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The Oscar snub that no one is talking about

By JDogg in News
Wed Feb 16, 2000 at 02:25:57 PM EST
Tags: Movies (all tags)

With the announcement of the Academy Award nominations yesterday, movie buffs everywhere chimed in with their two cents about who and what got overlooked by the Academy. I'd like to give my two cents as to why the best movie of 1999 failed to receive ANY nominations (hint it's not South Park, nominated for best song, Blame Canada).

David Russell's original and outstanding film, Three Kings, was unrightfully snubbed by Oscar this year. The gulf war movie, starring George Clooney, Marky Mark and Ice Cube managed to meld together drama, action and comedy into a thrilling intense look at the US involvement in liberating Kuwait. The movie exposed the side of the war that the media didn't cover. Personally, I don't get into world politics (or American politics for that matter), but the movie's outstanding cinematography and directing impressed me the most.

David Russell used a quality of film that I have not seen in other movies, film that was washed out after shooting, to give the movie a hard edge to its visuals. Visuals that included items and scenes that are not normally found in the war movie genre. Ice Cube tossing a nerf football filled with dynamite at a helicopter, Clooney trying to persuade a group of Arabs to loan them their fleet of Mercedes, Marky Mark desperately trying to call his wife in a bunker full of cellphones and a cow that explodes on camera are just some of the original and intriguing slices of Russell's creation.

Unfortunately, the great performances by Mark Wahlberg and Clooney (yes he can actually act) as well as the brilliant cinematography (which included a bullet-time shot of a projectile entering the human body and lodging itself in a vital organ) were unappealing to the eyes of the Academy.

If you haven't seen Three Kings, I reccomend renting it (out on DVD and VHS in March). If you have seen it, I'd like to know if any of you share the same appreciation for this film. American Beauty will probably win Best Picture, and it is a deserving film, but my vote would have gone with Ice Cube and company.


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The Oscar snub that no one is talking about | 10 comments (10 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Why isn't this under movie reviews?... (none / 0) (#6)
by bmetzler on Wed Feb 16, 2000 at 02:30:00 PM EST

bmetzler voted 1 on this story.

Why isn't this under movie reviews?
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Good writing. I didn't see this mov... (none / 0) (#1)
by rusty on Wed Feb 16, 2000 at 02:57:38 PM EST

rusty voted 1 on this story.

Good writing. I didn't see this movie, despite JDogg's repeated urgings. But then he and I differ quite a bit in our film tastes usually (he liked Saving Private Ryan, for example. ick! ick!). Did anyone else think 3K was that good?

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Re: Good writing. I didn't see this mov... (none / 0) (#10)
by JDogg on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 07:25:36 AM EST

What's wrong with Private Ryan!? It sure as hell was better than that god awful Shakespeare in Love!

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Good movie review... I also wonder ... (none / 0) (#5)
by ramses0 on Wed Feb 16, 2000 at 03:16:15 PM EST

ramses0 voted 1 on this story.

Good movie review... I also wonder why The Matrix didn't get any 'cred' for making people think? It made me think, anyway.
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Twas a very good movie. While I st... (none / 0) (#3)
by dblslash on Wed Feb 16, 2000 at 03:29:32 PM EST

dblslash voted 1 on this story.

Twas a very good movie. While I still think American Beauty was better, and deserves the Best Picture, I will agree that Three Kings should have at least been nominated. Speaking of this movie, did anyone else who saw it think that the marketing was horribly mistargeted? When I first saw a trailer for it, I brushed it off as a typical action thriller. I had to be persuaded to see the film because of those expectations. Instead, I was treated with a witty commentary on recent US foreign policy, as well as a very realistic take on the current military, rather than a "Look at the US military kick ass!" sycophantic patriotism.

Haven't seen the film yet...... (none / 0) (#4)
by joeyo on Wed Feb 16, 2000 at 04:06:01 PM EST

joeyo voted 1 on this story.

Haven't seen the film yet...

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"the US involvement in liberating K... (none / 0) (#2)
by Paul Dunne on Wed Feb 16, 2000 at 04:12:53 PM EST

Paul Dunne voted -1 on this story.

"the US involvement in liberating Kuwait." Er, yeah, right. What the hell, I haven't seen the movie. But what are prejudices for if we don't act on them? Did "Withnail & I" ever get any Oscars? Now there's a good film.

Exploding cow? Naw, I don't see ho... (none / 0) (#7)
by Inoshiro on Wed Feb 16, 2000 at 05:23:03 PM EST

Inoshiro voted -1 on this story.

Exploding cow? Naw, I don't see how dis deserves an Oscar.. The Oscars really are just masturbation on the part of holywood actors and highers.

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Although I also find it interesting... (none / 0) (#8)
by Demona on Wed Feb 16, 2000 at 05:37:04 PM EST

Demona voted 1 on this story.

Although I also find it interesting that the Best Musical Comedy category, or something like that, was yanked just in time to guarantee that South Park wouldn't walk home with it...Three Kings was definitely head and shoulders above the crowd in more than one sense. I'd like to know more; I suspect the politics, and not merely the onscreen violence, played a particular role behind the scenes.

Re: The Oscar snub that no one is talking about (4.00 / 1) (#9)
by rongen on Wed Feb 16, 2000 at 11:55:01 PM EST

I went to this movie reluctantly, expecting a gun toting version of ER mixed with Platoon (and a Bruce WIllis movie without the WIllis). But I was wrong. So Wrong. This movie was definitely worth seeing, and is starting to creep up on my list of possible rentals.

I remember overhearing one fellow saying "Man, I am ashamed to be a Canadian right now." as he was leaving the theater (referring to the movie's very obvious criticism of the West's tendency to manipulate politics and culture in areas where we neither belong nor possess any real understanding of day-to-day life).

It was a hard hitting movie. I made me think.

One thing that really grabbed me was the sparseness of the scenes. Much of the movie was ethereal, almost to the point of being surreal. Towards the end there is a scene that was so surprising, original, and well-done that I left me wanting to see every movie this director has made (see http://us.imdb.com/Name?Russell,+David+O.#Director)---which I haven't done yet... But you'll have to watch it to find out what I am referring to! :)
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