In Woody Allen's "Manhattan," Michael Murphy and Diane Keaton speak of their Academy of the Overrated for such notables as Gustav Mahler and Isak Dinesen.
After Monday night's Oscars, one might also add "The Last Emperor" to that academy. Indeed, it probably belongs there much more than Mahler and Dinesen.
Without a doubt, Bernardo Bertolucci's "Emperor" is a visual wonder to behold, and it would be difficult to question its worthiness of the cinematography and costume design Oscars that it won.
However, to assert that it was worthy of nine Oscars is utterly absurd, especially when one considers some of the also-rans.