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  • BrokenFan
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    2005 Oscars had ‘Crash’ winning over the expected ‘Brokeback Mountain’, which caused all sorts of uproar, naming ‘Crash’ one of the worst wins in the recent history. 

    On a smaller scale, in the same year, Reese Witherspoon’s win was quite divisive, which I didn’t understand. It was the better performance of the five imo and she practically swept the pre-cursors including several critic groups. Some are still crying foul to this day. 

    First of all, do you agree with the above results?

    Second, I’d love to glide over Oscar history to hear some stories of controversial nominees/wins that shocked the audience. 

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    TomHardys
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    It’s most likely not controversial at all but I will never get over the Sean Penn win over Mickey Rourke. Never. Ever.

    The Artist winning Best Picture and Best Actor was a joke in my opinion. The King’s Speech winning Best Picture over The Social Network was one of the biggest Oscar’s stupidities of the last decade. That movie was a snooze festival.

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    babypook
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    babypook
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    One last one

     

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    BrokenFan
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    LOL at that last one. 

    Oh I remember people saying Marissa Tomei’s Oscar was an accident. Ouch. 

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    babypook
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    Ok one last last one
     

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    But sweeping the precursors doesn’t really prove anything. Jennifer Lawrence won plenty of awards, but I bet that years from now her win will be considered a dull choice that had nothing to do with the actual performance.

    Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Oscar is probably the single most controversial decision in the 90’s. People really hate this win and I wonder if this win ruined her career. Benigni‘s win is controversial as well, even though his film was a huge international sensation and won plenty of awards, from Cannes to the European Film Awards to the Oscars. I don’t consider his win a joke, not the oke Paltrow’s or Sandra Bullock‘s Oscare are.

    Ron Howard defeating Peter Jackson, Robert Altman, David Lynch and Ridley Scott is one of the most controversial decisions in this category. And the film is usually among the least liked best picture choices, up there with Crash and Braveheart (another ridiculous best directing win for Gibson).

    Isn’t Mira Sorvino‘s win seen as too much,too soon and yeah, she disappointed big time?  And Jamie Foxx – though he delivered a solid performance – strikes me as one of these winners, who get a lot of steam during awards season, lots of press, acceptances speeches everybody wants to hear.. and once he wins, there is this feeling he wasn’t all that good and they rewarded somebody whose career was going nowhere… It happens mosty with women, but sometimes with men, too.

    And of course there are always these..

    Jennifer Connelly, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Hudson, you are leads, not supporting actresses. These obvious category frauds usually irritate me. Weisz – for example – could have been competitive in the extremely weak lead actress category that year.

    Other than that – the foreign language film choices are usually pretty controversial. They snub great films that are internationally celebrated and honor obscure, sentimental flicks. Before the introduction of the second committee, these were the most controversial nominees as well.

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    Some people like to cry foul about Marisa Tomei‘s win back in 1992, but I’m incredibly glad she got to parlay that win into numerous memorable performances in later years like in Unhook the Stars, In the Bedroom and The Wrestler, and spun herself into one of the most seasoned actresses working today, unlike, say, Mira Sorvino.

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    Some people like to cry foul about Marisa Tomei‘s win back in 1992, but I’m incredibly glad she got to parlay that win into numerous memorable performances in later years like in Unhook the Stars, In the Bedroom and The Wrestler, and spun herself into one of the most seasoned actresses working today, unlike, say, Mira Sorvino.

    She earned that Oscar. All this talk about the ‘mistaken winner’ announcement is apocryphal at best. I too am very happy she won. She’s a fabulous  actor and imo, gives honest perfs every time.

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    BrokenFan
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    Hear, hear. I loved her in the mentioned films. She’s a definition of well seasoned.

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    Crash was a pretty unique choice over the overrated awfullness called Brokeaback Mountain.

    Reese Witherspon was definitely the worst in her category. Felicity Huffman should’ve won.  

