by Hans ten Cate
Friday, 10 May 1996

Well, here are a few "honorable" mentions we did not see fit to include in the Monty Python Oscar Trivia List (see above). These were films that received Oscar awards or nominations but had only limited involvement by a Python. Still, in an effort to be complete, here you have them. It did come as a shock to some to see that "Casper" was not included in this year's Oscar nominations for something like special effects. "Casper," as you'll recall, also starred Eric Idle as a sniveling crook.

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
(John Cleese had a cameo appearance in this Muppet film)

  • NOMINATED FOR: Best Song -- Joe Raposo - Music & Lyrics for "The First Time it Happens"
    WHO WON: Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross, and Peter Allen - Music & Lyrics for "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" in "Arthur"

Silverado (1985)
(John Cleese starred as Sheriff Langston in this well-made Western)

  • NOMINATED FOR: Music Scoring -- Bruce Broughton
    WHO WON: John Barry for "Out of Africa"

  • NOMINATED FOR: Sound -- Donald O. Mitchell, Rick Kline, Kevin O'Connell, David Ronne
    WHO WON: Chris Jenkins, Gary Alexander, Larry Stensvold, and Peter Handford for "Out of Africa"

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
(John Cleese starred as Professor Waldman in this Kenneth Branagh version of the classic novel)

  • NOMINATED FOR: Best Achievement in Makeup -- Daniel Parker, Paul Engelen, and Carol Hemming
    WHO WON: Rick Baker, Ve Neill, and Yolanda Toussieng for "Ed Wood"