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Fascinating Video Of Steven Spielberg Watching The Announcement Of The 1976 Academy Award Nominations!


Beaks here...

The year was 1976. There were no Oscar blogs, maybe a handful of "awards gurus", and, as a result, genuine mystery surrounding what films would get nominated for the Academy Awards. For twenty-nine-year-old Steven Spielberg, there was considerable hope and maybe a touch of arrogance: after all, he'd just made what was then the biggest box hit of all time in JAWS. What's more, the film was a huge critical success. So when he brags at the beginning of the below video that he's expecting eleven nominations, I'm not entirely sure he's joking.

Here's how things turned out (thanks to Keith Calder for the link)...




I can't tell if he's surprised or pissed that NASHVILLE got nominated. He does seem okay with losing his richly-deserved Best Director nomination to Federico Fellini for AMARCORD.

This was the beginning of Spielberg's odd relationship with the Academy Awards. He would get his first directing nod a couple of years later for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, and would bounce back from the much-reviled 1941 with a nomination for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. The Oscar was Spielberg's to lose in 1983; unfortunately, the Academy went for the well-intentioned GANDHI (directed by John Hammond himself, Sir Richard Attenborough) over E.T.

And yet the biggest snub was yet to come. In 1986, THE COLOR PURPLE received eleven nominations, only to be shut out across the board (OUT OF AFRICA won in a weak Picture field that also included KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, PRIZZI'S HONOR and, the best of the bunch, WITNESS). At that point, Spielberg seemed destined to be the Hitchcock of his generation: a massively popular storyteller whose films are deemed too frivolous for the prestigious Academy Awards. The tepid reaction to his excellent EMPIRE OF THE SUN in 1988 all but confirmed this.

And while everything changed with SCHINDLER'S LIST in 1993, the Academy wasn't quite finished fucking with Spielberg. Though SAVING PRIVATE RYAN entered the '98-'99 awards derby as the prohibitive favorite for Best Picture, Harvey Weinstein's ferocious campaigning on behalf of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE led to one of the biggest Oscar night stunners in film history - which was even more surprising after Spielberg won his second Best Director trophy earlier in the evening.

The saga continues tomorrow, with Spielberg's two 2011 offerings, WAR HORSE and THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, expected to go home empty handed. But most expect he'll be right back in the running next year with LINCOLN. Perhaps, for old time's sake, he'll summon his two goofball friends from the above video (I've been trying and failing to identify those guys for the last hour*), and let someone document his elation/disappointment as the nominations come in.

*Thanks to the talkbackers for identifying the man in the JAWS t-shirt as the late, great Joe Spinell.
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  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    He should shave his beard

    by JackSlater4

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Finally I get to see this!

    by TinDrummer

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    The two friends

    by vadakinX

    One of them...can't remember his name, but wasn't the the loanshark in Rocky?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Like i said This has been on YouTube for ages.

    by ndally

    Then again im a huge Spielberg fan and search the interwebs for this shit

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by Hardrock28

    It's Joe Spinell...he played Tony in Rocky too.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Yeah, saw this on the Joe Spinnell doc on the MANIAC DVD

    by Messiahman

    Most of this was included on the terrific Spinnel documentary that can still be found on the DVD of MANIAC. Indeed, that's the marvelous character actor Spinnell himself wearing the JAWS t-shirt and listed as one of the "Friends of Spielberg."

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Great candid video, fuck Nashville

    by fingerlickingood

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    The guy with the Jaws shirt on is Joe Spinell

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Who starred in 1980's "Maniac" among other things.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    catchtheman: re: previous talkback

    by Duckenheimer


  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    What I meant to say was a reply...

    by Duckenheimer

    : Because everyone respects folk who anonymously scream at folk about them and their sons with barrages of fat and mongoloid insults.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    That's Spinell?

    by mrbeaks

    Never seen this before! So much for that reunion. RIP.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    The Academy Awards are all politics anyway

    by Majin Fu

    Spielberg should be very proud of his filmography (as I'm sure he is). Any true cinephile will tell you the Oscars just DON'T MATTER to anyone but all those clowns taking part in the most epic circle-jerk of the year, which is exactly what the Oscars have always been for Hollywood. If a film is good and the people praise it, you did your job right regardless of what that screwy "academy" thinks!

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    So young!

    by wcolbert

    Obvious statement, I know, but I grew up on the slightly older Spielberg (I was 9 years old- the target audience - when JP came out), so it is pretty cool to see him when he was barely any older than I am. It's also kind of depressing. I'm in school, working on a my age this man had already made JAWS. Fuck. Well, we can't all be WINNERS. ;)

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    by Jymn

    All downhill after "Jaws". Pure sentimentality after that, unimaginable storytelling and lack of heart his trademark after that. I never feel involved in a Spielberg movie. I never care about the characters.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Fisher Stevens may be the greatest actor ever..

    by paul burnett

    ..not only does he play the murdering clingy director in Columbo, but he makes this short about the same director getting fucked over. Is this some kind of prequel to that episode, setting up his murderous intent?? Bravo sir, bravo

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Beaten out for Director by real artists

    by Geronimo Jackson

    Spielberg has made some good films, 2 great ones, but he's outclassed by this lot.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Barry Lyndon - best cinematography ever!

    by Rtobert

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Terrence Malick

    by rahtard

    Was screwed more than Spielberg that year, and every year.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    The Beard has one iconic movie left in him.

    by john

    The guy is one the top 5 directors who ever lived. In no particular order - Scorsesi Kubrick Spielberg Hitchcock Kurosawa

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    As one TB mentioned above: Oscars are all politics

    by D o o d

    The nominations alone should tell you that. It's posibly the most boring and stilted ceremony ever!

