Monday, February 28, 2005

The Elusive Oscar

Well, I was pretty bummed for Martin Scorsese, arguably the greatest living American movie director, losing out on his fifth Oscar nomination for Best Director -- especially since he shoulda picked up the Oscar twice already, for Raging Bull in 1980 (when Robert Redford won for Ordinary People) and GoodFellas in 1990 (when Kevin Costner for Dances with Wolves).

So allow me to placate myself with the knowledge that some of the greatest filmmakers of all time also never took home the Best Director Oscar ...

Among them:

Alfred Hitchcock
Orson Welles
Stanley Kubrick
Federico Fellini
Ingmar Bergman
Howard Hawks
Sidney Lumet
Fritz Lang
Ernst Lubitsch
Charlie Chaplin
Otto Preminger
Robert Altman
Richard Brooks

So there. Screw Oscar.

He's just a grouch, anyway.


At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the statue that Sidney Lumet took home last night count for anything?

At 11:35 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Well, the lifetime achievement award is what the Academy gives to people who shoulda won an Oscar and never did.

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He got a little gold man, who cares what the inscription says.


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