The Academy Should Reward Whitaker
When it comes to Oscars and "sure things," the 6,000-plus Academy voters have had a nasty habit of surprising us in recent years. Remember last year when everyone just knew that Brokeback Mountain had the Best Picture award signed, sealed, and hog-tied? Didn't happen. Crash walked away with that prize. And how many times has Martin Scorsese been tagged to be lugging that 8½-pound goldfella to the after-parties? It has been 26 years since his brilliant Raging Bull somehow managed to lose out to the stupefyingly ordinary Ordinary People, and he has been overlooked five other times since.
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