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Coffee = Coke

    by Partyslammer

    I was in Da Godfaddah! Who directed Jahhs, da shawk?!?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    The beard before the beard was a cocky one, apparently.

    by Tank Williams

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Saw this on the Manic DVD too...

    by Jay

    As someone mentioned, it was shown in the Spinell Doc that was on it. Worth checking out BTW.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Fucking Chariots of Fire

    by Mugato5150

    beat Raiders. Bullshit.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Tintin should be up there INSTEAD of War Horse

    by performingmonkey

    War Horse is depressing bullshit from a man who, up until Indy IV, hadn't had a bad run of films at all, not since the questionable Lost World. Tintin was easily the superior movie of the two. Not that it deserved a Best Picture nom but at least it's a fun adventure movie that, who woulda thunk it, doesn't depress me, guilt trip me out or push some kind of fucking agenda on me. Pure escapist fun. This is why Curse of the Black Pearl was the best popcorn movie in years when that arrived. Yet Hollywood still seems intent on being heavy-handed at every turn and stopping the fun. Btw, everyone knows Spielberg made Schindler's List cause he was sick of the Academy snubs. That was one movie they could never EVER have snubbed.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Is that Spielberg or Duchovny?

    by Frisco

    Same voice, wow. Anyway, great video--gotta love the entourage.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Cocky like a young Mr. Wells

    by DementedCaver

    Spielberg has done oh so much better then least he didn't make the mistake on stepping on the toes of an older dude with many more connections. Perhaps he was snubbed just because he was jewish.....just saying. It was still old school yet.

  • If memory serves, this clip is from one of the Maniac DVD documentaries.

  • FF had invited him for dinner in his home after SS made the Duel movie.that's why he doesnt care that he lost his nomination to Fellini.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Oh come on now,SS is way overrated.He doesnt belong

    by KilliK

    at all in the same class of artists like Hitchcock,Fellini,Kubrick,Truffaut,Kurosawa and so on. He is talented,he has great technical skills,he is extraordinary in the entertainment cinema but as drama goes,he is simply not adept.Schindler's List is his only true artistic masterpiece and that's that.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    This is why many people hate hearing about Hollywood people bitching and moaning, "boo-hoo, I didn't get an Oscar this year, whaaahhhh!!!!!" Seriously. I. Am. Not. Fucking. Around. Here. Folks!!!!!! Not only do these spoiled brats* get to make their living making over budgeted films, earning millions of dollars a year at the very least, they get to bitch and moan about it with their stupid Academy Awards ceremony every damn year. At this point I don't know what is worse, the depressingly retarded farce that are our Presidential Elections every four years, or the annual Oscar buzz, celebrity gossip, and Hollywood politics (which is basically Harvey Weinstein playing the part of Al Capone and rigging the game every fucking time). Let's not forget all the fashion envy of the red carpet, where the majority of the stars' dresses and tuxedos cost more to rent for a single night than the average salary of most middle class working people. About the only person I can single out of this ridiculous trend is Peter Jackson, who showed up to the 2004 Academy Awards in a tux with shorts and his trademarked disheveled hair. He deserves a fucking medal for doing that, in addition to making The Lord of the Rings trilogy, not some gold dildo of a statue shaped like the T1000 when it pooped itself through that hole in the elevator that Arnold made with his shotgun in Terminator 2. *Please bear in mind that this rant is not directed at Spielberg specifically, as this video posted in the article seems to be him joking a bit about it as he has always seemed to have a good sense of humor and comes off as a somewhat humble guy for all his money and power... of course, we can't say that about most of Hollywood can we? FACT!!!!!!!!!!

  • It just had to be done in this case.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Is he saying "commercial BLACK-lash" or "commericial BACK-lash" ?

    by Ali Kerim Bey

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Jesus what an awesome list of contenders.

    by blackmantis

    Was there any film nominated this year that was half as good as any five of those films?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Poor Steven Spielberg.

    by seabiscuits

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Not an actor's director

    by The Discarded Gentleman

    It is interesting to note that the majority of Spielberg's wins for Academy Awards are in the technical categories. He has had 9 nominations for actors over the years, with 0 wins. On the flip side, Woody Allen has had 15 nominations for actors, with 6 wins (and I'm guessing almost no technical awards). Since actors make up the majority of the voting body, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he is not celebrated by that body, whereas Woody Allen (and in my opinion, deservedly so) is celebrated for a great majority of his films. Additionally, I'm not saying that Spielberg is a bad director. He just doesn't belong on a list of top 5 directors ever. (And did anyone else find it ironic and satisfying that tittytwister misspelled Scorsese?)

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    That was Willie Cicci in the back?

    by Tacom

    The family had a lot of buffers!

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Star Trek news

    by MrLongbaugh

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    How bout some exclusive PROMETHEUS coverage? 8)


  • Schindler's List? Over rated and kinda boring. Same with Saving Private Ryan. It's just because they're about the Holocaust or WWII that people feel forced to say they're great. Same with The Color Purple. Just because it's about a serious and awful subject matter people feel obligated to say it's great lest they be accused of being racist... Or an anti Semite... Or whatever. I'm none of those things yet I reserve the right to say these films really suck. So does the Spielberg film with that annoying brat whom I could never identify with or feel for in it... Empire of the Sun. I include WAR HORSE with the above titles as well. It was an absolutely terrible film but with a serious subject matter. Tintin was so bad I couldn't finish it... It was like a PS3 cut scene and the sad part is that not only did the animation blow, I really was looking forward to a Spielberg animated film but there was zero emotional involvement with any of the characters. But I don't include TINTIN in the above list because it's not trying to sell it's self based on a serious subject. But when he's on... Man. He's one of my favorite directors of all time. JAWS, Raiders of the Lost Ark (Only the first one, NONE of the other crap fests.), Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and yes, I think A.I. is a fucking beautiful film as well... And I quite enjoyed MUNICH. Those are more recent examples that it is still possible for Spielberg to rock. But VERY recent examples are horrendous - TINTIN & WAR HORSE, the excruciating 4th Indiana Jones movie, the excruciating and pointless "everyone but Tom Cruise and his kin die" War of the Worlds remake... And I'm a sucker for John Williams because he's one of my favorite composers so I'm always double excited to see Spielberg and Williams in action... Was very very let down with WAR HORSE. I really thought they'd rock it.

