Thursday, March 4, 2010

Best Pictures That Never Were: Day 16

Year: 1996
Movie: Fargo
Best Picture Winner: The English Patient

Nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and winner of two, Actress and Original Screenplay.
In this very dark, but amusing film, Jerry (William H. Macy), a small Minnesota town car salesman, is in terrible debt, but he's got a plan to escape it. He hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law.
The plan goes off the deep end when people start dying. Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing and extremely pregnant investigator who stops at nothing to get her man.
It is one of my favorite Coen brothers movies, the Big Lebowski is the best still though. The film is dark but funny and it is able to weave those two elements together flawlessly.

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