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  • awardskel
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    #52942

    Over the years, we have seen veteran character actor after vet character actor get major Oscar recognition…

    Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Melissa Leo, Richard Jenkins, Adrien Brody, Demian Bichir, Richard Farnsworth, Frances McDormand, Jeremy Renner, Stanley Tucci, Frank Langella, Viola Davis, Michael Shannon, Michael Lerner, Bruce Davison, David Paymer, Stockard Channing, Tommy Lee Jones, Martin Landau, James Cromwell, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Olympia Dukakis, Beatrice Straight, William Hickey, Margaret Avery, Bruce Dern, George Kennedy, Burt Young, Patricia Neal, Virginia Madsen, Robert Forster, James Coburn, Thomas Hayden Church, etc… are all examples of character actors plucked from anonymity (or given comeback roles) and given Oscar nominations, and for some – the Oscar.

    What character actor would you like to receive an Oscar nomination next? Here are some thoughts of mine:

    1) Donal Logue – this stand-up comedian has been around 20 years and has already made his mark on television, from guest stints in The Commish, ER and The Practice, to a lead role in the underrated Grounded for Life. At the beginning of this past decade, it looked like he could finally break out in a big way when he starred in Sundance hit The Tao of Steve (2000), for which he won special acting honors at the film festival, but sadly that path never materialized. His other films are as diverse as rom-com Runaway Bride,  period war film The Patriot, action-packed Ghost Rider and Max Payne, and respected indie biopic American Splendor, in which he played a cameo role.
     ***** Role that could do him wonders – working class, meat-and-potatoes American dreaming of success at the same time his daughter wins a singing competition and makes a name for HERself.
    ***** Director he should work with – Alexander Payne. Hands down. He could be next year’s Thomas Hayden Church…

    2) Patton Oswalt – another stand-up comedian whose career is steadily on a rise. This former MadTV writer made a name for himself, like Logue, on television – with a supporting role on the Emmy-nominated The King of Queens. He also made a number of cameo appearances earlier in his careers, in films as diverse as Magnolia, Blade: Trinity, Calendar Girls and Starsky & Hutch. His big break came when Brad Bird, after hearing his food-obsessed comedy shtick cast him in the lead role in the Oscar-winning animated film Ratatouille (for which he was Annie-nominated). Since then, he has had memorable roles in the Gotham-nominated Big Fan (his true break-out), Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!, an off-beat dark comedy with Matt Damon as its lead, and most recently, has struck up a relationship with Oscar-winning screenwriter, who wrote roles for him both on TV’s “United States of Tara” and in the film Young Adult, for which he was nominated as Supporting Actor at BFCA, LAFCA, CFCA, NSFC and TFCA, but sadly the campaign didn’t hit the right notes at the major awards ceremonies.
    *** The role that could do him wonders — a spin-off of Young Adult sans Charlize Theron’s highly unlikeable character (though she did gave a fabulous performance)
    **** Who he should work with – should reunite with Reitman and Cody

    3) JK Simmons – a character actor who has been around for 15/20 years, though made his breakout role in 2002’s Spider-Man. Since then, he has had a major SAG-nominated role on TV’s The Closer, and he has been given some nice supporting roles in Jason Reitman films, from a melancholy man who is laid off in Up in the Air, to a sympathetic father in Juno, for which he was nominated for a Chlotrudis Award. Both of these films earned him BFCA nods as a member of the films’ ensembles.
    **** He should keep working with Jason Reitman, for this director can do him wonders. That having been said, he needs another role in a blockbuster the size of Spider-Man, to keep his name afloat.

    4) Peter Sarsgaard – an actor who has missed out twice on the big award, from his GG-nodded role in Shattered Glass (a critical fav, not so much though with the Academy) to his BFCA-nodded role in Kinsey. Though he had a nice part in best picture contender An Education, as well as a nice role in Jarhead, it’s been a while since he’s made a really good movie with a worthy part…and with the failure of last summer’s The Green Lantern, he needs one bad. His upcoming role in Kelly Reichardt’s (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy & Lucy, Oldboy), Night Moves – about three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam – might gain some traction, but none of her films have really caught on to the mainstream. That said, neither did Debra Granik’s Down to the Bone before the success of winter’s bone.

    ***** Director he should work with — Quentin Tarantino, maybe, but I’d lean more towards the likes of Kathryn Bigelow or Debra Granik, I think.

