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Forrest Gump may be America's favorite simpleton, but he elicited only wrath Wednesday as the British press sulked about being snubbed at this year's Oscars.

"Each time you think the Oscars have grown up, they return with a rattle and a bib," wrote Nigel Andrews of the Financial Times, in one of many peevish post-mortems on Monday's 67th annual Academy Awards.

"We don't want to appear bad losers," said the Daily Express, "but we can't help wondering if someone like Mr. Gump was in charge of the judging."

Hopes were pinned mostly on "Four Weddings and a Funeral," which was up for two awards, including best picture, and "The Madness of King George," which had four nominations.

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