Recount! Oscar Voters Today Would Make 'Brokeback Mountain' Best Picture Over 'Crash'
Even the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences makes mistakes from time to time. THR polled hundreds of Academy members and asked them to recast their ballots in historic races, a referendum on what films have stood the test of time.
A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
BEST PICTURE (1977)
Old Winner: Rocky
New Winner: All the President's Men
Rocky goes down for the recount; today's Oscar voters give best picture to Alan J. Pakula's Watergate drama, All the President's Men (although Network and Taxi Driver came in a close second and third place, respectively).
BEST PICTURE (1990)
Old Winner: Driving Miss Daisy
New Winner: My Left Foot
Good news for Eddie Redmayne: Voters this year are looking favorably upon wheelchair-bound performances. They pick Daniel Day-Lewis' My Left Foot as the best film for 1990, overturning Morgan Freeman's Driving Miss Daisy.
BEST PICTURE (1995)
Old Winner: Forrest Gump
New Winner: The Shawshank Redemption
If life really is like a box of chocolates, this time Forrest Gump got the crappy coconut-filled piece. The THR recount awards best picture to The Shawshank Redemption. Pulp Fiction came in third, with Quiz Show a distant fourth.
BEST PICTURE (1999)
Old Winner: Shakespeare in Love
New Winner: Saving Private Ryan
All's fair in love and war, but this time war gets to take home the trophy. Steven Spielberg's World War II epic wallops John Madden's Shakespearean rom-com by a margin of more than two-to-one in the recount.
BEST PICTURE (2006)
Old Winner: Crash
New Winner: Brokeback Mountain
The gay cowboy movie was the best picture of 2006 — according to today's Oscar voters — beating Good Night, and Good Luck; Capote; Munich and … that Don Cheadle movie that nobody can remember.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (1992)
Same Winner: Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei's performance in My Cousin Vinny really was Oscar worthy after all. Academy members confirmed her as the best supporting actress in the recount, with Vanessa Redgrave in Howards End coming in second, followed by Judy Davis in Husbands and Wives, Miranda Richardson in Damage and Joan Plowright in Enchanted April.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (1993)
Same Winner: Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin, now 32, gets to keep the Oscar she won at age 11 for her supporting role in The Piano. She still beats Emma Thompson in In the Name of the Father, Holly Hunter in The Firm, Rosie Perez in Fearless and Winona Ryder in The Age of Innocence.