Awards

25 Greatest Snubbed Performances – Best Actor 1990-2017

By John H. Foote Since the first-year nominations for the Academy Awards were announced, there have always been great performances left out of the final five. Always. In fact, if the truth were to be told some of the greatest film performances were ignored for an Oscar, the Academy settling on five other actors, often…

OSCAR RETRO – THE APOSTLE (1997) – How did Robert Duvall lose Best Actor?

By John H. Foote THE APOSTLE (1997) (****) Imagine being Robert Duvall in 1984. He had by then won an Oscar and awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics as Best Actor and was hailed as one of the greatest actors in American film history. He had appeared…

Oscar Retro – RAGING BULL (1980)

By John H. Foote How did it lose Best Picture, Best Director? In 1989, at the end of the decade, Premiere Magazine, that wonderful now defunct movie magazine polled the nations top film critics to ask them what was the best film of the eighties? To no ones surprise, they voted Martin Scorsese’s searing boxing…

COMING HOME – The REAL Best Picture of 1978

By John H. Foote  COMING HOME (1978) (****) Hal Ashby was a bonafide free spirit, a hippy who hated the system that held the power of making movies. He loved making movies, loved it with an unbridled passion, but he hated the suits that held the power to making those movies. During his most fruitful…