Thursday, September 04, 2014


What? There's somebody out there who got an Oscar who didn't deserve the Oscar?!

... Visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull says his 2001: A Space Odyssey director Stanley Kubrick was a master who didn't get his due when it came to the Oscars. But his only Oscar, for visual effects for 2001, didn't rightfully belong to him.

"Kubrick did not create the visual effects. He directed them," says Trumbull. "There was a certain level of inappropriateness to taking that Oscar." ...

News flash to Doug: There have been lots of inappropriate awards handed out, depending on your point of view. Actors who didn't get the nod. (Like for instance, Clark Gable for Gone With the Wind. Hattie McDaniel got a supporting Little Gold Man. Vivien Leigh got best actress. But Clark getting passed over for Robert Donat in Goodbye Mr. Chips? All because Chips was an M-G-M picture and Louis B. Mayer mounted a campaign?)

Then there was Jack L. Warner running to the stage to accept the Best Picture Oscar for Casablanca, thereby pissing off the actual producer Hal B. Wallis, who'd supervised the film under his company "Hal B. Wallis Productions." Wallis was so angry about it, in fact, that he left the WB and moved to Paramount.)

And then there's this Tinsel Town producer:

...Walt Disney accepting the Oscar for Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom and getting it confused with one of his (award-winning) nature films. But when you pick up four Little Gold Men in an evening, it's easy to get the subjects of each confused.


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