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1990. Well, I remember liking Dances with Wolves when I first saw it...and then I didn't really care anymore. I remember finding Goodfellas overrated when I first saw it...and then I remembered it fondly. Things change over time, and our perception of film and the way it rests on us changes as well.
Is it a crime for me to say that Goodfellas losing the Oscar was not real big loss? I mean, it's CLEARLY better than Dances with Wolves, but it's not Scorsese's best, despite the 'pop culture iconic' status, and it's not the best of the year (at least in my humble opinion) and so I'm kind of whatever on the whole thing. But, eww at that lineup, right? Ghost is so trashy and The Godfather Part III is so subpar. Awakenings is actually quite tender and moving, but it's also such Oscar bait.
This year was better than that.
You know what 1990 brought us? The beginnings of two cinematic legacies of genius; The Coen Brothers and Wong Kar Wai (and yes, I know they both began their careers in the 80's).