Today is Malcolm X's birthday. And because I am a movie nut all things are filtered through the cinema... which means today is really all about wishing Denzel Washington had won the Oscar for Spike Lee's Malcolm X . (I know I know. it's pitiably reductive but again: movie nut. What can you do?) To me it's one of three insufferable mistakes they made (post nominations) in the Lead Actor category in the 90s:
1992 Denzel Washington (Malcolm X) losing to Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman)
1993 Anthony Hopkins (Remains of the Day) bested by Tom Hanks (Philadelphia)
1998 Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful) defeating Sir Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters)
In all three cases it's hammy stars beating more resonant and accomplished acting. Arrrrgh. Thank goodness we have several months left before all the cycles of mediocrity begin again. Are those the three that bug you most or do you have another 90s actor peeve to share?