OK, there are two GLARING mistakes the Academy has made in Johnny's eyes (Actually three but we'll get to that).
Which movies do YOU think got the shaft? Anything you're still mad about?
Here's Johnny's short list; In 1979 the Academy must have gone on a three day bender and the male voters must have had a bad case of Meryl Streep love when they somehow managed to give the Best Picture award to Kramer vs. Kramer over the Hollywood epic Apocalypse Now. How did this happen? Anyone? Anyone? Apocalypse Now has become so iconic people quote it, you can't hear Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkries' without thinking about it. It's battle scenes are almost unmatched. Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne and Harrison Ford lost to Kramer vs Kramer. Uh huh.
Johnny's other peeve is 1996 when The English Patient beat the Coen Brothers classic Fargo. Just think about that for a minute. Heinous.
Johnny's third and lesser complaint is that the Lord of the Rings trilogy didn't win more awards. The Academy seemed to still hold fantasy films at arms length until they realized if Return of the King didn't win they stood to lose all credibility. Tonight the favorite again is a fantasy film, James Cameron's Avatar. The Rings trilogy made getting backing for these other fantasy films so much easier.