bed, and the scene where she confesses to being molested by an older man. As for SHIRLEY MacLAINE, she is in less than 45 minutes of "The Apartment." Very hard for a supporting character to knock off somone, Taylor, who is in every scene in her film.

    The STREEP Fatigue you have fallen into is just silly. She's now in the position, in some media, of being resented for being too good. You can think whatever you want of her in IRON LADY or AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, but you can't dispute that she is miles above the sweet young things (Roberts, Zellwegger, Theron, and, worst of all, Bullock) who hired publicists, stylists, managers and pursued the Oscar like Olympic candidates. It worked, and Streep lost for two of her best later portrayals in DEVIL WEARS PRADA and JULIA and JULIE. Asleep, Meryl Streep is a better actress than Sandra Bullock

  • Yessir | May 23, 2014 1:40 PM

    Personally, I believe Streep is unrivaled. I think her 'Iron Lady' performance has moments of genius and her turn in 'August' alongside Julia Roberts is perfection. It seems to me that Meryl knows just when to turn it up a notch and when to pull back. It was the first movie I have ever watched where I actually enjoyed Julia Roberts! I love Streep's performance in 'Ironweed' (don't roll your eyes) and believe that was indeed a purse-snatching Oscar fail. Of course, this is only my opinion, but Meryl Streep never fails to blow me away.

  • Klamentyne | March 13, 2014 7:50 AM

    Jax i'm really glad u brought it up! I think people hate Maryl Streep so much because she makes them seem so inferior to themselves. Team Meryl all the way!

  • Ada | February 2, 2014 2:21 AMReply

    I could not disagree with (the majority of) this list more! Sounds like it is written by someone who honestly doesn't know films very well! Simply choosing their favorites (in this case their least favorites) and being a little pig headed about it. BROKEBACK WAS NOT THAT GOOD!!! Get over it. Yes, maybe director and best adapted screen play... but not best picture! People who seriously think that are probably the same people who think Sandra Bullock deserved her Oscar! This article is a sham!

  • Luis | February 3, 2014 11:07 PM

    Ada, I saw all the movies in the year that Brokeback Mountain was nominated and by far it was the best structured film. Crash is a well written movie but not for what I call a Best Picture. This was an example once again of how politics influenced in the Academy. About Sandra Bullock I have to say a comment that a friend blogger said that year "how can an actress wear a wig and fake an accent could be considered best actress?". Her Oscar was for the merit of being in three box offices movies (despite Razzie winner "All About Steve" was a real joke). If it was for me I would have never nominated her. However, this nomination she got for "Gravity" is well deserved.

  • Donella | February 1, 2014 4:32 PMReply

    Marisa Tomei for My Cousin Vinny.

    To this day, I'm sure Lisa Bonet's (A Different World) still trying to figure out why she didn't just adopt an obnoxious Brooklyn accent rather than do a blood-covered horizontal dance with Mickey Rourke.

  • Candra Aditya | February 1, 2014 12:08 PMReply

    The King's Speech over the brilliant Social Network. Period.

  • Albert Sanchez Moreno | February 1, 2014 11:24 AMReply

    You forgot to mention that in 1967, the film version of Lerner and Loewe's musical "Camelot" could (and should) have taken the Best Picture nomination that went to "Doctor Dolittle" instead. Although many critics dislike "Camelot", I thought it was excellent and that Richad Harris and Vanessa Redgrave gave magnificent performances despite the fact that neither one of them were really singers.

  • Juha Tapani | February 1, 2014 11:01 AMReply

    1.Meryl Streep…Has not ever impressed me, zero nominations please
    2.Linda Fiorentino "The Last Seduction"…Stupid Academy rules.
    3.Mimi Rogers "The Rapture", beat all the other contenders.
    4.Kathleen Turner in "Body Heat", "Crimes Of Passion", Prizzi`s Honor"
    5."LightSleeper" totally forgotten masterpiece
    6.Alan Rudolph for "Choose Me", "Trouble In Mind" and "The Moderns"
    7K.Kieslowski for best director "Three Colours: Blue and Red"
    8.Susan Seidelman: "Desperately Seeking Susan"
    9.David Lynch, "Blue Velvet" and "Mullholland Drive"
    10.Mickey Rourke only one nomination and even that was lost to Sean Penn. What a joke!
    11.Jennifer Jason Leigh…0 Nominations !!! F…K M.Streep !
    12.Michael Fassbinder "Shame", not even a nomination
    13,Tilda Swinton, "Orlando", "The Deep End" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin"
    14.Noomi Rapace, "Men Who Hates Women", I prefer the original title.
    15.Wim Wenders: "Paris-Texas"
    16.Peter Greenway, 0 nominations
    17.Jerry Goldsmith should have won for best original score for "Basic Instinct" was not even nominated.
    18.Michael Nyman should have won for "The Piano" and they did not even nominate him !!!
    19.Alfred Hitchcock, zero wins !!!
    20.Cher over Glenn Close…What a joke ! Cher should have been nominated for "Mask"
    21.Gandhi…Best movie 1982….Over "Blade Runner"

    Just to mention few…
    Of course "Shakespeare In Love" and G.Paltrow and by the way…
    I still must be the only person who still likes "Crash" and absolutely hated that "BoringBack Mountain"...

  • Nival | February 1, 2014 12:42 AMReply

    i always think our observations and criticisms on movies are too subjective for us to declare verdicts on them. lot of people have lot of different opinions on different films. talking about crash, i too felt it was unreal and something like pretentious or preachy.. but Mr Roger ebert liked it very much, gave it 4 stars and even placed it above much loved Brokeback (although he hates rankings) and defended the film against its detractors. i am no professional critic or anything just a movie lover but i think when such an intelligent and passionate man loves a movie that much and when we are certain that he didn't do it for money or anything, i guess we need to think twice before bashing and thrashing and insulting a movie like we have done over the years. True there were many many people who hated all the awards love it got, but may be it didn't click with them right? it clicked with roger and some others..and for that i respect it!

  • Quin | January 31, 2014 10:44 PMReply

    So right about Crash. You win just for that. It was just the dumbest take on "why" people do the horrible things they do that I've ever seen. It had this whole "let's just call it a tie and move on" theme that was disgusting.

  • Bforreal | February 2, 2014 12:53 PM

    Well said!

  • Dan | January 31, 2014 8:34 PMReply

    I only watched Crash for the first time last year and I was stunned by how absolutely AWFUL it is. I am utterly perplexed to how it actually managed to win.

  • Joseph | January 31, 2014 7:54 PMReply

    There's 4 this year alone I'd love to rescind:

    1. Her for Best Original Screenplay.
    2. Meryl Streep for Best Actress.
    3. Her for Best Picture.
    4. Captain Phillips for Best Picture.

  • James S. | January 31, 2014 3:35 PMReply

    The first time I saw 'Crash,' I loved it. Thought it was a masterpiece. The second time I saw it, some two or three years later, I almost went to church for the first time in decades to repent for my awful sins. I hate 'Crash' so much, I can't stand it, for all the reasons Knott mentioned: it's pretentious, bloated, self-important and, worst of all, condescending. Worst Oscar win for Best Picture ever.

  • James | January 31, 2014 3:07 PMReply

    As soon as I read this, I knew yet another needless swipe at Crash was coming. It's been almost a decade, maybe now we can step back and realize that this is actually a cutting, very effective and highly deserving film. Can we do that?

    And for the record, I also think Do the Right Thing a) is one of the best films ever made and b) got completely robbed. Mutually exclusive points. But as a young black man watching Crash 9 years ago, I was struck by how well done the film was made, as were my parents. Now, with a more mature viewpoint on films, I've only doubled down on Crash.

    And as for undeserving Best Picture nominees...um, Seabiscuit and Babe anyone? Babe. The talking pig. Look it up. It was a cute movie and all, but Best Picture? Seriously?

  • Rasheed | January 31, 2014 10:36 AMReply

    Someone please explain Jonah Hill's nominations. I haven't seen Wolf yet, but I certainly didn't see anything special in Moneyball

  • Jeff Heise | January 31, 2014 9:44 AMReply

    This year, that THE LONE RANGER-a film that really should have been titled TONTO...AND HIS DOOFUS WHITE COMPANION-got an Oscar nom for Visual Effects while the best effects work of the year was in del Toro's unnominated PACIFIC RIM is still making me shake my head. As for previous years, here are my top 10 nominations I would rescind and in brackets what/who should have won:
    1-FAME for Best Score (THE ELEPHANT MAN)
    2-Geraldine Fitzgerald for A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL (Whoopi Goldberg)
    3-Mary Pickford for COQUETTE (Jeannie Eagels)
    4-MIDNIGHT EXPRESS for Best Score (SUPERMAN-THE MOVIE)
    5-"Sweet Leilani" for Best Song ("They Can't Take That Away From Me")
    6-CRASH for Best Picture (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN)
    7-THE GREAT ZIEGFELD for Best Picture (DODSWORTH)
    8-Charlton Heston for Best Actor in BEN-HUR (Jack Lemmon)
    9-BRAVEHEART for Best Picture (PULP FICTION)
    10-Jonah Hill for Best Supporting Actor in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (James Gandolfini)

  • QT | January 31, 2014 10:40 AM

    BRAVEHEART didnt win the Best Picture over PULP FICTION - they were not even nominated the same year. PF was up against, among oth, SHAWSHANK and FORREST GUMP (winner) the year before.

  • Rasheed | January 31, 2014 10:34 AM

    Pulp Fiction lost to Forrest Gump the previous year, Braveheart really didn't have much competition. But I concur with most of your list.

  • Bob | January 31, 2014 5:46 AMReply

    Calling Meryl Streep's nomination and win on "The Iron Lady" is an utter madness. Viola could have won if Octavia Spencer did not steal every single frame she's in. C'mon, viola was the lead and yet Octavia was the star. I was more impressed by Rooney Mara's performance in Dragon Tattoo that Davis'. You included Crash and yet you didnt even mention Extremely loud and incredibly close which stole Dragon Tattoo's spot?

  • Elizabeth Rose | January 31, 2014 1:31 AMReply

    I'm always baffled when I realize/remember that Renee Zellweger has more Oscar nominations than Rachel Weisz.

  • Bforreal | February 2, 2014 12:56 PM

    Right! Excellent point.

  • Alex | January 31, 2014 12:25 AMReply

    I gotta say, as entertaining as it was, there is no freaking way Avatar should've been nominated for Best Picture. "Unobtainium"? Seriously? I applaud the visual effects, but I like to think that a movie that made me roll my eyes as much as I widened them in awe should be relegated to the technical categories. Also, The Blind Side. These are movies I consider to be guilty pleasures (or, at least "cheap pleasures"), and one should be able to enjoy a Best Picture nominee guilt-free.

  • Poo Poo | January 31, 2014 5:27 PM

    Totally agree on the Avatar nomination. However your issue with unobtanium is a little uneducated. Unobtanium is a term coined in the 1950s and is used in engineering and philosophy to refer to something extremely rare, costly or impossible that is needed to fulfil a given application.

  • Tonto | January 31, 2014 12:23 AMReply

    The Academy is having an embarrassing year when the nominations given to the Lone Ranger make more sense that nominations given to American Hustle actors, not a one of them deserved a nomination.

    For all the great performances and movies not nominated this year, you really dodged an embarrassing bullet.

  • Doug | January 30, 2014 11:51 PMReply

    Am I the only one who thinks Streep really deserves a nom for this year? I would trade Bale for Michael B. Jordan or Oscar Isaac, Amy Adams for Brie Larson and Jennifer Lawrence for Octavia Spencer.

  • Laura Hope Crewes | February 3, 2014 8:11 PM

    Meryl Streep is simply brilliant on AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.

  • PJ | February 2, 2014 1:19 AM

    Doug, I completely agree with you! Still can't believe they snubbed Fruitvale Station in the acting categories, and Brie Larson gave such a beautiful performance as did Emma Thompson that I don't get how Adams was nominated instead of them.

    ps. Oscar Isaac was AMAZING in Inside Llewyn Davis, and that film should've been nominated a lot more (esp. for screenplay and original song)

  • benxpete | January 31, 2014 10:57 AM

    I agree about Meryl, but heavily disagree with the rest.

  • bob | January 30, 2014 11:08 PMReply

    "Crash" was WAY overcooked. It's aweful. Even Jack Nicholson winced when he announced it.

  • Laura Hope Crewes | January 30, 2014 10:05 PMReply

    Meryl Streep's "over-the-top" performance was pretty tame compared to the experiences I've had with people addicted to that many different prescription drugs. Frankly, their behavior is infinitely bigger. I was flabbergasted at how spot-on a performance it was -- terrifyingly real . . . and . . . the truly appalling omission from the nominations this year was Rush not being nominated for Best Film Editing. Not only should it have been nominated, it should have won.

    If you're really into the Oscars, check out the nominees for Best Actress in 1962 (very famous in Oscar history because NOBODY could predict the winner):

    Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker
    Bette Davis, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
    Geraldine Page, Sweet Bird of Youth
    Katharine Hepburn, Long Day's Journey Into Night
    Lee Remick, Days of Wine and Roses.

    Google -- who won?

