A few things:
- At least “Raging Bull” and “The Elephant Man” were nominated … a step above “Heat” already.
- Kubrick also has several directing, writing, and Best Picture credits to his name. “2001” won for Special Effects (rightfully so), so I wouldn’t say there was “no love” for him, he just never broke through with what most people would consider a meaningful win.
- “Mikey and Nicky” has been a respected cult film for a long time. Too bad there were zero good transfers available of it on home video until the most recent Criterion restoration.
- The Oscars are mostly bullshit to begin with, but still: If we want to consider the Academy’s stamp of approval the highest possible honor an artist in film can receive, then we need to talk about the misses in serious terms.
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