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  • cinephil
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    Just rewatched Stephen Frear’s 1990 movie “The Grifters” and was one more time in awe of Anjelica Huston’s flawless performance as Lilly Dillon. I love Kathy Bates in “Misery” and I do not question her win. Although I keep wandering: Do you think Huston was a serious competition? I hope so… It is such an iconic performance. Besides, I read that Huston was actually offered the part of Annie Wilkes but turned it down in favor of “The Grifters”. Would she have taken home the trophy had she accepted to star in the Stephen King adaption? 1990 was a great year for her careerwise since she also received lots of critical acclaim for her turn in “The Witches”. Could she have contended for this one as well? Curious to read your thoughts!

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    blueprint
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    I seriously cannot imagine Misery with Anjelica Houston. That role was created for someone like Kathy Bates, that would have been a horrible casting choice.
    She was perfect in The Grifters however, which is also a great movie imo.

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    babypook
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    Anjelica is perfect here, and she helped Annette Bening considerably. The two of them are like a force of nature. Imo Stephen Frears, compared to Rob Reiner had a more complex product and delivers. And Kathy Bates carries Misery the way Streep does in TIL (lol!).She won the Globe and as I recall it was clear she was gaining momentum. But Anjelica wracked up some impressive wins which included LA Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics and placed second with New York FC behind Joanne Woodward and ahead of Kathy Bates.

    It really could have gone either way.

    ETA: She was delicious in Witches, but I’m not sure that film had the gravitas to impress the Academy, given their record with fantasies.

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    Bates deserved her win, though Huston was just as good.

    Huston is amazing in this.  Seeing this thread instantly conjured up the image of her, on all fours, heaving on the floor at the end of the pic.  It’s like watching a cat struggling to dislodge a hairball.  Stunning.  

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    Fishbiscuit
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    I love Bates but she has Huston’s Oscar.  To be honest Whoopi has Annette’s. 

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    dannyboy.
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    Anjelica Huston in Misery? This intrigues me. Had Huston not been just made a winner, fresh in voters minds, she probably would have prevailed over relative newbie Kathy Bates.. Huston was probably just as worthy for The Witches, kids fantasy film or not.

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    I can imagine huston in misery

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    BTN
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    Huston was serious competition. So was Woodward really. Bates won some awards but was more of a surprise.

    Huston was great. Her interactions with bening and the ending. Her and cusack did great work together establishing that messed up relationship.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    #75294

    Kathy Bates deserved that Oscar, but I also love Anjelica Huston’s performance, which is her best.

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    I’d say Kathy Bates deserved her Oscar, but Anjelica Huston was definitely nipping right at her heels. It was such an amazing film, and frankly both “The Grifters” and “Misery” were better than most of the Best Picture nominees (except for GOODFELLAS). Thankfully, Anjelica Huston won for Prizzi’s Honor, but frankly I would love for her to make a film comeback and win another.

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    babypook
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    Me too. She’s the consummate thespian. Think she’d make another film with Jack? (lol). He could use the help. She continues working, so maybe. If “M” is ever released and it’s embraced, who can say?

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    I’m really happy that Kathy won and Anjelica and Meryl were fabulous but the Oscar should have gone to Joanne Woodward.

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    Anjelica was the favorite, right? Wasn’t it a three woman race, with Bates in third place prognosticating-wise?

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    babypook
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    Anjelica and Joanne had the better reviews, but Joanne’s film was a quieter one. The win for Mr and Mrs Bridge @ Venice made me happy as I recall, but that’s never enough.

    I remember Kathy’s momentum, and by the time Oscar came around her win wasnt a big surprise for me. But the momentum came late. Late momentum is always ‘dangerous’.

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    Miss Frost
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    Kathy Bates deserved her Oscar 110%, though I must say Houston is quite a guilty pleasure. She was quite hilarious in her Academy Award winning turn in “Prizzi’s Honor.”

    Also was 1990 that weak of a year in actresses, that Julia Roberts got in “Pretty Woman?” Sorry I never found the love that people see in that film.

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