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    But sweeping the precursors doesn’t really prove anything. Jennifer Lawrence won plenty of awards, but I bet that years from now her win will be considered a dull choice that had nothing to do with the actual

    This was all based on hype and campaign strategy. Lawrence was and is a rising star, a beautiful young girl who is very talented. But I still hate the fact that those attributes got her more votes than much more deserving performances, such as Emmanuelle Riva’s. I second what you said. Years from now, she’ll be almost as hated as Paltrow is now. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like Lawrence as an actress and I think she would be a fine Oscar-winner, but not that year and certainly not for that role.

    Ron Howard defeating Peter Jackson, Robert Altman, David Lynch and Ridley Scott is one of the m
    ost controversial decisions in this category. And the film is usually among the least liked best picture choices, up there with Crash and Braveheart (another ridiculous best directing win for Gibson).

    You are so right on this one…. I mean, cmon. In what world is Ron Howard an Oscar-winner and David Lynch is not? In ours, sadly. What a joke… And Braveheart’s gotta be one of the worst winners of all time…

    Isn’t Mira Sorvino‘s win seen as too much,too soon and yeah, she disappointed big time?

    In this case, I think you are wrong. Yes, you can say that after her win she didn’t do much with her career. If you look back now, it’s “ridiculous” that Mira Sorvino is an Oscar-winner while some ladies with great careers are not. However, she was the best of the line-up that year. It was a very funny and great performance. Either it’s ridiculous or not that she won, looking back from now, she was the deserving winner and she earned that Oscar. See the difference between her and Lawrence?

    Jennifer Connelly, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Hudson, you are leads, not supporting actresses. These obvious category frauds usually irritate me. Weisz – for example – could have been competitive in the extremely weak lead actr
    ess category that year.

    I agree with you, their wins were not completely undeserved, but they were mispalced in their categories and that’s always a lame situation… I agree with you in all of them, except for Rachel Weisz. She wasn’t the lead in The Constant Gardner and she had no business in that race, that’s just an excuse people use because like you said the line-up was weak that year. She was rightfully nominated in Supporting. Still, I hate her win. She’s an amazing actress, don’t get me wrong, and the performance is good, but stealing that Oscar from Amy Adams… Well… 

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    Crash was a pretty unique choice over the overrated awfullness called Brokeaback Mountain.

    Reese Witherspon was definitely the worst in her category. Felicity Huffman should’ve won.  

    I have to agree and disagree with you here!

    First, I don’t begrudge Crash for winning. It’s a good film and I’m not a big fan of Brokeback Mountain either. But calling it “an overrated awfullness” is a little bit too much. Brokeback Mountain is also a good film and it would have made a deserved winner as well. It’s a little bit overrated, indeed, but that’s just because it lost, otherwise people wouldn’t be such crying babies about it.

    As for Witherspoon vs. Huffman, you’re totally 100% right. No one else deserved to win over Huffman that year. I wouldn’t say Witherspoon wasn’t good in Walk the Line or that she was the worst in the category, because I dare anyone who says she deserved to win to watch Walk the Line and Transamerica in a row. Two completely different films and performances (and actresses). 

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    [quote=”xaviercocteau”]But sweeping the precursors doesn’t really prove anything. Jennifer Lawrence won plenty of awards, but I bet that years from now her win will be considered a dull choice that had nothing to do with the actual performance

    This was all based on hype and campaign strategy. Lawrence was and is a rising star, a beautiful young girl who is very talented. But I still hate the fact that those attributes got her more votes than much more deserving performances, such as Emmanuelle Riva’s. I second what you said. Years from now, she’ll be almost as hated as Paltrow is now. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like Lawrence as an actress and I think she would be a fine Oscar-winner, but not that year and certainly not for that role.

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    I completely disagree. If they had another run again, I still would have given it to Jenn. It’s a marvelous performance in a pretty great film. Riva’s performance, imo, is very overrated around these parts. She was completely reactionary to the true star of the film Jean-Louise Trintignant, who had the more difficult role. Years from now, no one will remember that she was even nominated. 

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