  • As here Joe Spinelle is Spielberg's good friend and he was also Stallone's close friend. I think they were best friends as well.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Spielberg is this generation's Hitchcock

    by mr_bellamy

    One day, after he's long gone, people will finally come around on him and realize that he wasn't just a soulless machine cranking out hits, but someone with real cinema in his blood. Only in the last few years have there been serious critical studies on Spielberg's work, but they're only going to keep coming. Mark my words. <p><p> Also, in Quint's interview with him last summer, Spielberg said he felt that Nashville was the greatest picture Robert Altman ever made, so I think that's excitement in his voice.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    It's not about his films being too "frivolous"

    by Rupee88

    You are fucking's about him not kissing enough ass in Hollywood and playing their games. Also being too successful and people being jealous. I'm sure he does play a lot of the games but not enough to get win the awards more. But fuck the awards and those petty voting motherfuckers. He has billions of dollars and makes good movies..that's all that counts.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Thank you! That was fun to watch.

    by gotilk

    Must have been a blast to be him right about then. Or to be around him. I bet some of the hangers-on were hilariously annoying though. Not the guys in this clip, but just in general. Has anyone else seen the Snopes article about the Spielberg *Sneaking in to Universal studios and squatting in an office* story? They claim the story is false. I remember as a little kid reading about Spielberg doing this and thinking it was amazing. It inspired me into places and into opportunities to meet famous people that I would have never imagined possible. I find it hilarious that I was inspired by a possibly false story to do (comparatively minor) somewhat similar things. One of my favorites was basically relying on an air of confidence and *belonging right where I was* getting me backstage to meet Bowie in the 80s. I used these same techniques to acquire the keys to a local historical landmark, and turn it into my after-school coolest-ever hangout. I get the feeling that Snopes may be relying a little too much on testimony from people who actually might have been left in the dark by Spielberg himself in order to protect them. Read the article, you be the judge. But I like my Spielberg myths right where they are. Actually, all of those things could be true. He could have snuck (sneaked?) off the tour. He could have also been allowed on the lot due to his father for one day. AND he could have taken over an abandoned office right under their noses while he was working for free. None of them really negates the others, not really. It just casts doubt. It casts doubt on a story I desperately want to be true, so I could be biased. lol

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Wyman's Essay

    by The Discarded Gentleman

    For a great dissection of why Spielberg isn't that good (or creative) a filmmaker, read this essay: And no, not THAT Bill Wyman.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Oscars are just about popularity of nominees, etc

    by Rupee88

    Did you see that shit World Trade Center movie got nominated for Best Picture? It is less than 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.. And Crash and Million Dollar Baby WON the fucking Academy Award for best picture and they are both shit films. I'm disgusted with the awards and not even going to watch this year..they mean nothing to me.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Finally someone who agrees with me on A.I. Very underrated.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    Dude how can you say that E.T. is "not a good movie"? That is one of Speilberg's best. I saw it as a 15 y/o and blew my fucking mind at the time. Sure every bit of it doesn't hold up but have to give it credit. It is one of the most popular movies in history too...adjust box office for inflation and I think it's in the Top 5.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Isn't it amazing how widely opinions vary on the films of Spielberg? See, I loved Munich. Agree with you on Saving Private Ryan and disagree with you about E.T. (although I did love it). But the one that gets hate that I just don't get, is Empire of the Sun. We're all divided. But I bet we all agree the man makes some great films.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Must be drunk or high or dying or somethin'

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    I actually agree with Creepy for once. Usually I want to seek him out and kick him in the balls, but he actually said something I agree with. Hmmm. I mean, HMMMM!! FACT!!! Ah, well, he's still a jackass.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    AI - Agree on being underrated

    by The Discarded Gentleman

    I always loved it, and thought it underrated, too, but I do wish those last 15-20 minutes were more Kubrickian and less Speildbergian.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    I know who the other friend in the very cheap tux is!

    by Ed

    The other guy is none other than Frank Pesce who was recently in Tower Heist as the Rikers Prison Guard who let out Eddie Murphy's character (aka Slide). Pesce actually starred with Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop 1&2. The other guy in the Jaws shirt is Joe Spinell famous as Rocky's loan shark boss which BTW also featured Pesce as a spectator (uncredited Rocky 2). Found this trivia online as well... * Steven Spielberg originally wanted Joe Spinell and Frank Pesce to be the two guys on the dock fishing for the shark at night (Pesce as the guy who falls in the water and Spinell shouting to him). Unfortunately, Pesce couldn't make it to Martha's Vineyard. Evil Ed.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    obviously awards were really important to him... kinda lame.

    by Mennen

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I tried to watch TinTin the other night.

    by CatVutt

    I kept falling asleep. It's not bad or anything I guess, but's just not very engaging at all.

  • Great actor!

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Riseof - HA!! You remembered,

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    Yeah, lay it on me. She's actually 33 weeks pregnant with our third son, but have at it with that. I'll show her whatever you post. The nastier, the better (funnier). Her boobs have grown nicely and she's still skinny everywhere except her belly. I'm truly not worthy...

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Obviously, no love of awards being espoused from The Beard. Ironically, Kubrick received three major nominations for BARRY LYNDON, while being *FAME-AVERSE*.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    I still can't believe...

    by Chris Moody

    ...that THE HURT LOCKER took Best Picture in 2009. That was a very forgettable film...and probably should have come in as the 5th or 6th best picture of the year.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan, screwed by Shakespeare In Love

    by D.Vader

    Oy I still can't believe that happened...

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I defended The Hurt Locker back then. But you're right... ultimately it was forgettable. I didn't see it at the time that way. But I watched it again recently and was left wondering what the hell I was thinking.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Clearly this is a reenactment, right?

    by D.Vader

    Holy lord, this is funny in one of those 1970's fake SNL documentaries sort of way.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    "Everybody loves a winner... but nobody love a *WINNER*."

    by D.Vader


  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    This is why Snopes is full of shit. Spielberg confirms it himself

    by kabookieslap

    in this interview with John Favreau. Both he and Brian Grazer squatted. Spielberg at Universal only because he needed a bathroom, and Grazer at The WB because he needed the area code as the WB lot had it's own area code.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST


    by iwontwin

    That film is penis breath

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    =...that THE HURT LOCKER took Best Picture in 2009. =

    by KilliK

    it took that oscar for the exact reason that the Artist will take the same oscar over Hugo.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST


    by wcolbert

    I don't know, I was 9 when I read that novel and had no trouble understanding it! Read it the summer of, then saw the movie. Yeah, I was one of *those* kids :P But I do agree that the book was certainly superior. However, I feel Spielberg did the best job anyone could have done with a 2 hour time constraint, the budget they had, and the fact that CGI technology was in its infancy - in fact, they had to develop the first fully CG creatures (that is, convincing ones - the stain glass knight and the water effects in the abyss were not quite there), just to get the movie done. Thank GOD they didnt use stop-motion like they originally intended.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    properlydiscard, Wyman's Essay

    by lv_426

    After reading that, I am half-convinced that this Bill Wyman is just and alias for Crispen Glover, who wrote a piece that also really bashed the hell out of Spielberg.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST

    A.I.- criminally underrated

    by D.Vader

    If David was played by Harrison Ford, it'd be a certifiable damned cult classic by now.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    I just meant that *Spielberg* had kids foremost in mind with JP

    by wcolbert

    Crichton was writing for adults, I'll give you that. Even so, i enjoyed the book as a kid. Spielberg, on the other hand, knew full well that kids love dinosaurs, and he directed it from that standpoint. It never sat right with me that Hammond lives and Tim and Lex switch ages and a few key scenes never made it in...but still a wonderful movie for a kid or adult. Remember how you felt when you first watched it? I don't know about you, maybe you hated it even in 1993...but I think a lot of people loved it when it came out, had never seen anything like it...and then got jaded over the years.