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    babypook
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    4) Peter Sarsgaard – an actor who has missed out twice on the big award, from his GG-nodded role in Shattered Glass (a critical fav, not so much though with the Academy) to his BFCA-nodded role in Kinsey. Though he had a nice part in best picture contender An Education, as well as a nice role in Jarhead, it’s been a while since he’s made a really good movie with a worthy part…and with the failure of last summer’s The Green Lantern, he needs one bad. His upcoming role in Kelly Reichardt’s (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy & Lucy, Oldboy), Night Moves – about three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam – might gain some traction, but none of her films have really caught on to the mainstream. That said, neither did Debra Granik’s Down to the Bone before the success of winter’s bone.

    I thought he was fantastic in TGwTDT. And he was. I also like how he doesnt confine himself to certain types of films. He was in Thor, wasnt he?
    I dont think it matters much who he works with director-wise, unless it’s Dennis Dugan, which wont likely happen.
    Geez. for a sec there I thought this thread was going to be dedicated to Gary Oldman.

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    rockstitution
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    Allison Janney, Alfred Molina, Lupe Ontiveros, Kathy Baker, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, Hope Davis, Kevin Bacon

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    I think another good one would be Brendan Gleeson. He has done a lot of really strong work in the past, and over a long period of time. I thought he was excellent in “The Guard”, and he would have been extremely worthy of an oscar nomination for the role.

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    allabout oscars
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    Allison Janney was at least as good as anyone in the cast of  THE HELP….no love
    because she is gay??
    She was also terrific in JUNO AND THE HOURS.

    I agree about Peter Sarsgaard..terrific all the time and no noms yet.

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    Allison Janney was at least as good as anyone in the cast of  THE HELP….no love
    because she is gay?

    UMM, Allison Janney is straight, dear.  Not that we would not want Ms Janney on our team, but it is a very exclusive team after all.

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    Another “yea” vote for Peter Sarsgaard…  A fearless actor.  Did anyone see THE DYING GAUL?  Talk about putting yourself out there.  Sarsgaard was also excellent in KINSEY.

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    From those mentioned, I’d go with Alison Janney, Brendan Gleeson, and Peter Sarsgaard.

    I’ll throw the following names a mention as well:
    Sandra Oh
    Catherine O’Hara
    Rosemarie Dewitt
    Steve Buscemi
    Alfred Molina
    Dennis Quaid

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    LOVE all of the above (and thought Janney was fantastic in The Help).

    I wanna add ANNA FARIS to the list!  Will someone PLEASE introduce her to Woody Allen? 

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    I would have given Sarsgaard the Oscar for Shattered Glass. With the possible exception of Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, his performance in that film is my absolute favorite supporting role of any movie I’ve ever seen. 

    Anyhow… James Cromwell for sure. John C. Reilly and R. Lee Emery come to mind. How does Steve Buscemi not have at least a nomination?? That seems so bizzare to me. 
     

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    #52953

    Ditto on both JK Simmons and James Cromwell. I would have given Cromwell and Oscar for LA Confidential, and his nomination for Babe is one of the most inspired in recent memory. 

    Less well-known, but I would also say Ileana Douglas. She is one of those actors, like Simmons, who improves everything she is in, IMO.  If either of them ever get the right kind of role … 

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    #52954

    Also add Alan Rickman.

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    Boidiva02
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    #52955

    I think some of the names listed in the first post stretch the definition of “character actor” a bit… I mean really, Jeremy Renner, Stockard Channing, Tommy Lee Jones?  

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    LOVE all of the above (and thought Janney was fantastic in The Help).

    I wanna add ANNA FARIS to the list!  Will someone PLEASE introduce her to Woody Allen? 

    I love the idea of Faris and Woody Allen.. He might be able to do wonders for her..

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    #52957

    From those mentioned, I’d go with Alison Janney, Brendan Gleeson, and Peter Sarsgaard.

    I’ll throw the following names a mention as well:
    Sandra Oh
    Catherine O’Hara
    Rosemarie Dewitt
    Steve Buscemi
    Alfred Molina
    Dennis Quaid

    Alfred Molina

    This guy is incredibly versatile. Love his work; and you just never know which persona is going to come up next with him. And agree with everyone who mentioned Brendan Gleeson. Also admire Tom Wilkinson. Wish he had an Oscar already.

    Also agree with the Rickman mention. My respect for his work just keeps growing with every film he does.

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