Academy Awards Revisited: Who Should Have Really Won (1985-1987)

Academy Awards Revisited

On the verge of yet another awards season, I decided to revisit past Academy Awards and see if I agree with the list of winners. I will mostly concentrate on the following categorys:

MUSIC
CINEMATOGRAPHY

ACTING (LEAD AND SUPPORTING)

WRITING (ORIGINALS AND ADAPTATIONS)

DIRECTOR and

BEST FILM

And if there’s other notes about that years other categorys, I’ll do a quick run-by at the end. I shall begin the list from 1979, the year I was born and try to reach all the way to the year 2014. That seems appropriate. Shall we begin?

1979-1981

1982-1984

1985

Music:

WON: John Barry, OUT OF AFRICA

SHOULD: Alan Silvestri, BACK TO THE FUTURE

Cinematography:

WON: David Watkin, OUT OF AFRICA

SHOULD: Alex Thomson, LEGEND

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Anjelica Huston, PRIZZI’S HONOR

SHOULD: Ally Sheedy, THE BREAKFAST CLUB

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Don Ameche, COCOON

SHOULD: Christopher Lloyd, BACK TO THE FUTURE (Not even nominated…)

Best Actor:

WON: William Hurt, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN

SHOULD: Jonathan Pryce, BRAZIL

Best Actress:

WON: Geraldine Page, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

SHOULD: Anne Bancroft, AGNES OF GOD

Original Screenplay:

WON: Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley, WITNESS

SHOULD: Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale, BACK TO THE FUTURE

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Kurt Luedtke, OUT OF AFRICA

SHOULD: Menno Meyjes, THE COLOR PURPLE

Directing:

WON: Sydney Pollack, OUT OF AFRICA

SHOULD: Akira Kurosawa, RAN

Best Film:

WON: OUT OF AFRICA

SHOULD: BACK TO THE FUTURE

1986

Music:

WON: Herbie Hancock, ROUND MIDNIGHT

SHOULD: Herbie won fair and square.

Cinematography:

WON: Chris Menges, THE MISSION

SHOULD: Robert Richardson, PLATOON

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Dianne Wiest, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

SHOULD: Jenette Goldstein, ALIENS

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Michael Caine, HANNAH & HER SISTERS

SHOULD: Willem Dafoe, PLATOON

Best Actor:

WON: Paul Newman, THE COLOR OF MONEY

SHOULD: Yes. Yes yes yes.

Best Actress:

WON: Marlee Matlin, CHIDLREN OF A LESSER GOD

SHOULD: As much as I would love to give it to Sigourney Weaver for ALIENS, I have to admit that Matlin fucking earned that Oscar.

Original Screenplay:

WON: Woody Allen, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

SHOULD: Oliver Stone, PLATOON

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, A ROOM WITH A VIEW

SHOULD: Andrew Bergman, FLETCH

Directing:

WON: Oliver Stone, PLATOON

SHOULD: Oliver Stone, PLATOON

Best Film:

WON: PLATOON

SHOULD: PLATOON

1987

Music:

WON: Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne & Cong Su, THE LAST EMPEROR

SHOULD: Ennio Morricone, THE UNTOUCHABLES

Cinematography:

WON: Vittorio Storaro, THE LAST EMPEROR

SHOULD: Douglas Milsome, FULL METAL JACKET

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Olympia Dukakis, MOONSTRUCK

SHOULD: Anne Ramsay, THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Sean Connery, THE UNTOUCHABLES

SHOULD: Vincent D’Onofrio, FULL METAL JACKET

Best Actor:

WON: Michael Douglas, WALL STREET

SHOULD: Jack Nicholson, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK

Best Actress:

WON: Cher, MOONSTRUCK

SHOULD: Glenn Close, FATAL ATTRACTION

Original Screenplay:

WON: John Patrick Shanley, MOONSTRUCK

SHOULD: John Hughes, PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci, THE LAST EMPEROR

SHOULD: William Goldman, THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Directing:

WON: Bernardo Bertolucci, THE LAST EMPEROR

SHOULD: Brian DePalma, THE UNTOUCHABLES

Best Film:

WON: THE LAST EMPEROR

SHOULD: THE UNTOUCHABLES

Next: 1988-1990

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