  • yet are also different enough from each other so as not to render one kind of irrelevant. It would have been fun to see what James Cameron would have done with Jurassic Park though. Supposedly he also bid on the rights for it back in the early 1990's. I imagine Cameron might have still went for a PG-13, but that a lot more of the geeky science stuff in the book would have made its way into the film. Also, can you imagine how different the park and the staff would have been like? Not that I am saying I'd rather have his version than Spielberg's JP, just that it would be interesting to be able to compare them both if we had a magical Delorean or phone booth that allowed us to hop into alternate universes or something.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    Too funny. She's still laughing after I explained everything. Thanks, dude. I wish some of the more depraved talk-backers were in on the joke. Thanks again, and let me know if you're ever in SoCal...

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    what about the rasberries?

    by crazybubba

    Do they ever discuss the razzies at this site? Love those awards. 11 noms for Adam sandler ha ha.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Spielberg is f'ing great...don't see why people bash him so much

    by Rupee88

    He should have a lifetime pass from only Jaws or Close Encounters or ET or Radiers...put all those together and he gets a pass for many lifetimes. And he has directed some good or great films since then as well. Sure he's older and not at the top of his game now but no one is the same way they were when they were young and hungry and brilliant.

  • The world had never seen a realistic dinosaur in a movie before. The best we'd seen up to that point had been what, the Valley of Gwanji? Which, for stop motion, was great, but at some point, people DO want to be able to sit in the theater and go " THAT's what a real dinosaur looks like when it's not in my imagination!" I'm not sure how you can say the likes of Sir Richard Attenborough, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Peck (RIP), B.D. Wong, Sam Jackson, and Sam Neill are bad actors... agree to disagree, I guess. Hey, you are welcome to your opinion, as we all are, so meh. That movie shaped the childhoods of a great many dinosaur loving kids, and propelled many of the new generation of paleontologists and geneticists to do what they do. I'm now a Geology/Paleo major. In no small part because of the profound effect Crichton's book, Spielberg's movie, and of course the published work of Jack Horner (who I've since worked under on a dig in Montana) and Bob Bakker and Paul Sereno (who I've had the pleasure of talking to- all great guys and endlessly inspiring). Of course, I was infatuated with this stuff long before JP came out, but it added fuel to the fire! Love it or hate it, Jurassic Park shaped the face of cinema for generations to come.

  • There are so, so many problems with Benchley's JAWS that the film smartly excluded...and vastly surpassed in so many ways. <p> Spielberg estimated, at the time, that there were 27 scenes in the JAWS script that were NOT in the book...and they axed 2 obnoxious subplots...Hooper having an affair with Brody's wife...and The Mob pressuring Mayor Vaghn to keep the beaches open at whatever cost. Seems Benchley saw how well Mario Puzo was doing with The Godfather, that he felt some mobsters might spice up his novel about a 25 ft killer Great White Shark eating defenseless swimmers. The adulterous affair was obviously slid in to add some sex into the story. Both completely unnecessary. <p> The BEST changes to a book ever: <p> Hooper surviving. In the book he bought it for his daliance with Ellen Brody, I suppose. Wise to let him live after he carried the comic relief in most of the film. <p> Quint's TWO stellar monologes. (Town Hall opener. Indianapolis story). <p> The TOWNSPEOPLE!! My God. Benchley barely paints a picture of Amity's inhabitants. JAWS, the movie, makes you feel like you know all of those 'paint happy bastards' by name. <p> The shark exploding at the end...instead of simply running out of steam and sinking like a pussy as it approaches Brody. <p> Smile, you sonofabitch! <p>

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    JAWS was good...but what made it GREAT was Williams' score

    by wcolbert

    What would Jaws have been without the score? A big fake shark that was broken for much of the movie, and stock footage of great whites swimming. John Williams' score added a much needed energy to the tension and drama in the film, and ended up defining it. Who DOESN'T know the Jaws theme?

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    "Caters to morons"?

    by wcolbert

    So Jaws, Close Encounters, E.T., Jurassic Park, Raiders... those movies were catering to who exactly? Do those movies require a dazzling level of intellect to enjoy or understand? No. He doesn't cater to morons. He caters to specific demographics with each movie. With E.T., it was kids. With Schindler's List, it was obviously adults. With Raiders, it was a broader audience. You know, as much as people here like to throw pejoratives his way, people still hear the name "Spielberg" and many, many people go "Oh, Spielberg is making it? I can trust that it'll be good then!" The man is no slouch. He doesn't always break the mould, but he rarely misses the bar. His movies shaped HOW many millions of childhoods and people STILL think they have any room to berate him? Really?

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST

    HAH! Thank you RiseofthePhantomCreeps!

    by D.Vader

    Nice to be included with you and Choppah and AsimovLives, even if I disagree with the latter more often than I agree with him nowadays =).

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    wcolbert, you haven't seen much of JAWS, have you?

    by D.Vader

    If you had, you'd know that the "stock footage of great whites swimming" probably accounts for less than 5% of the movie. There are only three shots of stock footage I can think of in the entire movie. And they are: 1. A shark approaching the camera with a yellow rope in its mouth 2. A shark attacking a shark cage 3. A shark swimming away into the darkness That's about it. Just saying, there's more to JAWS than that. I know you're trying to build up John Williams' contribution, which was fantastic, but we don't need to embellish to do it. His work was enough.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST

    by gaygoonie

    For Jaws, Raiders, E.T. and Empire, the 'Berg will always be the great one in my book. Now, if he could just stop making movies with weird, washed-out cinematography.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    properlydiscard - The last 20 minutes WERE Stanleys....

    by john

    As were the first forty-five minutes and Teddy. The flesh fair and many of the darker elements were Speilbergs addition....

