Oscar Snubs Movie Marathon

The Oscar telecast isn't until next Sunday, but it's never too soon to start stoking your indignation over who wasn't nominated. And, even better, you can can savor the outrageous omissions of the past at SIFF's Oscar Snubs Movie Marathon, which you can make an all-day event with options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and unlimited popcorn. The five titles, plus one secret screening, include Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (comedy: always overlooked), 1934's The Thin Man (ditto), Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (too angry, too black, too topical), the 1954 A Star Is Born (too close to the Hollywood bone), and the Coen brothers' 1996 Fargo, which actually did win two Oscars: for its star, Frances McDormand; and for her husband Joel's and brother-in-law Ethan's script. But the snow-black comedy was certainly snubbed for Best Picture (won by The English Patient), as was William H. Macy's inept kidnapper in Supporting Actor (won by Cuba Gooding Jr. for Jerry Maguire). Macy would later say the squealing, cowardly car dealer Jerry Lundegaard "was the role I was born to play." Indeed, his dim but persistent Minnesota villain is still a marvel of comic-malevolent invention, a perfect rival for McDormand's cheery moral steel as the pregnant sheriff who tracks him down. It's just a pity that the Academy offered no technical category that year for the best use of a wood chipper. BRIAN MILLER

Sun., Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., 2013

 
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