Award won: Best Actor (Al Pacino)

Was there ever any doubt that Al Pacino would win his eighth Academy Award for 1992's Scent of a Woman? His vivacious acting in the Martin Brest-directed drama plays like a calculated attempt at a trophy: Get an already esteemed actor to portray someone with a disability (in this case, blindness), let him chew on the scenery like a rabid dog, and sprinkle in the right amount of melodramatic money-moments for the Oscar broadcast's clip-showing purposes.

The plan worked worked, and Scent of a Woman, now especially, feels like an overly calculated piece of star-powered obviousness.