April 2, 2015 at 11:51 pm #185056
He won a few critics awards. Ned Beatty seemed to get his nomination though. I don’t really get that. Duvall is pretty great. Beatty just has that one big speech which I’m not particularly fond of.April 3, 2015 at 10:51 am #185058
I’ve thought about this several times and I still can’t understand what happened. Ned Beatty’s character was a plot device. Robert Duvall’s had a beginning, a middle and an end. Very colorful role. I will never understand what happened.April 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm #185059
I still can’t figure that out. Beatty’s performance was much less impactful, but it had a big speech. Strait and Finch won for their big speeches, so maybe they were just in the mood for rewarding speeches.April 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm #185060
Watched this film for the first time about a month ago, and I wondered the same thing. While I loved the movie and am thrilled Faye Dunaway won her Oscar for it, I felt a little differently about contenders in the other categories.
In Lead Actor, I would have given William Holden the win over Peter Finch.
In Supporting Actress, I would have given Marlene Warfield a nomination to go along with Beatrice Straight.
And yes, in Supporting Actor, I would have given Robert DuVall a freaking win before even nominating Ned Beatty.
DuVall’s snub of a nomination is a true head-scratcher for a film that Oscar embraced with nominations. Sort of reminds me of Robin Wright being left out for Forrest Gump later in the 90s.April 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm #185061
Robert Duvall was certainly Oscarworthy for “Network,” though I can see why Ned Beatty’s big speechifying scene sealed up his nomination instead. There could have easily been room for the both of them in this supporting actor field. I’d replace Duvall for either one of “Rocky”‘s nominations here.April 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm #185062
Beatty was great. His speech had a lot of drama but he had a lot of Range and humor in telling his story and telling Howard he’s “meddling with nature”. “You got what I’m saying?” It was an epic scene but not one dimensional. First time I saw network I thought Duvall was just loud and yelling with no nuance.April 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm #185063
Well, even though Robert DuVall was snubbed of a nomination, at least no one ever had to utter the words, “Hey, whatever happened to that DuVall guy?”April 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm #185064
Many great performances are over looked in films
that get multiple oscar nominations..
Kathleen Turner in The Accidental Tourist
Shirley MacLaine in Postcards from the Edge
Sigourney Weaver in The Ice Storm
Sally Field in Forrest Gump
Eileen Brennan in The Sting
John Savage in The Deer Hunter
Ray Liotta in Good Fellas
Tim Robbins in Shawshank Redemption
Lynn Redgrave in Shine
Chris Cooper in American Beauty
Christopher Plummer in The Insider
John Leguizamo in Moulin Rouge
I suppose a lot of performances have to finish 6th..
Mr Duvall was one of them…April 4, 2015 at 3:31 am #185065
I suspect Robert Duvall’s absence from the roster of Best Supporting Actor nominees has less to do with the Academy voters choosing between Ned Beatty and Duvall but rather choosing between Duvall and Duvall.
The year was an embarrassment of riches for the actor. While well received in Network, Duvall was more celebrated as Dr. Watson in The Seven Per Cent Solution, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Duvall in a scene stealing supporting role won the majority of film’s acclaim while working with some stellar actors including Oscar winners Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Arkin and Laurence Olivier. In its review of Network, Vincent Canby of the New York Times wrote that Robert Duvall is “fine” in Network but “superb” in The Seven Per Cent Solution.
Since Academy rules only permit an actor to be nominated for one performance, Duvall’s Best Supporting Actor votes most likely split between the two performances allowing other actors to capture the nominations.April 5, 2015 at 1:52 am #185066
Beatty was great. His speech had a lot of drama but he had a lot of Range and humor in telling his story and telling Howard he’s “meddling with nature”. “You got what I’m saying?” It was an epic scene but not one dimensional. First time I saw network I thought Duvall was just loud and yelling with no nuance.
That’s basically how I feel, and I’m glad someone here agrees. Beatty achieved more with his one scene than Duvall did in the entire film – he find he did little more with his role than what the script demanded. He’s the shoutiest and dullest of the cast. Oscar made the right call here.
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