Does Attitude Factor Into Winning Oscars?

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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Back in 2009, I had heard from someone who boldly predicted that James Cameron was not going to win the Oscar for Best Director for Avatar because he is “narcissistic” and that his Golden Globe acceptance speech “rubbed [him] the wrong way”. It lead me to think that you must be humble in order to win Oscars. I also heard that David O. Russell is also a little arrogant himself, so could that factor into him not winning? What are your thoughts?

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    tonorlo
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    There is a reason they’re called campaigns.

    In a perfect world, it would be all about the performances of the nominees in their various departments, but a nominee’s “attitude,” as you put it, absolutely plays a role in their Oscar chances. During Oscar season, most of the Oscar nominees (particularly actors) are very much in the limelight and are being scrutinized, fairly or not. It’s not so much about “Is their work worthy?” but “Is this person worthy?”.

    There was quite a bit of rumbling about Cameron’s Golden Globe “performance” for “Avatar” at the time, though one cannot discount the fact that he had already made an enormous dent in Oscar annals with “Titanic” twelve years earlier, an X-factor which also certainly eroded his chances to get to the podium for “Avatar.”

    Probably the single most inflammatory instance of somebody’s “attitude” shooting themselves in the foot for an Oscar win of late was in 2002, when Russell Crowe reamed a BAFTA producer shortly after he won the Best Actor prize for “A Beautiful Mind.” Up until that point, Crowe was indisputably the frontrunner for Best Actor and stood an excellent chance to become the first consecutive acting Oscar winner since Tom Hanks. After the BAFTA fracas came out, the momentum for Denzel Washington kicked into overdrive, and Crowe’s stock fell precipitously, as far as his Oscar chances that year were concerned.

     

     

     

     

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I remember people were complaining about Mo’Nique’s attitude during the 2009 season, that she wouldn’t show up to non-major award shows because she wasn’t getting paid, asking former Oscar nominees on her talk show what the Oscar means FINANCIALLY, etc. However, she still walked away with the Globe, SAG, and Oscar.

    However, she also hasn’t been seen in a single movie or TV show since, except for hosting the reunion of Love & Hip Hop on VH1 last week.

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    I remember people were complaining about Mo’Nique’s attitude during the 2009 season, that she wouldn’t show up to non-major award shows because she wasn’t getting paid, asking former Oscar nominees on her talk show what the Oscar means FINANCIALLY, etc. However, she still walked away with the Globe, SAG, and Oscar.

    However, she also hasn’t been seen in a single movie or TV show since, except for hosting the reunion of Love & Hip Hop on VH1 last week.

    Jesus. That’s just gross.

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    Actriz
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    Good for Mo’Nique for trying to expose the dirtiness of the Oscar race!

    I know that viewpoint is probably unpopular but if the general moviegoing public knew about the dirt that gets thrown during the Oscar race, the Academy would be forced to make changes to campaigning rules. I’ll always be in support of the strictest campaigning rules possible.

    Yeah, she was pretty nasty about it but her heart was in the right place (to be fair to her, she did make terrific acceptance speeches). And I do think her win will go down in history as one of the great examples of performance triumphing over politics.

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    Macbeth
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    All I’m gonna say is that before the 2009 Oscars, I had no idea who Mo’nique was, but when Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were talking about comedians at the Oscars in their monologue, when they said “Mo’nique” is a comedian, I found that HILARIOUS because just based on her speeches, I thought she was quite a bitter, serious woman 

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