What do Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Joel and Ethan Coen have in common?
Going oh-fer on Oscar night. Each of the filmmakers were shut out on Oscar night despite having 10 or more nominations.
The brothers’ True Grit had 10 nominations, winning none. Ouch. 0-10
Scorsese’s Gangs of New York also went 0-10 in 2003. Spielberg’s The Color Purple went 0-11 in 1986. A fourth film, The Turning Point (1978) also went 0-11.
So … if you’re looking for a weekend film festival, there’s an intriguing lineup.
So why did this happen to the Coens? A strong field? Better marketing? Popularity? Here’s 10 reasons why the Coen brothers were blanked in the 2011 Oscars.
- Jeff Bridges already won an Oscar (and it was just the previous year)
- People have a hard time remembering Hailie
Satterpelt Sattinfeld StenfeldSteinfeld. (But not for long.)
- People are still upset that Brad Pitt went out early in Burn After Reading.
- That whole Roderick Jaynes thing.
- The Ralph Nader effect: Bridges’ work in both True Grit and Tron: Legacy split the vote in sound editing.
- The Academy regrets the whole John Wayne gimme.
- We can’t be bothered by True Grit because we’re still trying to figure out the allegorical meaning of the opening scene in A Serious Man (heck, some of us are still processing Barton Fink!)
- There’s some secret anti-Deakins movement afoot.
- A guy wearing a bear rug? Really?
- Speech impediments trump eye patches. Every time.