Shakespeare In Love won seven Oscars. Yep SEVEN. In a year when Terrence Malick's sublime The Thin Red Line, Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth all got Academy attention, this was the best there was? I don't think so.
As romantic comedies go, it ain't bad. But SEVEN Oscars, you're having a giraffe. Gywinnie was good, Blanchett was great. Judi Dench was only on screen less than 20 minutes but bagged on Oscar. In a week when us Letterboxders are berating the way films are rewarded by an Academy that seems to ignore popular movies and public opinion in favour of other fair, this seems a perfect example of being out of touch. Malick ignored, Soderbergh ignored this year also, sometimes it just doesn't make sense.