The RetrOscars 1990: Vote In Our Academy Awards Redo

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How many times have you sat there scratching your head at a particular movie, actor or director doesn’t win the Oscar, let alone the ones that are completely overlooked and not nominated? As anyone else said, “How the hell did (insert nominee) win?!” It seems like a yearly frustration for most because this film wasn’t released at the right time or it didn’t receive a standing ovation at some pretentious film festival or it’s RottenTomatoes score wasn’t fresh enough or there wasn’t enough diversity or they had to throw a particular nominee in there because of backlash from the year before…It’s exhausting. I’m just going to come out and say it. The Academy is full of crap and the Oscars are more about who plays the game the right way and what nominees tickled some old person’s fancy just how they like it or your contribution to cinema is just out of luck when comes to getting recognition during award season.

So, SAW’s answer to this is to right these wrongs the best we can by nominating what tickles our fancy! The writers at SAW hunkered down in our War Room for the past month to hammer out what we feel were the best from movies of the year 1989 (The ceremony was in 1990 but all nominees were from 1989) in the eight main categories along with a bonus category for worst movie of 1989 and we would like you guys to vote for the winners. You will have few weeks to vote in case you want to watch some of the nominees before casting your ballot.

We give you:

The RetrOscars 1990

Best Picture
Field of Dreams
When Harry Met Sally
Do the right thing
Glory
Dead Poets Society

Best Director
Spike Lee for Do the Right Thing
Tim Burton for Batman
Rob Reiner for When Harry Met Sally
Peter Weir for Dead Poets Society
Oliver Stone for Born on the 4th of July

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot
Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society
Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July
Kenneth Brannagh in Henry V
Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally

Best Actress
Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally
Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy
Sally Field in Steel Magnolias
Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys
Helen Mirren in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

Supporting Actor
Jack Nicholson in Batman
Sean Connery in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Denzel Washington in Glory
Danny Aiello in Do the Right Thing
James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams

Supporting Actress
Brenda Fricker in My Left Foot
Dianne West in Parenthood
Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias
Laura San Giacomo in Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Amy Madigan in Field of Dreams

Best Original Screenplay
When Harry Met Sally… written by Nora Ephron
Parenthood written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel
Dead Poets Society written by Tom Schulman
The Killer written by John Woo
Do the Right Thing written by Spike Lee

Best Adapted Screenplay
My Left Foot written by Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton
Field of Dreams written by Phil Alden Robinson
Batman written by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren
The Little Mermaid written by John Musker and Ron Clements
Glory written by Kevin Jarre

For a fun little bonus category, we decided to add our own RetroRazzie award.

Worst Movie of 1989
Shocker
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Going Overboard
The Karate Kid Part III
No Holds Barred

*Click here for your voting ballot. Voting closes at 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, May 24th.*

Original Nominees and Winners (in bold)

Driving Miss Daisy won four awards including Best Picture and Best Actress for Jessica Tandy, the oldest person at the time to win a competitive acting Oscar. Other winners included Glory with three awards, Born on the Fourth of July, The Little Mermaid, and My Left Foot with two, and The Abyss, Balance, Batman, Cinema Paradiso, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, Dead Poets Society, Henry V, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Johnstown Flood, and Work Experience with one.

Best Picture
Driving Miss Daisy
Born on the Fourth of July
Dead Poets Society
Field of Dreams
My Left Foot

Best Director
Oliver Stone for Born on the Fourth of July
Woody Allen for Crimes and Misdemeanors
Peter Weir for Dead Poets Society
Kenneth Branagh for Henry V
Jim Sheridan for My Left Foot

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot as Christy Brown
Kenneth Branagh in Henry V as King Henry V of England
Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July as Ron Kovic
Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy as Hoke Colburn
Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society as John Charles Keating

Best Actress
Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy as Daisy Werthan
Isabelle Adjani in Camille Claudel as Camille Claudel
Pauline Collins in Shirley Valentine as Shirley Valentine-Bradshaw
Jessica Lange in Music Box as Ann Talbot
Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys as Susie Diamond

Best Supporting Actor
Denzel Washington in Glory as Pvt. Silas Trip
Danny Aiello in Do the Right Thing as Sal Frangione
Dan Aykroyd in Driving Miss Daisy as Boolie Werthan
Marlon Brando in A Dry White Season as Ian Mackenzie
Martin Landau in Crimes and Misdemeanors as Judah Rosenthal

Best Supporting Actress
Brenda Fricker in My Left Foot as Bridget Fagan Brown
Anjelica Huston in Enemies, A Love Story as Tamara Broder
Lena Olin in Enemies, A Love Story as Masha
Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias as Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
Dianne Wiest in Parenthood as Helen Buckman

Best Original Screenplay

Dead Poets Society written by Tom Schulman
Crimes and Misdemeanors written by Woody Allen
Do the Right Thing written by Spike Lee
Sex, Lies, and Videotape written by Steven Soderbergh
When Harry Met Sally… written by Nora Ephron

Best Adapted Screenplay

Driving Miss Daisy written by Alfred Uhry
Born on the Fourth of July written by Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic
Enemies, A Love Story written by Roger L. Simon and Paul Mazursky
Field of Dreams written by Phil Alden Robinson
My Left Foot written by Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton


Thank you for voting and be sure to check back on May 25th when the winners will be revealed!

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Author: Vincent Kane

I hate things.