I remember all the Oscar buzz which began to surround “The
Sixth Sense” after its debut in August 1999. Initially, the talk focused on
Haley Joel Osment for Best Supporting Actor and possibly Best Original
Screenplay for M. Night Shyamalan. By the end of the year, Best Picture/Best
Director nods seemed plausible, too.
When the nominations were announced in February 2000, the
film did extremely well with six nominations – Picture, Director, Original
Screenplay, Supporting Actor for Osment, Supporting Actress for Toni Collette and
But what about Bruce Willis? Was his performance worthy of
any awards consideration? Granted, it was a fiercely competitive category as
usual. (Russell Crowe in “The Insider,” Richard Farnsworth in “The Straight
Story,” Sean Penn in “Sweet and Lowdown,” Kevin Spacy in “American Beauty” and
Denzel Washington in “The Hurricane”) Matt Damon in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”
and Jim Carrey in “Man on the Moon” were left out.
In a weaker year, could Willis have had a chance? Or do you
feel like his acting just wasn’t strong enough?
I think Willis’ one and only Oscar-worthy performance is in “Pulp Fiction”.
He should have been nominated for that movie and for Pulp Fiction, he was the movie as much as Osment and Collete were, same old Bias against action movie actors I guess.
His least offensive performance. Doesn’t mean he was good.
I thought he was great and deserving of a nomination. The guy can act!
He was very good, and a nomination would not have been unwarranted. That said, he doesn’t quite fit into my line-up. I’d probably go with 4 of the 5 nominees, then swap in Carrey for Penn.
No for “The Sixth Sense.” Yasss for “Pulp Fiction.”
Mmm no. He was just fine in T6S. And the script didn’t allow him to have any scenes or moments where he could deliver a showy performance.
And BTW, Osment should have been nominated as lead. But of course since he was a child that was never going to happen.