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  • keithw
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    Just wondering if anyone else thought Madeline Kahn was deserving of an Oscar for either (or both) of her two nominations.  I personally would have given her the Oscar (over Tatum O’Neal) for “Paper Moon”.  It was truly a supporting performance and she was excellent as Miss Trixie Delight.  I would not have chosen her for the win for “Blazing Saddles”.  While again she was perfect in the role, I preferred Diane Ladd as Flo in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”.

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    vinny
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    I loved her in Blazing Saddles. I didn’t love “Paper Moon” but Tatum O’Neal was really good in that film.

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    TomHardys
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    Diane Ladd was absolutely outstanding. What a compelling performance.

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    Entertain-me
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    It was weird…Golden Globes nominate her for one Mel Brooks movie (Young Frankenstein) and the Oscars for another (Blazing Saddles). Personally, I feel she was better in Young Frankenstein, which is also the better movie

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    harposboy
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    I think Kahn should have won for Paper Moon, and was entirely deserving of her Blazing Saddles nom. Both are wonderfully performed, unique characters.
    I also would have nominated her a third time in 1999 for her final role in Judy Berlin.

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    K-Hole
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    #154402

    Diane Ladd was absolutely outstanding. What a compelling performance.

    No doubt about that, but, umm, wrong thread!

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    K-Hole
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    I don’t really like many film comedies, that is, I think most film comedies (except for the greats by Chaplin; Cukor; Hawks; Kubrick; Lubitsch; Sturges; Wilder, etc., along with some of those classic Ealing Studios releases) are insultingly stupid and instantly forgettable, but seeing Madeline Kahn’s name in the credits is always a good sign. What a scene stealer! Some of my favorite comedic performances:

    Miss Trixie Delight — Paper Moon
    Eunice — What’s Up, Doc?
    Elizabeth — Young Frankenstein

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    babypook
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    I think she’s fabulouis. I also really enjoyed her in Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, and her voice work.

    Comedic performances and ones as unique as hers are a hard sell to Academy voters. Go figure.

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    OnTheAisle
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    Ms. Kahn did fine work in the early 1970s. Following 1974, her film work is mostly limited to an overwhelming number of subpar films.

    I prefer to think of her as a stage performer where she won her Tony and had several artistic triumphs as she developed and matured as an actress.

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