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Why the Oscar Snub?

By Andy Thomas
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 24, 2013 Last Updated: February 25, 2013
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Actor and director Orson Welles answers journalists after having caused panic throughout the United States with his radio broadcast "War of the Worlds", 30 October 1938. In 1941, he wrote, produced, directed and acted in the now classic film "Citizen Kane," but didn't win the Oscar. (STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Actor and director Orson Welles answers journalists after having caused panic throughout the United States with his radio broadcast "War of the Worlds", 30 October 1938. In 1941, he wrote, produced, directed and acted in the now classic film "Citizen Kane," but didn't win the Oscar. (STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Since the advent of the Academy Awards since 1929, there have been a fair amount of snubs throughout the years.

“Citizen Kane” considered one of the greatest films of all time, won only one of its nine Oscar nominations, but no best picture or best director for Orson Welles.

“Shawshank Redemption” was passed over by “Forrest Gump” for Best Picture in 1994.

Francis Ford Coppola, director of “The Godfather,” was passed over in 1972 for Best Director by Bob Fosse for “Cabaret.”

Let’s just say that these “mistakes” that take place, in large percentage are made up for in time… Denzel Washington winning the best actor for “Training Day” 8 years later, the same year Halle Berry wins Best Actress, and Sidney Poitier winning the Lifetime Academy Achievement Award.

Coincidence? I think not!

It would be better described as delayed payback.

Scorsese’s five directorial snubs takes several years to payback but it did happen, as did Denzel’s.

Ben Affleck won a Golden Globe for his directorship of the film “Argo,” yet missed a nomination for Best Director by the Academy in 2013. If you have a puzzled look on your face, you are not the only one.

But not to worry. Credited “credit where credit is due” tells me amid what will be a much due “Lincoln”-fest for Daniel Day and Spielberg tonight, look for a possible snub and win on the Best Picture front for the “Argo” crew.

And if I happen to be wrong, you most definitely must see Affleck’s next flick!

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