It’s widely understood that Shakespeare In Love winning the Best Picture Oscar (over Saving Private Ryan and Life is Beautiful) is considered one of the top WTF? moments of Academy Award history (though in the above list it only makes #9).
So, I have two questions. First, do you think that’s valid? I mean, we’re all Shakespeare geeks here, I’m sure we all have some amount of love for Tom Stoppard and the source material if nothing else. Did you love the movie? Do you think it deserved Best Picture?
Second question, assuming I can count the above three as variations on a single question : If you agree that it did not deserve the award, why do you think it won? Some sort of political wrangling going on that we’re not privy to?