  • Yessir | May 23, 2014 1:49 PM

    ah...the famous Bancroft win. The Davis/Crawford feud where Crawford agreed to pick up Bancroft's Oscar if she won...and she did. I read somewhere Davis was livid, and rightfully so.

  • Sophie | January 31, 2014 5:02 AM

    Cannot believe Davis didn't get it for Baby Jane.

  • Mark | January 30, 2014 9:04 PMReply

    To this day, I still say Shohreh Aghdashloo should have won the Oscar over Renee Zellweger in "Cold Mountain" and I'll keep saying it. Aghdashloo was robbed! And Streep was fantastic in "The Iron Lady," but the great Viola Davis should have had that one.

  • reni | February 1, 2014 6:10 PM

    Couldn't agree more. Aghdashloo's performance in that film still haunts me.

  • Lawrence | January 30, 2014 8:58 PMReply

    Scratch "War Horse" for worst Best Picture nomination--"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" takes that crown by a mile.

  • Klara | January 30, 2014 8:47 PMReply

    This year I'd love to switch out Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips (easily) in place of Christian Bale in American Hustle; and Emma Thompson (easily) in place of Meryl Streep.

  • Klara | January 30, 2014 8:38 PMReply

    Since you brought it up… I 100% agree with the two of Meryl Streep noms listed here, particularly when this year she threw her far more deserving colleague Emma Thompson under the bus, just for appearing in a movie about Disney (supposedly because of Disney's personal views, which had nothing at all to do with the film) –– whilst simultaneously provoking The Academy to snub Tom Hanks, of all people (in an entirely different film, also MOST deserving) just for playing Disney in another one. For what other purpose would her rant have been?? And it worked. Amazingly creepy about Hollywood. And so hypocritical of Streep, ranting about one historical figure when she won her last Oscar for playing another individual with highly disagreeable views, Margaret Thatcher. I'm watching the BAFTAs instead this year (!!) where Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips and Emma Thompson were, of course, not pointlessly snubbed because of Ms. Streep's ego. Hollywood is so creepy these days. And I do hope someone from Streep's camp or The Academy sees this. Yes, you've all officially creeped me out!

  • Donella | February 3, 2014 8:49 PM

    Meryl needs to shhhh and so do you.

  • JAX | February 2, 2014 1:14 PM

    This is a DELUDED post! Meryl Streep made her remarks about Walt Disney's (well documented) anti-Semitism and hostility to women workers at a ceremony WHERE SHE GAVE AN AWARD TO EMMA THOMPSON!! Later, on Ellen DeGeneris's show, she bemoaned the fact that "my friend Emma" was not nominated along with her.

    Your post on Streep is like a Republican comment on Obomacare: the facts are twisted to feed the prejudices. Ms. Streep is not the devil, merely a great, perhaps the greatest living, actress. Which seems to be hard for some to accept. Get over yourself

  • Donella | February 1, 2014 4:42 PM

    Now there's shade and then there's SHADE.

    Meryl did a "Mr. Burns covers up the sun over all of Springfield' number and cackled on her own way to the best actress nomination. Someone like that, you don't walk down a dark alley alone with because only one person comes out on the other side.

    I guess Meryl said go big or go home. Or, maybe Harvey Weinstein said it.

  • Ben | January 30, 2014 8:23 PMReply

    Sorry, but calling Streep's nomination for "The Iron Lady" or Zellweger's nominations for "Cold Mountain" or "Chicago" unfair are an insult - especially as there are much more nominations that should be rescinded. Maybe some think that Viola Davis in "The Help" was better than Streep, but at least Meryl's nomination is completely deserved.
    But agree on this year's nomination for Streep, she just overacted in so many scenes, Thompson was far superior.

  • lindsay solomon | January 30, 2014 7:55 PMReply

    This is officially my favorite Indiewire blog.

  • Anson Kessinger | January 30, 2014 7:53 PMReply

    Into the West for best original song... Kiss at the End of the Rainbow was robbed.

  • Puplover | January 30, 2014 7:25 PMReply

    Thank you, Miss thing, for your highly highly accurate bitchfest. Especially, that God forsaken "Cold Mountain." Words cannot express how much I loathed that performance, but I loathed it more than liverwurst, olive loaf, and Ron Howard movies because lemon face got nominated...and then...she won. It was one of those alternate universe moments. Oh, is it okay that I'm a straight female? I mean, I'm allowed to be as bitchy as the rest of you, right?

  • Steven | January 30, 2014 6:55 PMReply

    I want to add "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" to that list as it's one of the most undeserving nominated films for Best Picture.

