To cleanse our brains and palettes from that terrible honest Oscar voter yesterday, here are a few of the strangest, most random ass Oscar nominees in the 90-year history (the source lists 10, I'll post 5 here): -- Hermione Baddeley's best supporting actress nomination for Room at the Top
- Judi Dench who? Viola Davis what? Baddeley was nominated for TWO MINUTES of screentime for the 1959 movie.-- Pierre Boulle best adapted screenplay win for 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'
- the thing is that Boulle was the author of the book, but didn't speak a fucking word of English, so how did he get an Oscar for an English-language script, you ask? Because he was a front for the blacklisted screenwriters at the time, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson.-- Kenneth Branagh: best adapted screenplay nominee, Hamlet:
this one always makes me chuckle - how does one get an adapted screenplay nomination - for a four-hour movie (yes I've sat through it too) - for basically cutting off a couple of lines here and there from Shakespeare's original play?-- Roderick Jaynes: best editing nominee, Fargo and No Country For Old Men
- this is actually Joel & Ethan Coen's pseudonym for the editor roles, meaning they did the work themselves (and do have Oscars for it). No clue why they made up some old British guy just to get the editor's credit when they won themselves anyway?-- PH Vazak: best adapted screenplay nominee, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
: this one is so ridiculous. So actual screenwriter Robert Towne was so pissed at the script changes of his Oscar-nominated screenplay that he had the name PH Vazak - Towne's SHEEPDOG - get the nomination instead. This is where y'all voice the most insane Oscar nods yet -