January 27, 2014 at 8:46 pm #137052
Should the Academy change the rule that an actor can’t be nominatted for more than one performance in a category?January 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm #137054
Well, not many actors have 2 oscar worthy performances in one year that is in the same category so if the Academy allows it it’s not like there will be an overcrowding of double nominees in one category. If both performances are worthy then both should get in. I don’t care about giving more actors a better chance of getting nominated. If the 2 performances are worthy then it should be rewarded.January 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm #137055
They let multiple people compete in other categories (directors, composers, cinematographers, etc.). It’s arbitrary not to let actors in for multiple performances.
It wouldn’t happen often, but it might have happened for Kate Winslet for “Reader” and “Revolutionary Road.” Might have helped Scarlett Johansson (“Lost in Translation,” “Girl with a Pear Earring”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“Blood Diamond” and “Departed”), who ended up campaigning clearly lead performances as supporting to avoid competing with themselves.January 27, 2014 at 11:10 pm #137056
^This.January 28, 2014 at 12:14 am #137057
Like remember when Steven Soderbergh was nominated for Best Director in 2001 for Erin Brockovich and Traffic, and won the laterJanuary 28, 2014 at 11:05 am #137058
I guess the only reason for the one actor per category rule is to avoid awkwardness in the televised show – an actor could win for one film over another and people might not hear which film they won for over the applause. In other categories they can announce the film before the name.
To be honest though, if this is the Academy’s priority over nominating deserving contenders then they really don’t deserve to be held to the esteem that they are.January 28, 2014 at 11:09 am #137059
1991: Best Actress
Anjelica Huston “The Grifters”
Anjelica Huston “The Witches”January 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm #137060
Actor in a Leading Role
Billy Bob Thornton, “Bandits”, “The Man Who Wasn’t There”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Blood Diamond”, “The Departed”
Ryan Gosling, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”, “The Ides of March”
Actress in a Leading Role
Nicole Kidman, “The Others”, “Moulin Rouge!”
Scarlett Johansson, “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, “Lost in Translation”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”, “Mamma Mia!”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”, “Revoultionary Road”
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”, “The Proposal”
Meryl Streep, “It’s Complicated”, “Julie & Julia”January 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm #137061
Eh the actors would still likely try to push one in one category, or one each in two categories with arguable category fraud, so as not to vote split.
I mean, ScarJo not getting one nom certainly indicates she wouldn’t have gotten 2 in, for example.January 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm #137062
Jamie Foxx in 2004 for Ray and Collateral.January 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm #137063
I understand wanting to get more worthy performances in a category and I agree with the sentiment, but I worry that if it was allowed then really popular or respected actors would get two pretty good performances in over on under-the radar but still deserving one.
Jennifer Lawrence gets in for Silver Linings Playbook and Hunger Games (I know it wouldn’t have happened but serves the example, and with how much they love Lawrence I wouldn’t put it passed them)
So one really popular actress had two good performances that are both acclaimed but don’t really both deserve it, and she get’s in twice and then really great but out there choices like Emmanuelle Riva or Quvenzhane Wallis don’t get itJanuary 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm #137064
Sean Penn for 21 Grams and Mystic River
Sidney Poitier for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night
Morgan Freeman for Lean On Me and Driving Miss Daisy
…some of the possibilites I can think of on the top of my head…
TBH…I don’t think they should change the rule. However, I also think the other categories should have similar rules. I don’t think Steven Soderbourgh deserved two Directing nominations (I’d taken away the Erin Brockvich one),January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm #137065
seems only fair to me. and i think it would only happen when people are really passionate about two performances.
i love Meryl but Julie and Julia was in, i dont think enough people would have been as passionate for Its Complicated. So i think same with Doubt and Mamma Mia.
most of the examples listed above…. normally ONE of the performances was more loved than the other.
it does suck when a well respected great actor releases two worthy contenders (or more) in a year.
QUESTION for everyone. if Meryl hadnt had Julie and Julia, do you think she would have been nominated for Its Complicated? If she hadnt had Doubt, do you think the would have nominated her for Mamma Mia?
i will say Nicole Kidman should have been nominated for THE OTHERS and not MOULIN ROUGE. but she was amazing in both. i could have seen this one happening.January 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm #137066
thats also why i like some of the critic awards. like a couple years ago some circles were giving Jessica Chastain best supporting actress and then listing all the movies she did that yearJanuary 29, 2014 at 5:21 am #137067
Jackson B – Meryl definitely would not have been nominated for Mamma Mia or It’s Complicated even without Doubt and Julie and Julia. It would be like last year when she wasn’t nommed for Hope Springs despite not having a more awards-type film instead.
Generally I think without the one film per category rule for actors the results would have been almost the same anyway, as usually an actor has one film with more traction than the others. But morally I feel the opportunity should be there – for instance Kate Winslet had enough traction to get both The Reader and Revolutionary Road into the lead category if it were allowed, and she wouldn’t have had that ridiculous campaign in supporting.