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  • ENGLAND
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    Can someone on this planet earth please explain how Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Adams got nominated for Spotlight? What on God’s green earth did they do. I was against the whole #Oscarssowhite campaign but now I support it fully. What in the hell did they do to deserve Oscar nods. They simply showed up in the film and got nominated.

    They snubbed Elba for Mark Ruffalo??????? He did absolutely nothing. Rachel Adams has to be the worst supporting actress nominee I have ever seen. She was not bad, she simply did nothing in the film. By far the worst nominee.

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    Bee
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    Buffalo had the most “give me an Oscar” scene and it was, in fact, his Oscar clip. Plus he got a Critics Choice and a BAFTA nom so he wasn’t completely out. McAdams’ performance reminds me of Negga’s; it’s very nice and subtle but I wouldn’t nominate it. I wasn’t mad she got it. But yes, Ruffalo had one of the worst nominations.

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    Eddy Q
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    I don’t agree that Ruffalo and McAdams “did nothing” – a shallow critique of a performance – but I do think they were nominated over better, more incisive performances in the film; not only Michael Keaton, but also Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci, all of whom outperform Ruffalo in particular when on screen together. Ruffalo is fine and well-cast but there is a flatness to his approach to the role and its dialogue which is particularly exposed when playing against the former three actors’ far more dimensional interpretations. It’s a shame because just a year before Ruffalo had been the best thing about Foxcatcher, where he had a richer understanding of a smaller role.

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    Carlo
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    McAdams is the classic example of being in the right movie.
    Of course she didn’t deserve the nomination, but she’s been solid for years and she was the only female character in a big male ensemble.
    Probably any actress playing that role would have been checked.

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    Roney Moore
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    BAFTA is actually a good place to look at to understand what type of contenders in USA make it in with the great help of their narratives or local popularity among their peers. That’s why you had people like Jeff Bridges and Melissa Leo, Richard Jenkins not being able to translate their Oscar noms/wins there. That was one of the things that has helped McAdams, as an actress who has been in the spotlight for years. It wasn’t subtle acting, it was just a warm, competent performance that never would have gotten traction had it been played by an unknown actress.

    Ruffalo was borderline irritating and overplaying is worse than underplaying but he had the tics, the accent, it’s more the type of performance they tend to notice so it looked less weird and coattail-ish than hers. I guess they have clumsily tried to used him to give some life in to the film but all he did was making the ensemble look incosistent.

    Neither should have been nominated, nor should anyone else from the ensemble and I really like the film itself.

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    GusCruz
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    Schreiber gave easily the best performance. Ruffalo was the baitiest (and worst) of them all. The movie got the nods because it was popular with actors.

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    Atypical
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    I would have double-nodded Keaton and maybe if I’m being generous Tucci. Ruffalo, Bale, and Hardy I probably would have all replaced somehow. Snubbing Idris is still unforgivable. The field was plenty enough with contenders to accomplish that, I think. Sometimes I forget that Rachel McAdams was even nodded for “Spotlight.” Nothing against her personally, since I’ll always hold a soft spot for McAdams for her iconic Regina George (*bows*). But she got a ton of mileage being the only female in a sea of dudes, just like Ruffalo got in for the loudest, Oscarbait role in the eventual BP winner. Perfectly understandable on both counts, if not necessarily “fair.”

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    Keaton gave the best performance in “Spotlight” by far and even though I did not like the film as much as a lot of people, I prefer my cinema visually interesting, he was still my top choice last year as best supporting actor for his lived-in, nuanced performance. I was surprised and disappointed that after his New York Critics best actor win he basically disappeared from the other critics’ prizes and the industry awards.

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    I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but in retrospect it’s almost surprising that Ruffalo didn’t win for Spotlight, considering he was a beloved actor coming off two previous supporting nominations with a baity scene in the Best Picture winner, not to mention he lost to the quietest Oscar-winning performance in years. Then again, Rylance had more pronounced buzz – it was generally agreed upon that he was the best thing about Bridge of Spies – whereas most of the talk around Spotlight was directed toward the ensemble as a whole. And Ruffalo’s Globe and SAG snubs don’t lie.

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    Roney Moore
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    Yeah. It’s either further proof that Spotlight hugely benefitted from the preferential ballot or that voters really saw in Ruffalo what we all saw, which I’m not sure if I would totally buy.

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    Philip
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    I liked both of their performances. I would have taken out Rylance and replaced him with Keaton.

    McAdams role isn’t flashly and loud, but it is a good performance.

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    Bee
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    It was funny that so many people had Keaton as the early frontrunner and were excited. Then they were crushed when his chances got destroyed.

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    I would have taken out Mark Rylance, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hardy (the worst of the lot) and Christian Bale and replaced them with Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac (“Ex Machina”), Benicio Del Toro and , of course, Michael Keaton. I would only keep Sylvester Stallone out of the actual nominees.

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    Emory Cohen, “Brooklyn”
    Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
    Michael Keaton, “Spotlight”
    Jason Mitchell, “Straight Outta Compton”
    Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

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    Emory Cohen, “Brooklyn”
    Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
    Michael Keaton, “Spotlight”
    Jason Mitchell, “Straight Outta Compton”
    Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

    Dammit! I forgot about Emory Cohen. Uggh, I may have to keep him off my list despite having a lot of affection for him. No space.

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