Cecil B. De Mille
Brian De Palma
Gregory La Cava
Alan J. Pakula
W.S. Van Dyke
Josef von Sternberg
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Lee J. Cobb
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
James Earl Jones
Edward G. Robinson
Max Von Sydow
It's a long list, and a very illustrious one. It's a list of actors and directors who never won an Academy Award. Check out those names. I'd hire any of them over a lot of the winners and it's a good bet that before the night is out more names will be on that list - and it's nowhere near complete. This is why I put virtually no stock in such awards.
People wonder why I watch the Oscars when I speak out against them so much. It's a simple reason - my mother got me watching them at an early age so I maintain that tradition. I know that my ma will be watching them and she knows full well that I'll be watching them too. Easy as that really. However it's hard to take the ceremony seriously when you consider that it gave the gong to such over-rated, under-talented people like Gywneth Platrow, Ben Affleck and Halle Berry - the later for a movie so awful it was near unwatchable. And yes, you read that right - Ben Affleck can introduce and promote himself as 'Oscar Winner Ben Affleck'. Makes you wanna puke.
Orson Welles, well he got half an Oscar. He won an award for co-writing Citizen Kane, one of the best movies of all time. Watch The Third Man or Touch Of Evil and wonder how he never got nominated again. One of the best directors ever, he never won for that. Yet Kevin Costner did.
Apparently the Academy thinks that Tom Hanks is a better actor than Paul Newman. Why? Because Hanks has won two awards, Newman has won the won (although he did get an honorary award a year prior to his winning his only Best Actor gong). Go and watch Absence Of Malice, Cool Hand Luke or The Verdict and ask yourself what did he have to do to win? Go and tell Hanks that he's a better actor than Newman and he'll probably ask what drugs are you on.
Steve McQueen? Don't get me started. Cincinnati Kid. The Sand Pebbles. Papillon. The Getaway. One nomination and then silence. Work that out. Norman Jewison has scored an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award but nothing for his movies.
Plus the Academy are the ones who gave a lifetime achievement award to Elia Kazan for all the movies he made. Did anyone mention all the movies that never got made because of Kazan, or the lives and careers that he ruined? Not on the night they didn't. Still Kirk Douglas got one of those consolation prizes as well, as did Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Altman, Peter O'Toole, Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin, Edward G. Robinson and Chuck Jones. You see the Academy couldn't bring themselves to hand out the big one, even when the talent is just too good, because they favour flash over substance for the most part, so they hand out the consolation prize each year. All is forgiven, although Kazan has tainted that for a long while. Awww crap, I could be here all night but it's about to start.
Yep, it's damn hard to take the Academy Awards seriously. But we watch them all the same.