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  • Anonymous
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    #111865

    My name is Juliette and I’ve been predicting Oscars since before most of you were born. I used to do movie reviews and award predictions for a local newspaper before retiring in 2001. The first year I ever covered professionally was 1962 (Lawrence of Arabia) and the final year I covered was 2000 (Gladiator). I have stayed in the loop with the races since then as well and I still get invited to screening and film festivals each year (I missed Telluride and Toronto this year but will be attending New York and hopefully AFI).

    I’m healthy, fit and agile for my age, and I have fond memories and notebooks full of details from every Oscar year since 1962 (including ones I was retired for).

    Got any questions? Feel free to ask. I’d love to have some discussions. Especially about the years and winners that continue to enrage me to this day. 

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    babypook
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    #111867

    Welcome Grandma!!! Especially if you were born before me!!!! Lol.
    So looking forward to your sharing your insights.

    I’d like to ask, for starters, who everyone thought had the upper hand for Best Actor in that Gladiator year. I thought it was Crowe, and I wasnt surprised when he won. But then, I was a lot more naive then. Was he that much of a surprise? 

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    Halo_Insider
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    #111868

    Great to have you, Grandma Juliette! It’s always so wonderful to get some input from people closely involved with the industry. I hope that you enjoy GoldDerby!

    I guess if I were to start off a discussion, I’d ask… in the years that you’ve covered the Oscars, what were the most pleasantly suprising and outrageously shocking results that you can recall witnessing?

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    keithw
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    #111869

    I also have a question regarding the Supporting Actress race in 1972.  Was Eileen Heckart or Shelley Winters the frontrunner?  Or Jeannie Berlin?  

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    KT
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    Welcome!!  Here’s a few questions I can think of:

    Of your years covering the Oscars, what are your favorite wins, the films that you thought were really deserving of the top award (that the Oscars got right)?  What were the most shocking BP winners?  Did you see any of the major sweeps coming?

    Here’s a few specific years that come to my mind:
    – I know 1967 has been covered, In the Heat of the Night vs. Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate…Old vs. New Hollywood; I’d guess that Midnight Cowboy was a little surprising two years later, with the Academy not going for Penn’s and Nichol’s films and then picking Oliver in between.

    – What about 1974, with Chinatown and Godfather II?  Chinatown won the Globe, and was then essentially shut out of the Oscars save for screenplay.  Was Coppola’s film still the favorite, since he hadn’t won director for The Godfather?

    – Annie Hall vs. Star Wars…I’ve talked to some people who thought Star Wars had it.

    – Chariots of Fire—was that a shocker?  I would think Reds was the favorite.  In fact, I’m sure you can say a lot about the 80s, with some of the winners in that decade not really holding up so well: Gandhi, Out of Africa, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, etc.

    – Last one, who did you favor in the Shakespeare in Love vs. Saving Private Ryan, Miramax-Dreamworks World War III over World War II showdown?

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    TomHardys
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    Welcome to GoldDerby (even though I’m a newbie too)! I have a couple of questions: what do you think about Julia Roberts’s win for Erin Brockovitch over Ellen Burstyn’s haunting and remarkable performance in Requiem For a Dream?

    Second question: what did you think on Taxi Driver being completely ignored by the Academy? (specially De Niro)

    Last question (a more personal one): of all these new stars and recent Oscar winners & nominees, who do you vision as the most talented and with a great career ahead of them?

    Thank you so much dear Juliette, I hope I’m not bothering you!

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    Welcome Grandma!!! Especially if you were born before me!!!! Lol.
    So looking forward to your sharing your insights.

    I’d like to ask, for starters, who everyone thought had the upper hand for Best Actor in that Gladiator year. I thought it was Crowe, and I wasnt surprised when he won. But then, I was a lot more naive then. Was he that much of a surprise? 

    Thank you for the warm welcome! And I’d bet my life savings that I was born before you.

