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  • PreludeinCSharpMinor
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    #62235

    I just watched the movie for the first time. Did I miss the Oscar worthy performance? I mean Cuba Gooding was NOTHING in this movie. Was there something I missed? Why did he have buzz that year? Looking over the nominees I would have him ranked last.

    I would have ranked them as such:
    #1 Edward Norton PRIMAL FEAR
    William H Macy FARGO
    James Woods GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI
    Armin Mueller-Stahl SHINE 
    Cuba Gooding Jr. JERRY MAGUIRE 

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    allabout oscars
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    totally agree… he won for the “show me the money” slogan!!
    William Macy and Armin Stahl were both robbed..
    Gooding did nothing  and has nothing since.
    Waste of an Oscar!!!  LOL

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    That entire movie, not just Gooding’s performance, is highly overrated.

    I never saw (or don’t remember) SHINE (although I always enjoy watching Mueller-Stahl act), but of the other nominated best supporting actor performances I did see, all of them were better than the winner’s. Norton especially was absolutely phenomenal in his feature film debut, and Macy delivered an iconic performance in a film that has since become a classic.

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    He was seen as a major comic reveleation! If you read reviews you see a lot of mention of Boyz N The Hood and how different he was from the heavy drama there. JM had Oscar buzz anyway because of Cruise and Crowe and then the critics had a lot of praise for Gooding.

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    #62240

    My personal choice was William H. Macy, but it’s hard to deny that Cuba Gooding, Jr. was a force to be reckoned with in “Jerry Maguire”. He gave a passionate, lively and really entertaining performance. He seems to have talent. I wonder where his career would be if he had made better choices after his Oscar win.

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    Anthony
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    People always make fun of the win of Marisa Tomei or even more so Mira Sorvino but the former has well proven herself and has deserved more Oscar nominations than she has received. The latter hasn’t had strong success but she has done strong work on TV movie and guest spots (underrated IMO), but Cuba Gooding Jr didn’t even have a great performance in his scenario. It was strictly the big profile of “Show me the money!” and the film itself and the film being a Best Picture nominee and the only nominee from a big studio…..Edward Norton was quite good in “Primal Fear” though I don’t like him as much as some others have on this site; James Woods was not really Oscar worthy in that role, but it really came down to Stahl and Macy….the former was chilling and a true force in SHINE but Macy, who I think was more of a Lead than McDormand was, has the advantage of not only being in the better movie, but giving a truly layered performance that is both dark and humorous and also you pity the man even though he did such a terrible thing to his entire family.

    Despite category fraud, William H. Macy should have won the Oscar, but Armin Mueller-Stahl would have been another strong candidate. 

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    Oh and to add on to what I just said, Gooding and Woods would have been better off being replaced by Noah Taylor from SHINE or Derek Jacobi in HAMLET or even John Ritter in SLING BLADE.

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    William H. Macy and Frances McDormand deserved Leading Oscars (yes Watson was great as well). Macy being placed in Supporting is on par with Ethan Hawke and Casey Affleck (the two worst examples I can think of). My vote would have gone to Ed Norton. I loathed Jerry Maguire. Every character except for Zellweger and Lipnicki were SO ANNOYING and always screaming.

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    People always make fun of the win of Marisa Tomei or even more so Mira Sorvino but the former has well proven herself and has deserved more Oscar nominations than she has received. The latter hasn’t had strong success but she has done strong work on TV movie and guest spots (underrated IMO), but Cuba Gooding Jr didn’t even have a great performance in his scenario. It was strictly the big profile of “Show me the money!” and the film itself and the film being a Best Picture nominee and the only nominee from a big studio…..Edward Norton was quite good in “Primal Fear” though I don’t like him as much as some others have on this site; James Woods was not really Oscar worthy in that role, but it really came down to Stahl and Macy….the former was chilling and a true force in SHINE but Macy, who I think was more of a Lead than McDormand was, has the advantage of not only being in the better movie, but giving a truly layered performance that is both dark and humorous and also you pity the man even though he did such a terrible thing to his entire family.

    Despite category fraud, William H. Macy should have won the Oscar, but Armin Mueller-Stahl would have been another strong candidate. 

    The only reason why I hold anything against Sorvino’s win was because she had no business defeating Winslet who was for more superior. Though she proved to be a very great comedic actress. especially in Romy and Michelle.
      My god Jerry Mcguire was a god awful film, with some annoying ass characters, most especially that little kid. Zellwegers one of my favorites and she couldn’t even save this film.

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    Logan
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    #62245

    Cuba’s a fine winner for that film. Macy is lead in Fargo, and I didn’t like Primal Fear at all (nor did I like Norton’s performance).

    In the Sorvino year, I prefer Mare Winningham in Georgia. 

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      My god Jerry Mcguire was a god awful film, with some annoying ass characters…

    That is a 100% accurate description.

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    I didn’t like Primal Fear at all (nor did I like Norton’s performance).

    I didn’t realize one is supposed to “like” psychotic characters, but Norton was brilliant in the role.

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    I agree, in retrospect, a win that doesn’t hold up at all, both because the performance is nothing special and because he hasn’t proven himself to be an Oscar-worthy actor. It was all about the “show me the money” line. Macy or Mueller-Stahl both gave better performances and have had careers deserving of an Oscar.

    A lot of people love Norton, and loved him in this role, but for me he’s always been a bit gimmicky.

     

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    Macy being lead or not was the best in the category followed by Norton, I love Jerry Maguire and would be fine with a winning for Cruise, the nomination alone was a victory for Cuba, he didn’t deserved at all.

    and Mira Sorvino is kind of a mediocre actress and even she was great in Aphrodite, I put the credit for the performance to Allen and not to her, Joan Allen and Kate Winslet act circles around her anyway.

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    Logan
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    [quote=”LoganKM”]I didn’t like Primal Fear at all (nor did I like Norton’s performance).

    I didn’t realize one is supposed to “like” psychotic characters, but Norton was brilliant in the role.[/quote]You’re trolling, I know, but I have nothing against Norton. To me, the film was a bad episode of The Practice, and Cynthia Nixon recently did a much better spin on that kind of role on Law and Order: SVU.

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