Kathy Bates in Dolores Claiborne- A HUGE Oscar snub?

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  • Jason Travis
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    1995 BEST ACTRESS
    Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking
    Elisabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas
    Sharon Stone, Casino
    Meryl Streep, The Bridges of Madison County
    Emma Thompson, Sense and Sensibility

    I just re-watched Bates in Dolores Claiborne, and am stunned she missed out. My only reasoning behind her omission was the extremley competitive year 1995 was for leading ladies. Nicole Kidman (To Die For) was also considered a strong force by many, haven won the Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics for her sexy TV anchorwoman role. But back to Bates, my God was she captivating! Truly a master of her craft, I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. No wonder she herself proclaims this her favorite role.

    Anyone have any insight? Personally I would have dropped Thompson, even though I adored her in Sense and Sensibility. Considering she was already winning the Adapted Screenplay honor, the voters could have made room for Bates or Kidman. I think Stone also was kind of shaky, but the more I watch Casino the more I love her in it. Regarding Streep, it’s her best role of the 90s save One True Thing, and it was a sleeper hit. And while many detest Shue, I think it was a gritty portrayal. Plus she was the critical darling. And finally Sarandon, who we all knew was winning a “career” award- still managed to capture a woman’s inner struggle of religion and true soul, despite the somewhat subdued way she handled it. I think Sarandon should have won for Thelma & Louise (1991). But was glad to see her finally take it after four unsuccessful nods.

    Thoughts on this?

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    benbraddock
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    I would’ve replaced horrible Stone with miraculous Kidman in To Die For. The other 4 were solid. No room for Bates who would’ve been 6th

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    Nate
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    That was one of the toughest Best Actress lineups in recent history, and, as much as I enjoyed Bates in Dolores Claiborne (and her spot-on Maine accent, all the more amazing considering how she bungled Baltimore in the last season of American Horror Story), I don’t think that there was any way she was breaking through the ultimate final five. Most cite Kidman as the most likely spoiler and I tend to agree, although I really prefer Dolores Claiborne co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh in Georgia, who invested so much personally and professionally into that part. Julianne Moore in Safe that year was also amazing.

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    Anonymous
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    Yes, I do think it was a snub. Both her and Judy Parfitt were snubbed for their incredibly complex performances!

    Although I’m not going to lie, Nicole Kidman was also pretty much snubbed in “To Die For”.

    In the end I’m very happy for Susan, she was deserving of the win in a very fine film!

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    ENGLAND
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    This was one of the worst snubs ever imo. Bates truly gave the best performance of that year. There was no reason to snub her. Same can be said for Pam Grier in Jackie Brown.

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    manakamana
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    I think all the nominees are really good, but there were so many other actresses who were even better that year. Off the top of my head I’m thinking of Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors). Bates would have also been a great nomination, for sure.

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    I would even throw Julie Deply in for Before Sunrise for 1995 snubs. But yeah Susan is my overall choice in that group. I will have to check out Dolores. I adore Bates and suprised I’ve never heard of this 

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    RobertPius
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    Claiborne was actually supposed to come out the year before but got pushed back and was restructured after bad early screenings. I think that gave it that damaged goods quality and coupled with an early in the year release it was totally forgotten by nomination time. I think people only started to love the movie once it hit TV. Too bad it didn’t come out in 94. That was a pretty weak year. I’m sure she’d have got in. I love JJL in that film too. 

    Thompson also had “Carrigton” released that year. It was a weird situation. Carrington was her more acclaimed performance but the popularity of Sense swept her along to a nomination for that film. .  

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    I can’t really imagine Sarandon, Streep or Shue snubbed. Thompson has both Sense and Sensibility and Carrington and she must be safe. I don’t get Stone’s nomination. This must have been a momentum nomination and she most certainly was fifth given the SAG snub. But even with Stone out, I doubt it would have been Bates. 
     

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    Jw79bull
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    #196196

    Take out Sharon Stone and put in Angela Bassett from “Waiting to Exhale” 

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    RobertPius
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    Stone was a big surprise winner at the Golden Globes (they had a history of nominating her and making a big deal about her. They did always have that reputation for being able to be bought or swayed when celebrities paid attention to them.)  After the GG win Stone somehow coasted to an Oscar nomination. 

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