Academy Awards Revisited: Who Should Have Won (1994-1996)

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, 1989, 1990

1991, 1992, 1993

1994

Music:

WON: Hans Zimmer: THE LION KING

SHOULD: Thomas Newman, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Cinematography:

WON: John Toll, LEGENDS OF THE FALL

SHOULD: Philippe Rousselot, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Dianne Wiest, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY

SHOULD: Kirsten Dunst, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Martin Landau, ED WOOD

SHOULD: Gary Oldman, LEON (AKA THE PROFESSIONAL)

Best Actor:

WON: Tom Hanks, FORREST GUMP

SHOULD: Jean Reno, LEON (AKA THE PROFESSIONAL)

Best Actress:

WON: Jessica Lange, BLUE SKY

SHOULD: Sigourney Weaver, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

Original Screenplay:

WON: Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avery, PULP FICTION

SHOULD: Yes.

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Eric Roth, FORREST GUMP

SHOULD: Frank Darabont, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Directing:

WON: Robert Zemeckis, FORREST GUMP

SHOULD: Yes.

Best Film:

WON: FORREST GUMP

SHOULD: THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

1995

Music:

WON: Luis Enrique Bacalov, IL POSTINO

SHOULD: James Horner, BRAVEHEART

Cinematography:

WON: John Toll, BRAVEHEART

SHOULD: Darius Khondji, SE7EN

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Mira Sorvino, MIGHTY APHRODITE

SHOULD: Famke Janssen, GOLDENEYE

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Kevin Spacey, THE USUAL SUSPECTS

SHOULD: Antonio Banderas, ASSASSINS

Best Actor:

WON: Nicolas Cage, LEAVING LAS VEGAS

SHOULD: Nic Cage was on fire, so yeah.

Best Actress:

WON: Susan Sarandon, DEAD MAN WALKING

SHOULD: Meryl Streep, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

Original Screenplay:

WON: Christopher McQuarrie, THE USUAL SUSPECTS

SHOULD: Andrew Kevin Walker, SE7EN

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Emma Thompson, SENSE AND SENSABILITY

SHOULD: Bryan Goluboff, THE BASKETBALL DIARIES

Directing:

WON: Mel Gibson, BRAVEHEART

SHOULD: Kathryn Bigelow, STRANGE DAYS

Best Film:

WON: BRAVEHEART

SHOULD: BEFORE SUNRISE

Other notes: Mark Warner should have won for best editing for DOLORES CLAIBORNE. Seriously, the editing in that film is phenomenal. Also, the year 1995 was a great year in film. An unbelievably good year .

1996

Music:

WON: Gabriel Yared, THE ENGLISH PATIENT

SHOULD: Nick Glennie-Smith & Hans Zimmer, THE ROCK

Cinematography:

WON: John Seale, THE ENGLISH PATIENT

SHOULD: Jack N. Green, TWISTER

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Juliette Binoche, THE ENGLISH PATIENT

SHOULD: Joan Allen, THE CRUCIBLE

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Cuba Gooding Jr, JERRY MAGUIRE

SHOULD: Edward Norton, PRIMAL FEAR

Best Actor:

WON: Geoffrey Rush, SHINE

SHOULD: Nathan Lane, BIRDCAGE

Best Actress:

WON: Frances McDormand, FARGO

SHOULD: Emily Watson, BREAKING THE WAVES

Original Screenplay:

WON: Joel & Ethan Coen, FARGO

SHOULD: Larry & Andy Wachowski, BOUND

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Billy Bob Thornton, SLING BLADE

SHOULD: John Hodge, TRAINSPOTTING

Directing:

WON: Anthony Minghella, THE ENGLISH PATIENT

SHOULD: Baz Luhrmann, ROMEO+JULIET

Best Film:

WON: THE ENGLISH PATIENT

SHOULD: TRAINSPOTTING

Other notes: Fuck Madonna, Weird Al Yankovic’s SPY HARD song should’ve won.

Next: 1997-1999

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