Archive for September 10, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actor – 1990

Quite possibly the weakest Best Actor category of all time. This is just awful.

In fact, 1990 as a year is just awful, Oscar wise. Dances with Wolves. Yeah. One of the worst Best Picture choices of all time. Because it’s not a very good film. And I could have accepted it winning Best Picture if Kevin Costner, an actor, didn’t win Best Director for the film (which I talked about here), over Martin Scorsese, for Goodfellas. I think that about says it all, doesn’t it? Then Best Actress was Kathy Bates for Misery (which I talked about here), which is a good decision, albeit one that’s not very memorable historically. Best Supporting Actor was Joe Pesci for Goodfellas (which I talked about here), which is one of the best decisions of all time in that category. And Best Supporting Actress was Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost (which I talked about here), which I hate as a decision, but respect (you can find out why in the article).

So, in all, I really only love one decision from this year. One I like, one I respect but don’t like, one is fine but the product of a weak year (this one), and two are just god awful. So, I just hate 1990. What a sore spot for the Academy.


And the nominees were…

Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves

Robert De Niro, Awakenings

Gerard Depardieu, Cyrano de Bergerac

Richard Harris, The Field

Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune (more…)

Pic of the Day: “My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.” “Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don’t have men killed.” “Oh. Who’s being naive, Kay?”

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