10 Oscar winners the Academy wish they could take back
Would they ever admit it?
Musical or Comedy Score - 70th Academy Awards
Nominees: Anne Dudley ("The Full Monty"), Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and David Newman ("Anastasia"), Hans Zimmer ("As Good As It Gets"), Danny Elfman ("Men in Black"), James Newton Howard ("My Best Friend's Wedding")
Who won: Anne Dudley ("The Full Monty")
Who should have: Danny Elfman ("Men in Black") or James Newton Howard ("My Best Friend's Wedding")
Why: Dudley, better known as a member of Art of Noise, won thanks to a groundswell of support for the indie sensation "Monty" which was the most blatant "comedy" out of the five nominees. Truthfully, Elfman's "MIB" theme is still recognized to this day and Howard's "Wedding" theme was one of his most heartbreaking. Either was more worthy than the "Monty" score (can you remember it without going to YouTube?). The fact "MIB" was seen as an action film and "Wedding" a romantic comedy didn't help in a year when members wanted to reward "Monty" somewhere and "Titanic" was dominating every other category.
- Gregory Ellwood