When Shakespeare Beat Spielberg: An Oscar Shocker, 20 Years Later

And you thought Green Book was a surprise. This year's Best Picture winner should hold Shakespeare's ale, because in 1999 an artsy piece of erudite fan fiction about the Bard's young career took down none other than Steven Spielberg himself. Here's the dirty little secret: it should have. Shakespeare in Love is a better film than Saving Private Ryan. Considering how that’s a minority opinion (which I’ll defend in a bit), many people believe that Shakespeare producer and Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein essentially bought the 1998 Academy Award for Best Picture. With a rumored $…

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