Academy Awards Revisited: Who Should Have Really Won (2006-2008)

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, 1995, 1996

1997, 1998, 1999

2000, 2001, 2002

2003, 2004, 2005

2006

Music:

WON: Gustavo Santaolalla, BABEL

SHOULD: Javier Navarrete, PAN’S LABYRHINTH

Cinematography:

WON: Guillermo Navarro, PAN’S LABYRINTH

SHOULD: Emmanuel Lubezki, CHILDREN OF MEN

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Jennifer Hudson, DREAMGIRLS

SHOULD: Maribel Verdú, PAN’S LABYRINTH

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Alan Arkin, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

SHOULD: Sacha Baron Cohen, TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY

Best Actor:

WON: Forest Whitaker, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

SHOULD: Sacha Baron Cohen, BORAT

Best Actress:

WON: Helen Mirren, THE QUEEN

SHOULD: Vera Farmiga, RUNNING SCARED

Original Screenplay:

WON: Michael Arndt, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

SHOULD: Yep.

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: William Monaghan, THE DEPARTED

SHOULD: Jason Reitman, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING

Directing:

WON: Martin Scorses, THE DEPARTED

SHOULD: Mel Gibson, APOCALYPTO

Best Film:

WON: THE DEPARTED

SHOULD: UNITED 93

Other notes: Monster House was BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

2007

Music:

WON: Dario Marinelli, ATONEMENT

SHOULD: Alan Silvestri, BEOWULF

Cinematography:

WON: Robert Elswit, THERE WILL BE BLOOD

SHOULD: Dariusz Wolski, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Tilda Swinton, MICHAEL CLAYTON

SHOULD: Marcia Gay Harden, THE MIST (Fuck she was awesome playing that hateful woman)

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Javier Bardem, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

SHOULD: Yep.

Best Actor:

WON: Daniel Day Lewis, THERE WILL BE BLOOD

SHOULD: Samuel L. Jackson, BLACK SNAKE MOAN

Best Actress:

WON: Marion Cotillard, LA VIE EN ROSE

SHOULD: Absolutely. The Academy was wise this time.

Original Screenplay:

WON: Diablo Cody, JUNO

SHOULD: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen, SUPERBAD

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Joel & Ethan Coen, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

SHOULD: Aaron Sorkin, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR

Directing:

WON: Joel & Ethan Coen, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

SHOULD: Edgar Wright, HOT FUZZ

Best Film:

WON: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

SHOULD: STARDUST

Other Notes: What a lousy year for cinema 2007 was. And REC was the year’s BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM.

 

2008

Music:

WON: A.R. Rahman, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

SHOULD: Well…yes. I agree. How strange.

Cinematography:

WON: Anthony Dod Mantle, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

SHOULD: Marco Cappetta, THE FALL

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Penelope Cruz, VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA

SHOULD: Beyoncé Knowles, CADILLAC RECORDS

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Heath Ledger, THE DARK KNIGHT

SHOULD: Abso-goddamn-lutely.

Best Actor:

WON: Sean Penn, MILK

SHOULD: Mickey Rourke, THE WRESTLER

Best Actress:

WON: Kate Winslet, THE READER

SHOULD: Yep, Katey was great. May I call you Katey?

Original Screenplay:

WON: Dustin Lance Black, MILK

SHOULD: Martin McDonagh, IN BRUGES

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Simon Beaufoy, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

SHOULD: Peter Morgan, FROST/NIXON

Directing:

WON: Danny Boyle, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

SHOULD: Mr. Boyle owned that film. Yes.

Best Film:

WON: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

SHOULD: FROST/NIXON

Other notes: “You’ll never Leave My Heart” from APPALOOSA was the BEST SONG of the year.

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