"On my way to the train I stop by my bodega in the morning for a cup of coffee. Seventy-five cents. It’s all I need. I have this huge change jar and even if I’m late somewhere I’m always diving into that thing like ‘ah all need are three quarters, lets go!’ I’m one of those guys that, wherever I live, people become accustomed to as more or less a regular. When I go in, I’m just like, ‘Hey, same thing’ and they always already know."
One of the most famous losses in Oscar History is Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas to Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves. Here is an excerpt from an article by Time Magazine on it:
" In 1980, Martin Scorsese made what may be the finest film of the ’80s, Raging Bull, but lost Best Picture and Best Director to a matinee idol directing his first film (Robert Redford, with Ordinary People). Ten years later, in 1990, Scorsese made what may be the finest film of the ’90s, Goodfellas (pictured), but lost Best Picture and Best Director to a matinee idol directing his first film (Kevin Costner, with Dances With Wolves). “
The Oscars are not there to promote art. They are meant to promote a certain mood of reconciliation and progress, which is not a bad thing… nor is it new. One of the greatest dramas ever written, the Theban Cylcle of Sophocles about Oedipus the King, who was fated to murder his father and bear a child in incest with his mother won Second Prize in the Dionysia (the Classical Greek equivalent of the Oscars) at its original performance. According to Wikipedia, Aeschylus’s nephew Philocles took first prize at that competition.