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January 20, 2012
Not a single one of them nominated.
Not Ed Begley, Lee J. Cobb or Jack Warden for Best Supporting Actor.
Not Henry Fonda, who single-handedly persuaded every juror to vote for acquittal against ridiculous odds, for a Best Actor nomination.
And you wonder why they were all so angry.
This continues our series on movies that got robbed at the Oscars — which, if you're planning a party, is Sunday, February 26.
True, the 1957 movie directed by Sidney Lumet, which started off life as a television drama from a script by Reginald Rose, was nominated for Best Picture, but did lose to “The Bridge on The River Kwai.”
With the exception of the opening scene and the closing scene, the movie is notable for its almost exclusive use of one set — the jury room.
It's also notable for its "non Academy Award" winning script:
Juror #10: Bright? He's a common ignorant slob. He don't even speak good English.
Juror #11: Doesn't even speak good English.
Fonda as Juror #8:
“It's always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth. I don't really know what the truth is. I don't suppose anybody will ever really know.”
The American Film Institute named Juror 8, 28th in a list of the 50 greatest movie heroes of the 20th century.
In 2007, "12 Angry Men" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Although every single actor in the film deserved an Academy Award, as did the director, the script, and anything you can name, this favorite for an Oscar did not succeed in winning one.
But later reversed upon appeal.