  • maybe that should be a bumper sticker?

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:55 a.m. CST


    by wonderboy2402


  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    He was a cocky fucker eh?

    by Logan_1973

    That is a fascinating watch indeed. A piece of JAWS history!

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:28 a.m. CST

    he sounds like Woody Allen

    by chien_sale

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:28 a.m. CST

    That was a great year for films.

    by Silv

    We as the viewer are upset that Jaws is getting beaten out by "Barry Lyndon" and "Dog Day Afternoon." If only we could have such a problem in this day and age.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    E.T. was not a good movie??? metal dominance is a fucking idiotic troll

    by Billy_D_Williams

    E.T. is a classic, and probably the best kids film ever made. And Schindler's List is no good? The ending is a cop out, but the film is firing on all cylinders up to that point.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    E.T. is a great movie

    by D.Vader

    Jeebus. One of the all-time great classic metaphors for leaving childhood behind.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST


    by batzilla

    What was so fascinating?

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's Masterpieces.

    by notcher

    JAWS, E.T., Close Encounters and Schindler's List. I like A.I. a Lot, but it's not one of his earlier works. Young Spielberg will always be my favorite director. I'd kill to see him make a young at heart film again. But by his ow admission, it'll probably never happen.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Notcher, what about Raiders?

    by jrb

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind- his movie about spirituality JAWS- his movie about terror Raiders of the Lost Ark- his movie about adventure E.T. - his movie about love

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love" was better than "Saving Private Ryan.

    by notcher

    Saving Private Ryan was undone by a VERY poor ending and a mixed bag of hollow soldier characters throughout the center of the film. It's opening scene is amazing and the battle at the end is great up until the coincidence of the guy Hanks let go ultimately killing Hanks and ultimately getting shot by Opem. And for all the assholes on this site that crucify Star Trek for it's coincidence of Kirk running into Spock on Delta Vega, you can't say the Saving Private Ryan coincidence is believable in any way. Plus the old man scene at the end is dreadful. Shakespeare in Love was the more solid film. However, Spielberg got the Oscar for Director which I agreed with. However again, Malick's "The Thin Red Line" was also the better WW2 and overall film that year as well. Malick got screwed that year as he does every year.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:15 a.m. CST

    JRB, my bad...

    by notcher

    And "Raiders" of course. 5 Masterpieces in his career.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST

    D. Vader, you said 5 but only named 4.

    by notcher

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Thanks, kabookieslap.

    by gotilk

    Can't always rely on Snopes. A lot of the time, yes. But I think they make a habit of tagging things *false* in big bold strokes when they don't have all the facts, or when it's one person's word against another and they just pick a side. Hilarious.

  • This is sort of a two-fer-one Black History Month / Star Trek edition as well. Although, I am mixing black and white here as well as Trek to cover all bases both cultural and geektastic, sort of a cookies and cream edition with a cherry on top if you can dig it. I assume this is not a problem since in the utopian future imagined by Gene Roddenberry (who was a womanizer during his heyday if you weren't aware), racism probably doesn't exist. Ready folks? Here goes... Uhura -- Nichelle Nichols. That Green Orion chick from AbramsTrek -- played by the voluptuously delicious Rachel Nichols. Do they swallow, or do they spit? Discuss this if you are tired of pissing and moaning about the John Carter trailer. Unless you are Sulu, which in that case you're probably still more interested in whether or not Tyler Perry takes it in the rear shuttle bay.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Ooof, sorry. I meant Four.

    by D.Vader

    His first seven years produced more masterpieces than any other consecutive series in his career. The only wrench in that theory in 1941. Had that not existed, he'd have 4 masterpieces IN A ROW. Imagine that. As for his later works, I have an affinity for his Running Man Trilogy, Minority Report, A.I., and Catch Me if You Can. I also enjoy his post ALWAYS output- Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, and The Lost World.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST

    @notcher Well said.FUCK SPR.

    by KilliK

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Bullshit Shakespeare in Love was > Saving Private Ryan

    by slder78

    The only emotional resonance I got from Shakespeare in Love was a couple of giggles that only people with a fleeting knowledge of Shakespearean history could appreciate. I haven't had any reason to see it more than twice in my lifetime. If I come across it on TV I flip to the next channel without a second thought. If I come across Saving Private Ryan, I stop and watch it all the way. That, my dear talkbackers is my criteria for a good, if not great movie.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 3:08 a.m. CST

    And Judi Dench winning the Oscar for 2 minutes of screen time?

    by slder78

    Fuck you, but no. She deserves an Oscar, but not for that movie. That's ridiculous.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Temple of Doom.

    by john

    My fave Spielberg movie. Jaws however, fucks Citizen Kane in the ass everynight for the best American movie ever made.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST

    29 years old?!?!?!

    by KGB3317

    Son of a bitch, I'm 30 and my FIRST movie hasn't been made yet!

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:13 a.m. CST

    and I liked Always

    by KGB3317

    the combinatation of Richard Dreyfus, John Goodman, fire-fighting, mountains, ghosts, and aviation was perfect, for me at least.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:14 a.m. CST

    and Jurassic Park

    by KGB3317

    how can some of you hate on that film, and its director? Fantastic film-making. 'Nuff Said.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    OH Myyyy

    by gotilk

    1. Swallow. 2. Also swallow.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:35 a.m. CST


    by JamesT

    How his friend George would get screwed by the academy the following year...

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Nothing's changed

    by Wormie1

    Spielberg's last comment was exactly right. The Oscars and other awards consider what paying most cinemagoers like to see as artistically inferior to little-seen niche movies. The only thing they deem lower than box-office success is the sci-fi/fantasy genre.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 5:34 a.m. CST

    The other guy in the spielberg video

    by mark davies

    Frank Pesce was the other guy in the video you might remember him from Beverly hills cop when he was negotiating the cigarette deal in the backof the truck from the beginning of the

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Speilberg not a great? *makes laughing sound*

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    And Shakespeare in Love is a better all round film than Saving Private Ryan. Still just about the best screenplay I ever read. Ryan had a GREAT opening, but the rest of the clichéd, turgid mess does not hold up to repeat viewings. AI is a good film that is great at times. Hayley Joel should have won an Oscar for his acting. One of the best child performances I can think off. Close Encounters is the best Speilberg film.

