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  • awardskel
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    This year, more than any other, we see a lot of nominees return to the fray for the first time in a while. Here’s my list:

    1) songwriter Paul Williams (last nominations came in 1980, 32 years ago)
    2) Willie Nelson (last nomination came in 1981, 31 years ago)
    3) Shirley MacLaine (last nomination/win came in 1984, 28 years ago)
    4) Sally Field (last nomination/win came in 1985, 27 years ago)
    5) Pauline Collins (last nomination came in 1990, 22 years ago)
    6) Robert De Niro (last nomination came in 1992, 20 years ago)
    7) Robert Zemeckis (last nomination/win came in 1995, 17 years ago)
    8) Susan Sarandon (last nomination/win came in 1996, 16 years ago)
    9) composer Patrick Doyle (last nomination came in 1997, 15 years ago)
    10) Barbra Streisand (last nomination came in 1997, 15 years ago)
    11) William H. Macy (last nomination came in 1997, 15 years ago)
    12) Dustin Hoffman (last nomination came in 1998, 14 years ago)
    13) Anthony Hopkins (last nomination came in 1998, 14 years ago)
    14) Ben Affleck (last nomination/win came in 1998, 14 years ago)
    15) Helen Hunt (last nomination/win came in 1998, 14 years ago)
    16) screenwriter Tom Stoppard (last nomination/win came in 1999, 13 years ago)
    17) Toni Collette (last nomination came in 2000, 12 years ago)
    18) Sam Mendes (last nomination/win came in 2000, 12 years ago)
    19) Tom Hanks (last nomination came in 2001, 11 years ago)
    20) screenwriter William Nicholson (last nomination came in 2001, 11 years ago)
    21) Denzel Washington (last nomination/win came in 2002, 10 years ago)
    22) Russell Crowe (last nomination came in 2002, 10 years ago)
    23) Maggie Smith (last nomination came in 2002, 10 years ago)
    24) Jim Broadbent (last nomination/win came in 2002, 10 years ago)
    25) Halle Berry (last nomination/win came in 2002, 10 years ago)
    26) Ian McKellen (last nomination came in 2002, 10 years ago)
    27) Bill Murray (last nomination came in 2004, 8 years ago)
    28) Naomi Watts (last nomination came in 2004, 8 years ago)
    29) film editor William Goldenberg (last nomination came in 2004, 8 years ago)
    30) Jamie Foxx (last nomination/win came in 2005, 7 years ago)
    31) screenwriter Jose Rivera (last nomination came in 2005, 7 years ago
    32) Ang Lee (last nomination/win came in 2006, 6 years ago)
    33) Tony Kushner (last nomination came in 2006, 6 years ago)
    34) cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (last nomination came in 2006, 6 years ago)
    35) Dolly Parton (last nomination came in 2006, 6 years ago)
    36) Jake Gyllenhaal (last nomination came in 2006, 6 years ago)
    37) Joaquin Phoenix (last nomination came in 2006, 6 years ago)
    38) Keira Knightley (last nomination came in 2006, 6 years ago)
    39) Rachel Weisz (last nomination/win came in 2006, 6 years ago)
    40) Frances McDormand (last nomination came in 2006, 6 years ago)
    41) Tim Burton (last nomination came in 2006, 6 years ago)
    42) Alan Arkin (last nomination/win came in 2007, 5 years ago)   
    43) Judi Dench (last nomination came in 2007, 5 years ago)
    44) Clint Eastwood (last nominations came in 2007, 5 years ago)
    45) Leonardo DiCaprio (last nomination came in 2007, 5 years ago)

    Probably more… 

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    Bill Buchanan
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    #72610

    I disagree with a couple of names on that list simply because their comebacks haven’t actually materialized. Hyde Park on Hudson was the oscar bomb of the year. It wasn’t bill murray’s comeback.

    Also, I view comebacks more in the light of quality of work than oscar buzz. Leo DiCaprio hasn’t made a great movie since 2010, wow, what a shame for him! It won’t be a comeback if he’s nominated this year for Django Unchained because he has made a lot of critically acclaimed movies over the last decade.

    Russell Crowe… if he’s great, that’s definitely a comeback…
    Jamie Foxx… same thing
    Ang Lee… Yeah… I could see that…
    Clint Eastwood… TWTC was so not a comeback
    Judi Dench… umm… maybe, maybe… How far can we go? Notes on a Scandal? Yes, that was her last critically acclaimed movie. But will skyfall disappoint? (early reviews have been strangely positive).
    Joaquin Phoenix… comeback of the decade
    Tony kushner… he hasn’t written anything since Munich so it’s not a comeback whether he gets nominated or not.

    and many many others…
    I so hope Cloud Atlas is Hanks’s comeback. it won’t be for many critics (or maybe not… here’s hoping) but it will be for many others (including Ebert!). Anne Thompson and Sasha Stone have been incredibly positive about it.

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    awardskel
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    I’m not saying anyone’s getting nominated…just saying that they have the potential to be nominated.

    When I say comeback, I’m saying that this could be their first nomination since their last nod. 

    Also, “early reviews have been strangely positive”…. I’m taking it that you’re not a fan? How is this surprising? Most Bond films have gotten fairly decent reviews (especially Casino Royale, with the exception of Quantum of Solace)

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    outsider
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    Very interesting list! I didn’t know Willie Nelson was an Oscar nominee. You just made a small mistake. Your numbers are off by one year.

    For example, Sally Field won for a 1984 movie. If she gets nominated for a 2012 performance, that’s 28 years.

    Another way to look at it: If you go by the year the nomination/win actually happened (1985), then you have to consider that she’ll get nominated in 2013. Again, it’s 28 years.

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Also, “early reviews have been strangely positive”…. I’m taking it that you’re not a fan? How is this surprising? Most Bond films have gotten fairly decent reviews (especially Casino Royale, with the exception of Quantum of Solace)

    No, I’m not a fan, but I’m not an anti-fan either. Depends on which 007 movie you’re talking about. And no, Bond movies don’t even get “decent reviews”. None of them has ranked above 60 on rottentomatoes since thunderball (1965), with 2 exceptions in the 70s (I think) and of course: Casino Royale which got 94 on RT (highest in the series ever) and the 81 on metacritic.

    Skyfall now stands at 98 on RT and 84 on metacritic.
    Ladies and gentleman… we could be on the verge of seeing the best (alright, one of the top 5, for you connery fans) bond movie ever made…

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    I miss the old tongue-in-cheek Bond. Daniel Craig is about as fun as Jerry Falwell at a gay male orgy. I will dutifully watch SKYFALL but I don’t expect to enjoy it. At all.

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    awardskel
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    Very interesting list! I didn’t know Willie Nelson was an Oscar nominee. You just made a small mistake. Your numbers are off by one year.

    For example, Sally Field won for a 1984 movie. If she gets nominated for a 2012 performance, that’s 28 years.

    Another way to look at it: If you go by the year the nomination/win actually happened (1985), then you have to consider that she’ll get nominated in 2013. Again, it’s 28 years.

    True True. I was going by the year she was at the ceremony (1985) and then this particular year (2012)…either way, it’s been a heck of a long time for her. I also do not know for sure if Paul Williams did the song for his documentary, but he seemed worth mentioning…    

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    awardskel
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    I miss the old tongue-in-cheek Bond. Daniel Craig is about as fun as Jerry Falwell at a gay male orgy. I will dutifully watch SKYFALL but I don’t expect to enjoy it. At all.

    They didn’t go anywhere. You can still watch the cheaply made tongue-in-cheek pieces of crap all you want. As for me, I’m done with them.  

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    awardskel
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    I miss the old tongue-in-cheek Bond. Daniel Craig is about as fun as Jerry Falwell at a gay male orgy. I will dutifully watch SKYFALL but I don’t expect to enjoy it. At all.

    They didn’t go anywhere. You can still watch the cheaply made tongue-in-cheek pieces of crap all you want. As for me, I’m done with them.  

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