Academy Awards Revisited: Who Should Have Really Won (1988-1990)

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?

Previous Entries:

1979, 1980, 1981

1982, 1983,1984

1985, 1986, 1987

1988

Music:

WON: Dave Grusin, THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR

SHOULD: James Horner, WILLOW

Cinematography:

WON: Peter Biziou, MISSISSIPPI BURNING

SHOULD: Jan DeBont, DIE HARD

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Geena Davis, THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST

SHOULD: Catherine O’Hara, BEETLEJUICE

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Kevin Kline, A FISH CALLED WANDA

SHOULD: A million times yes Kevin Kline.

Best Actor:

WON: Dustin Hoffman, RAIN MAN

SHOULD: Willem Dafoe, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

Best Actress:

WON: Jodie Foster, THE ACCUSED

SHOULD: Yep.

Original Screenplay:

WON: Ronald Bass & Barry Morrow, RAIN MAN

SHOULD: Roman Polanski & Gérard Brach, FRANTIC

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Christopher Hampton, DANGEROUS LIAISONS

SHOULD: Paul Schrader, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

Directing:

WON: Barry Levinson, RAIN MAN

SHOULD: Martin Scorsese, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

Best Film:

WON: RAIN MAN

SHOULD: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

1989

Music:

WON: Alan Menken, THE LITTLE MERMAID

SHOULD: Danny Elfman, BATMAN

Cinematography:

WON: Freddie Francis, GLORY

SHOULD: Dean Semler, DEAD CALM

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Brenda Fricker, MY LEFT FOOT

SHOULD: Meg Tilly, VALMONT

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Denzel Washington, GLORY

SHOULD: Bruce Dern, THE ‘BURBS

Best Actor:

WON: Daniel Day Lewis, MY LEFT FOOT

SHOULD: Ed Harris, THE ABYSS

Best Actress:

WON: Jessica Tandy, DRIVING MISS DAISY

SHOULD: Brenda Fricker, MY LEFT FOOT

Original Screenplay:

WON: Tom Schulman, DEAD POETS SOCIETY

SHOULD: Spike Lee, DO THE RIGHT THING

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Alfred Uhry, DRIVING MISS DAISY

SHOULD: David Rabe, CASUALTIES OF WAR

Directing:

WON: Oliver Stone, BOURN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

SHOULD: Phillip Noyce, DEAD CALM

Best Film:

WON: DRIVING MISS DAISY

SHOULD: CASUALTIES OF WAR

1990

Music:

WON: John Barry, DANCES WITH WOLVES

SHOULD: Danny Elfman, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

Cinematography:

WON: Dean Semler, DANCES WITH WOLVES

SHOULD: Michael Ballhaus, GOODFELLAS

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Whoopi Goldberg, GHOST

SHOULD: Helena Bonham Carter, HAMLET

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Joe Pesci, GOODFELLAS

SHOULD: Yeah, Joe Pesci had a great year with this and Home Alone.

Best Actor:

WON: Jeremy Irons, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE

SHOULD: I haven’t seen that Jeremy Irons film, but the trailer looks like he’s pretty much Jeremy Ironsing his way through that film. So yeah, Kevin Costner, DANCES WITH WOLVES

Best Actress:

WON: Kathy Bates, MISERY

SHOULD: I’m afraid if I say anyone else, she’s gonna break my legs with a sledgehammer. So Kathy Bates. Easily Kathy Bates.

Original Screenplay:

WON: Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST

SHOULD: Monte Merrick, MEMPHIS BELLE

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Michael Blake, DANCES WITH WOLVES

SHOULD: Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese, GOODFELLAS

Directing:

WON: Kevin Costner, DANCES WITH WOLVES

SHOULD: Martin Scorsese, GOODFELLAS

Best Film:

WON: DANCES WITH WOLVES

SHOULD: GOODFELLAS

Other notes: once again, like in many cases (like for example Brazil), I love the director’s cut of Dances With Wolves so much more than the theatrical cut that I can’t give the award to that film. The DC would’ve won GoodFellas.

NEXT: 1991-1993

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