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  • Sab227
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    #185399

    This is my new poll series where you all will take sides on divisive oscar winners, and to get us started is Helen Hunt, I’ve heared a lot of bad things said about this performance, imo she was fantastic opposite Jack Nicholson and deserved to win, but I want to know what you guys think, and please feel free to leave suggestions.

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    Tye-Grr
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    #185401

    Love. Suck it, haters. 

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    tonorlo
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    For me, she is easily the MVP of the movie, and as far as Oscar-winning portrayals of “anonymous” women go, this is one of my very favorites of that tradition. Hunt makes every step of Carol’s journey credible without laminating herself in a saintly glow, and she makes the clear age gap between herself and Nicholson virtually a non-issue, which I’ve always felt could have been a major hurdle for most of the other actresses who were considered for the part. She has great chemistry with all of her scene partners, and she really bestows the heart that this somewhat loping and slightly long-winded movie would fall apart without.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    My suggestions for this poll in the future will be:

    Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in Love
    Al Pacino – Scent of a Woman
    Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line
    Renee Zellweger – Cold Mountain
    Art Carney – Harry and Tonto
    Jack Palance – City Slickers
    Judi Dench – Shakespeare in Love
    Denzel Washington – Training Day
    Cher – Moonstruck
    Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich
    Roberto Benigni – Life is Beautiful
    Jim Broadbent – Iris
    Michael Caine – The Cider House Rules
    Marisa Tomei – My Cousin Vinny
    Elizabeth Taylor – Butterfield 8
    John Wayne – True Grit
    Charlton Heston – Ben-Hur
    Jennifer Connelly – A Beautiful Mind
    Nicole Kidman – The Hours
    Cliff Robertson – Charly
    Richard Dreyfuss – The Goodbye Girl
    Mira Sorvino – Mighty Aphrodite
    Whoopi Goldberg – Ghost
    Olympia Dukakis – Moonstruck
    Rex Harrison – My Fair Lady
    Robert Donat – Goodbye Mr. Chips 

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    manakamana
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    #185404

    Don’t think she should’ve won, but I do love her work in any case. 

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    Atypical
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    #185405

    LOATHE IT

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    Eddy Q
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    For me, she is easily the MVP of the movie, and as far as Oscar-winning portrayals of “anonymous” women go, this is one of my very favorites of that tradition. Hunt makes every step of Carol’s journey credible without laminating herself in a saintly glow, and she makes the clear age gap between herself and Nicholson virtually a non-issue, which I’ve always felt could have been a major hurdle for most of the other actresses who were considered for the part. She has great chemistry with all of her scene partners, and she really bestows the heart that this somewhat loping and slightly long-winded movie would fall apart without.

    Couldn’t have put it better myself. While I would probably have voted for Helena Bonham Carter in The Wings of the Dove, Hunt’s win is unfairly maligned.

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    Hunt won out of tradition. Notice every time Nicholson has won his female co-star did too. Even when he won in the supporting category he had an affect on the Best Actress race. I dislike Hunt’s win. And the category feels weak with Christie in there for a horrible movie and Pam Grier having to sit the whole thing out. History has it that Dench and Winslet won Oscars because they were overdue and Carter would be the sole nominee from this race to remain Oscarless.

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    FilmGuy619
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    I love it. Don’t care what anyone says. 

    Possible suggestions for the next poll:

    Actors:

    Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball
    Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
    Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby
    Sean Penn for Mystic River
    Kim Basinger for L.A. Confidential
    Cuba Gooding, Jr. for Jerry Maguire
    Octavia Spencer for The Help
    Beatrice Straight for Network
    Eddie Redmayne for Theory of Everything
    Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained

    Films:
    Crash for Best Picture
    Dances With Wolves for Best Picture
    The King’s Speech for Best Picture

     

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    Anonymous
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    #185409

    Love it.

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    OnTheAisle
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    For me, she is easily the MVP of the movie, and as far as Oscar-winning portrayals of “anonymous” women go, this is one of my very favorites of that tradition. Hunt makes every step of Carol’s journey credible without laminating herself in a saintly glow, and she makes the clear age gap between herself and Nicholson virtually a non-issue, which I’ve always felt could have been a major hurdle for most of the other actresses who were considered for the part. She has great chemistry with all of her scene partners, and she really bestows the heart that this somewhat loping and slightly long-winded movie would fall apart without.

    Loathe the win. Love the eloquence of your post!

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    Icky
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    #185411

    As Good As It Gets is one a few movies that if someone tells me they love (not like love) then it’s hard for me to continue taking their opinion on anything seriously.

    However, I don’t begrudge Hunt’s win. I preferred Dench and Bonham-Carter. But it’s a very engaging, honest performance. It’s just stuck in a movie that’s aimless, witless, shallow and corny when she’s not on screen.   

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    RobertPius
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    #185412

    Maybe add a middle category between love and loathe for future polls. That’s kind of how I feel about this one. 

     

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    GraemeONeil
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    LOVE. 
    Helen Hunt made this look easy. Just it wasn’t a performance that “switched” back and forth between drama and comedy. It was simply a fully-developed performance that was extremely layered.  She was insanely charming and a movie star, while still having an earthy feel.  She had great chemistry with Jack, great scenes with Greg. She had those dramatic scenes that should please Oscar purists, but this was a full-out delightful performance in every sense without ever being showy.
    Usually a Oscar-winning performance creates one classic moment. Helen produced several (“what do you want, Mom?…”I want to go out”…”Ok”; the restaurant scene where she has her drink follow her around; and her reaction to “you make me want to be a better man”).

     

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    KyleBailey
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    #185414

    I do love the performance but I would have picked Kate Winslet for Titanic in one of the very few cases I thought she deserved a nomination and a win. But I do think she was worthy 

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