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    Gwyneth Paltrow became an instantaneous controversial figure the moment she won Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love and gave an overly heartfelt speech that would make her the target of public ridicule for years after. Of course beating the future Cate the Great didn’t help. Ever since Paltrow has been locked out of any subsequent nomination traction with the Academy. And Blanchett even after winning a makeup Oscar for the first Elizabeth wasn’t enough for Oscar voters and watchers who just adore her. Now arriving closer at an inevitable second Oscar for Blanchett—this time in Best Actress—does anyone believe this will finally put to rest the hostile feelings people have over Paltrow’s initial win? Does anyone want Paltrow to return with a second nomination regardless of category? All the women who’ve won Best Actress in the 90’s are multiple nominees except Paltrow.

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    Interesting point about the 1990s Best Actresses. Is there any role in particular that you’ve thought she deserved a nomination for? I thought she’s had some decent performances, but it doesn’t seem like she’s been snubbed any year. Once she gives another Oscar-worthy performance, I would totally support a nomination, but not for any sentiment that she’s overdue.

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    Interesting point about the 1990s Best Actresses. Is there any role in particular that you’ve thought she deserved a nomination for? I thought she’s had some decent performances, but it doesn’t seem like she’s been snubbed any year. Once she gives another Oscar-worthy performance, I would totally support a nomination, but not for any sentiment that she’s overdue.

    The Royal Tenenbaums is favorite Paltrow performance. And one certainly worthy of a nomination over eventual winner (Connelly) who was the worst of the nominees. 

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    No offense meant at all, please don’t take it that way…but the Blanchett part of your theory for Paltrow not having multiple noms is a bit far fetched.  

    That being said, I particulary favor Paltrow’s work in both your choice of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS and her work in SYLVIA.  Although, I’m not so sure I would nominate her for either.  I would however take her SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE work out and replace it with SLIDING DOORS which is my favorite performance of hers. 

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    I also enjoyed Paltrow in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), to this day a highly underrated film (that also stars Blanchett). I think Paltrow exudes an old fashioned grand elegance that allows her to glow in her roles. I do think 1998 was a great year for her. She had her Oscar winning role and also Sliding Doors and A Perfect Murder, Great Expectations and Hush.

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    I remember thinking she could spoil the race and get in for “Proof”. 2005 was certainly weak year for Best Actress, especially as sandwiched between 2004 and 2006, and she had – after all – Oscar on her mantle. Too divisive, I guess. I’d love to see Mary-Louise Parker when she played that role on stage. “Shakespeare in Love” was certainly highlight of her career and she deserved to be nominated for this (her performance would be loved/liked much more if she would lost that year), along with – IMO – “Sylvia” and “A Perfect Murder”.

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    I am not a fan of Paltrows win or even nomination for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.
    An appropriate nomination shouldve been best sup. actress for THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS,
    but in my book…NO Oscar!!

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    I know that Gwyneth is the kind of person that everyone loves to hate, but she can be a great actress when she wants to be. Her work in The Royal Tenenbaums was terrific, and she should have been nominated for that. Even a win would have been worthy, imo.

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    Gwyneth is not her mother, unfortunately…..

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    I like GP but she had no business beating Blanchett. 

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    I think Emily Watson in Hilary and Jackie would’ve been as worthy a winner as Blanchett. It’s a brilliantly eccentric and passionate performance, and those final MS scenes are devastating. Paltrow was more than worthy of a nomination, but I find it difficult to see how anyone could rank her above Blanchett or Watson. The wins for both Paltrow and Helen Hunt the previous year seem to be more inspired by their it-girl status than by considered analysis of the performances. They were certainly ubiquitous, with Paltrow being in several other films and Hunt winning an Emmy in the same year. The buzz from all of this probably swayed voters.

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    It’s the same as with Shakespeare In Love. It’s one of Harvey Weinstein’s bought Oscars. It’s true that Dench won as well and she won for a brief cameo that year, but unlike Paltrow Dench was already a legend by then and the previous year she had been robbed of an Oscar. And even if it’s a cameo, it’s a beautifully done performance that has so much more depth than Paltrow’s performance and Dench won in a category with no clear favorite.

    But to answer your question: No! I doubt Cate winning the Oscar would help Gwyneth, because Gwyneth would still be considered a Hollywood starlet who didn’t deserve an Oscar, got one (bought by Harvey) and then became more of a showbiz figure who appears on the pages of magazines than in (good) films. It’s cool to look down on her and I doubt with Cate winning that would change. And believe me Gwyneth will get a lot of hatred in the next few months, becuse as Cate moves toward her Oscar, the 1998 snub will get a lot more attention than it has in the last few years.

    But yeah, I think she was actually very good in The Royal Tenenbaums. But yeah, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a terrific film and you could see Blanchett and Paltrow acting together during the Oscars hoopla and yes, Blanchett proves there that she’s a gigantic talent (even in a tiny role) while Paltrow’s performance is well… rather dull.

    BTW I agree that Watson should have been more of a contender.

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    Gwyneth is a talented actress, but (ironically) her oscar win and celebrity status seems to block her from further acting acclaim

    i think she deserved noms at least for Proof and The Royal Tenenbaums.

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    Regarding Helen Hunt, I actually am a huge fan of her performance in the film- she had SO many money scenes, so many layers to her character; a great role. Paltrow, however, seemed to be swept up with the rest of the hype of her film- and while she was fine, she was not best in show in 1998- in fact I would rank her the weakest. 

    Fernanda Montenegro – Central Station (highly praised performance but suffered from being a foreign performance)

    Meryl Streep – One True Thing (my personal favorite 90s Streep performance that many critics singled out as her finest work in years; but the film was a box-office flop and some would argue she was a supporting role. In my opinion this is also Renee Zellweger’s finest hour.)

    Emily Watson – Hilary and Jackie (the academy liked this enough to also nominate Rachel Griffiths; Watson was an indie favorite, especially after her even stronger work in 1996’s Breaking the Waves; but she was not seen as much more than filler here)

    Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth (Drama Golden Globe winner plus her film was a surprise Best Picture nominee, meaning the academy really liked the film. I think she was certainly second place. And it’s a masterful performance of star making proportions.)

    Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in Love (Poised and pretty, a muse for inspiration if you will- Paltrow is luminous and sexy, but it’s not a challenging part. But she was the popular prom queen and so became history.)

     

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    I seem to remember reading an article where Paltrow talked about Oscar night. She felt such warmth before the ceremony; people cheering her on an so forth. And then she won – and the warmth just evaporated. People went stone cold, avoided her, as if she had literally stolen Blanchett’s Oscar.

    I don’t care for Paltrow, but that must have been horrible. It’s also an interesting insight into the weird psychology of the Oscar race. 

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