  • So clearly it was important to him. I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting distinction amount your peers. He already was the most successful director in terms of box office in the history of Cinema. He just wanted to feel respected by hollywood for being more than a blockbuster summer tentpole director and he did that by earning the Oscar For Schlinders List and Saving Private Ryan. And A.I is severely underrated and I can't believe how many people dislike Munich. Munich is great. Mossad agents hunting down and killing asshole terrorists is a great story. Munich is brilliant.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Re: Spielberg At His Best/Worst

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Spielberg is an example of Hollywood at both its best and its worst: when he just chills the fuck out and makes a movie (JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, RAIDERS, JURASSIC PARK, E.T.), he usually knocks it out of the park. However, whenever he gets a severe case of "Oscar Ass" and tries to make one for the committee, he invariably comes up short. THE COLOR PURPLE, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, MUNICH and even SCHINDLER'S LIST just tried too goddamn hard. I think he resents the fact that his best work is making the world's tastiest popcorn movies ... but whenever he aims for more than that, his popcorn movie-sensibilities are magnified by an order of ten.</p><p> As for Beaks's insinuation that Spielberg had a spotless track record up until INDY IV, I gotta point out such misfires as HOOK, THE TERMINAL, AMISTAD, ALWAYS and the first and last five minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. As for the INDIANA JONES movies, he really should have stopped after RAIDERS and either let Lucas fuck up his other profitable franchise all on his own or hire some puppet to do it for him.

  • The poor schmuck.

  • ironically,you missed the entire point of the film.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Munich is kinda cheesy.

    by Dr_PepperSpray

    Sorry, that sex scene had me rolling. Talk about over the top.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Re: ndally

    by ArmageddonProductions

    This is an interesting debate. No, it definitely wasn't wrong for Spielberg to pursue (or even want) an Oscar. The problem, though, is that his best work was made for US, not the Academy -- I submit that, when he's making Oscar bait, he's not really making Spielberg movies. It was clear from DUEL (and amped up to eleven in JAWS) that his greatest strength has always been audience manipulation, to take them on a ninety-minute amusement park ride based purely on what he composed on the screen. Few directors can do that, even with today's runaway budgets and CGI overload. For that alone, his "popcorn movies" should have garnered much more respect from his alleged "peers" than they did.</p><p> Unfortunately, he was forced to change his tune when he decided he was actually gonna pursue that Oscar. I don't count any of his "Oscar bait" movies as his, except THE COLOR PURPLE, where he was obviously trying to marry his sensibilities to a serious subject. When that didn't work, he stripped them of his famous tone and while he got what he wanted, none of those films (except maybe SCHINDLER'S LIST, for subject matter alone) are as memorable as those confounded "popcorn movies" that put him on the map.</p><p> I liked MUNICH just fine, but he completely lost me at the end when (and I knew it was coming the minute the setting changed to New York City) the camera holds on the fucking World Trade Center. Spielberg never met a button he didn't like to push.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Um, Beaks...TINTIN didnt even get nominated...

    by Logan_1973

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    BTW those two dudes remind me of Men On Film

    by Logan_1973

    Hated it!

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    The Oscars. Mean. Nothing.

    by Clavius

    The Oscars is a bullshit popularity contest and a massive political jerkoff. NOT an acknoledgement of artistic merit or integrity, and they've been that from day one. It still amazes me that anyone is still shocked when the better film fails to win over the popular one. One look only to Titanic as proof of this. That movie made a lot of people a lot of money so The Academy thanked it with the Best Picture Oscar. In every measurable sense, L.A.Confidential was a vastly superior film, but it sunk when it had the misfortune of being nominated against Titanic that year.

  • The entire theater erupted at the end shot where you visit the titanic grave underwater. It is the greatest eulogy movie of all time. That said- I believe LA Noir to be the best movie of last year. I always accidentally call it LA confidential. I can't yell at you for liking LA confidential more than Titanic. There's no question that Confidential is flawlessly executed. There's also no question that Titanic is a push the envelope epic of the highest order. Spielberg finally won the academy award by making a film about the Academy. That's how he had to do it.

  • Mmmmm. Chew it mutherfucker.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Re: ultratron

    by ArmageddonProductions

    The first and last five minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN were godawful. In fact, it felt like Spielberg was obligated to tack them on after a test screening in which World War II vets were having heart attacks while watching. The framing device was both unnecessary and mind-bogglingly cheesy, even considering that it came from the same director who milked fifteen minutes of unapologetic pathos from Scatman Crothers kicking a fucking tin can.</p><p> "Have I earned this?" No, Spielberg, not this time.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    He's still overrated.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Great director. But sometimes with bland movies. Cf. Minority Report, Amistad, The Lost World and A.I.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Armageddon: dood.

    by UltraTron

    Like. Uh. Ya know that line that Tom Hanks says to Matt Damon at the end? Yeah. Like that ties in with the beginning and end scene and stuff. Yeah. So you can thank me later for increasing your awareness.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    The terminal is terminal.

    by UltraTron

    That was my favorite quote from the review.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    The guy in the "tuxedo" shirt is Frank Pesce...

    by ryderdvs

    He was the Cigarette Buyer in Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    It's never mentioned but Munich has

    by UltraTron

    one of the most graphic and realistic killings in film history. Done digitally by ILM. They had to match a digital naked woman to that chick and run blood liquid simulations and then comp those on to her body. The result is some pretty disturbing shit. To the guy who laughed during the sex scene. I can totally see that happening to release the tension and misery of that scene. I wish I could have laughed at that

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Just watched Driving Miss Daisy again...

    by ryderdvs

    Which won Best Picture of 1989 (same producers as Jaws - Richard Zanuck and David Brown), and the Academy failed to recognize it's director, Bruce Beresford. Also, Frank Darabont wasn't nominated for The Shawshank Redemption. James L. Brooks wasn't nominated for As Good As It Gets. Happens all the time.

  • Shakespeare in Love or Saving Private Ryan? I liked Malick's film better than both.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by notcher

    You are right on, happens all the time. "Driving Miss Daisy" winning Best Picture was BS! Much better movies that year than that one.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Little would he know, but later-on he'd find the Oscars for what they are;

    by david starling

    A complete bloody farce!! Chariots of Fire thrashed Raging Bull, but who remembers some shitty flick with Nigel Havers in it? Likewize, the Artist will take everything today, but how many people here have seen it, or are counting on seeing it? Thought so.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Coffee=Coke Tea=Heroin Ahh the 70's. Hey at least I can watch this and say my tv is like five times bigger than the guy who directed Jaws' tv.

