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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    This is a topic that may have come up before, but I thought I’d revisit even if it has.

    I didn’t hate “Suicide Squad” as much as everyone else seemed to. I thought it was about average as superhero movies go, but it is kind of a mess except for Margot Robbie, who I think could have been really great in a better film.

    This may be a less popular opinion, but I wish I could see Jonny Beauchamp’s “Stonewall” performance in a way more competent movie. That whole film was a debacle, but Beauchamp in a better version of that story might have been great.

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    Andrew Carden
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    A bunch of random ones off the top of my head…

    Carol Burnett, Annie
    Faye Dunaway, Mommie Dearest
    Charles Durning, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
    Gina Gershon, Showgirls
    Irma P. Hall, The Ladykillers
    Catherine O’Hara, For Your Consideration
    Sigourney Weaver, Alien 3
    Steve Zahn, Riding in Cars with Boys

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1991) – Beauty and the Beast (and Bryan Adams)

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    babypook
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    I suppose it’s debateable what is a bad film or not, but here goes:

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Southpaw
    Nick Nolte and James Coburn, Affliction
    Alan Rickman, Prince of Thieves
    Woody Harrelson, Rampart
    Tom Cruise, Rock of Ages
    James Woods, The Specialist
    Idris Elba, Daddy’s Little Girls
    Charlize Theron, Snow White and The Huntsman, The Devil’s Advocate
    Gene Hackman, Power
    Al Pacino, Jack and Jill
    Morgan Freeman, Street Smart
    George Carlin, Jersey Girl
    Jessica Lange, Hush
    Marg Helgenberger, Erin Brockovich and Species….ok they weren’t ‘bad’ movies, but I’d rather watch her in them than the principals any day.

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    Eddy Q
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    Catherine O’Hara, For Your Consideration

    Oh my gosh, yes. The whole satirical concept of this movie fell flat on its face, as the script had no real understanding of how awards-season works. But O’Hara blasted this flimsy film to bits. What a shame we couldn’t celebrate the irony of her getting an Oscar nomination.

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    OnTheAisle
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    Best Supporting Actress nominee Barbara Harris is phenomenal as Allison, a 34 year old file clerk who badly auditions for a rock musical in Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?. The 1971 film about the ennui of celebrity and pondering suicide as a solution was reviled by critics and audiences. Harris, however, offered her best work.

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    Good performances in not-so-Oscar-worthy films:

    Lili Taylor in The Haunting
    Monique in Domino
    Sandra Bullock, Our Brand Is Crisis
    Ellen Page & Julianne Moore, Freeheld

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    babypook
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    Good performances in not-so-Oscar-worthy films:

    Lili Taylor in The Haunting
    Monique in Domino
    Sandra Bullock, Our Brand Is Crisis
    Ellen Page & Julianne Moore, Freeheld

    Interesting. I liked Monique in Domino and didn’t think it was such a horrible film….Ellen and Julianne are terrific in Freeheld! The Haunting and OBiC? Gach! But Lili is always good n’est ce pas?

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    Good performances in not-so-Oscar-worthy films:

    Lili Taylor in The Haunting
    Monique in Domino
    Sandra Bullock, Our Brand Is Crisis
    Ellen Page & Julianne Moore, Freeheld

    Interesting. I liked Monique in Domino and didn’t think it was such a horrible film….Ellen and Julianne are terrific in Freeheld! The Haunting and OBiC? Gach! But Lili is always good n’est ce pas?

    Domino was mediocre. The only good parts were Monique (so funny with those nails) and Knightley.

    Freeheld was not an amazing film, but I find it better than fan-favorite Carol for sure. Moore and Page were amazing, though.

    Our Brand Is Crisis is actually a very decent film with a very good leading performance by Bullock.

