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"Pulp Fiction" (Quentin Tarantino, 1994, United States)
For the second straight year, Miramax head Harvey Weinstein used his campaigning muscle to score a healthy haul of Oscar nominations for an against-the-grain Palme d'Or winner, though Quentin Tarantino's wild rabbit-hole jump through the LA underworld is hardly an equivalent candidate to Campion's exquisite period drama. Tarantino's fizzy sophomore film had been something of a surprise package at Cannes, where a jury headed by Clint Eastwood handed it the Palme over the bookies' runaway favorite Krzysztof Kieslowski for "Three Colors Red" (which wound up winning nothing at all). By the time the Oscars rolled around the next year, "Pulp Fiction" had grown into a commercial hit and fully-fledged pop phenomenon, but it still hadn't a chance against the blockbusting conservative homilies of "Forrest Gump." Tarantino, like Campion and many iconoclasts before and since, was pawned off with the Best Original Screenplay award.