  • I got to talk to Caroline Munro about her friendship with Joe Spinell a couple of years ago. They were in three or four movies together almost back to back. If I had seen this clip before then, I would have asked her if she had any Spielberg stories that she had heard from Joe. Great clip!

  • Still don't know what that means, but I love quoting it. Come to think of it, doesn't he deliver the "Take her to the zoo" line in ROCKY? Another favourite..

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Re: ultratron

    by ArmageddonProductions

    I'm completely aware of what Tom Hanks says to Matt Damon towards the end of the movie. So was 99.9 percent of the rest of the audience. That's why I felt it wasn't necessary to drive it home with the finesse of a sledgehammer cracking open a baby's skull by including a pure pathos-shilling framing device with a bunch of old veterans visiting a grave. The movie was completely pure and strong all on its own; it didn't need to pander in order to achieve what Spielberg was trying to accomplish. It would have been akin to having a framing device in APOCALYPSE NOW where an elderly version of Martin Sheen's character shows up at the Chief's grave, laid down some flowers with a shaky hand, whispered "I got back in the goddamn boat" and Fourth of July fireworks went off overhead while a marching band played the coda to "The End" and tears welled up in the elderly Sheen character's eyes.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    SPR is one of my top five favorite movies.

    by whatevillurks

    It has some weakness(not a fan of Upham's sudden change after shooting steamboat willie, no black people, no other allies, etc.)but damnit beard, you win. Yes, its not perfect. But seeing WWII presented like that(and veterans gave it their approval)after decades of "too clean" movies(Longest Day, Sands of Iwo Jima, et al.)was fascinating.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Re: ... and ultratron (MUNICH)

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Again, 99.9 percent awesome film. In fact, for Spielberg, it was probably even more impressive than either SCHINDLER'S LIST (where the subject matter was pretty much impossible NOT to get a reaction from) or SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, where the focus was more on making the most technically proficient and well-staged war movie ever than on the somewhat typical storyline -- it was just Spielberg and a camera, not many tricks, just telling a goddamn adult story (in this case, a thriller). But he can't resist reaching for those goddamn buttons, like the aforementioned sex scene or (at least, to me), that fucking end shot of the WTC. I guess it goes back to my original point, which was, Spielberg makes audience movies, always has, and while over-directing something to keep the audience on the edge of their seats with RAIDERS and/or JURASSIC PARK is not only warranted, but proven to be a big plus, it almost has the opposite effect when trying to direct something "serious" or "sublime".</p><p> However, if "they should've cut out the old dudes in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN" or "next time you steel yourself to shoot an R-rated sex scene, maybe watch some Zalman King first!" are the worst things you can pick out of somebody's cinematic work, they're still doing heads-and-shoulders above the next guy.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Re: whatevillurks

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Oh, without a doubt, save for my one major complaint, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was otherwise one of the best war movies ever made, and definitely the best World War II movie ever made. In fact, only Spielberg had the clout and the vision to make it, which only causes Lucas and his ongoing waste of resources to look worse.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Oh I forgot about Jurassic Park! I HATE that movie!


    It's a kiddie flick. I don't like kiddie flicks. But to whoever said it... You are totally correct. We all may disagree on what films rock or suck that Spielberg has made but we probably ALL have at least one film of his in our top 10. And to whoever keeps praising Saving Ryan's Privates and E.T. the Extra Testicle - Duh! Of couse veterans cried when seeing SPR. But that's because of what they brought to the film. It wouldn't have mattered WHAT the film is... You get a bunch of people together who all went through something traumatic and play up on the emotionalism and you are going to get that reaction. It's called overtly manipulating people. E.T. sucks because it's pointless and a kiddie flick. How come, if E.T. can fucking LEVITATE SHIT and FLY... How come he doesn't just use those powers in the beginning and avoid all the chaos? Cuz it's a terrible film that needed an "awe" moment.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    I didn't know Spinell was friends with Steve

    by Norm3

    He never got a role in his movies.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    You would be pissed too...

    by Rob Taylor

    At the time SS was trying to and had accomplished something that had never been done in a film. You could tell he was pissed about not getting the special fx nod as much as the director one. Problem was he'd agreed to do that movie for a smallish fee... as he was unproven, his points were likely quite low too, so he wasn't going to make huge money from it. It seems to me from that the Director nod would have been the validation he wanted to say he was going the right way. It turned out well, I mean had he won Best Director would he have made the same movies he did? I rewatched Third Kind today and you could tell he put EVERYTHING into that movie, even down to the Jaws theme. He deserved that nomination. Where he goes wrong is when he chills out as one person says and puts out a 1941 or Empire Of The Sun.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Spielberg reminds me of Fox Mulder there..

    by steverogers5

    He's still got that young geeky outsider vibe going for him there.. (And even with his own conspiracy theory too..LOL!) Thanks for posting it though. That was quite entertaining. He was right though. Jaws got robbed. Certainly Robert Shaw should have been considered..

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Oopd..Now I see Frisco bet me to it!

    by steverogers5

    Although I'm glad I wasn't the only one to pick up on the Duchovnyness of the above clip!

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    I do hope the man come's through with Lincoln.

    by whatevillurks

    I'm tired of Neo-Confederates having control of Civil War discourse. Grant should be remembered like Eisenhower.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Best Talkback read in years.

    by gotilk

    Good stuff.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    I think Empire of the Sun is one of Spielberg's best films. It wasn't received as well as his others, but I think it will stand the test of time much greater than some of his bigger hits.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Hey, it's Spielberg trashing...

    by Jay

    How first-year film school of you. Really, could some of you be anymore pathetic sounding? It's not even real critiques, just excuses of why you shouldn't like his work. I remember when contrarians at least had some interesting viewpoints. Now you're as cliche as it comes...

