The 90’s was a decade filled with great films nominated for Best Picture, but the winners list sometimes left us scratching our heads. Every Thursday in February we’re re-visiting films from the 90’s that did not receive the coveted Academy Award for Best Picture. These films are the ones we continue to discuss and still refuse to believe lost at Hollywood’s biggest night.
FARGO – February 7
This Coen Brothers’ cult classic was nominated for 7 Academy Awards in 1997 including Best Picture and Best Director. While the film lost to THE ENGLISH PATIENT for Best Picture, Frances McDormand took home an Oscar for her performance and both Joel & Ethan Coen were awarded an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN – February 11
Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realties of war, while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was nominated for an impressive 11 Academy Awards, but ultimately lost Best Picture to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.
PULP FICTION – February 18
Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, PULP FICTION is widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, but ultimately lost to FORREST GUMP in 1995. Director Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary won for Best Original Screenplay for this film that you can’t help but quote time and time again. Say what again!
APOLLO 13 – February 25
One of the most talked about Oscar Snubs of the 90’s was Ron Howard’s APOLLO 13 losing to Mel Gibson’s BRAVEHEART. With 9 Academy Award nominations and it’s impressive visual effects, APOLLO 13 was considered a favorite going in to Hollywood’s biggest night. While it only took home two Oscar Statues (Best Film Editing and Best Sound), this film is still a masterpiece meant to be experienced on the big screen.
Catch the Oscar Snubs on the big screen Thursdays in February @ 7PM. Tickets just $7!