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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Whether real-life of fictional, who had the best Oscar-nominated or Oscar-winning death scenes?

    For me, a couple that especially stand out from recent years are Kevin Spacey in “American Beauty” and of course Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” is a great one too.

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    OnTheAisle
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    Hopefully Derbyites and visitors know that this entire
    thread is a spoiler.

    IMO, the most memorable (in chronological order).




    Best Actor winner Wallace Beery in The Champ

    The Champ slips away as young Jackie Cooper wails. Only the heartless can witness such anguish unmoved.

    Best Supporting Actress nominee Susan Kohner and Best Supporting Actress nominee Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life

    Annie Johnson is bring carried to her grave in a horse drawn carriage as her estranged daughter Sarah Jane claws her way through the crowd to say goodbye.

    Best Supporting Actress nominee Janet Leigh in Psycho

    Inarguably this is the premiere death scene in film history. Magnificently shot and edited by the master of suspence Alfred Hitchcock. It is etched into the collective memory of film lovers.

    Best Actor nominee Warren Beatty and Best Actress nominee Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde

    One fast close up for each as their eyes meet and so much is conveyed before their bodies are riddled with law enforcement bullets.

    Best Actress nominee Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment

    From Amanda Wingfield’s gut wrenching plea to “Give my daughter the shot” to Emma’s small wave of farewell, no death scene is packs a bigger emotional wallop.

    Best Actress nominee Susan Sarandon and Best Actress nominee Geena Davis in Thelma and Louise

    In an oddly triumphant moment, our heroines reject patriarchal society and drive off into the sunset.

     

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    Eddy Q
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    Was it meant to be slightly ambiguous that Natalie Portman died in Black Swan? Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler could be considered the same (one of many reasons why they’re brother and sister films!) But I think it’s pretty clear what happens at the end of both.

    Geoffrey Rush has a great death scene in Quills. Swallowing a crucifix. (Apparently the real Marquis de Sade died in his sleep.)

    Peter O’Toole has an memorable death scene at the beginning of Lawrence of Arabia, before the flashback. Those speeding motorbike POV shots are dizzying.

    And I’ll never forget Vanessa Redgrave in Isadora. Strangled by her own scarf getting caught on a carriage wheel. I recently heard of a relative of a family acquaintance who is now in a coma for that very same reason (though this time it happened in a go-kart). I didn’t know this person, but it makes the scene even more disturbing for me.  

    EDIT: How could I forget Piper Laurie in Carrie? (Along with almost everyone else in the movie) Epic death scene! 

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    Cinebear
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    1970 Best Supporting Actor nominee Richard Jaeckel in Sometimes a Great Notion.  No spoilers here – but one of those most emotionally wrenching scenes I’ve ever watched.
     

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    babypook
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    Death scenes! Too bad Sean Bean hasnt been nominated yet.

    I’ll add:

    Jose Ferrer, Gerard Depardieu, Cyrano de Bergerac

    Fredric March, Dr Jeckell and Mr Hyde (I think…)

    Miyoshi Umeki and Red Buttons, Sayonara (so sue me)

    Frederic March, James Mason, A Star is Born

    Gary Cooper, The Pride of The Yankees

    Laurence Olivier, Hamlet

    Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen

    Frederic March, Death of a Salesman

    Alec Guinness, Bridge on the River Kwai

    Paul Scofield, A Man for All Seasons…his death scene is the entire lead-up to imprisonment and ‘trial’

    Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde…just because, a shout out to this entire scene.

    Dustin Hoffman, Midnight Cowboy

    Marlon Brando, The Godfather

    Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Peter Finch, Network

    Tom Conti, Reuben, Reuben

    William Hurt, Kiss of The Spider Woman

    I think Robert Mitchum works ‘better’ than De Niro for Cape Fear, so mention both

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas

    Ian McKellen, Gods and Monsters

    Sean Penn, Milk

    Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, The Bad Seed…stuff of nightmares

    Susan Hayward, I Want To Live!

    Janet Suzman, Michael Jayston, Nicholas and Alexandra

    Faye Dunaway, Chinatown

    Sissy Spacek, Carrie

    Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice (ditto Paul Scofield)

    Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction

    Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Thelma and Louise*

    Hilary Swank, Boys Dont Cry

    Nicole Kidman, The Hours

     

    Left some out…phew!

     

     

     

     

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    OnTheAisle
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    Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen

    LOL! Back to On Demand for you. Charlie Allnut does not die in The African Queen.

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    babypook
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    [quote=”babypook”]

    Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen

    LOL! Back to On Demand for you. Charlie Allnut does not die in The African Queen.

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    Ok no, although the guy does have a death wish and could have perished in that boat…..same with Caine Mutiny.

    Lol.

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    OnTheAisle
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    [quote=”OnTheAisle”]

    [quote=”babypook”]

    Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen

    LOL! Back to On Demand for you. Charlie Allnut does not die in The African Queen.

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    Ok no, although the guy does have a death wish and could have perished in that boat…..same with Caine Mutiny.

    Lol.

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    Ha, death wish! After their fade out swim, he gets to have sex with Katharine Hepburn. That’s a LIFE wish.
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    Babypook mentioned my favourite by far, Peter Finch in Network. I’d also have to say that Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove is a pretty hilarious ending. On the dramatic side, Micheal Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile is shockingly memorable.

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    By far Natalie Portman’s in Black Swan. Such a beautiful ending that makes death almost seem elegant 

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    Most memorable has to be Alec Guinness in… Star Wars. But just to me because I’ve seen the film a million times. The actual most memorable and probably best is him in Bridge on the River Kwai, of course.

    Wait, Guinness on the mind, what about O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia? Death scene nothing special acting-wise, but maybe the best Oscar (nom, unfortunately) performance of a character that dies? 

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    Babypook mentioned my favourite by far, Peter Finch in Network. I’d also have to say that Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove is a pretty hilarious ending. On the dramatic side, Micheal Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile is shockingly memorable.

    Nice picks! 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Most memorable has to be Alec Guinness in… Star Wars. But just to me because I’ve seen the film a million times. The actual most memorable and probably best is him in Bridge on the River Kwai, of course.

    Wait, Guinness on the mind, what about O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia? Death scene nothing special acting-wise, but maybe the best Oscar (nom, unfortunately) performance of a character that dies? 

    I’d also thought of Guinness in Star Wars. It’s certainly important to the story, and there’s a lot of confusion surrounding it, which makes it interesting. O’Toole didn’t have the same type of effect for me, because of where it was in the movie. Though, “Rosebud” is a pretty memorable opening scene death, so I’m not hard and fast on that rule.

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    Nate
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    I don’t know how you can have this list without Ali MacGraw in Love Story.

    And among winners, Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity is my favorite (“Watch out for Fatso…”). 

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    Vito Corleone’s final scene in The Godfather really is a stand-out. Just wonderfully played by Brando, and despite the tragedy of it all, it’s almost serene in execution. 

    But to go with one not mentioned, I’ll throw in Paul Newman for Cool Hand Luke.  

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