Oscars go to undeserving flicks so often that the San Francisco Chronicle has a prize for them: the Titanic Award. Pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub targets some of the most egregious offenders:
- Best Picture: Titanic. The award’s namesake, which somehow beat LA Confidential, needs no explanation.
- Best Actor: Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman. "Pacino considered this award an affirmation of his overacting and has played the same character in every movie since."
- Best Actress: Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love. "No one even remembers this movie, much less Paltrow's bland performance."
- Best Animated film: Happy Feet. Pixar’s subpar Cars probably accounts for the success of this "mediocre and gratuitously scary" flick.