For the umpteenth time, I watched The Shawshank Redemption and loved it as much as when I first saw it. The same is true for It’s a Wonderful Life, one of my favorites that I will watch yet again during the holiday season.
Both of these movies have become popular classics and are shown over and over on television. Yet neither of them were Oscar winners – in any category.
Although they were both nominees for Best Picture and had several nominations in other categories, the only Academy Award or Golden Globe win between the two of them was a Golden Globe for Frank Capra as director. (Ironically, the Japanese Film Academy awarded Shawshank as Best Foreign Film!)
Yet today, both movies have been included by the American Film Institute in the top 100 movies ever made. The Library of Congress has preserved Shawshank in the National Film Registry as a movie that is “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” It’s a Wonderful Life has been called “one of the most loved films in American cinema.”
Filmmakers may think that the Academy Awards or Golden Globes are the ultimate prize and such recognition is necessary for validation of their work. These two films show that it is not.
Don’t let your self-esteem or fortitude be dampened because you did not win the equivalent of your Oscar. Keep creating good work and let knowing that you did be your prize.
Sources: imdb and Wikipedia