Sunday, September 15, 2019

2002 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔. Best animated feature winners are noted with an @. A historical winner who won in a different category is noted with a ✱.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

2001 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔. A historical winner who won in a different category is noted with a ✱.

Ordinarily, I would have nominated Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away here — it was released in Japan in 2001 — but it won the Oscar for animated feature in 2002 and thus it feels like a 2002 movie to me. Come back next week to vote for it.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

2000 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔. Best foreign-language picture winners are noted with an ƒ.

The New York and Toronto film critics had Ellen Burstyn down as a supporting actress in Requiem for a Dream. Me, too.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

1999 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔. Best foreign-language picture winners are noted with an ƒ.

It's a Hollywood tradition to nominate child actors in the supporting category no matter how much time they spend on the screen or how essential to the story they are. But we here at the Monkey don't give a damn about Hollywood tradition. Haley Joel Osment is the co-lead in The Sixth Sense with Bruce Willis, thus the lead actor nomination.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

1998 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔. Best foreign-language picture winners are noted with an ƒ.

Boy, that is a moustache, isn't it.


By the way, I may be one of the few people on Earth who admits to liking Shakespeare in Love these days even if it's not the best movie of the year. I rank it fourth behind The Big Lebowski, Out of Sight and Saving Private Ryan, in that order.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

1997 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔.

James Ellroy, author of the novel L.A. Confidential, is one of my favorite writers — wild, jittery, paranoid, cranked on Benzedrine and black coffee, writing twenty-three hours a day. Linear, he is not. That director Curtis Hanson and screenwriter Brian Helgeland were able to pull one of the best movies of the decade out of Ellroy's gloriously convoluted epic is one of the miracles of movie history and a testament to their commitment and craft.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

1996 Alternate Oscars








My choices are noted with a ★. Historical Oscar winners are noted with a ✔.

I nominated The English Patient in several categories, but I'll be honest with you, I'm not a fan. I mean, I got it in terms of all its literary tricks, but did I ever care about what was happening on screen? Nuh-uh. And nothing that's happened in the last twenty-plus years makes me think I ever will.