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Mar. 2, 2012by: George Merchan

It's kind of hard to tell if Steven Spielberg - seen here at the smooth, beardless age of 29 - is joking or speaking with at least some bit of cockiness when referring to how many nominations he expects JAWS to walk away with. As AICN's Mr. Beaks points out, the man's youthfulness coupled with the fact that his film was, at the time, the biggest box office hit ever... yeah, he probably felt somewhat invincible. And who could blame him? It's f*cking JAWS.

He did garner four Oscar nods for the film, including Best Picture, but ultimately only walked away with awards for Editing, Sound, and Score. JAWS would mark the first of many snubs for the director, though he would finally get his golden statue in 1994 for SCHINDLER'S LIST (however he got screwed over again in 1999 with SAVING PRIVATE RYAN when it lost Best Picture to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE... ugh).

There's just something so fascinating about seeing videos like the one below from the years before media oversaturation. Check it out and let us know what you think. (And get a load of Spielberg's pal Joe Spinell, whom you'll probably remember from THE GODFATHERs, the ROCKYs, and a small role in TAXI DRIVER).

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5:08PM on 03/03/2012
That's fucked up I cant believe that shit happened. Just proves the Academy has been fucked up for a while now.
That's fucked up I cant believe that shit happened. Just proves the Academy has been fucked up for a while now.
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6:14PM on 03/02/2012
To have gone through what Spielberg went trough while making Jaws, and then see it become the biggest movie of all time -- how do you not get a director nomination with a best picture nom? I would've reacted the same if not been more pissed. I do like his friend "let's go get drunk". Classic.
To have gone through what Spielberg went trough while making Jaws, and then see it become the biggest movie of all time -- how do you not get a director nomination with a best picture nom? I would've reacted the same if not been more pissed. I do like his friend "let's go get drunk". Classic.
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3:21PM on 03/02/2012

gotta agree with the first comment

I like the passion and all that but for the longest time in the video I thought he was joking, being sarcastic -- but he was actually just really cocky and arrogant. Amazing director but that video kind of surprised me, I figured he was more in a joking/laid back mood but instead it turned out he was just over-confident and then pissed off. The Best Picture nom without the Best Director thing does make sense though, "who made the movie, the shark?!" lol
I like the passion and all that but for the longest time in the video I thought he was joking, being sarcastic -- but he was actually just really cocky and arrogant. Amazing director but that video kind of surprised me, I figured he was more in a joking/laid back mood but instead it turned out he was just over-confident and then pissed off. The Best Picture nom without the Best Director thing does make sense though, "who made the movie, the shark?!" lol
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4:10PM on 03/02/2012
"Who made the most successful movie ever?"
"Who made the most successful movie ever?"
6:38PM on 03/02/2012
@Bojac - huh? what does that have to do with anything... and I don't know, James Cameron?
@Bojac - huh? what does that have to do with anything... and I don't know, James Cameron?
2:29PM on 03/02/2012
Anyone else think it's weird that Spielberg was buddies with Joe Spinell?
Anyone else think it's weird that Spielberg was buddies with Joe Spinell?
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12:19PM on 03/02/2012
The studios pretty much wanted to see him fail while he made Jaws, being over budget and over schedule. I'd be a bit cocky too if I, not only pulled it off, but made a box office juggernaut. I think my favorite is "Cancel my day!" "Right, we're getting drunk!" He didn't really flip his shit, but still must've stung.
The studios pretty much wanted to see him fail while he made Jaws, being over budget and over schedule. I'd be a bit cocky too if I, not only pulled it off, but made a box office juggernaut. I think my favorite is "Cancel my day!" "Right, we're getting drunk!" He didn't really flip his shit, but still must've stung.
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11:31AM on 03/02/2012
It's nice to see an honest reaction. In his shoes , I would feel the same way.
It's nice to see an honest reaction. In his shoes , I would feel the same way.
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11:30AM on 03/02/2012
He had a lot of competition that year, from some established giants in the field. He was a little cocky in thinking that his sophomore, feature film directorial effort was going to sweep. Gotta remember, this is Hollywood, where everyone is falling over themselves to stroke the big names, most especially the Academy.
He had a lot of competition that year, from some established giants in the field. He was a little cocky in thinking that his sophomore, feature film directorial effort was going to sweep. Gotta remember, this is Hollywood, where everyone is falling over themselves to stroke the big names, most especially the Academy.
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11:18AM on 03/02/2012
Yeah, he was robbed. Luckily they made it up to him six more times. 13 if you count best picture nominations. It's still interesting to see him in such an impressionable seeming light before he became the emperor of American directors.
Yeah, he was robbed. Luckily they made it up to him six more times. 13 if you count best picture nominations. It's still interesting to see him in such an impressionable seeming light before he became the emperor of American directors.
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11:15AM on 03/02/2012
I've read alot on Spielberg and as the story goes, his first few hits went to his head (as this video shows) really bad. He then made 1941 which was a complete failure, so he got himself in check (unlike a certain M. Night somebody) and went on to become the legend we know and love today.
I've read alot on Spielberg and as the story goes, his first few hits went to his head (as this video shows) really bad. He then made 1941 which was a complete failure, so he got himself in check (unlike a certain M. Night somebody) and went on to become the legend we know and love today.
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11:02AM on 03/02/2012
Everything that was said at the end could pretty much be said about Nolan at this point.
Everything that was said at the end could pretty much be said about Nolan at this point.
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7:28AM on 03/02/2012
Awesome video. Though I agree with Spielberg's friend. It doesn't make sense for a film to be nominated for best picture and not best director (and vice versa). I understand the reasoning behind it, but it isn't too logical.
Awesome video. Though I agree with Spielberg's friend. It doesn't make sense for a film to be nominated for best picture and not best director (and vice versa). I understand the reasoning behind it, but it isn't too logical.
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6:49AM on 03/02/2012
Seriously imagine how you'd feel if your movie was the biggest film of the year and it didn't win, you'd be pissed as well. Steven reacted like all of us would react behind closed doors.
Seriously imagine how you'd feel if your movie was the biggest film of the year and it didn't win, you'd be pissed as well. Steven reacted like all of us would react behind closed doors.
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6:24AM on 03/02/2012
Damn...I may have lost respect for Spielberg with this video. What a cocky, arrogant, jaded little prick he comes off as. At the same time- it's refreshing to see someone's honest to God reaction. This video wasn't intended for a DVD extra, there was no threat of youtube or anything like that to "expose" him. This was genuine and I appreciate the candidness of it, something you don't see much of in Hollywood nowadays.
Damn...I may have lost respect for Spielberg with this video. What a cocky, arrogant, jaded little prick he comes off as. At the same time- it's refreshing to see someone's honest to God reaction. This video wasn't intended for a DVD extra, there was no threat of youtube or anything like that to "expose" him. This was genuine and I appreciate the candidness of it, something you don't see much of in Hollywood nowadays.
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9:11AM on 03/02/2012
Today he wouldn't act that way. Today a relatively new director wouldn't be responsible for the biggest box-office hit of all-time. And unless it's made by Cameron, said film would not be nominated by the Academy.
Today he wouldn't act that way. Today a relatively new director wouldn't be responsible for the biggest box-office hit of all-time. And unless it's made by Cameron, said film would not be nominated by the Academy.
10:20AM on 03/02/2012
If I directed the highest grossing movie ever (at the time) ... I'd feel a little big for my britches.
If I directed the highest grossing movie ever (at the time) ... I'd feel a little big for my britches.
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