I know I have been focusing on Best Picture nominees that really should have won the gold, but this week we are going to switch it up a bit and look at one of the greatest travesties that has befallen the Best Foreign Picture category.
I am, of course, talking about the robbing of Amelie in 2002.
Amelie is one of those movies that seriously brighten your day. I had the delight of discovering it on one of those dreary and rainy summer days you normally find in Seattle, and it, in a way, changed my life. You can’t watch this movie and not smile. It is just delightful. Audrey Tatou, who was robbed of a nomination herself, plays the titular heroine. She is naïve and young, and set against the beautiful scenery in Paris, sets out to help those around her. The movie is beautiful. The cinematography thankfully got a nomination, but it lost, which is understandable because it is a foreign movie. Jean-Pierre Jeunet always crafts a weird and quirky movie and Amelie is his masterpiece.
I have no bad things to say about this movie. The score is one of my absolute favorites in any movie, it makes you want to go out and help others, and most importantly it makes you want to fall in love. By the end, if you aren’t in love with Amelie, there is something wrong with you, and this goes for both guys AND girls.
Amelie lost to a Bosnian film called No Man’s Land, which I know nothing about, but I am going to be a little stubborn here and say that it definitely should not have won, even though I haven’t seen it. I am gonna put it on my list though and will probably have to rewrite this at some later point.
But without further ado, here is the trailer for Amelie: