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  • Rooney Mara
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    I´m a huge David Lynch fan and I´m now revisiting Inland Empire, where Laura Dern gives an outstanding tour de force performance and I was wondering about the amount of snubbed actors (and the ones who got nominations) for David Lynch films.

    NOMINATED PERFORMANCES:
    John Hurt (The Elephant Man)
    Diane Ladd (Wild at Heart)
    Richard Farnsworth (The Straight Story)

    SNUBBED  PERFORMANCES (in my opinion):
    Denis Hooper (Blue Velvet)
    Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet)
    Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive)
    Laura Dern (Inland Empire)
    there are more but I feel these are the main ones.

    What do you think about Lynch´s films and their stories and performances? Were his director nominations deserved? Discuss. 

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    vozas
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    Don’t get me started on Lynch or I’ll never stop. He is second only to Polanski in my list of favorite directors of all time. I love him and his work and I believe that even more than a visionary in terms of pace and production design, he is an actor’s director to the point where I often find my jaw dropping at what he gets out of them.

    All of the 4 snubbed performances should’ve been nominated and both Watts and Dern should’ve won in a cakewalk, especially considering what they would’ve hypothetically contended with. Watts’ audition scene in Mullholand Drive remains to me one of the best acted scenes I have ever seen in cinema.

    This may seem overreaching, but Diane Ladd and Richard Farnsworth were also my picks for their respective years. I can’t deny Robert DeNiro’s Raging Bull performance though, as unforgettably moving as John Hurt was in the Elephant Man.

    I would’ve also nominated Willem Dafoe for Wild at Heart. Bobby Peru literally gives me nightmares to this day.

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^I completely agree, especially about Watts. It’s the film and performance that made me realize that she was one of the best actresses working at that time. It’s crazy that she was snubbed.

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    Gabriel
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    I also love David Lynch. His actors are uniformly excellent.

    Naomi Watts was my personal winner that year for Mulholland Drive. A truly phenomenal performance. Her snub was ridiculous and taught me not to place too much value on acting Oscars. I noticed that a few minor critics placed her in supporting. I don’t understand that at all, she is the freakin’ main character/protagonist. If I recall, she was campaigned as supporting until she won Lead Actress at NSFC and runner-up at NY and LA. I hope category confusion didn’t play a part in her snub…

    As for Laura Dern in Inland Empire, she was equally phenomenal and gives one of the best performances of the last decade – much better than who ever won the Oscar that year. I wish Lynch’s cow campaign for her had worked, but there was no way in hell the Academy was going to respond to such an unapologetically experimental film like Inland Empire. Their loss.

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    K-Hole
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    Mulholland Drive is one of the only two films made post 2000 to rank in the top 100 films in Sight & Sound’s Top 250 Films (the other is In the Mood for Love). I’d say that is quite an achievement. For me, Mulholland Drive is one of those films that sends shivers down my spine and makes the hairs on my scalp stand straight up–every time I watch it! One of my favorite films ever. Naomi Watts was a revelation and her snub by the Academy ranks as one of and perhaps the most egregious snub ever. Watts would have certainly deserved to win instead of Halle Berry’s embarrassingly bad performance. Oh and David Lynch also deserved to win instead of that hack Ron Howard. With a few exceptions like Jim Broadbent; Gosford Park; LOTR:FOTR; etc., the 2002 Academy Awards were one of the stupidest and worst ever, and that is really saying something.

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    vozas
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    ^

    I couldn’t agree more. That year as fucking mess

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    babypook
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    Crispin Glover, “Jingle Dell”

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    Beau S.
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    Strange how of the nominated performances, the only one I like is John Hurt, yet I love all of the snubbed performances and would have given the win to Watts, Hopper and maybe Rossellini (I need to review her competition).

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    babypook
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    Don’t get me started on Lynch or I’ll never stop. He is second only to Polanski in my list of favorite directors of all time. I love him and his work and I believe that even more than a visionary in terms of pace and production design, he is an actor’s director to the point where I often find my jaw dropping at what he gets out of them.

    All of the 4 snubbed performances should’ve been nominated and both Watts and Dern should’ve won in a cakewalk, especially considering what they would’ve hypothetically contended with. Watts’ audition scene in Mullholand Drive remains to me one of the best acted scenes I have ever seen in cinema.

    This may seem overreaching, but Diane Ladd and Richard Farnsworth were also my picks for their respective years. I can’t deny Robert DeNiro’s Raging Bull performance though, as unforgettably moving as John Hurt was in the Elephant Man.

    I would’ve also nominated Willem Dafoe for Wild at Heart. Bobby Peru literally gives me nightmares to this day.

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    Patricia Arquette in Lost Highway. She could be campaigned either category since she’s the female lead but also in the greater context of the film a supporting role in each man’s version of events.

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    vinny
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    I liked “Wild at Heart” a lot. Diane Ladd was awesome. Same for Cage and Dern.

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    babypook
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    I liked “Wild at Heart” a lot. Diane Ladd was awesome. Same for Cage and Dern.



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    Rooney Mara
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    Naomi Watts fives my favourite performance of ,at least, this millenium. She hits every single emotion in MD and it´s hilarious the fact that she didn´t win the Oscar that year (oh wait, she wasnt even nominated). The audition scene is just breathtaking.
    Laura Dern in IE is very close with Naomi, she gives another tour de force performance and it´s delightful to see her doing almost a “best of” off her work with David Lynch through the decades. She is absolutely terrifying and ,yet again, deserved the Oscar win over the bland supporting performance of Witherspon.
    Denis and Isabella both give outstanding performances in Blue Velvet worth of a win.
    Diane Ladd deserved the win at Wild at Heart. 
    All of this 3 movies are my favourite of their respective year and Mulholland Dr my all time favourite.

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    Isabella Rossellini was outstanding in Blue Velvet

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    Hopper and Rossellini are the best of the snubbed for sure. And even though I love Hannah and Her Sisters, they both probably should have won.

    Hurt might give the best performance in a Lynch movie, but unfortunately he was up against one of the greatest performances of all time.

    I’m 50% sure I don’t understand Mulholland Dr. but I’m 90% I love it anyway. But I’m not so sure about Watts. She seemed kind of cheesy in her early scenes. But I’m not sure if this was on purpose or not, I don’t know, I need to see it again to figure out for sure. 

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