Superfluous Oscar Countdown, Day Twelve: 1988

Welcome to the end of the week! How’s everybody feeling? I have to admit that my effervescence from earlier has faded a bit; I blame all the snow here in Toronto. It’s hard to feel fizzy and bright when you’re freezing! Luckily, I have some tips on staying warm in this weather. The key is layers, lots of layers. You want to make sure you have a good scarf and hat, too. Like this:

Sean Connery in The Untouchables

Hi Sean! You look nice and cozy.

I was inspired to post about the 1988 Oscars based on our talk about guilty pleasure movies. I knew that “Moonstruck” had received several nominations and I thought it would be fun for us to mock discuss Nicolas Cage some more. I didn’t realize that “The Untouchables” was nominated for some acting awards in the same year! So it turns out we get to appreciate both Sean and Cher’s wardrobe choices today. An embarrassment of riches.

Cher at the 1988 Oscars

Cher’s infamous Oscar fashion. I know. I’m sorry. It’s like you can’t look away, isn’t it?

Here are your 1988 Best Picture Nominees:

  • Broadcast News” James L. Brooks, Producer
  • Fatal Attraction” Stanley R. Jaffe and Sherry Lansing, Producers
  • Hope and Glory” John Boorman, Producer
  • The Last Emperor” Jeremy Thomas, Producer
  • Moonstruck” Patrick Palmer and Norman Jewison, Producers

Can you guess which movie was the winner? I have to confess that I couldn’t – this is the first year we’ve covered where I had to turn to Wikipedia for details about the film that was awarded Best Picture. It was “The Last Emperor”, which wasn’t even on my radar. Have any of you seen it? What did you think of it?

Obviously, I’m not agreeing with the Academy today, since I hadn’t even heard of their winning selection. But this is where things get interesting: I think that today, for the first time, I’m not going to agree with any of the Academy’s selections. I had originally thought that I would award the Superfluous Oscar to “Moonstruck”, for that iconic scene alone. You know the one I mean:

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t love the movie so much as I loved the characters played by Cher and Olympia Dukakis- and they already won their Oscars!

So what was left? “Fatal Attraction”?!? I love when the Academy goes off the beaten path, and even I don’t think that one’s Oscar material. “Hope and Glory”? The Academy loves its war comedies (Roberto Benigni, I’m looking at you) but I just don’t see the appeal. “Broadcast News” is good, for sure, and I’m a huge fan of James L. Brooks’ work … but it can’t compete with Sean. I’m sorry. It just can’t.

The Superfluous Oscar Goes To: The Untouchables

(But Mostly Just to Sean Connery. Because I Can.)

Have a great day everyone! Since it’s nearly Oscar time, there will be special weekend edition posts for you here tomorrow and Sunday! I’d love it if you’d stop by!

love amb

5 thoughts on “Superfluous Oscar Countdown, Day Twelve: 1988

  1. You need to watch The Last Emperor. The Academy may have actually gotten this one right.

    Just kidding, I didn’t watch this one. Or, if I have, I don’t remember it.

    Nicolas Cage sucks.

    • LOL!! This cracked me up – for a second there, I thought you HAD actually seen it and I’ve been missing out on something awesome.

      Welcome back! You’ve been missed. Have you entered the oscar pool yet??

      Yes, he really does.

  2. Gonna jump in here and defend Mr. Nic Cage–there’s something about his not really being there even when he’s there that I find intriguing. Or found intriguing back in the day. Not sure he’s up to much good anymore.

    Great recap, per usual, amb. My favorite thing about moonstruck was that the guy was a baker. But overall, it didn’t hold together well. Not a great year for epic awesome films. Onward:-) Looking forward to you weekend posts!

    • I love that you’re stepping in to defend Nic Cage! That’s what makes a good movie club – people having different opinions. Bring it on 🙂

      You’re right – so random that he was a baker. When was the last time the male lead in a romantic comedy was a baker? Not a great year for epic awesome films indeed.

      The weekend posts are going to be fun! I’m excited that you’re excited about them!

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