And the Oscar Could Go To...
An Explanation Would Be Nice...
Time to time, Academy Award has given the Oscar to the proper film. Well… sometimes not. The worst of all is that there are a few films that deserved (a lot) to receive the Oscar...
I don't want to downplay the significance of the winners. I just want to honor the films that didn't win...
Citizen Kane (1941)
Well it's known that sometimes a work "takes" what it deserves after years. And this masterpiece sufficiently took it... What would we say about this Welles' work? Before us have been many that gave to this film its rightful place. It's regarded as one of the best films ever made. And I totally agree...
It was completely flawless.... The plot was unique. The acting was perfect. The direction was magnificent. I am a huge fan of this film. I really am.
This film emphatically proved two things: that a film does not need a win to be a classic and that the Academy Award isn't infallible...
Double Indemnity (1944)
This nice film-noir didn't win the Oscar. It's now regarded as one of the best American film. I do agree! Billy Wylder had done a marvelous work as a co-writer and as a director. Nothing happened by chance. Every frame was totally methodical.
It didn't win the Oscar, as you know, but it's more than famous than the winner of this year... It's one of these films that you could see them again and again without being bored of!
Miklós Rózsa composed the music. John F. Seitz did the cinematography. And what else do you possibly need?
Spellbound is regarded as one of the Hitchcock's best films. I do agree! Screenplay was written by Ben Hecht (one of the best writer in Hollywood) and Angus MacPhail who was a Hitchcock's collaborator. The writers based their screenplay on The House of Dr. Edwardes novel and they did it perfectly.
Since the screenplay was methodical written, we wanted a director to "animate it". Who would be better? No one could direct a screenplay like that. Hitchcock was the best. The actors were chosen carefully... Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Peck and Michael Chekov... If you look further into film's crew you will find the perfect people in the right position: Cinematography: George Barnes. Music: Miklós Rózsa and who would gather all these talented men? David O. Selznick, the man who produced Gone with the Wind and Rebecca.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is the best Taylor's film (if you ask me...). It is a seminar for how to write your characters in your script. The writer, I think, couldn't believe that his characters could be performed as well as they were performed by Taylor and Burton. The screenplay was based on eponymous play of Edward Albee, though.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is also a landmark of black-comedy films. Maybe it's the best I have ever seen. Music was composed by Alex North, an artist of music film themes...
If I mentioned only the two protagonists that would be a mistake. The film includes four of them. And it's totally completed by four roles. Every role has its own uniqueness. This screenplay is one of those which were simple but through the simple plot the writers had the chance to enrich their characters.
(Maybe no one can equally enrich both the plot and the characters. There were not many who achieved this after all...)
Taxi Driver (1976)
That was one the worst Academy's mistake... The Oscar was given to Rocky instead of Taxi Driver... It is maybe the Scorsese' breakthrough. Robert De Niro was splendid (as usual). His role is considered now as one of the most iconic in cinema’s history.
I guess that was a political choice. It's basically clear. The Vietnam War was over in 1975. USA was wounded. They looked for a "hero" to heal their wounds and found him in Rocky! After this war Hollywood won't be the same... On the other hand Taxi Driver revealed another USA's face that weren't salutary. But still, Scorsese made it! And it's now regarded as one of the best films!
This film also is the second collaboration of De Niro and Scorsese. This collaboration gave us so very good films: Raging Bull, GoodFellas or Casino... (How could you be talkin' to them?)
Raging Bull (1980)
What do we have here? Another one De Niro and Scorsese collaboration! Let me say it: It's probably the best 80s film! Academy decided to give the Oscar to Ordinary People which was a very good film! I didn't say that didn't deserve it... I am just saying that Raging Bull could have been the winner...
Scorsese had found the elements he needed and De Niro had found how to use them. The result was a perfect film.
What About the Last Decades?
The Oscar could go to The Pianist instead of Chicago... And it could go to Avatar instead of The Hurt Locker. But it's quite early to talk about these films. We should let history speak by itself.