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Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

Been around on Youtube, but I just saw it on AICN and thought it was pretty funny.

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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

Didn't know him and Joe Spinell hung out. That's pretty awesome in itself.
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

Hey, is that Joe Spinell?
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

Good year for Best Picture nominations.
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Yeah, and the other guy is identified as Frank Pesce, the guy buying cigarettes from Axel in Beverly Hills Cop. Both of those guys were originally supposed to be in Jaws apparently.
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

Funny, Spielberg also said about Barry Lyndon that year that "it's like walking through the Louvre without lunch."
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

That's a great Joe Spinell clip.
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

I could see Joe as one of the fishermen on the dock that gets taken out.

Or he could've played Ben Gardner
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

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I could see Joe as one of the fishermen on the dock that gets taken out.
Good call! That's what was planned. Just found this:

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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

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Funny, Spielberg also said about Barry Lyndon that year that "it's like walking through the Louvre without lunch."
Supposedly he also said about Gandhi when it won, "Gandhi was a great man, but ET is a great film."

Well, he was right about Gandhi.
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Yeah Attenborough himself was pretty confident that E.T. would win.
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Wow, never really knew that but I wonder if I had seen that documentary on Joe. If it's on the Maniac DVD then I probably did see it.
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Choosing Gandhi over ET was one of the better calls the Academy made.
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

Is Jaws the last time a semi-horror movie got nominated for Best Picture? I guess some people may consider The Silence of the Lambs horror.
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

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Is Jaws the last time a semi-horror movie got nominated for Best Picture? I guess some people may consider The Silence of the Lambs horror.
The Crying Game was pretty horrifying
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Depending on how strict your definition of "horror" is, you could include Black Swan, No Country for Old Men, The Sixth Sense, and maybe even LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring on that list.

Also, I remember one critic hilariously referring to Elizabeth as "a vampire movie without vampires," but that may be stretching it a bit.
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

Black Swan and The Sixth Sense I can get on board with as horror. Not No Country or LOTR.
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Only one true 'horror' film has won Best Picture, The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Also, Hitchcock's first US film and Best Picture winner Rebecca (1940)
may be counted as the only winning suspense-thriller.
[Best Picture nominees in this suspense-thriller genre have included Suspicion (1941), Gaslight (1944), Spellbound (1945), and The Sixth Sense (1999).]
The Exorcist (1973) was the only horror film to be nominated for Best Picture in Academy Award history - until 1991.
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I don't see how a movie with horrific ghosts isn't horror, but whatever.
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

What about District 9? Sure it was mainly sci-fi but with the transformation that Wikus was going through was sorta horror-ish.
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

Spielberg's comment about "commercial backlash" makes me also think of Titanic. While that obviously won a ton of awards, I recall that everyone originally LOVED the movie and you couldn't find somebody that didn't, then later on, magically, a lot of people said they didn't like it.
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

Correction: a lot of women loved that movie. They've since moved onto Twilight and the like.
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It's called hindsight. You get swept up in the wave, and then later when you watch it with a more critical eye the flaws are glaring.
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Poor Steve. Wonder what happened to that guy. Just think if he had been nominated. Maybe we would actually know who he is today.
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Re: Spielberg's reactions to 1976 Oscar Nominations

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Correction: a lot of women loved that movie. They've since moved onto Twilight and the like.
I'd hope we can all agree Titanic is higher quality than Twilight.

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