July 5, 2014 at 10:51 am #156109
When “My Best Friend’s Wedding” was released in the summer
of 1997, it generated both strong box office and mostly positive reviews. It
helped to revive Julia Roberts’ career, which seemed to have stalled just
before that. There was even talk that she would score an Oscar nomination for
the role – her first since 1990’s “Pretty Woman.”
By the end of the year, another contemporary romantic
comedy, “As Good As It Gets,” hit theaters and suddenly overshadowed “My Best
Friend’s Wedding” as an awards contender. “As Good As It Gets” star Helen Hunt
won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical over Roberts. Hunt
then won the SAG and Oscar, while Roberts failed to be nominated for either.
But suppose for a moment that there had been no “As Good As
Might Roberts have taken Hunt’s Oscar slot? Or would it have
gone to Globe/SAG nominee Pam Grier in “Jackie Brown?”
And let’s say that Roberts DID make the Oscar shortlist,
resulting in the Best Actress lineup below:
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Wings of the Dove”
Julie Christie, “Afterglow”
Judi Dench, “Mrs. Brown”
Julia Roberts, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”
Kate Winslet, “Titanic”
How do you think the race would have turned out?
July 5, 2014 at 11:35 am #156111
Pam Grier would have taken the slot. Or possible SAG nominee Robin Wright for She’s So Lovely.
Of your presented line-up, it would have been Judi Dench for her Globe-winning performance or Kate Winslet as part of the Titanic sweep.July 5, 2014 at 11:44 am #156112
I think Pam Grier in “Jackie Brown”.July 5, 2014 at 11:48 am #156113
I think Dench would have won, and therefore Lynne Redgrave would have won the Supporting Actress Oscar in 1999.July 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm #156114
I can’t believe it, but I just watched the movie. As usual, I adored Julia and I actually believe that she would have deserved to be nominated in Best Actress (although my personal winner is easily Pam Grier). It’s a really underrated, but complex performance, very much like Charlize Theron’s in Young Adult. I was extremely impressed. Ruper Everett also should have been nominated.July 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm #156115
Pam Grier would have taken the slot. She came so close too :/
and I think it would have been Judi Dench who gets the Oscar. Either her or Julie Christie.
July 5, 2014 at 8:43 pm #156116
Julia Roberts? In “My Best Friend’s Wedding”? No. Just, no. This is one of those rare times where I thought Cameron Diaz was good. Better than Roberts, which I cant believe I just said. It’s not a bad film but it pissed me off, in a marginal way.
If she were nominated for this then, the very strong suspicion that the “it” girl reborn thing would have been in effect.
I’ll put a chip next to Julie Christie, but I am one of (the few) who doesnt begrudge the win by the actual ‘winner’,July 6, 2014 at 3:09 am #156117
She was very good but she was outacted by Cameron Diaz and Ruper Everett. Those two were absolute scene-stealers. Oh fuck that, they both deserved Oscar nods. Btw it’s one of my favorite rom-coms ever.July 6, 2014 at 6:22 am #156118
love this movie. Julia, Rupert and Cameron should have all been nominated.July 6, 2014 at 7:01 am #156119
The movie is pretty much perfect as a great rom com or as a great guilty pleasure or as a great classic Julia Roberts performance. I wouldn’t have nominated her considering that final lineup still left out Pam Grier and like somebody already mentioned, there was Robin Wright waiting for She’s So Lovely. So I doubt Roberts would’ve come that close. One has to imagine she ended up in a possible Top 10, but not so much close to what would become the final Top 5.
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