    That was a crazy year. The only crazier year I can remember in 1989. Benicio del Toro was the frontrunner for Traffic. It was a rare case of an actor being campaigned in lead, but nominated in supporting.

    When he was out, it became a free-for-all though most of the general public flocked to Tom Hanks. It is my favorite Hanks performance to date, but all you had to do was bring the name of the movie up in a coversation with an academy member and it would become apparent how much they disliked the film. That made it clear to me that he wasn’t going to win. Bardem gave an acclaimed performance but nobody saw the movie and he was quite young/unknown at the time, so he wasn’t going to win. Quills had a lot of huge fans but not enough to push Rush to the win I assumed. So for me the race was between Crowe and Harris. I predicted Harris because he was due and the actors branch responded very enthusiastically to Pollock (though that enthusiasm translated to a Harden win instead). Most people’s jaws dropped when Crowe’s name was called, but if you narrowed it down as carefully as I did, you knew it was one of only two logical scenarios.

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    Scottferguson
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    #111873

    Welcome Grandma

    This is my 50th year for following the Oscars (my first year was 1964/My Fair Lady) – there are a bunch of us altekockers who have fielded these questions over the years. Hope you don’t mind if some of us pipe in with our own recollections.

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    Great to have you, Grandma Juliette! It’s always so wonderful to get some input from people closely involved with the industry. I hope that you enjoy GoldDerby!

    I guess if I were to start off a discussion, I’d ask… in the years that you’ve covered the Oscars, what were the most pleasantly suprising and outrageously shocking results that you can recall witnessing?

    I appreciate the kindness very much.

    The most pleasantly surprising win I can recall is Kevin Kline for A Fish Called Wanda. It was an actor I love dearly receiving recognition for a film I love dearly. Martin Landau was the frontrunner, but I thought he should have won for Crimes and Misdemeanors.

    Outrageously shocking is an easy one: Marisa Tomei for My Cousin Vinny. She beat a towering performance by Judy Davis, who was overdue. Ms. Davis, who I’ve met and is a sweetheart, should be a two-time undefeated winner. It’s unfortunate that she never/has yet to make it back to the Oscars. Tomei was far more deserving for her beautiful and complex performance in The Wrestler.

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    I also have a question regarding the Supporting Actress race in 1972.  Was Eileen Heckart or Shelley Winters the frontrunner?  Or Jeannie Berlin?  

    Oh, dear. The only thing I have in my notes for this year is how torn I was between Cabaret and The Godfather.

    My memory is fuzzy on this one but I can tell you that MY pick (and also the NY Film Critics, a much more important precursor at the time, pick) was Berlin. I loved that movie a lot, shame that nobody went to see it.

    I believe the frontrunner was Winters, but you may need to check a different source on that one. Sorry, hun. 

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    Stardust
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    #111876

    Welcome. Looking foward to your input here. And it’d be great if you wanted to contribute to present/future races.

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    Welcome!!  Here’s a few questions I can think of:

    Of your years covering the Oscars, what are your favorite wins, the films that you thought were really deserving of the top award (that the Oscars got right)?  What were the most shocking BP winners?  Did you see any of the major sweeps coming?

    Here’s a few specific years that come to my mind:
    – I know 1967 has been covered, In the Heat of the Night vs. Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate…Old vs. New Hollywood; I’d guess that Midnight Cowboy was a little surprising two years later, with the Academy not going for Penn’s and Nichol’s films and then picking Oliver in between.

    – What about 1974, with Chinatown and Godfather II?  Chinatown won the Globe, and was then essentially shut out of the Oscars save for screenplay.  Was Coppola’s film still the favorite, since he hadn’t won director for The Godfather?

    – Annie Hall vs. Star Wars…I’ve talked to some people who thought Star Wars had it.

    – Chariots of Fire—was that a shocker?  I would think Reds was the favorite.  In fact, I’m sure you can say a lot about the 80s, with some of the winners in that decade not really holding up so well: Gandhi, Out of Africa, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, etc.

