The other night I was chatting with some of my friends—safely socially-distanced, of course—and we got upon the subject of the Mandela Effect. There are numerous instances of which I was unaware, like Mr. Monopoly losing his monocle, for example. (Without looking it up, does Mr. Monopoly, the cartoon character, wear a monocle? If you answered yes, you are in good company. I remember him wearing one, too. Only he doesn’t. I remember INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE being INTERVIEW WITH *A* VAMPIRE, too. And while I have no memories of Nelson Mandela dying in the 80s in prison, the event for which the phenomenon is named, I do remember watching BerenstEin Bears cartoons as a kid.)
So here’s where THE SHINING comes into it. I have clear memories that Shelley Duvall got an Oscar nomination for her performance in the Stanley Kubrick classic. Only she didn’t. I looked it up, and found that she had even been nominated for a freakin’ Razzie. (Proving once again that the Razzies have no credibility at all, not even an ounce.) But I remember Duvall’s Oscar nomination. I remember it because I remember wondering why she got one and Jack Nicholson didn’t. Surely his performance was just as good, I remember thinking. I remember her not winning and everything. But she was never there. She didn’t get nominated. Well, not in *this* timeline she didn’t. In an alternate timeline, she got the credit she deserved.