- The Show: 72nd Academy Awards (click the link for a full list of winners)
- The Host: Billy Crystal
- The Snub: Office Space (1999) with ZERO nominations!
The Scoop: American Beauty took 5 Oscars home this year which included beating out The Green Mile and The Sixth Sense for Best Picture. I’m not saying that Office Space is a better film. Hell, any film that features a nude Thora Birch (sure she was underage, but I was the same age…right?) is in good favor with me, but American Beauty also featured a floating bag and a masturbating Kevin Spacey. Kinda equals things out. Surely had American Beauty not won, The Green Mile would have, but it’s fun to bitch about things on the internet, so lets begin.
Comedy gets very little respect among the old stiffs that make up the Academy members. This will never change, because apparently as you get older in Hollywood you forget how to laugh. Office Space is a film that Hollywood hates, but secretly loves, passing bootlegs among co-worker to co-worker around the water cooler as the weekend box office grosses tank. Granted Office Space is a “cult” classic, but that only makes it that much more of a snub in this writer’s ever so humble opinion.
Best Original Screenplay? Mike Judge is a lot of things, one of which is a great fucking writer. How about a Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Gary Cole, Stephen Root, David Herman, or Diedrich Bader? Best Actress Hilary Swank deserved all the hype for her role in Boys Don’t Cry. And there probably isn’t any way Angelina Jolie doesn’t walk away with the Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted. How about just a nomination in either category for the fun performance given by Jennifer Aniston.
Here at APC we’ve learned not to expect much in the winners category, but some recognition would be nice.