I know many will disagree with me, but I thought Tomei was totally Oscar-worthy! I mean I felt it was comedic acting at it's best. Much better than what Johnny Depp does with that theme park ride character.
I would have given Tomei the Oscar for "In the Bedroom" as well.
Chocolat even being nominated for Best Picture...I mean over the likes of Wonderboys, Almost Famous, You Can Count on Me (well this didn't really have a chance)...c'mon.
Roberto Beignini winning Best Actor over the likes of Ian McKellen in "Gods and Monsters" and Nick Nolte in "Affliction" That Oscar was a great example of Miramax's genius in campaining (as was Chocolat even being nominated for Best Picture).
"Life is Beautiful" winning Best Foreign Film and being nominated for Best Picture. This awful movie that makes concentration camps look like some sort of themed vacation won over the wonder Braziallian "Central Station".
People complain that Gweneyth Paltrow winning over Cate Blanchett, but I think this race was really close and could have gone either way. My personal pick would have been Fernanda Montenegro for "Central Station". She gave the best performance that year. I also wouldn't have nominated Meryl Streep for "One True Thing". I love Meryl, but I would have given her nomination to Ally Sheedy for "High Art" that year.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" not winning Best Picture. This movie was the best of the year IMO and the fact it lost to a conventional, badly presented (the visual effects were horrible, and the dialogue was beyond ridiculous) stupid movie like "Gladiator" is really an injustice. I would have been happy if "Traffic" won because at least that movie was deserving to be nominated for Best Picture, unlike "Gladiator" and "Chocolat".
I just want to say I hated "Moulin Rouge" so I don't agree that Nicole's hammy over the top performance there was robbed by Halle. IMO that year, the actress race was always between Halle Berry and Sissy Spacek. I gave my nod to Spacek.
Ang Lee not getting nominated for Best Director for "Sense and Sensibility"...but Mel Gibson was for his men in skirts with over the top masculinity epic???
A movie with one of the best acting and screenplays in 1997, "The Ice Storm", not getting any nominations while the movie with one of the worst acting and screenplay, Titanic getting 14 that same year?
EDITED TO ADD:
David Thelewis not getting nominated in 1993 for "Naked" is a big mistake. He gave one the best performances that year and won all kinds of critics awards for Best Actor, but he wasn't even nominated.
I'll think of more later.