The Most Undeserved Oscars

SF Chronicle serves up its 'Titanic Awards'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2009 6:07 AM CST
Penguins ham it up in the animated movie "Happy Feet."   (AP Photo/ Warner Bros. Pictures)
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(Newser) – 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.