The Most Painful Oscar Snubs vs The Best Academy Awards Moments
Sometimes The Academy gets it so wrong, and sometimes they get it so right
Despite its storied history as one of the most prestigious awarding ceremonies, the Academy Awards still gets its fair share of criticisms. From nomination snubs to controversial winners, both viewers and industry professionals have become very vocal about their thoughts on the awarding process. But then again, The Academy has also become the platform of some of film’s greatest moments.
But first, who even decides these things anyway?
The short story version is that members of the Academy get to decide on the nominees for each category. Each member is required to have their own distinctions in the industry and can only nominate within their field. So a writer cannot nominate a film for best makeup, and an actor cannot nominate for best sound editing. When the nominees are filtered, the entire Academy gets to vote on the winner.
It all seems fair, but is anything ever completely fair?
Next up, the Oscar snubs.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic
When Leo won the Oscar last year for Best Actor, literally the entire world was thrilled for him. Because he had proven himself worthy of that golden statue for years, but did you know he wasn’t even nominated for Titanic? We know, it’s a travesty. He saved Rose (in more ways than one)!
2. Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage
There was fury all around when Bette Davis did not receive an Oscar nomination for her stellar performance in Of Human Bondage. There was so much controversy that The Academy virtually owned up to their mistake and allowed a special write-in campaign to get Davis on the ballot.
3. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days for Best Foreign Film
For the 2008 awarding ceremonies, a film by the title 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was not nominated for Best Foreign Film. It was highly controversial because the film was already named the best overall film by The New York Times and it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, which is the highest award given. But the Romanian film from Christian Mungiu, which centered on abortion, did not even get an Oscar nod.
And of course, some of the best Oscar moments
1. Charlie Chaplin’s 12-minute standing ovation
In the 1972, Charlie Chaplin received the Honorary Award and rightfully received a 12-minute standing ovation—the longest in The Academy’s history. He stood on stage with surprise, humility and awe as he waited for the applause to die down, and he was near tears when he accepted the award.
2. Halle Berry’s Best Actress Award for Monster’s Ball
In 2002, Halle Berry became the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress Oscar. In her speech, she called the moment a door-opening one for “every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance.”
3. Health Ledger’s posthumous Oscar for The Dark Knight
Only the second to be awarded a posthumous Oscar, Health Ledger was awarded the Best Supporting Oscar for his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The statue was received by Ledger’s parents and his sister, Kate. “We proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful Matilda,” Kate said, speaking about Ledger’s daughter with actress Michelle Williams.