THE OSCAR BOX

Paul Gambaccini
Sunday 23 October 2011 08:11
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Which was the most absurd Oscar ever awarded?

I can think of two. One was Elizabeth Taylor, Best Actress for Butterfield 8. She was given this as the ultimate sympathy prize: she had faced down death and had had an operation. This is not to say that she isn't a fine actress, as you can see from some of her earlier films.

An equally great shame was Robert Redford beating Martin Scorsese in 1981 - Ordinary People over Raging Bull. It does seem tragic that Scorsese has never been given an Oscar.

And who was robbed?

As for the one that should have been given but wasn't, we start with Orson Welles for Citizen Kane, period.

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The Oscar ceremony is on Monday

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