When you believe Oscars, you believe heavyweight best image fare such as”Casablanca”,”Schindler’s List” and”12 Years a Slave”. You believe tearful actors accepting gold statuettes for their stunning performances. You probably don’t believe”Harry and the Hendersons”.
Yet even as that the Academy announces a brand new class for”popular movies”, it is well worth remembering that the Oscars have recognised more than simply those prestigious dramas in the running for best movie. Genre movies might not pick up the huge awards but they are often in the very edge of technical crafts such as cosmetics, special effects and audio — so we are saluting the movies you may not expect to have won an Oscar.
Pop quiz, hotshot: Big dumb action films seldom receive a look-in in the Oscars. But that Keanu Reeves film sped its way to awards for audio mixing and sound editing?” Rate “, clearly, in 1995.
Joe Dante’s only film to win an Oscar involved a tiny Dennis Quaid bouncing around inside Martin Short, earning an award for best visual effects in 1988. “Fantastic Voyage”, the 1966 film that inspired “Innerspace”, also won for its effects.
The Academy has a blind spot for horror movies, but there have been a few spine-chilling wins over the years. Ruth Gordon won best supporting actress for her role in “Rosemary’s Baby”. “The Omen” won for its terrifying score. William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist” earned a head-spinning 10 nominations, taking home two statuettes.
No, not that one. This watery 1953 romance titled “Titanic” was named the best original screenplay before James Cameron was even born.
While we’re playing the name game, see also “Moulin Rouge”, which won best art direction — in 1953 — and “Up”, named best short — in 1985.
Tobey Maguire’s second outing as your friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler saw him do battle with Doctor Octopus in “Spider-Man 2”. With great power came great responsibility — and a best visual effects award.
James Bond has undergone something of a renaissance under the stewardship of director Sam Mendes. Both his 007 films, “Skyfall” and “Spectre”, took home Oscars for best song, crooned by Adele and Sam Smith, while “Skyfall” also won for best sound mixing.
Tim Burton’s stylish and gothic 1989 “Batman” did take home an Oscar. Anton Furst and Peter Young won for best art direction.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”
Groundbreaking effects helped James Cameron’s “Terminator 2” pick up four Oscars. It won for sound, sound effects editing, visual effects and makeup. With armfuls of Oscars for this, “The Abyss”, “Titanic” and “Avatar”, Cameron won’t want for doorstops.