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And the Oscar Didn't Go to ... Lost in Translation

Posted on the 22 February 2012 by Cinefilles @cinefilles
The Academy Awards are coming up this Sunday. While we're excited to enter multiple pools and prep themed food with our families, we're also kind of depressed about the whole thing because we're really disappointed with the nominees. (No Gosling = No Go!) And we know we'll be even more disappointed with the winners. Because, well, it's happened plenty of times before ...
And the Oscar Didn't Go to ... Lost in Translation
THE YEAR: 2003
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Mystic River
  • Seabiscuit

THE WINNER: Lord of the Rings - the final film in Peter Jackson's J.R.R. Tolkin-inspired fantasy series.  
WHY IT (PROBABLY) DIDN'T WIN: After losing the last two Best Picture trophies to A Beautiful Mind and Chicago, Jackson and his hobbits entered the Oscar race for the last time, dead set to rule them all. Voters probably felt back for not recognizing the previous films, and thought this would serve as the sweetest, shiniest consolation prize. (Well, next to the ring.)
WHY IT SHOULD HAVE: Whereas LOTR: Return of the King was chockful of impressive effects and larger than life storylines, Sofia Coppola's follow-up to The Virgin Suicides was and is as real as you can get. Featuring equally award-worthy performances from Bill Murray and a young, pleasantly undone Scarlett Johannson, one of the best soundtracks of the last ten years, wonderfully wistful Tokyo-set cinematography, and a emotionally and comically biting script (penned by Coppola), Lost in Translation is a one-of-a-kind find that speaks to being disconnected in our overly connected times.

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