I recently learned that in today’s film classes, the 1990′s are regarded as a golden age of movies. Well, damn! This is proof that we are very rarely able to guess what history is taking place, when it’s taking place, even if it’s in the culture right in front of our faces. The 1990′s being a golden age of cinema? This is assuming academia is now under full awareness of the fact that the 90′s are the decade that brought Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay into prominence. It’s probably the worst decade in the long career of Martin Scorsese, who started the decade with Goodfellas but went the rest of it directing Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, Casino, Kundun, and Bringing Out the Dead. Teen movies ripping off old literature got to be in vogue. Bruce Willis never was really able to follow through on the action star promise he began showing in Die Hard.
Into the void we enter the Oscars. They are still used as an all-time barometer of a movie’s true greatness, although for the life of me I can’t remember why that is. Well, it could have something to do with the fact that so many of them have been given out to so many undeserving movies. Alas, people still use the Academy Awards as a be-all for foretelling classic status, even though plenty have been given out to movies no one can remember. That brings us to what I’m writing about: The best 90′s movies that got shafted for the Best Picture Oscar. The criteria I’m using for this list is that they have to have been nominated for Best Picture during the 90′s but lost. That, unfortunately, leaves out plenty of movies that lost out on nominations in the first place for not being traditional Best Picture nominees, but that should only back up how stupid the Academy is. I’m not putting The Screwed Movies in any particular order, but do know that some of these film injustices were more outrageous than others.