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    gotilk snopes called B/S on two things that happened on the same night

    by kabookieslap

    I was recording the local news on the people waiting for the 12:05 am showing of Phantom Menace (Before we knew it was going to suck) and two things that are now for some stupid reason labeled urban legend happened and were reported on the news with actual at the location newscast coverage. One is the Chihuahua that looked like the Taco Bell Chihuahua that was star of the commercials at that time. A woman had her Chihuahua on his lap and was going through a McDonald;s drive through when she opened her door and fell out, and the dog was still inside. She just had her foot on the break and the car started rolling. The dog got up on it's hind legs and steered the car across a few lanes of traffic and into a Taco Bell Parking lot that was across the street. That was fact as they showed mcDonalds Security camera and interviewed the woman. But snopes said it is Urban Legend. Also the same day was when they were fighting the forest fire on the coast and one of those big dropping water planes had to get more water so it scooped up water from the ocean near by and accidentally scooped up a guy scuba diving. he was dropped with the water on the fire and firemen found his body. That happened on the same day and they had the news cameras there to interview the forest firefighters who found him. distinctly remember the long shot of the scuba gear on the ground and the body being zipped up in a body bag. But snopes has said for the longest time that they were full of crap. But ironically they happened on the same day and i have them on tape somewhere in storage.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Amazing filmmaker - Top five Spielberg films ever!

    by AllThosePowers

    1. Raiders 2. Jaws 3. Close Encounters 4. Jurassic Park 5. Always

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST


    by shalashaska

    special effects dont fuckin count

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Always? Seriously?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    You're citing ALWAYS as the fifth best movie Spielberg has EVER made? LOL.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan wasn't very good...there, I said it

    by JacksParasites

    I'll say it again. Saving Private Ryan wasn't very good. It wasn't even the best WWII film of that year, an honor belonging to The Thin Red Line. And here's a list of other films that year, 1998, that were better than Saving Private Ryan: The Big Lebowski Out of Sight Run Lola Run Rushmore Rounders American History X The Truman Show Dark City Pi Pleasantville The Siege Following Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:13 a.m. CST


    by aceldama

    Never knew Spielberg was such a gigantic, worthliess prick. Won't think of him the same again. Excuse me now, I'm off to send him brochures on euthanasia.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Whoops Pt. 1

    by aceldama

    (This got long. Having to post in multiple parts, so that the damn word count doesn't screw up the post) Hit "post" sooner than I meant to. Wanted to add... I am sure that most people will disagree with me (even though I'm 100% right) and will think I am just looking for attention, etc., but this is legitimately how strongly I feel about the topic: It is articles like this that blow me away. How can ANYONE look at the movies listed here and have much positive to say about him? Seriously, it's a lot of worthless films under his name. For example, the following movies (in no particular order) are pathetic pieces of crap and people just can't seem to accept it (or more likely, they never saw them, and are just making their opinions on the delusions of someone else who never saw them, who made their opinion based on the delusions of a mentally retarded studio employee who liked the movie: Saving Private Ryan, E.T., Empire Of The Sun (anyone who likes this is an imbicle!), Schindlers List and War Horse. I haven't seen TinTin, so I can't judge it. As for Lincoln, how the hell can you have high hopes for it. The biggest flaw is what people seem to think is a plus: Daniel Day-Lewis. Go look at his career at IMDB. Back? OK, now how can someone who has had one (1) good film in his life (Gangs Of New York) get any praise? His failure rate is like 95%. But back to Spielberg. Since we're at IMDB already, let's look at his career. I'm only going to go through the producer and director credits, though and leaving out the cartoons (all Pinky & The Brain/Tiny Tunes/Animaniacs shows are great, as you all know). 17 production credits were good (out of 130. And admittedly, 6 of those were films that are guilty pleasures that really aren't good movies, but I like them. 2 others are TV series) and 4 movies he directed didn't suck hamster balls.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Whoops Pt. 2

    by aceldama

    And yet these movies get praise?! (not a complete list): Land Of Iwo Jima, Flags Of Our Father, Munich, Memoirs Of A Geisha, Band Of Brothers, A.I., Fandango, True Grit, Amistad, The Lost Children of Berlin (OK, I only know one person who talks about this movie, but his love for it annoys me), Cape Fear (borderline of good/bad I admit), Always, War Of The Worlds (OK, it's mostly panned), Indiana Jones 2-4 and Minority Report. And then there is the list of admittedly bad or mediocre/forgettable movies he's been involved with: Cowboys & Aliens, any of the Transformers movies, pretty much every holocaust movie he has made (I am not doubting their significance. Just his handling of them is fucked up), Men In Blacks, Balto, 3 O'clock High, Innerspace, Jurrasic Parks 2 & 3 (surely 4 will make this list as well, and half of #1 sucks), Batteries Not Included, Harry & The Hendersons, Used Cars.... Last but not least, while I know he was only the Producer of the movie, how the hell do you screw up a movie for The Lovely Bones??? Really, people, it's OK to tell the truth: Spielberg isn't that special.

  • The real Bill Wyman should sue his ass.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    The guy in the jaws tee-shirt

    by pr0g2west

    Im sure somebody pointed this out already, but wasn't he in Rocky II?

  • You are either a gigantic troll or you don't know what you're talking about. Because Daniel Day-Lewis made lots of good movies. Here's one (you might have heard of it): THERE WILL BE BLOOD He won an Oscar for it, remember?

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Daniel Day-Lewis - THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS

    by AllThosePowers

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    He should be pissed, Jaws is fucking awesome.

    by Randy

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Joe Spinelli

    by coolhanddave

    Was a pimp and apparently in the know during the 70s. He was pals with Coppola, Spielberg, and Stallone.

  • Like how Tony and Ridley Scott have SCOTT FREE PRODUCTIONS. Just because something comes from the Scott Free production house doesn't mean Ridley or Tony had anything to do with it. It's just a production company they own. Same with any movie with Spielberg as producer.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Do you even know the difference between a producer and a director?!?!


  • Feb. 27, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST


    by Jaster Mareel

    Yeah I'm sure there was a bit of piss in his vinegar, but he knows damn well that he made a B movie about a rubber fish eating naked girls.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Anyone who thinks Spielberg is a bad director

    by Keith a fucking idiot.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Those on here who say Spielberg sucks...

    by Rhinosaur

    ...think Joss Whedon hung the fucking moon.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Spielberg doesn't suck, but some of his most recent movies do.

    by hank henshaw

    Kingdom of the Crystal Skull being the worst offender. Still, that man gave us Close Enconters, Jaws, E.T., Schindler's List, Raiders and the other 2 Indys, Jurassic Park (hell, even Lost World. I like dinosaurs, sue me), Color Purple, Munich, Saving Private Ryan, and produced a whole lot of cool flicks in the 80's.

  • Anyone know who those two are?

  • Best Picture and Best Director most often should be the same production. "Who directed the film...the shark?" Classic. :)