    – Last one, who did you favor in the Shakespeare in Love vs. Saving Private Ryan, Miramax-Dreamworks World War III over World War II showdown?

    Thank you!

    My favorite wins are the first two Godfather films and all of their respective aspects. Shame that Pacino didn’t win for Part II. Sadly he never even gained frontrunner status. I also liked seeing Deer Hunter and Amadeus get recognized. Most shocking BP winner that I was working during was Dances With Wolves. It had won the Golden Globe et al but many refused to believe that Scorsese’s masterwork would lose to an actor-director’s slow-paced western. As for major sweeps: chances are if a film swept, it was pretty obvious beforehand that it was going to do so. Doesn’t mean they deserved it (there was a lot of uproar after Gandhi’s win).

    -The 1967 race happened right at the peak of the civil rights movement (MLK was shot only weeks before the ceremony) so it came as no surprise that most of the winning films were race relations films. It was delightful seeing Nichols win director for the year’s actual best film though, especially after his loss the year before.

    -I was a Godfather fangirl so I staunchly predicted Godfather II the whole way through, but most were predicting Chinatown (another film I really loved). Lots of people thought Chinatown would take picture but Coppola would take director as a makeup.

    -Annie Hall was the picture favorite, but Lucas was the director favorite. I would have been fine with that happening but if I had a ballot I would have voted for Allen.

    -It was Chariots of Fire v. On Golden Pond. Reds seems like an easy choice today and was the critical choice back then, but Chariots of Fire was the feel good movie and On Golden Pond was one of the biggest movies of the year. I personally never understood the backlash to Rain Man though admittedly I would not have picked it.

    -My pick was The Truman Show. I hated both Shakespeare in Love and Saving Private Ryan. Of the picture nominees my pick was The Thin Red Line. I knew it would be Shakespeare though. Weinstein was building his reputation FAST and he personally was nominated as a producer for it so no way would he let it lose. 

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    Welcome to GoldDerby (even though I’m a newbie too)! I have a couple of questions: what do you think about Julia Roberts’s win for Erin Brockovitch over Ellen Burstyn’s haunting and remarkable performance in Requiem For a Dream?

    Second question: what did you think on Taxi Driver being completely ignored by the Academy? (specially De Niro)

    Last question (a more personal one): of all these new stars and recent Oscar winners & nominees, who do you vision as the most talented and with a great career ahead of them?

    Thank you so much dear Juliette, I hope I’m not bothering you!

    Thank you!

    Burstyn was a favorite of mine in the 70’s, I’ve met her and she’s a darling. Her performance was far and away the best of that year. But you had to be insane to not predict Julia Roberts. She was the surest thing of the night. I (and the world) was so sure of her win that I actually went to the bathroom when the category was being presented.

    Taxi Driver was brilliant. Scorsese was brutally overlooked that year. De Niro was never really in the conversation though, it was Finch all the way that year.

    As for the young stars, Jessica Chastain is one of the best actresses I’ve ever seen on film. Her range and ability to melt away into a character without makeup, wigs, etc is mesmerizing. I hate to say it but I think she may be the next brilliant actress to go Oscarless just like her look-alike (mother?) Julianne Moore. I hope The Zookeeper’s Wife proves me wrong. 

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    Anonymous
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    Welcome Grandma

    This is my 50th year for following the Oscars (my first year was 1964/My Fair Lady) – there are a bunch of us altekockers who have fielded these questions over the years. Hope you don’t mind if some of us pipe in with our own recollections.

    Glad to see I’m not the only one!

    Out of curiosity, who was your pick for Best Actress that year? Anne Bancroft was an easy pick for me. 

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    Anonymous
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    Welcome. Looking foward to your input here. And it’d be great if you wanted to contribute to present/future races.

    Thank you! I definitely shall. 

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