    Lili Taylor is the only good thing about The Haunting. Especially her performance in the first half of the movie.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    I suppose it’s debateable what is a bad film or not, but here goes:

    Nick Nolte and James Coburn, Affliction
    Al Pacino, Jack and Jill
    Jessica Lange, Hush

    Affliction actually has an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, it still has its supporters. Pacino won the Razzie for Jack and Jill, while Lange was Razzie nominated for Hush.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    Raul Julia in Street Fighter
    Laura Linney in The Life of David Gale
    Tim Roth in Planet of the Apes (2001)
    William Shatner in Showtime
    Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar
    Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones
    Mandy Patinkin in Run Ronnie Run
    Tim Curry in McHale’s Navy

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    Teridax
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    Tim Roth “The Incredible Hulk”

    Nick Nolte “Affliction” (I agree it’s a bad movie, babypook. I disagree Coburn was great though, he was unmemorable to me and should never have been NOMINATED for an Oscar, let alone won!)

    Chadwick Boseman “Gods of Egypt”

    John Boyega “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” OR as I always call it, “Disney Wars: The Failed Awakening”

    Emma Stone and Sally Field “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” OR as I always call it, “SONY-MAN 2”

    Arnold Schwarzenegger “Terminator: Genysys”

    Pete Postlewaite “Jurrassic Park: The Lost World”

    Kelsey Grammer “Transformers #4: Age of Extinction”

    Michael B. Jordan “Fant4stic”

    Donald Sutherland “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2”

    Michelle Pffiefer “Batman Returns”

    Michael Caine and Tom Hardy “The Dark Knight Rises” OR as I always call it, “The Bat Shit Rises”

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    Eddy Q
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    Pacino won the Razzie for Jack and Jill, while Lange was Razzie nominated for Hush.

    I haven’t seen those movies, but the Razzies are often lazy and simply award/nominate actors who happen to have prominent roles in bad movies, even if the performances themselves aren’t especially reviled.

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    SouthernManz
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    Stockard Channing – ISN’T SHE GREAT
    Madeline Kahn- WON TON TON: THE DOG THAT SAVED HOLLYWOOD
    Judith Lowry- COLD TURKEY
    Glenda Jackson- NASTY HABITS
    Beverly D’Angelo- HONKY TONK FREEWAY

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    jamiepg88
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    Christoph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds
    Daniel Day-Lewis – Gangs of New York
    Barbra Streisand – A Star is Born
    Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
    Meryl Streep – She Devil (don’t judge me)
    Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
    Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
    Angelina Jolie – Girl, Interrupted
    Ben Whishaw – Cloud Atlas
    Bette Davis – Mr Skeffington, not so much bad as it is kind of pointless…just a great performance with great costumes

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    Alex Meyer
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    Here’s my list of good performances in bad movies:

    Neil Patrick Harris—Beastly
    Sigourney Weaver—Abduction
    Liam Neeson—Battleship
    John Travolta—Savages
    Salma Hayek—Savages
    Benicio Del Toro—Savages
    Viola Davis—Won’t Back Down
    James Earl Jones—Gimme Shelter
    Lea Michele—Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
    Robert Pattinson—The Rover
    Drew Barrymore—Blended
    Kathy Bates—Tammy
    Morgan Freeman—Lucy
    Scarlett Johannsson—Lucy
    Sarah Wayne Callies—Into The Storm
    Damon Wayans, Jr.—Let’s Be Cops
    Chloe Grace Moretz—If I Stay
    Idris Elba—No Good Deed
    Taraji P. Henson—No Good Deed
    Denis O’Hare—The Pyramid
    Joaquin Phoenix—Inherent Vice
    James Franco—True Story
    Jonah Hill—True Story
    Dev Patel—Chappie
    Sharlto Copely—Chappie
    Jennifer Lawrence—Serena
    Meryl Streep—Ricki And The Flash
    Sanaa Lathan—The Perfect Guy
    Michael Caine—The Last Witch Hunter
    Sandra Bullock—Our Brand Is Crisis
    Billy Bob Thornton—Our Brand Is Crisis
    Steve Buscemi—The Cobbler
    Natalie Dormer—The Forest
    Dakota Johnson—How To Be Single
    Geoffrey Rush—Gods Of Egypt
    Melissa Joan Hart—God’s Not Dead 2
    Peter Dinklage—The Boss
    Matthew McConaughey—Free State Of Jones
    Gugu Mbatha-Raw—Free State Of Jones
    Jason Sudeikis—The Angry Birds Movie
    Mia Wasikowska—Alice Through The Looking Glass

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