Posted by Marcia on April 24, 1998 at 08:45:21:
In Reply to: Re: Academy Awards 1993 posted by Rich on April 24, 1998 at 05:54:15:
: It amazes me how neglected LOTM was by the Academy. Something was/is VERY fishy.
You know, it occurs to me...maybe the Academy members just didn't SEE LOTM. ;o) I have to tell you that I had never even heard of it (oh, heresy!) until I spotted it at Blockbuster. It was that beautiful picture of Hawkeye running through the tall grass on the cover of the tape that caught my eye. I don't know how it managed to play here in Orlando & me miss it, but that is apparently what happened. Of course, once I rented it, I was hooked, and I've always been sorry I missed it on the big screen (a fact that I will be changing in JUNE, yay!!!)
At any rate, I agree with your statement that it should definitely at least have been nominated in several categories. And I will never, ever understand how it could have lost best picture to a film like The Unforgiven, which I have always thought of as The Unforgivable. (My apologies to Eastwood fans on this board...if any?...but I haven't cared much for Ol' Clint's roles since his days as Rowdy Yates on Rawhide.) As for the other nominees that year, I would rather have seen any of them (Howard's End, The Crying Game, A Few Good Men...well, maybe not Scent of a Woman) win than The Unforgiven. And I think LOTM could have replaced any of the five, easily. It was just a better picture, in my totally unbiased, unprejudiced, un-asked for opinion. ;o)
And thanks, Gayle, for not throwing any of your BIG reference books at me for the dig at Cooper...I do love him for being the creative source behind our hero. It's just that I infinitely prefer Michael Mann's gorgeously stalwart version of Nathaniel Poe to Cooper's garrulous ol' Natty Bumppo. But I know neither would exist without Cooper's tale.
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