February 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm #139149
The M$B vs. Aviator thread has been taken over by Mean Girls, so this thread should serve to catalyze that.
Let’s talk about how this brilliant, generation-defining film was brutally overlooked.
(wins in bold)
Best Supporting Actress (Lizzy Caplan)
Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams)
Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried)
Best Adapted Screenplay (Tina Fey)
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
(really some great work going on with those last two, especially during the Halloween scenes)February 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm #139151
The one who deserved the supporting actress win for this film (and is the film’s unsung hero in general) is Lizzy Caplan. She was revelation as Janice Ian and showed acting wisdom beyond her years in her portrayal, especially in the “YOU ARE A MEAN GIRL, YOU’RE A BITCH!” scene. Her characterization in that scene actually sent chills down my spine the first time I watched it.
The acting in general is fantastic in this film. Almost all of the primary characters are actually human, something you don’t usually see in a high school film. Most of them transcend stereotypes (with the exception of that Damien character) and have actual backstory and development.
And yes, Fey’s script is a screenwriting tour de force.February 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm #139152
Supporting Actress 2004
Yenny Paola Vega, Maria Full of Grace
Vaginia Madsen, Sideways
Daryl Hannah, Kill Bill Vol 2.
Cate Blanchett, The Aviator
Someone from Mean Girls. Perhaps Rachel or Lizzy but three spots?February 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm #139153
John Hughes feels Mean Girls pain.February 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm #139154
Mean Girls would make adapted screenplay today, now that Bridesmaids has cleared the path.February 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm #139155
MG wasn’t quite the financial or critical hit that Bridesmaids was. Also, it’s about teenagers. It would have a tougher time.February 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm #139156
Tina Fey’s starpower (which she didn’t quite have yet in 2004) would be a major factor that would help it get nominated today.
Fey actually did get a WGA nomination for the screenplay, so hypothetically she could have just barely missed.February 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm #139157
To add on to the discussion about M$B and The Aviator, I wouldn’t say Mean Girls is as “laugh out loud funny in the moment” as Bridesmaids is, but I think the story and characters are far superior and much more compelling.
And, Icky, I love you for your Yenny Paola Vega mention.February 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm #139158
Adjusting for inflation, Mean Girls and Bridesmaids did similarly financially (with Bridesmaids being more successful by a small margin), and Mean Girls’ budget was about half of Bridesmaids’ budget.February 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm #139159
Fey got in because it was a weak year and because of all the ineligible contenders. But if we’re re-writing history I don’t believe MG would have been as well received if released today since its slightly bitter edge doesn’t quite contradict the sappiness of teen movies as it then.
Bridesmaids was a bigger international success. And budget doesn’t really mean much when we’re talking about BO helping a movie get some awards love.February 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm #139160
Rachel McAdams will forever be my best supporting actress pick of the year, and 2004 was one of my busiest years movie wise, so I firmly stand by it. A larger than life performance if I ever saw one.February 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm #139161
I wouldn’t have been against an adapted screenplay nomination, it would have been a great nominee, but for me the best screenplay of the year was Before Sunset.February 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm #139162
I love Mean Girls, it’s a well-executed comedy that has stood the test of time, defined a generation and everything, but I don’t think it was BP material. It’s straight-up comedy -a hilarious one- but it’s just a guilty pleasure meant to just entertain the audience. Besides there were too many ridiculous moments, subplots and lines that work well in a comedy, but not for a BP consideration.February 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm #139163
“Mean Girls” gives me life to this very day. I still watch and quote from this film regularly. This should have been an EASY adapted screenplay Oscar nominee for Tina Fey, and Rachel McAdams would have made a highly deserving supporting actress nominee for one of the defining villains of the aughts, Regina George. This was sadly Lindsay Lohan’s peak performance. The Oscars royally screwed this film over with their comedy bias. TEN! years later in a post-“Bridesmaids” world, “Mean Girls” would have fared better. It could have even made a BP play in the expanded field. Love this film to no end!