December 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm #126438
What are some examples of actors that perhaps missed out on chances of an Oscar nomination for a particular performance because they were campaigned in the wrong category either by themselves or by producers…? For example, would Joan Crawford have been nominated for …Baby Jane? in 1963, if she had petitioned as a supporting actress? Or would Amy Adams’s chances be better this year for an Oscar nod if she campaigned as supporting for American Hustle? (I certainly think so for the latter). Would, say, Richard Gere, have been nominated for Chicago in 2002 if he had campaigned as a supporting actor (I’m guessing here that he had been petitioned as a lead)… Any thoughts?
(Apologies if this has been brought up before!)December 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm #126440
Well, wasn’t Sidney Poitier left off in 1967 because he essentially had “three leading roles” that same year (while his co-stars for 2 of those movies got nominated)?December 31, 2013 at 7:37 pm #126441
I would add Shirley Maclaine in “Postcards From the Edge” to this list. She clearly would have been nominated had she campaigned in the supporting category.December 31, 2013 at 7:43 pm #126442
Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds). I think Weinstein campaigned her in lead so as to cover all 4 acting categories, but she probably should have been in supporting with Diane Kruger (and both should have been nominated!)December 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm #126443
Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds). I think Weinstein campaigned her in lead so as to cover all 4 acting categories, but she probably should have been in supporting with Diane Kruger (and both should have been nominated!)
I can see that, although really, the Best Actress slate was so weak that year that I’m somewhat miffed that Laurent couldn’t make it anyway. The performance has enough power to it that I think it would have made a worthwhile nominee in either category.January 1, 2014 at 12:28 am #126444
Jamie Lee Curtis “True Lies”
Marion Cotillard “Nine”
They were both supporting. Golden Globes messed up their chances.January 1, 2014 at 2:44 am #126445
ScarJo for ‘Lost in Translations’
Leo Dicaprio for ‘The Departed’ granted he was nominated that year, but for the wrong film imo.
Meryl Streep for ‘The Hours’January 1, 2014 at 9:08 am #126446
Hold the phone! Did MacLaine or some rep of hers or somebody else actually try to campaign for lead actress in POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE???
Let’s not forget the whole Rosalind Russell in PICNIC deal in 1955, where she refused to be placed in supporting actress because she was a star…back when people could dictate what category actors should be considered for.
Joan Crawford in BABY JANE – no way, no one would have ever even thought of it…even if she had been formally placed in supporting (2 years before voters got to choose where they wanted actors to be.) The actual role and her stature, never would have happened in 1962.
I would add Shirley Maclaine in “Postcards From the Edge” to this list. She clearly would have been nominated had she campaigned in the supporting category.January 1, 2014 at 10:49 am #126447
Placing Crawford in supporting and then even giving her a win would be more humiliating than actual snub in leading. She already felt that Davis won against her by being the one nominated. Selecting her in supporting would give Bette never ending round of laugh and Joan would be furious for being officially downgraded.
Not to mention that there is no way that Blanche was supporting character by any measure. Yes, she was less showy and more subtle but it was her story as much as it was Jane’s. Take her out and there is no movie. Jane and Blanche are toxically together throughout the whole movie.
50 years later and look what’s going on. At least Julianne Moore and Bruce Dern did resist to put themselves in supporting. Anybody else can see no problem in what is basically cheating, whether it’s their personal decision or the studio’s.