  • Héber | January 30, 2014 6:09 PMReply

    Hugo has great Special Effects but not so great to beat Hp 7 part 2 or even Rise of the Planet of the Apes! But it was a Martin Scorsese's film, and that justify all lobby.

  • Klara | January 30, 2014 8:43 PM

    Absolutely agree about Rise Of The Planet Of the Apes. That movie is extraordinary, it was so deserving.

  • Dorian Fuk | January 30, 2014 5:06 PMReply

    It's hard for me to explain to people how much I HATE all the awards blah-blah on this site, at times it seems it takes up 30% of the articles. Having said that, I like me some OscarBitchfest. BTW, /bent is the best queer IndieWire blog so far.

    P.S: Give some love to British queer art films of 80s/90s (Jarman, Greenaway, DV8). I'm under the impression that the poor misguided youths know nothing about them.

  • pol | January 30, 2014 4:38 PMReply

    Zero Dark Thirty for false torture propaganda.

    http://wp.me/pwAWe-YR

  • Bob | January 31, 2014 5:38 AM

    Shame on you! Zero Dark Thirty is great and deserved that nomination.

  • Anna | January 30, 2014 4:23 PMReply

    Okay, I can sing 'Suddenly' right now. I love that song. I actually feel like a bad Les Mis fan because I genuinely wouldn't mind if they added it to the musical, I love it that much.

    Mine is Gwyneth Paltrow for Best Actress. I still get angry every time I look at her face, I've never been able to watch a movie with her since. And up against Fernanda Montenegro for Central Station and Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth? Ugh.

    I fully believe in years to come we'll put American Hustle right next to Crash in these lists too.

  • Joe H. | January 30, 2014 3:23 PMReply

    Damn I disagree with so much of this list. Streep's win in 2011 was completely deserved, Zellweger's win for Cold Mountain was deserved and I think she deserved to WIN for Chicago. "Suddenly" is a gorgeous song from Les Mis and the only people who have forgotten it are the cold-blooded cynics who didn't like the movie in the first place. Also, Crash was the best film of 2005 hands down by far without a doubt, and also for that matter one of the best of the decade.

    Once again, this bitchfest is very bitchy.

  • Klamentyne | January 30, 2014 2:36 PMReply

    Ditto on Meryl's performance in August: Osage County being over-the-top but "The Iron Lady"??? come on!
    if anything i don't get how she didn't get the oscar for "The Devil Wears Prada"!

  • Daniel | January 30, 2014 2:04 PMReply

    "The Blind Side" for Best Picture.

  • Joe H. | January 30, 2014 3:24 PM

    Freakin amen. Bullock didn't deserve to win for that either.

  • Josh | January 30, 2014 1:48 PMReply

    Oh please. "War Horse" wasn't even the worst Best Picture nominee *that year.* "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," anyone?

  • Amy | January 30, 2014 7:18 PM

    I liked "War Horse". Even if it isn't a great movie, per se, the visuals are spectacular and I think people tend to take for granted Spielberg's ability to pull off sentimentality. It worked very well for what it was supposed to be, which was a grand, emotional, old-fashioned epic.

    "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" was definitely the worst nominee that year, IMO, though I'm not even outraged about its inclusion so much as just baffled by the fact that evidently, a decent-sized segment of the Academy must have thought it was the best movie of the year. I also wasn't at all a fan of "The Help," which I might like even less than "Crash," which was ever-so-slightly elevated by a couple good performances. With those two movies, I don't really see why everyone keeps picking on "War Horse". Overall, though, 2011 was just a weak year and shouldn't have had 9 Best Picture nominees in the first place.

  • Mr. Pink | January 30, 2014 1:35 PMReply

    Hollywood loves movies about itself (e.g., "Argo") and its city ("Crash"), which makes the omission of "Fruitvale Station" all the more surprising.

  • James | January 31, 2014 3:09 PM

    Yeahhhh, as someone who lives pretty close to the actual Fruitvale station...Northern and Southern California have absolutely no alliance like that so the relative "proximity" wouldn't do anything to help it Oscar-wise.

    Fruitvale Station was excellent though, and did deserve a Best Picture nom regardless.

  • dennis | January 30, 2014 3:08 PM

    Uh, "Fruitvale Station" is set in Oakland/San Francisco, not Los Angeles. That's, what, a 500 mile difference?

  • Jonathan M | January 30, 2014 1:35 PMReply

    I think "Gladiator" merits a mention on this list.

  • Barry M | January 30, 2014 8:19 PM

    Frutvale Station is a great movie.

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