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  • Anonymous
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    Which performance do you prefer? 

    Emma Stone is okay in the film. Her
    big scene is great, but I think her character is such a cliché and she couldn’t
    make it unique at all. I think she perfectly deserves to be an Oscar-nominee,
    not for this movie, but for “Easy A” back in 2010. Naomi Watts is so much better in “Birdman”.
    Shame that the Academy didn’t give her that nomination this year. She was
    clearly doing her best in 2014. I believe she was close for the nomination, and
    if St. Vincent or Birdman would’ve been released a year ago (so not for the
    same time), she would’ve make the cut for either or both of them. 

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    TomHardys
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    The SAG could’ve nominated Watts for Birdman… yet they chose St.Vincent. I don’t think she was that close for a nomination. Not with Jessica Chastain or Tilda Swinton in the mix.

    I loved Stone’s performance. My favorite moments of hers are the ones with Edward Norton because they were both stellar in their scenes. Also the last scene with Keaton. 

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    FilmGuy619
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    I loved both performances but I went with my personal Best Supporting Actress winner Emma Stone. I thought she brought the right balance of both comedy and pathos as she delivers some of the funniest lines through acidic delivery yet behind all that, through her eyes, is such doubt and vulnerability. She consistently blurs the line between daughter and personal assistant and that made for one of the most complex female performances of the year.

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    Anonymous
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    Truth be told, I wasn’t THAT impressed with either of their performances. But if you put a gun to my head I’d have to go with Stone. That one scene she had in that bar with Keaton was by far the best scene in the movie, IMHO.

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    Milo Kunis
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    Loved Watts. I found Stone’s monologue way too actress-y, like a first semester acting class scene presentation. Had she dialed it back a bit, she would have been wonderful.

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    KyleBailey
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    If Watts was given more to do, I think she would have made it in over Stone. She was really sharp and nailed her comedic moments but she checked out way to early 

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    Milo Kunis
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    If Watts was given more to do, I think she would have made it in over Stone. She was really sharp and nailed her comedic moments but she checked out way to early 

    100% in agreement. Even one more scene would have given Watts the weight to break into the category.

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    Atypical
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    #176069

    Emma Stone

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    Anonymous
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    If Watts was given more to do, I think she would have made it in over Stone. She was really sharp and nailed her comedic moments but she checked out way to early 

    I blame the script for that (which is no way that better than the Grand Budapest’s). It didn’t finish the storylines normally. Neither of Watts’ or Norton’s. They were too important characters then in the last 30 minutes they were just gone. 

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    24Emmy
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    The SAG could’ve nominated Watts for Birdman… yet they chose St.Vincent.

     

    Yeah. That was a random and shocking nomination. Unless I’m forgetting a minor critic award nomination the only group to recognize Watts for Birdman is AACTA.

     

    I prefer Emma Stone. Like others have said Naomi Watts needed more screentime. She could’ve easily replaced Laura Dern if that was the case.

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    Denis
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    What? Stone no doubt.

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    endaugust
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    I thought Naomi Watts was wasted in Birdman.  Her character was generic and she acted up to make her distinctive, but she couldn’t fill in the flesh.  Emma Stone was a revelation in the movie for me.  Her ferocity really resonated with me.

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